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Hi guys. Please help me out with this. My name is Phu Huu Le. I just finished a phone call with the department regarding my eligibility date for citizenship application. I have been on the phone with the department 3 times since last year. First, I rang the department and asked when I would be eligible to apply for my citizenship. The answer is 21/04/2018. After that, I went to Vietnam for 3 weeks from 08/07/2017 to 28/07/2017. I then rang the department again in September (or October) and they told me that the date got delayed to 21/05/2018 due to my travel. After recent drama regarding the changes in citizenship requirements, I wanted to confirm with the department again so I called it today. The date now is 23/10/2018 although I have not been outside Australia since last July. The officer told me the system recognises my lawful residency date is in 2014 but I was in Australia in December 2013 for my graduation ceremony.

My visa timeline since 2013 as below:
16/12/2013 to 24/12/2013: stayed in Aus with visitor visa for my graduation ceremony
22/10/2014 to 08/01/2015: stayed in Aus with visa 489
overseas from 09/01/2015 to 10/03/2015 and 15/05/2015 to 19/09/2015
20/09/2015 stayed in Aus with PR
overseas 08/07/2017 to 28/07/2017
28/07/2017 – present: in Aus

WHAT IS THE LAWFUL RESIDENCE DATE?
IN 2017, THE DEPARTMENT USED 16/12/2013 AS A LAWFUL RESIDENCE DATE SO I COULD BE ELIGIBLE ON 21/05/2018. NOW IT USES 22/10/2014 (VISA 489) AS THE DATE AND DELAY MY ELIGIBILITY.
 

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One of the requirements for citizenship is that you must have held a valid Australian visa for the 4 years prior to lodging your citizenship application. Based on what you have posted you did hold a valid Australian visa from 25/12/13 to 21/10/14, therefore your lawful residence date is 22/10/2014.

Did you still hold a 489 visa between 9/1/15 and 19/9/15? Because this could also affect your citizenship eligibility if you did have a valid Australia visa during this period.
 
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