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  1. Hello people~ I need help to understand the residence calculator on DHA website. Very confused. It says before applying for Citizenship, you must have lived in Australia lawfully for 4 years, including 1 year as a permanent resident. And you cannot have been outside Australia for 12 months total, during the past 4 years. So I did enter my dates in the calculator as seen below. Permanent Residence Date: 31/08/2019 Lawful Residence Date: 07/02/2016 Intended Lodgement Date: 11/09/2020 and the absence dates: From Date: 05 Jun 2016 To Date: 02 Feb 2017 From Date: 30 Apr 2017 To Date: 01 Aug 2017 From Date: 01 Oct 2018 To Date: 23 Dec 2018 From Date: 03 Dec 2019 To Date: 20 Jan 2020 Now the calculator says yes I can apply for Citizenship but we can clearly see that I've been out for 17 months...it doesn't make sense. Also..should I count from the first visa I got in Australia? which was in 2008. or the first visa i got 4 years before the citizenship application. Any help or clarification would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  2. Hi, I have applied for Australian citizenship and met all the criteria. However, after applying, I had to move back to the UK for family reasons so no longer have an address in Australia. I received the citizenship test notification just now and will fly back to Australia to sit the test. My two questions: 1. Does moving back to the UK before the citizenship test effect my application at all? 2. Do I need to update my application to show my UK address? Thanks in advance!
  3. Hi all!!! I'm very excited because I got the invitation for the ceremony in September (City of Sydney Council). The issue? Well... I'm going overseas for 2 weeks in October as my sister is visiting after 3 years. I informed immigration as soon as I bought the tickets, about 2 months ago. The trip is about 10 days after the ceremony. My question? Would there be an issue if I don't get the passport on time or should I just reject the invitation and wait for the next invitation to a ceremony? I called immigration and they couldn't give me a straight answer. Have a great weekend!
  4. Amin Nayani

