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We had our citizenship ceremony today, and are finally Australians after nearly 18 years here.

The ceremony was low key in comparison to our children’s ceremonies pre covid, no native tree for us!! but not as bad as I was expecting. We were welcomed as new citizens and I felt quite emotional to finally become Australian.

We went out for lunch afterwards and another couple from the ceremony were also there. So we took each other’s photos against the perfect background of the river and the sea at Cotton Tree. We were very touched when a fair few other diners congratulated us and welcomed us as new Australians, such a lovely gesture.

Quite a few posters know that as a family the citizenship route has not been easy for any of us, but we are all now citizens, and Australia is home.

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Congratulations - knowing a little of your journey, this really made me smile. 

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Oh @ramot this is wonderful news, congratulations 🎉 It was a long process but you made it. 
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23 minutes ago, The Pom Queen said:

Oh @ramot this is wonderful news, congratulations 🎉 It was a long process but you made it. 
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14 hours ago, ramot said:

We had our citizenship ceremony today, and are finally Australians after nearly 18 years here.

The ceremony was low key in comparison to our children’s ceremonies pre covid, no native tree for us!! but not as bad as I was expecting. We were welcomed as new citizens and I felt quite emotional to finally become Australian.

We went out for lunch afterwards and another couple from the ceremony were also there. So we took each other’s photos against the perfect background of the river and the sea at Cotton Tree. We were very touched when a fair few other diners congratulated us and welcomed us as new Australians, such a lovely gesture.

Quite a few posters know that as a family the citizenship route has not been easy for any of us, but we are all now citizens, and Australia is home.

Aren’t people lovely, I know that we have made good friends, since living here, both expats and Australians. Ive just popped out to our letter box, to find an Australian friend, putting clip on koalas around our letter box, and adding a gift of Australian pencils in a koala pencil case for us to use for bridge. I feel very blessed for the friends we have made.

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Well done. I was just thinking, I let my UK passport expire without renewing it a decade ago; is that a kind of "extra step" to "belonging?"

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1 hour ago, MARYROSE02 said:

Well done. I was just thinking, I let my UK passport expire without renewing it a decade ago; is that a kind of "extra step" to "belonging?"

Not sure, but then I’ve never had a British passport...

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Congratulations Ramos I was just browsing looking for info on citizenship so wondered if you or anyone else might be able to help.

We only got our 143 parent visas in 2018 and we are in our early 70’s  I understand older people can apply earlier for citizenship but not sure if this is true. Also are there any downsides we should be aware of, would we still be able to draw our UK state pensions for instance? We have never worked in Australia and have a private pension too. Also are we able to have dual citizenship?  We have no intention of going back to UK to live but just wondered about passports ours have several years left.

I would be grateful for any info.

 

 

 


CPV 143 lodgement 09.04.15, Acknowledged 11.05.15, tax invoice/receipt 17.05.15

AOS document submitted Centrelink 20.10.17, medicals 24.10.17,  Forms 80 submitted 31.10.17 UK & Aus police penal clearances submitted 03.11.17   AOS letter from Centrelink received 08/12/17 Commonwealth bank appt. & payment of AOS 09/12/17  Docs taken to Centrelink 11/12/17  AOS acceptance letter received 22/12/17  Final payment requested 12/03/18  Visa granted 04/04/2018 !

Heading for NSW central coast area

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56 minutes ago, nyorksgrannie said:

We only got our 143 parent visas in 2018 and we are in our early 70’s  I understand older people can apply earlier for citizenship but not sure if this is true. Also are there any downsides we should be aware of, would we still be able to draw our UK state pensions for instance? ....Also are we able to have dual citizenship?  We have no intention of going back to UK to live but just wondered about passports ours have several years left.

There are no downsides of citizenship, except that it's compulsory to vote at elections.   Being an Australian citizen has no effect on your rights to British pensions etc.  You can be a dual citizen so you can hold both passports.


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

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Thank you that is nice to know and I don’t have a problem with voting I have always voted , women suffered in the Uk protesting to get women the vote we should respect that.  

Many thanks for replying.


