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I haven't seen anything about the test approval being unable to be done while outside Australia.

That could be quite important for some.
@JandE: I think you are completely right, I call DIBP and the operator said it is just important to be noted so that they would not arrange the ceremony during my travel, rather than that, nothing is important.
Thanks for you advice as well.
At least it cleared out my mind so that I can book the ticket now.
I hope to update my approval status soon.
 

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Hello everyone,
I have been asked to provide further documents/informations for my citizenship approval (I did and passed my test on 12th September) But I left Australia after my test cause I didn’t know I had to be in the country for the approval. They gave me 28 days to answer to their email. Which I did 2 days after. The email was on 4th November, haven’t heard anything since. Do they usually answer or say something within the 28 days? Or it could take longer?
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Hello everyone,
I have been asked to provide further documents/informations for my citizenship approval (I did and passed my test on 12th September) But I left Australia after my test cause I didn't know I had to be in the country for the approval. They gave me 28 days to answer to their email. Which I did 2 days after. The email was on 4th November, haven't heard anything since. Do they usually answer or say something within the 28 days? Or it could take longer?
Thanks in advance
Can you tell more what sort of information they asked for?
 

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My story of immigration has been finalised today (I think) after the interview. My timelines are as follows:
Eligible: 28 Dec 2018
Submitted: 28 Dec 2018
Invitation letter for appointment: 19 June 2019 but the interview is today 19 Nov 2019
Interview: 19 Nov 2019
Approval: awaiting
Just to update: I have just got it approved, so same day with the test. I noted that through my Immi account. I assumed a hard copy of the letter might come to my mailbox soon. Is that right?
 

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You arrived in Australia on 12/10/2019 after spending approximately 5 months outside of Australia with only 1 return of 3 days on 10/09/2019 departing on 13/09/2019.

Please be advised that a mandatory requirement for the conferral of Australian citizenship is prescribed at paragraph 21(2)(g) of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (the Act), which requires that an applicant:

(g) is likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia if the application were to be approved;

Please provide evidence which demonstrates that you satisfy s21(2)(g) of the Act.

Factors which may demonstrate satisfaction of this criterion may include but are not limited to, the following.
· Australian citizen spouse or de facto partner
· Australian citizen children
· Ongoing involvement in Australia’s economic, cultural, social, business activities
· Extended family in Australia
· Intended return visits to Australia
· Periods of residence in Australia
· Ongoing business, social, economic activities associated with Australia
· Participation in Australian community based activities or organisations
· Employment in Australia
· Ownership of property in Australia
· Evidence of income tax payment in Australia.
 

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Hi I am filling my citizenship application

could you guys please help me with my query

my question is

does running a red light ticket fine has to be declared in the traffic offence in the application.i had just one red light ticket since my stay in Australia and I paid it at the same time.the question made me little confuse it says offence that went to court etc.but I never had to go court ,just got a fine letter and I paid them.
 

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Hi Mish and everyone,

It is exactly one month since my test date. Many of us got the approval within weeks after the test date.

The officer told me that she/he was happy with my documents and everything and would be happy to approve as soon as the police checks comes back.

Considering the officer's comments about my application, and the confidence the officer expressed to me, I was not expecting the police clearance could take 4 weeks.

What do you reckon guys? Should I wait for their action or should I call them or email them?

Please share with me your ideas.

Hassan
 

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Hey Hassan, calling them won’t benefit as they gonna say same thing. Just have patience and don’t log in immiaccount for next few days. I was also stressed and couldn’t even swallow food when I thought about it, so I continued gym, work and trying to distract myself and I didn’t log in for like 10 days. So just focus on yourself and and wait for few days. You may approve soon and may get the Australia Day ceremony. So be positive and keep doing the right stuff.
 

