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Waiting on Australian citizenship ceremony while overseas

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Got approved for Australian citizenship back in Feb 2020 and am currently overseas outside of Australia. Do you need to be onshore to be invited to a ceremony? I know you have to be onshore to be approved but wondering if this is the case for the ceremony as well.

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During COVID-19 they are doing virtual ceremonies.  There have been cases where applicants have successfully participated in a virtual ceremony while offshore.

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I called the hotline and they told me to email the department to let them know I would like to request a virtual ceremony as I am offshore.

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Hi there,

Could you please give us an update on your request for offshore online ceremony?

I have been approved in Feb 2020, and overseas now. I have been trying to get the ceremony done for 1 year now, but no success .. they keep saying that they havent made a decision yet (they don't say no)

Thank you

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Hi, I completed the ceremony online through video conference end of last year. I don’t know if there has been any changes to the online ceremony since then.
 

I would call them up and let them know your situation, they were very helpful and organised the virtual ceremony a week after I had called them.

Good luck! 

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