CPV 143 lodgement 09.04.15, Acknowledged 11.05.15, tax invoice/receipt 17.05.15

AOS document submitted Centrelink 20.10.17, medicals 24.10.17,  Forms 80 submitted 31.10.17 UK & Aus police penal clearances submitted 03.11.17   AOS letter from Centrelink received 08/12/17 Commonwealth bank appt. & payment of AOS 09/12/17  Docs taken to Centrelink 11/12/17  AOS acceptance letter received 22/12/17  Final payment requested 12/03/18  Visa granted 04/04/2018 !

Heading for NSW central coast area

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7 hours ago, nyorksgrannie said:

Congratulations Ramos I was just browsing looking for info on citizenship so wondered if you or anyone else might be able to help.

We only got our 143 parent visas in 2018 and we are in our early 70’s  I understand older people can apply earlier for citizenship but not sure if this is true. Also are there any downsides we should be aware of, would we still be able to draw our UK state pensions for instance? We have never worked in Australia and have a private pension too. Also are we able to have dual citizenship?  We have no intention of going back to UK to live but just wondered about passports ours have several years left.

I would be grateful for any info.

 

 

 

Sorry I have only just seen this. Im afraid I don’t know if you can apply earlier for citizenship. As you probably know the amount you receive from your state  pension will be frozen at that rate when you arrive to live in Australia, should you go to UK on holiday, it will be increased while you are there to the amount you should receive had you not left. On your return to Australia it reverts back to the original frozen amount!! 

Marisa has helped with your other questions. 

You will probably need good advice on your tax situation, when you move here, and Alan Collett who is a tax expert on both UK and Australian tax is recommended by posters. 

All the best.

ps. We kept our UK bank account and our pensions etc are paid into that, and we use transfer wise to transfer money we need to our Australian bank. It suits us, as pre covid we went to UK every year for 3 months as we have grandchildren there.. I afraid I don’t know if it’s the best to keep a UK account open  or not if you are never going to visit UK much? 

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On 25/11/2020 at 20:50, ramot said:

Sorry I have only just seen this. Im afraid I don’t know if you can apply earlier for citizenship. As you probably know the amount you receive from your state  pension will be frozen at that rate when you arrive to live in Australia, should you go to UK on holiday, it will be increased while you are there to the amount you should receive had you not left. On your return to Australia it reverts back to the original frozen amount!! 

Marisa has helped with your other questions. 

You will probably need good advice on your tax situation, when you move here, and Alan Collett who is a tax expert on both UK and Australian tax is recommended by posters. 

All the best.

ps. We kept our UK bank account and our pensions etc are paid into that, and we use transfer wise to transfer money we need to our Australian bank. It suits us, as pre covid we went to UK every year for 3 months as we have grandchildren there.. I afraid I don’t know if it’s the best to keep a UK account open  or not if you are never going to visit UK much? 

Thank you Ramot we are already living in Australia, we came out in 2017 and our 143 visa was issued in 2018, see below. We haven’t visited UK since  and I didn’t know the state pension went up when visiting, how strange  I thought you would have to be back permanently and prove it for that to happen. As we have no close relatives in the uk it is unlikely we would visit for long and we hope some  friends will visit us here post Covid. We have kept a UK bank account too and also do a transfer from that via Halo.

I will investigate Citizenship further, it’s tricky when the necessary documents on line are not available to view until you have reached the qualifying number of years to apply. We are so happy to be here.

Thank you for replying.

 

 

 


CPV 143 lodgement 09.04.15, Acknowledged 11.05.15, tax invoice/receipt 17.05.15

AOS document submitted Centrelink 20.10.17, medicals 24.10.17,  Forms 80 submitted 31.10.17 UK & Aus police penal clearances submitted 03.11.17   AOS letter from Centrelink received 08/12/17 Commonwealth bank appt. & payment of AOS 09/12/17  Docs taken to Centrelink 11/12/17  AOS acceptance letter received 22/12/17  Final payment requested 12/03/18  Visa granted 04/04/2018 !

Heading for NSW central coast area

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Congratulations, wonderful news.


309 Spouse visa applied for 6th October 2020

Subclass 309 and Subclass 100 visa granted 27th November 2020

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