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Hey Hassan, calling them won't benefit as they gonna say same thing. Just have patience and don't log in immiaccount for next few days. I was also stressed and couldn't even swallow food when I thought about it, so I continued gym, work and trying to distract myself and I didn't log in for like 10 days. So just focus on yourself and and wait for few days. You may approve soon and may get the Australia Day ceremony. So be positive and keep doing the right stuff.
Many thanks to you Rach for your honest advice.

It is so painful when you are given a big hope and turns it to be empty one.

I will take your advice and wait for them.
 

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Hi Mish and everyone,

It is exactly one month since my test date. Many of us got the approval within weeks after the test date.

The officer told me that she/he was happy with my documents and everything and would be happy to approve as soon as the police checks comes back.

Considering the officer's comments about my application, and the confidence the officer expressed to me, I was not expecting the police clearance could take 4 weeks.

What do you reckon guys? Should I wait for their action or should I call them or email them?

Please share with me your ideas.

Hassan
Calling them won't change anything and they will just tell you to be patient and wait. In all honesty the police clearance takes longer for some than other people. All you can do is wait.

I know of someone whose approval took almost 4 months and they are from a low risk country. There does not seem to be any reason why some take longer than others.
 

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Many thanks to you Rach for your honest advice.

It is so painful when you are given a big hope and turns it to be empty one.

I will take your advice and wait for them.
Based on what you said the officer said nothing has changed. They said it would be approved once the checks came back and it seems they haven't yet so you just need to wait.

My husband was asked about travel within the 6 months after test and we got the impression that approval could take up to 6 months.
 

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Many thanks to you Rach for your honest advice.

It is so painful when you are given a big hope and turns it to be empty one.

I will take your advice and wait for them.
Based on what you said the officer said nothing has changed. They said it would be approved once the checks came back and it seems they haven't yet so you just need to wait.

My husband was asked about travel within the 6 months after test and we got the impression that approval could take up to 6 months.
Hello Mish,

Thanks for the advice. Even the officer also asked me like your husband, if I am travelling within the next 6 months. I replied a big "No".

I am a university student. The fee is bloody expensive as I am not eligible to goverment fee help. That is the only reason I wanted it quickly. But for travel needs, I have my Kenyan passport which I can use for any travel.

We will see what happens. They may approve it for me soon.
 

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Hello Mish,

Thanks for the advice. Even the officer also asked me like your husband, if I am travelling within the next 6 months. I replied a big "No".

I am a university student. The fee is bloody expensive as I am not eligible to goverment fee help. That is the only reason I wanted it quickly. But for travel needs, I have my Kenyan passport which I can use for any travel.

We will see what happens. They may approve it for me soon.
My husband wants to study too and he has been waiting for his citizenship since May 2018. He has been putting on studying until he gets his citizenship.

Even if your approval takes 6 months you will still get citizenship quicker than what it will take my husband.

It will take 21 months by the time he gets his citizenship and he has no passport to travel.
 

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Hello Mish,

Thanks for the advice. Even the officer also asked me like your husband, if I am travelling within the next 6 months. I replied a big "No".

I am a university student. The fee is bloody expensive as I am not eligible to goverment fee help. That is the only reason I wanted it quickly. But for travel needs, I have my Kenyan passport which I can use for any travel.

We will see what happens. They may approve it for me soon.
My husband wants to study too and he has been waiting for his citizenship since May 2018. He has been putting on studying until he gets his citizenship.

Even if your approval takes 6 months you will still get citizenship quicker than what it will take my husband.

It will take 21 months by the time he gets his citizenship and he has no passport to travel.
Yes Mish.

It is very expensive. I did 2 semesters and paid for them. It seems that I will pay again semester 1 2020. I am not expecting to get the citizenship before census date which is around end of Feb or early March 2020. So I have to pay it again. The uni opens Feb 2020.

It is true my case is quicker as from submission to test took only 5.5 months. Plus 6 months will be around 12 months.
 

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I am a university student. The fee is bloody expensive as I am not eligible to goverment fee help. That is the only reason I wanted it quickly. But for travel needs, I have my Kenyan passport which I can use for any travel.
Hi Hassali,

I was a little confused by your post regarding your university fees. As you have applied for citizenship that means you must be currently on a permanent visa and therefore should only be paying lower domestic fees, not higher international ones.

