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Just an update on my citizenship journey as i have gained so much from posts on this forum

Qualified for citizenship Oct 31/2019
Applied Nov 4/2019
Invited for a test 15/12/2019
Original Test date 17/02/2020
Rescheduled test date to 15/01/2020
Approved for citizenship 21/01/2020 ( note that i didnt get an email. I logged into my immi account to check the status. Approval letter which i received via post arrived 2 weeks later)
Request to attend a Virtual ceremony 23/06/2020 (Accepted within hrs)
Invite with link for a virtual ceremony received 24/06/2020 (Accepted within hrs)
Virtual ceremony date 26/06/2020
Virtual ceremony on the 26/06/2020 lasted 5 minutes
Certificate expected to arrive via registered post between 14-21 working days

I applied through an onshore partner visa 820/801 and originally from Kenya

Good luck everyone. The waiting can be frustrating but definitely worth it
 

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Hi there I have a question in regards to my citizenship application.
I recently got my partner visa 801 approval 25 jun 2020.
I came to Australia in student visas during 2008 and have gone through a lot but finally got my PR approved.
Did you guys think I need to wait till they send invitation for citizenship application or is it ok for me to start preparing for further documents.
Please need advice on this
Thank you
 

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Ive finally got my CITIZENSHIP! :)

Date Applied : 16 July 2019
Appointment Letter : 05 November 2019
Test : 08 January. 2020
Approved : 21 January 2020
Virtual Ceremony Invite : 23 June 2020
Ceremony : 26 June 2020
 

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Hi

Can I lodge my application for citizenship off shore?

how long can I stay overseas until I get my test date?

can I stay overseas between the approval and the ceremony?
 

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Hi there I have a question in regards to my citizenship application.
I recently got my partner visa 801 approval 25 jun 2020.
I came to Australia in student visas during 2008 and have gone through a lot but finally got my PR approved.
Did you guys think I need to wait till they send invitation for citizenship application or is it ok for me to start preparing for further documents.
Please need advice on this
Thank you
You cannot do anything on the application until at least 25 June 2021.

I am pretty sure that they do NOT send you an invitation to apply for Citizenship. You need to do that yourself sometime after 25 Jun 2021, assuming you have spent 9 months+ in Australia, in the 12 months immediately before the date you apply.

And of course assuming you have had a valid visa (visas) for the 4 years prior to that date with at least 3 years actually in the country.

We started to do my wifes application early, but soon realised it was a waste of time.
 

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What about me being in country for 9 years total in valid visa it’s just I left country for 3 years during 11/14 and came back on 03/17.
 

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What about me being in country for 9 years total in valid visa it's just I left country for 3 years during 11/14 and came back on 03/17.
You can't apply until 25 June 2021, 12 months after getting PR.

They then look back 4 years, so 24 June 2017. Anything before that is not relevant.

You have been here since March 2017? The full 4 years required.
 

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Oh I see so it doesn’t count me being in country from 2008 to 2020.All good thank for that that’s means I need to wait till next year. Thanks for for the information though I really appreciate your time and suggestion 😀
 

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Hi guys

It seems there's been a longer waiting time compared to those who applied last year. Just by reading last year's posts, it seems they normally had the appointment between 2-4 months after submission.
It's been almost four months since I lodged and the status is still "Received"

Eligibility date: 15 Feb 2020
Application date: 15 Feb 2020
Application Status: Received
City: Brisbane

Still waiting...

Good luck to everyone
Hi Ali1980,

The same here:
Eligibility date: 04 Feb 2020
Application date: 04 Feb 2020
Application Status: Received
City: Brisbane

Also waiting.

Let us know if you hear anything.
 

