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Hi, I'm Australian. My wife is a Permanent Resident.

- We moved back to Australia in January 2018
- In late September 2017 we applied for Citizenship by Descent for our three children who were born in the USA.
- As we hadn't received their citizenship, we applied for ETA's for them when we moved to Australia in January.
- It's been over 5 months now since we applied, but I am concerned as their visa waiver expires April 1st.
- If we don't get their Citizenship by April 1st, can we get a bridging visa? Or is there another visa we can apply for while we wait on their Citizenship?

Thanks for any advise!
 

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That's a very long time to be waiting for citizenship by decent. You'd be over the 6 month limit (90% processed within 6 months), so you'd be within your rights to file a complaint at this stage. Citizenship applicants are not eligible for a bridging visa, that would be only for onshore visa applicants, as far as I know.

What does status in immiaccount say? Have you updated them with your postal address in Australia?
 

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that's what I thought also. A couple of weeks ago, it said 90% of applications processed in 5 months, then it changed recently to 6 months. I thought for sure we would have it by now, but some others have posted they are also waiting (those who applied from USA).

right now, I'm at 5 months and a week. I will only have about 3 days left on the kids ETA when I'm eligible to file a complaint.

What happens if we overstay the ETA? I don't really feel like making a trip to NZ to get another 3 months on their ETA's.

Immi account status says "Received". I've updated mailing address to Australia.
 

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What happens if we overstay the ETA? .
Normally this would not be recommended for obvious reasons. To be honest I'm not sure what effect it would have, if any, for folks who are waiting on a decision for citizenship by decent :confused:

Maybe a consult with an RMA wouldn't go astray - if nothing else to put your mind at ease.
 

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I would certainly contact a RMA also your local Federal Member of Parliament to get it chased up.

The overstay I would not do unless you can be certain it will have no effect - other countries like Australia often ask about previous visa history and it is a forever thing the kids might have.

My back up would be a day or weekend to the cheapest overseas location NZ, Vanuatu, Fiji as examples.
 

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Good advice from ampk!

The overstay I would not do unless you can be certain it will have no effect - other countries like Australia often ask about previous visa history and it is a forever thing the kids might have.
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Hadn't thought of that. Yes, even if there are no issues for them overstaying in Aus, there may be consequences anytime they want to travel elsewhere in future.
 

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Spoke with an Immigration Lawyer, he suggested I apply for a Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/600-

He said I could apply for my children under the family sponsored, but after looking into it more, I thought it may be easier and quicker to go for the tourist extension for them. Any advise on this?

Also, I believe the moment we apply onshore for the Subclass 600 we automatically are granted the Bridging Visa for 28 days?

thanks for any advise/thoughts on above!
 

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I doubt it is 28 days - think it is until the Visitor Visa decision is made so can be longer/shorter.

Not 100% but thought the onshore fee/s from the ETA or another Visitor Visa were quite high.
 
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