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  1. Melb2016

    Citizenship Ceremony - Maribyrnong Council (VIC)

    An update for any readers in a similar situation. Our council organised a virtual ceremony a few days ago. We were notified a week before by email (no changes/messages on our Immi accounts).
  2. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    An update. Our council in Melbourne organised a virtual ceremony a few days ago. We were notified a week before by email (no changes/messages on our Immi accounts). We attended from a car park in Gold Coast as we were on holiday (technology!). The ceremony lasted about 30 mins. Although we don’t have any paperwork to prove it, I think the ceremony means we are now Au citizens. We were told that we will receive a certificate in post in the next 3 weeks. Post that we can apply for a Passport. We applied in mid April 2020, so the process lasted exactly 15 months. 12 months from application to approval and 3 months from approval to ceremony. Hang in there all.
  3. Melb2016

    Citizenship Ceremony - Maribyrnong Council (VIC)

    You have to wait till after the ceremony to apply for a passport. Not a citizen until the ceremony.
  4. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Mine was exactly 12 months from application to approval. However, I have noticed that gap is getting smaller more recently. Good luck.
  5. Hello All, I applied for citizenship in April 2020, my application was approved in April 2021. So far so good. Have been waiting for a ceremony invitation for just under 3 months. Haven’t called the department as I know it is within the waiting times (6 months). Question - Has anyone in Maribyrnong council (VIC) recently been invited to a citizenship ceremony or attended one? Trying to work out wait times for the council. Thanks.
  6. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    A quick update. Applied in April 2020, Approved in early April 2021, still no ceremony invitation. Maribyrnong Council.
  7. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Ok, some further movement. Applied April 2020 in Melbourne. Test and interview April 2021. Application approved a week after the test. Incidentally, took exactly 12 months between application and approval. Next step is the wait for the ceremony I suppose. By the way, there was no email to inform me of the approved status. I happened to check Immi and noticed that the status had changed....
  8. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Does anyone know if the virtual ceremony option is available in VIC? Thanks.
  9. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Thanks, so I need to look out for my council and their planned dates for ceremonies... Once the case is approved, is it then handed to your council and they get in touch with you with an invitation?
  10. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    MNB, Thanks. Ok, so with the approved status do you now have a ceremony invitation, or is that another step that will happen sometime in the future?
  11. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    MNB, Good to hear. To confirm, you had a 2 month wait post test/interview before the status was changed to Approved? Was there any additional doc requirements that they were waiting to assess?
  12. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Zare - we applied in mid April 2020.
  13. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Hi Pearplumpie, Yes it was great to see the application progress. Not worried about the test. As regards the interview- did they expect all documents that you have lodged with the application and is the interview just to confirm identity? Also wondering when we may be able to visit the UK. Although your situation does sound very difficult. Hope things are ok with your father.
  14. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Ok, some movement. Applied in April 2020 and received an invitation for test and interview for early April 2021. Applied from Melbourne.
  15. Melb2016

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Hi Georgiegie, Been over 10 months since I applied. No progress yet and application still ‘received’. Soled in Melbourne...Looking at the Immi website the total applications in progress remains around 160000. That number doesn’t seem to be coming down :(.
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