    CITIZENSHIP

    Hi everyone I urgently need some advice if the members can give it that will be great. after applying for citizenship there is a wait period of 16 months now. Can I leave australia for a certain amount of time will that affect my citizenship application in any way please advice...
  5. Hi all We are eligible to become citizens here now, and we need to proceed so my kids can apply for student loans - my eldest is currently coming towards the end of year 11, so we need to get on. Is it just me, or does the page/site never work? I get permanent sever errors here: if anyone has any sinight here on when is a good time to look, please let me know! Thanks in advance Matt
  6. Starting our citizenship application and a little overwlemed with the amount of details needed. For example, Countries visited since the age of 18 - do we need to add in all of the foreign holidays ever taken?
  7. I thought of creating a new timeline thread for citizenship applicant for 2018 and 2019. Sharing mines. Date applied: June 2018 City/Council area: Perth Online / Paper: Online Date received the acknowledgement email: June 2018 Date of the Citizenship Interview and Test: 15 March 2019 (Passed) Approval: TBD Date of ceremony: TBD Type of ceremony (Urgent/Normal): TBD I checked my online IMMI account like 10 times a day ever since I passed the test. I'm actually getting depressed now because some good job opportunities are passing by now. Oh well.
  8. Hello, I have just started my application for citizenship and I am not sure about the bit where you enter your parents citizenship details. The question is... Has this parent ever held citizenship of any country? Include all current and all previous citizenships held So my parents are standard British born and raised with British passports, so do I need to fill this part out? The pop up box asks for when and where the citizenship was acquired, how am I supposed to answer that? They wont know as their parents would have done it. Thank you for any help. P.
  9. I and my wife moved to Australia on work sponsor 457 visa and the got our PR through her work (Regional Employer Nomination - subclass 187). Recently things are not going well and we are thinking of getting a divorce. Will it affect my citizenship application when I am ready to apply since my PR was done on her application through her work? Thanks
  10. Hi all As many of you will remember, in April 2017 Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton announced their Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Bill, which then failed to pass with the Senate later the same year. The changes included stricter english language requirements and an increase in PR requirement for citizenship by conferral from 1 year to 4 years. Although I'm not yet able to vote, I kept a close eye on the election and was reading up on any immigration-related statements made by Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten. The whole subject of changes to citizenship and visa pathways has seemed to quieten down for now, but given the election result i'm wondering where this might be on the coalition government's agenda. There's not an awful lot of discussion online regarding this, aside from an SBS article posted in January which summarises the 2017 bill and gives some insight in to the requirements to pass a similar bill in future. Would anyone more politically minded than me be willing to share their 2 cents or predictions on whether this is now likely to show it's head again, given the election result? Or is it off the table given their inability to pass it back in 2017. Tom
  11. Hi all! after a little advice (and I’m sure it’s in here somewhere but we have a LOT of posts) I’ve recently moved back to Sydney (worked in the UK for two years, missed it so much, and decided here is where I belong) and although I am originally British, I now have dual citizenship (thank goodness I got that after 8 years here) my question is - my mum (only remaining relative - 69, healthy enough, retired, but without a pension, she owns her house and has no debt though) is in England. I miss her so so much. I realise visa wise it would take forever, or involve lots of money (once I’ve been back here 2 years) for her to move here. however...the dream is I could spend a couple months in the UK each year (I’m freelance, well starting my own business, so long term will be possible) and she could come stay with/visit me for terms. how long is she allowed to stay here, each year or at a time? And if (I doubt it but you never know) she ever needed a doctor, or severed a limb...would we/Australia leave or help!? i know slightly silly/obvious questions but I’m keen not to be all excited about her coming here for a few months at a time, if it’s really impossible. thanks so much lisa
  12. Hello, I have permanent residency in Australia on subclass 100 visa. For family reasons (imminent grandchildren, two at once!) I will have to spend extended periods out of the country for the next few years. I was planning to apply for citizenship from late June this year - I'm going to UK in April then was going to return in June to start the ball rolling. But with processing times currently running at anything up to 14 months, I have to think about reverting to whatever travel arrangements I can make under permanent residency and resident return visas. But before I finally make up my mind I have one very specific question around citizenship that I can't find an answer to: if I apply in June and the process takes a year, how often and for how long can I leave the country while my application is making its way through the system? Am I still bound by subclass 100 rules, or are there different rules? Any advice gratefully received!
  13. Dear Experts / Friends, Good day. We have a situation and kindly seeking some advise 1. We've applied for Citizenship application ~8 months back. As per the current processing times, looks like it will take ~23 months 2. We're a family of 3 and our PR (189) expired (I mean the expiry date) few months back and hence need to apply for RRV as we have a need to travel out of Australia for a very brief time (Personal and not business related). Question Is the travel fine? (~2 months). Hope the travel doesn't affect the citizenship application Thanks!
  14. pharmacist2007

