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AnnetteV

When to apply for citizenship

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I hope all are keeping well.


I’m wondering if anyone  can recommend any immigration lawyer? I have some questions about when to apply for Australian citizenship? I still have a year or so to go with PR, I think but as I’m a planner I would like to know for more certainty. Plus I believe there is a long waiting period after submitting the application.

many thanks.

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You don't need an immigration lawyer to help you with citizenship.  The rules are very clear.   

If you do want professional help, then consult a migration agent not a lawyer, they are more knowledgeable.  I think you've already had discussions with Paul Hand on these forums, he is an agent.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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It is actually very simple. I completed me and my wife's application in an hour or two on line one Sunday afternoon after too many glasses of wine. It is nothing like a visa application. 

There are some long waits - you should expect at least a year. Possibly two. But, there isn't a lot you can do about it. The department don't prioritise them and then you have to wait for your council to allocate a slot for the ceremony. 

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Many thanks. I think I will do it myself too.

My main question is when to apply, do I have to wait until I have lived here four years or can I apply after 3 years giving the waiting time.

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1 hour ago, AnnetteV said:

Many thanks. I think I will do it myself too.

My main question is when to apply, do I have to wait until I have lived here four years or can I apply after 3 years giving the waiting time.

You have to do the four years residency and I believe you can’t count periods spent outside Australia 

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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You cannot apply until you have met the qualifying conditions.  You can have a year in total outside of Australia over the 4 years but no more than 90 days in the final year. 

Actually times seem to be a bit quicker for new applicants.

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So many wineries ......so little time :yes:

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3 hours ago, AnnetteV said:

Many thanks for your comments. It means I can apply May next year 😊🙏

Same here, May 20th according to the calculator


Occupation - Chef,  State - NSW, Points - 65 ( Age - 30, Edu - 15, Aus Edu - 5, English - 10, State - 5 )

VetAssess Applied - 10/06/18, Positive Skill Assessment -  15/10/18 EOI NSW  190 - 23/10/18, Invitation -  15/11/18, Nomination Applied - 19/11/18,   Nomination Approved- 20/11/18, Visa Lodged - 27/11/18, Health exam - 19/12/18, Grant - 21/05/19

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