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  1. millski88

    Migration agent and citizenship - is it worth it?

    If you have a copy of your PR application to hand it's an absolute breeze. Plus, even if you didn't have all the info available for quick reference, there's no complexity like there can be with visas. It's pretty black and white if you meet the criteria!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Citizenship certificates arrived in the post just now that's from having our ceremony on Weds last week, so pretty quick turnaround!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    It's a pain but yes, all the info you can give is recommended. If they are a long time ago and you have no emails, credit card/bank statements or photographs to help you work out the dates, then rough dates are better than nothing IMO. We'd already done it for PR, so it was easy to copy over for citizenship. Just checking are you needing 'lived' or 'visited' countries? double check the definition!
  4. If no further information is required, the next step will be an appointment for your interview & test. No way of knowing exactly, but current processing times shown below. 'application to decision' is the first of the steps indicated in the table, but this takes in to account the test/interview and waiting for decision. All going well, a rough estimate would be anywhere from 3-12 months from application to test invite. Apologies there's no more accurate information or predication that can really be provided. Refer: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/citizenship-processing-times
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    It actually wasn’t even intentional I did think the smart top half only would be fitting for the time we’re in!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    After a 7 year immigration journey, this isn't exactly how i'd imagined my citizenship ceremony. But alas, it's done... we're dual citizens of Australia and the UK! Thanks to everyone for all the help over the years, i hope i've been able to help others too throughout the 457 & 186 processes. It's been great to be a part of the forum through all the stress and elation! All the best to those still waiting, your time will come really soon! Disclaimer: photo was taken after our ceremony for comedy effect, no recordings were taken during the ceremony itself!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Doesn't appear in mine no. I wouldn't expect a ceremony invite to though, virtual or not.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Oh well spotted! will do
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    It’s been a long road! I just think back to the times leading up to getting the 457 application in, where I had only a few weeks left on a 417! Then similar times moving over to 186, where I had no idea if I was going to be eligible with the changes in law coming in. Now all distant memories thankfully, but not without a fair helping of stress at the time!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Virtual ceremony confirmed! Next Wednesday 3rd June, 1.20pm
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Are you moving far? There's not many options for sitting the test, unless you are moving interstate there wouldn't likely be a difference in where you sit it. Regardless of where, if you have moved you do need to update your address in your application in immi account. You need to actually go in to the citizenship application within immi account and use 'Update details' there on the left hand side. Just updating your 'account' details in immi account doesn't cut it, as i learned! If you're worried about where your test will be, i'd call immigration and ask.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Applied in Moreland, then moved to Darebin mid-application. Darebin Council don't do ceremonies, so if it'd have been face to face i was expecting a DOHA ceremony invite.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    We both replied to request them together yes.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    We got our expression of interest emails for virtual ceremonies today! Both me and my partner. I was approved 29th October, partner approved 25th October. Emails from Victoria Ceremonies Team.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Advice is always to wait the 90% timeframe as published on DoHA's website before considering any further action. This is currently 7 months from approval to ceremony, so with your approval date this'll be 12th July. It sucks, but the 90% timeframe could very well extend further, given that the processing of ceremonies will have slowed right down during covid-19.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I get the feeling many didn't have 'compelling reasons'
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    Work visas / permanent residency

    I came over at 24 on a WHV and now 32 with citizenship approved. It’s not impossible! But admittedly it was probably easier back then in 2013-14, before the work sponsored routes were tightened up!
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I really think you're sweating the small stuff here. I'm sure it's fine to wear whatever you want given the circumstances, it's not as if anyone is going to witness it or be taking photos of you or anything.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Awesome! Yeah it’d be interesting to know if you’d previously had a ceremony cancelled or if you were waiting for one.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    haha yeah that'd be sweet. Only... maybe after COVID-19 lol
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Update on virtual ceremonies (from the one person i've seen online to post about their experience) Currently only Canberra office performing online ceremonies, with randomly selected applicants (likely picked from those who already had a ceremony scheduled and cancelled) Starting Monday next week, Melbourne DoHA office joins in the initial batches, followed by other state's offices After this (not sure of exact timeframe), local councils will be briefed on the process and will also start hosting virtual ceremonies Apparently took 6 minutes today for this person to complete theirs and ask lots of questions. EDIT: Just confirmed, case officer said the local councils will resume on their lists once they're up and running, rather than a national pool. But a national team will continue picking up slack across all councils too.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Seen someone on another forum get one already. They'd already had a ceremony scheduled in March though, which had been cancelled. The online ceremony was scheduled 2 days after this person received an email, and they were asked to confirm immediately. The email emphasised that this was a trial run at online ceremonies, so they might not yet be in full swing.
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    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship Some more info here ^^^ Note the part about the 12 month limit of approval validity being lifted. Looks to be a nod at the fact some approved applicants may now need to wait longer than 12 months for a ceremony. Makes sense... and at least they won't make you take the test again!
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