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  1. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Heya @Mmmbop I think you're on the right track. I spoke to my local council this week because I wanted to understand whether they were doing virtuals yet or not. My understanding is that the Council set's the capacity they have to do the virtual ceremonies - i.e. how regularly they can run them (they need enough staff to coordinate them, run the tech, availability of the officiant etc.). They mentioned in their case that they actually can't have as many people in the virtuals as in the in-person ceremonies so they're really hoping to get back to the in-person soon (I'm in Melbourne....not bloody likely!). Once they have the capacity worked out i.e. can do 2 x Ceremonies on Thursday the X of September, they then notify the Department of the capacity, and the Department send out the list of candidates for those slots. Hope that makes sense!
  2. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Thanks @ramot. I'm attending on my own, as my partners application is about a year behind mine, so hopefully I'll find a friendly face there I can ask to be my photographer!
  3. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    As @elderberry said no guests this time around, which is disappointing but understandable. Hopefully we'll all make an effort to take pics for each other at the ceremony
  4. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I received my invite for a ceremony in Port Phillip today. A bit surprised as it wasn't on their original list of ceremony dates, but obviously I'm delighted. Trying not to get too excited, as with lockdowns here in Victoria, there's every chance we could be back in one in two weeks time and it will be cancelled. If we make it to a few days before and no sign of a lockdown then I'll get excited
  5. I've seen people on there who have applied for permanent moves and been rejected, where others were able to give them advice, so I still think it's worth it for tips about what documents to provide.
  6. There's a really good facebook group called 'Australian Travel & Exemption Support' which is very active. People give information as they are approved - including the documents they provided, the text they included in their stat decs and any tips and tricks they've picked up. I'd highly recommend a look!
  7. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I have read here (but don’t have personal experience of it) that seems to suggest it does take that bit longer to go from test to approval if it’s at a centrelink rather than an immigration office. Can’t point to anywhere official it says that, but I’ve seen it come up anecdotally here. Fingers crossed it comes through for you soon!
  8. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    @Melb User The timeline for a ceremony after approval at the moment is 6-7 months, so you're still inside the expected timeline. You only hear between 2-4 weeks before your ceremony, so you could still be just on the horizon. If it goes past that timeframe (6-7 months) you can follow up with the department but until then they won't do anything. It's a waiting game I'm afraid...
  9. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    11 months from application to approval, but still awaiting a ceremony.
  10. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Hey Rob - may I ask what wording you used on the FOI application. I applied for one last week to find out about Port Phillip Council but was told it was 'too general a request' and not something the Department would answer. Would love to try again.
  11. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Oh I meant to ask - I presume it was via email?
  12. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Amazing!! Congratulations, that's so exciting!! I didn't get an invite for the July one it seems, but the fact I was approved just 3 weeks behind you gives me good hope that I'll get the September one!
  13. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I think it's just as bad in Sydney in terms of ceremonies - from what I've heard from friends. Though obviously their actual applications were processed quicker because they didn't have the shut down. But NSW having virtual ceremonies is definitely an advantage - going to try and try to get one of those when we relocate if we haven't heard from Port Phillip. In theory if it doesn't come up, I know we could apply for the exemption to go over seas for the 6 months without the ceremony being completed, but with the borders the way they are I'd be worried about our capacity to get back in, and the citizenship is too much to risk. Anyway, we'll all get there in the end!
  14. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Oh the four weeks notice is better than I thought, someone else had told me 2 weeks, and because we're moving mid-July I was getting nervous. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for July! If you do get your letter, would you mind letting me know, so then I'll at least know they've gone out and I didn't get one
  15. RoEire

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I'm not too far behind you so @VicApplicant. Yeah, I directly asked the question and was told it was 'general' not specific. I've nothing to lose by throwing it in again - will let you know if I've any success! Do you know if Port Phillip send the invites by post or by email by any chance - I may give them a call to find out. If you do find out about the waiting list - would you mind letting me know also please? I think July may be a bit optimistic for me, since they said 6-7 months, but I can dream! Haven't been to Ireland to see my family in over 2 years, so we're hopeful of applying for an exemption to travel over there for 6 months, but waiting on the ceremony to be complete to go.
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