    Citizenship Processing

    Hi Everyone , Sry if I'm new to this , so not sure how it really works but any information is really appreciated I applied for my citizenship on 30/11/2017, got their notice for the exam, and it was on 11/3/2019 and passed, now pending the approval, any idea how long that can take, I live at bayside council, Sydney. Thanks heaps and good luck for everyone
  15. Hello so I've recently lodged a citizenship application and one of the pages required me to fill out any possible future travel, with exact dates (which I assumed was for emergency/urgent travel that was deemed absolutely necessary). I've heard rumours of how "you're not allowed to leave Australia in the timeframe between your application lodgement and the response date (AKA the date when they organise the test)". I wanted to know if this was true? - The Department of Immigration site isn't too clear and only stipulates that you can't travel before your ceremony, as your PR will be cancelled thus requiring you to return to Aus on a RRV (correct me if I'm wrong). It's been over 4 years since I left England, I'm becoming very homesick and 10-14 months is an awfully long time.
  16. Does anyone know the process of getting British citizenship for children aged 10 and 14? We live in Australia, my sons were born here and have Australian citizenship and passports. i am on a PR visa with a British passport. I have lived here on and off, mostly on for the last 40 years. Iam planning to get Oz citizenship too and dual nationality, and I’d like the same for them. Any info or advice appreciated.
  17. Evening everyone. I have been searching for an answer for a while on here, but to no avail I was wondering if anyone has sat the citizenship test back in the UK? What was the process? How did you get on with becoming a citizen i.e completing the ceremony after sitting the test in the UK? I'm conscious that the timeline is getting longer and longer from applying for citizenship, getting invited for the test/ interview then having the ceremony so this I feel is a pressing issue with people having ties in the UK. Many thanks
  18. Hi guys, I am filling up the online application form to apply for Australian citizenship. At the end of the application form, I have to upload relevant documents. Here I am seeing multiple sections such as "Document including photograph and signature", "Address - Residential, Evidence of" etc. with each section providing a "Chose files" button to select and upload file. However, I also see 2 sections here which has my parents' name as title but no "Chose files" button - has anyone else encountered this? What does this mean? Makes me almost think that there is an error with the application form...what are your thoughts? Thanks in advance for your help.
  19. Hi, I need some advise. I am filing my citizenship application in 2 weeks time; now I have an offer from overseas for 1 year contract; may I apply and leave the country while my wife and kids can stay in Perth? I am confused, whether this will affect my citizenship application decision?
  20. Hello, Need some advice on the residency requirements for citizenship, please. The dept of home affairs website says one needs to have lived in Australia for 4 years before applying with at least 12 months of that being on a PR visa and I understand that one can't be away for more than 12 months at a time and no more than 90 days in the past 12 months. I worked in Australia on a 457 for about 13 months in 2013, went back to the UK in 2014 but made several short trips for holiday/meetings between leaving in 2014 and when I came back on another 457 in 2016. Been in Australia since March 2016 and on a PR visa for about 18 months now. In March 2019, I would have completed 3 years since I arrived in 2016. And technically, I've never had a continuous period of 12 months that I've been outside Australia. My questions : 1. Can I add up the 13 months (in 2013-2014) + 3 years (2016-2019) to qualify to apply for citizenship in March 2019 and meet the 4 year residency requirement? 2. I tried inputting all the dates I was in and out of the country on the home affairs calculator and it did say I would be eligible to apply in Feb 2019. I understand the calculator is just an estimation tool and can't be used as evidence of eligibility? Thanks in advance for replying! Best wishes for a great 2019! JustUs
  21. Hello all. Really need some help. My daughter was born overseas last month and my husband is an Australian citizen while I am a temporary resident. I want to travel to Australia ASAP to be with my husband. What’s my best option? Applying for citizenship by descent would take too long if I add my daughter in my application for PR, would that be enough for her to get a visa for now as we’ve gotten a passport made for her from the country she was born in. We’ll be grateful for any help. Thanks
  22. https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2018/08/10/australian-citizenship-changes-back-agenda More talk about the potential citizenship changes. We're eligible under the current system in October this year - hoping no change before then
  23. Hi all, Was wondering if anyone on here could give me some insight into my problem, as i cant seem to find any information on it on the forum. My problem is that i'm a UK citizen, who has PR here (gained Feb this year), so qualify for citizenship February 2019. Problem is, me and my Mrs were going to move back to the UK as we have been here for a few years now and the parents back home are getting a bit older and such, so we want to go back and spend some time with them. The predicament is that i was going to wait until i got my citizenship before we left for the UK as we don't know how long we intend on staying there, so thought it would be easier if i just had an Aussie passport if we decided to make the move back here. I never realized that the citizenship process lasted so long (14-17 months according to the website!!) Does anyone know if i can apply for the citizenship in Feb, move back to the UK, then fly back for the ceremony? or do i need to stay in Aus for the entire time that the application is being sorted out? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
  24. Hi all. I was granted PR May 2016. Application for citizenship sent in January 2018. Overseas travel to UK for 5 weeks coming up September 2018. Do i need a bridging visa it is my PR status enough? Thanks in advance. Having a small freak out as hadn't even thought about a bridging visa, i called the immi hotline to advise the dates i will be overseas.
  25. spangley

    Citizenship after 12 months ?

    Hi All, I'd be grateful is anyone can clarify my entitlement to citizenship. I believe the rules were changed a few years ago, so some expats I talk to offer conflicting advice. We received our 189 PR visa in March 2014. We activated the visa by visiting Melbourne in June 2014 We moved to Australia in Dec 2017 When can we start applying for citizenship? After physically being in Australia for 12 months or, after 4 years? A straightforward, friendly, helpful reply will be most welcome ? James
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