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Old 05-18-2020, 04:39 AM
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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

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My final Timeline.
Approved: 12/12/2019.
EOI sent to HA: 6/05/2020. To both centreal and state emails.
Another EOI: 12/05/2020 to both centrel and state emails.
EOI email received: 12/05/2020 replied with Yes.
Congratulations! Can you explain the meaning of EOI? I assume HA is Home Affairs?

You were approved two weeks after I was, but you received your ceremony already. If there is an action I could take to emulate your experience I would gladly do it!

Thank you


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Old 05-18-2020, 04:50 AM
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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



Congratulations! Can you explain the meaning of EOI? I assume HA is Home Affairs?

You were approved two weeks after I was, but you received your ceremony already. If there is an action I could take to emulate your experience I would gladly do it!

Thank you
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CPMaveric,

EOI stands for Expression of Interest- This means I wrote an email requesting that i am interested in the virtual citizenship ceremony.
HA- Home Affairs- the name of the current department of immigration.

Yeah that is correct we were not apart in terms of approval.
I wrote an email to request for virtual citizenship ceremony.
They sent and email to me asking If I am willing to do the online ceremony.
I replied that I am 100% ready for that. Then I received another email with the date, time of the video-link ceremony. That is how things went for me.

Note: I know someone whose application was approved in mid February 2020. He did the ceremony on 15 May 2020.
I also know someone whose application was approved on 8th November 2019 and still waiting for the ceremony.
Therefore, it seems that they are not strictly doing it based on the date of approval. There is random in someways, and sometimes date of approval logic.

I am sure yours will not be far.


Hassan

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Old 05-18-2020, 05:01 AM
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Thank you so much. Could you share the email (PM if necessary)?

I am not surprised that timelines are erratic, this has been the case through the process. But it doesn't give me much comfort as if things aren't 'in order' then it comes down to luck, doesn't it...

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Old 05-22-2020, 09:34 AM
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“The Government has moved to online citizenship ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 750 online ceremonies are being conducted each day, and to 20 May 2020, more than 15,000 people have received citizenship this way during the pandemic,” a spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs told SBS Hindi.

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/engl...riod-shoots-up

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Old 05-22-2020, 01:26 PM
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“The Government has moved to online citizenship ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 750 online ceremonies are being conducted each day, and to 20 May 2020, more than 15,000 people have received citizenship this way during the pandemic,” a spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs told SBS Hindi.

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/engl...riod-shoots-up
Much faster than the same period last year. An average of about 500 per day since they began. It sounds good.

And the numbers still in the queue have still been coming down.

244,765 were in the queue on 30 June 2018.
198,477 were in the queue on 31 July 2019.
163,926 were in the queue on 30 September 2019.
128,383 were in the queue on 31 December 2019.
117,958 were in the queue on 30 April 2020.

The issue will be how soon they can start doing the tests and interviews again. But at least they are still processing them up to that point.


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Old 05-25-2020, 02:38 AM
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Hi mate,
Congrats for your citizenship we're so happy for you.
I've a similar timeline to you , could you please send me the email address I'll try to contact them.

Thanks


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My final Timeline.

App date: 03/05/2019
Test email: 19/10/2019
Initial test date: 11/12/2019 rescheduled to 22/10/2019. Passed.
Approved: 12/12/2019.
EOI sent to HA: 6/05/2020. To both centreal and state emails.
Another EOI: 12/05/2020 to both centrel and state emails.
EOI email received: 12/05/2020 replied with Yes.
Ceremony email: 13/05/2020
Ceremony date: 15/05/2020 took only 5 minutes.

Became Australian citizen: 15/05/2020


My migration journey took roughly 7 years. Started in the middle of 2014. Ended in 2020.


The long, hectic and rough migration ride is finally over for me.


My sincere wish for everyone who is at any stage of this unreliable journey of migration including visas and citizenship.

The members of this forum and other forums immensly contributed my journey in one way or another.

Good luck comrades and hope yours will have a happy ending too.


Hassan


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Old 06-24-2020, 01:34 AM
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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!

Of note to this thread, my IMMI account had no updates or messages regarding the virtual ceremony. It showed 'approved' in 27 Nov 2019, and was updated to 'finalised' today. So don't check IMMI for virtual ceremony updates! Just keep checking that email....

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.

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Wow, that was quite an ordeal - but I finally managed to complete my journey also. Took over 2 1/2 years. Seems that every step was dragged out for as long as possible. Not sure why, but I guess applying under ministerial discretion didn't exactly speed things up. Anyway, here is my timeline:


Date Applied: 21/01/2018
Council: Overseas - Australian High Commission (London)
Acknowledgement: 21/01/2018
Citizenship Test (in London): 18/12/2019
Date of Approval: 9/1/2020
Virtual Ceremony Email: 26/6/2020
Virtual Ceremony completed: 13/8/2020

Citizenship Certificate Received: Another 8 to 12 weeks apparently


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Old 08-14-2020, 04:35 PM
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Wow, that was quite an ordeal - but I finally managed to complete my journey also. Took over 2 1/2 years. Seems that every step was dragged out for as long as possible. Not sure why, but I guess applying under ministerial discretion didn't exactly speed things up.
Huge congrats! Applying while overseas is pretty unusual and I'm sure it contributed to your extended timeline. But I'm glad you got it finally!!


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Old 09-17-2020, 03:35 PM
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Here is my time line
Citizenship Eligibility: 10/09/2019
Citizenship Applied: 27/2/2020
Test Location Requested: perth
Test Date: 17/09/2020 Approved
Ceremony Location: perth
Ceremony Date: waiting


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