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07Nov2017

Lost Citizenship applicants

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It recently came to my attention that 2019 Citizenship applications are already getting approved, where as applicants like me are waiting for approval from past 22 months. Please share your timeline here if you are 2017 or early 2018 Citizenship applicant. It would be great to see number of people waiting here and may provide ‘valuable insights’ of the application process.

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I assume that now all applicants are equal and for some people the process will last longer depending upon their circumstances. Where did you get your information? This is from the relevant government website:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/citizenship-processing-times

You can see that 90 per cent of applications are processed within 21 months.

Processing times

This table shows how long it is currently taking to process citizenship applications. 

A 'decision' includes applications that have been approved, refused, withdrawn and those that cannot be considered (invalid).

Application type Period counted Timeframe for
75% of applications
Timeframe for
 90% of applications
Australian citizenship by conferral
(general eligibility and other situations)
From date of application to decision 18 months 21 months
From date of approval to ceremony 4 months 5 months
From date of application to ceremony 19 months 24 monthsLost Citizenship applicants
Australian citizenship by descent From date of application to  decision* 54 days 4 months
Evidence of Australian citizenship From date of application to decision* 5 days 11 days

* Allow an extra 10 days after approval of your application for printing and postage of your citizenship document. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

Circumstances that affect processing times

Some factors can affect how long it takes to finalise your application. 

These include:

  • whether you have given us a complete application, including all the supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond when we ask for more information or documents
  • the time it takes to check the information you have given us
  • the time it takes for information from other agencies, usually for character and national security requirements
  • for applications for evidence and citizenship by descent, the time it takes for the postage of your citizenship document

Last updated: 19 July 2019 (for month ending 30 June 2019)

 

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This has happened before with other visas.  When a backlog happens, in this case because processing stopped for a few months from April 2017.  What seems to happen is when it is realised they cannot catch up new applications are dealt with as they come in whilst another team mops up the backlog.  Any applications that are not perfect and straightforward with all the evidence are pushed to the mop up team to deal with.

Happened to us with our 187 visa, people applying after us were granted before us!

I think we were lucky, we applied for citizenship December 2017 and were citizens in August 2018.  Being in Adelaide helped as there are fewer applications. 

There was a review of the service a while back which was very critical and uncovered many applications that had had no action for months for no apparent reason.  I think they are also understaffed but the systems need looking at.  Seems some applications have for all intents and purposes fallen down the digital version of the back of the filing cabinet!

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

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we applied 1/18 brisbane city

application says 'received' 2/1/18........................ nothing since what so ever 

we are one of these applications that seems to have just been shelved......

we are almost 20 months now but obv 'still within processing times'

whenever we call or email just get same response - WAIT !  and no news is good news  they say 😫 if not been asked for anything extra then sadly we are just in a long line of applications they say ........ oh and then they add 'we can see your application and everything is in order ......🙄

we are a straight forward UK family of 4 going from PR 189 to citizenship  without any issues......living here patiently  .......altho everynow and then i like a good moan ..... 🤣 

until we go over the 90% of cases  at 24 months extreme timeline for no obv reason they adv not a lot they can do  but then go official thro the complaints/ombudsmon service ?????

they still have 4 months to get us a test date-approve us and get us thro a  ceremony  ........ 

has anyone actually gone over 2 years tho yet ??????

 

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21 hours ago, rammygirl said:

This has happened before with other visas.  When a backlog happens, in this case because processing stopped for a few months from April 2017.  What seems to happen is when it is realised they cannot catch up new applications are dealt with as they come in whilst another team mops up the backlog.  Any applications that are not perfect and straightforward with all the evidence are pushed to the mop up team to deal with.

Happened to us with our 187 visa

Given the evidence, this sounds like the most likely explanation 


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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56 minutes ago, Marisawright said:

Given the evidence, this sounds like the most likely explanation 

sadly our application has everything , i could understand if we were complex or had received requests for more info ..... our application is simplest one they can get ..... but maybe they assume as living here/RRV in place/nothing complex its just been dumped somewhere  ......  my work mate applied 1/19 and got test date for 10/19 brisbane city  so you can see why we get a bit disheartened/ frustrated  at times  😔

when it comes thro there will be a party on this forum ! 

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