I know this because I started a B.Com degree in July 2014 just after going on to my 820TR visa. From this time I was paying full international student fees. Once I received my 801PR visa in June 2017, course fees dropped by 45-50% as I was then placed on to domestic (CSP) fees - a nice financial relief as my daughter had just been born two days before!

All that getting citizenship does is allow you to defer payment of your domestic (CSP) course fees and place them into a loan arrangement.

Cheers, Matt
 

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I am a university student. The fee is bloody expensive as I am not eligible to goverment fee help. That is the only reason I wanted it quickly. But for travel needs, I have my Kenyan passport which I can use for any travel.
Hi Hassali,

I was a little confused by your post regarding your university fees. As you have applied for citizenship that means you must be currently on a permanent visa and therefore should only be paying lower domestic fees, not higher international ones.

I know this because I started a B.Com degree in July 2014 just after going on to my 820TR visa. From this time I was paying full international student fees. Once I received my 801PR visa in June 2017, course fees dropped by 45-50% as I was then placed on to domestic (CSP) fees - a nice financial relief as my daughter had just been born two days before!

All that getting citizenship does is allow you to defer payment of your domestic (CSP) course fees and place them into a loan arrangement.

Cheers, Matt
Hi Matt,

That is correct.

I am on a PR and eligible for CSP. I pay less than the international students. I am kot eligible to defer the fee. Meaning not eligible for the education loan. But still I am not in a position to pay that amount now as I am a family man with 3 kids and I am a fultime student.

Even you know deferring the payment now and paying later is a big support. You will pay it when you get job. I better pay the loan later than paying the domestic fee now.
 

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UPDATE! I had an unusually long wait for approval after sitting my test. But it finally came through. So for those not getting 'instant' approval, stay positive!

Date Eligible: 23/08/2019
Date Applied: 23/08/2019
City/Council Area: Melbourne City (VIC)
Online/Paper: Online
Acknowledgement: 23/08/2019
Date of Citizenship Appointment Letter: 31/10/2019
Initial Date of Citizenship Test: 4/3/2020
Rescheduled Citizenship Test: 6/11/2019
Date of Approval: 27/11/2019 (Online)
Approval Letter: TBD
Ceremony scheduled : TBD

Country: USA
Special circumstances: I have made many trips outside Australia (mostly for business) in the last 4 years, and just barely made the requirements for residing in Australia.
 

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UPDATE! I had an unusually long wait for approval after sitting my test. But it finally came through. So for those not getting 'instant' approval, stay positive!

Date Eligible: 23/08/2019
Date Applied: 23/08/2019
City/Council Area: Melbourne City (VIC)
Online/Paper: Online
Acknowledgement: 23/08/2019
Date of Citizenship Appointment Letter: 31/10/2019
Initial Date of Citizenship Test: 4/3/2020
Rescheduled Citizenship Test: 6/11/2019
Date of Approval: 27/11/2019 (Online)
Approval Letter: TBD
Ceremony scheduled : TBD

Country: USA
Special circumstances: I have made many trips outside Australia (mostly for business) in the last 4 years, and just barely made the requirements for residing in Australia.
Congratulations!!!

One more step to go for you. Ceremony.

Hassan
 

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When applying for Aust Citizenship do you have to give your Passport of you home country to the Aust Department while your application is being processed ?

Can you travel to your home country during this time ?
 

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I am working out the application date for citizenship.

Regarding a onshore Partner Visa

Entered Aust on a tourist visa, during this time applied for a 820 and bridging issued and activate when the tourist finishes.

After 3 months from entry a bridging visa was activate, then 3 weeks later the 820 issued. Never left Aust during this time until after PR 801 was issued.

Does the 4 years start when entered Aust on the tourist visa, the bridging or the Temp 820 ?

Thanks.
 
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