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3 minutes ago, aconcannon said:


That’s exactly our thoughts. We won’t sell our house in Australia and will rent it out, head home for a few years and potentially reassess. We’ve been eligible to apply for our citizenship for a few years, but we haven’t done it yet so will get that sorted as well so we don’t have any visa issues re returning.

that's a no brainer...get onto it because you'll need passports after the citizenship ceremony so a pretty easy process can drag on for a long time, which is not great if you are stuck in limbo with sick family.

We were lucky in that we did our test in Canberra and wanted the passports very quickly, so they fast-tracked our ceremony and did it in the office a few days later and we got it all sorted in 3 weeks.  I don't think that happens anymore especially if you're regional !

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that's a no brainer...get onto it because you'll need passports after the citizenship ceremony so a pretty easy process can drag on for a long time, which is not great if you are stuck in limbo with sick family.
We were lucky in that we did our test in Canberra and wanted the passports very quickly, so they fast-tracked our ceremony and did it in the office a few days later and we got it all sorted in 3 weeks.  I don't think that happens anymore especially if you're regional !

And the way things are at the minute just with standard processing times for things and the mail I suspect we could have a wait on our hands. We were planning to head home anyway July next year for a wedding so we’d aim to potentially move back then instead. Might be pushing it for time Re ceremonies and passports, but will give it a good bash
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1 hour ago, aconcannon said:


That’s exactly our thoughts. We won’t sell our house in Australia and will rent it out, head home for a few years and potentially reassess. We’ve been eligible to apply for our citizenship for a few years, but we haven’t done it yet so will get that sorted as well so we don’t have any visa issues re returning.

They won't process your citizenship application while overseas and the whole process from application to ceremony was taking up to a year in some places, even with Covid, so I'm not sure that getting citizenship will be an option.  How long have you been away?  Will you be risking your PR if you don't return?


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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They won't process your citizenship application while overseas and the whole process from application to ceremony was taking up to a year in some places, even with Covid, so I'm not sure that getting citizenship will be an option.  How long have you been away?  Will you be risking your PR if you don't return?

We’re back in Australia now - went for a 5 week holiday & landed back over the weekend. We’ve got a fair few commitments here in the coming 12 months so if we do decide to move back it won’t be until June / July next year anyway, which hopefully would give us time with the citizenship application

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21 minutes ago, aconcannon said:


We’re back in Australia now - went for a 5 week holiday & landed back over the weekend. We’ve got a fair few commitments here in the coming 12 months so if we do decide to move back it won’t be until June / July next year anyway, which hopefully would give us time with the citizenship application

Get the application in straight away and fingers crossed!

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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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