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Australian Citizenship Rules

Hi Members,

I am a silent observer of this thread. I am on 189 PR, came to Australia in Mar-2017 on PR and since then I am here in Australia only. I do have few questions regarding citizenship test. I would be thankful to you if you can reply:-

1. When can I apply for citizenship? - I believe in Mar-2021.
2. Does my 5 year old son also need to wait for his citizenship until I become a citizen? Since I need to wait for the test and the tests are on hold because of Covid-19. He also came in Australia in Mar-17.
3. I just read on Home affairs website "Citizenship tests are held at departmental offices and at some regional locations by officers of Services Australia ." Which are these centres where they have started conducting the tests?
4. Is there any specific city or centre in Australia where I can get the early dates for the test? However, I live in Canberra. Should I choose Canberra or Sydney or any other regional town to get the early timeslot for the test.

Kindly reply.

Regards
John
 

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My final timeline! :) Well, sort of. I am interested in how long it has taken to received your citizenship certificate via post, for anyone else that has done a virtual ceremony. BUT - I am officially a citizen as of today! :)

I started my journey with my first Aussie visa in 2010, thank you to everyone who helped me along the way.

This is my timeline:

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
Virtual Ceremony Email: 16/6/2020 (replied dame day)
Virtual Ceremony Scheduled: 22/6/2020
Virtual Ceremony completed: 24/6/2020
Citizenship Certificate Received: ???

Hang in there everyone. I was discouraged many times. All you can do is wait, but it WILL happen. :)
I did my ceremony on the 26th of June 2020 and received my certificate in the mail today, 02nd July 2020.
So less than a week!!!
 

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Ive finally got my CITIZENSHIP! :)

Date Applied : 16 July 2019
Appointment Letter : 05 November 2019
Test : 08 January. 2020
Approved : 21 January 2020
Virtual Ceremony Invite : 23 June 2020
Ceremony : 26 June 2020
Just an UPDATE..

Certificate Received : 02 July 2020 (less than a week after ceremony!!)
 

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Ive finally got my CITIZENSHIP!


Date Applied : 16 July 2019
Appointment Letter : 05 November 2019
Test : 08 January. 2020
Approved : 21 January 2020
Virtual Ceremony Invite : 23 June 2020
Ceremony : 26 June 2020
Just an UPDATE..

Certificate Received : 02 July 2020 (less than a week after ceremony!!)
Good News 👍
 

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To Patrons of this forum
To Applicants who are waiting for Test\Interview invitations to resume
To Permanent Residents who are waiting to become Citizens of Australia and tirelessly waiting for traction on Citizenship tests to be rolled out again.

Please sign this petition to resume Test invitations and get the process back to running as normal pre Covid restrictions.
whats the link of the petition ?
https://www.change.org/p/restarting-australian-citizenship-test-interview
 

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Updates

Applying for citizenship
New applications for Australian citizenship are being accepted.
Processing continues on all applications for Australian citizenship that have already been lodged with the Department.
In-person citizenship interviews and citizenship tests have recommenced in Western Australia only from 6 July 2020. Eligible individuals will be contacted and invited to attend a citizenship interview or test. There is no need to contact the Department about your citizenship interview or test.
We will gradually restart interviews and citizenship tests in other states and territories when it is safe to do so.

08/07/2020 update
 

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It is good to see some signs of movement. Despite having applied in March 2018, and having been what I would have thought to be a particularly straightforward case, I am still waiting for my ceremony - so it looks like I was just particularly unlucky in this lottery. But hopefully this long journey will be over soon.
 

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It is good to see some signs of movement. Despite having applied in March 2018, and having been what I would have thought to be a particularly straightforward case, I am still waiting for my ceremony - so it looks like I was just particularly unlucky in this lottery. But hopefully this long journey will be over soon.
omg waiting since 2018! this is scary ... did you have test/appointment?
 

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omg waiting since 2018! this is scary ... did you have test/appointment?
Yes, I really have no idea why my application has taken so long at every step of the process (and despite having a top migration agent looking after all the details). My timeline is:

Submitted: 9/3/2018
Test 28/3/2019
Approved 15/02/2020

Hopefully I will receive the invitation for an online ceremony soon.
 
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