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Hoping4Oz

Citizenship application for family

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Hoping4Oz

Hi Everyone

 

It's hard to believe that I've been here for nearly 4 years and am now gearing up for the citizenship application.

 

My question is, after getting our PR in April 2016, my wife and I arrived in Australia in early August 2016 for a visit to check the place out. We stayed for 2 weeks and went back to South Africa. I returned to Australia permanently in late September 2016. My wife and children joined me in mid-January 2017. I was the main applicant and my family was included in the PR application. The family is my wife and 2 children (ages 16 and 11.)

 

Which date will immigration use to calculate our visa eligibility to apply as a family? Is it the first visit in August 2016, my permanent move in September 2016 or the family's permanent move in January 2017. I would prefer to apply in early August if possible but don't want to take any chances. Sorry if someone's already asked this. I searched Home Affairs and this forum and couldn't find a similar case.

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TeeTMI

There is a 'Residency Requirement' criteria that is a combination of the number of years you have held a visa (temporary and permanent) and the number of days that you have spent outside Australia over two different time periods (the previous 4 years and the last 12 months).

As long as the residency requirement is met then the first date will be considered.

 

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RussellJ

Hi Guys,

I have the exact same scenario exactly 12 months later than OP but everything ties up even the months 🙂

I am eager to find out what was the final outcome of this?

@TeeTMI so if I understand you correctly, the fact that @Hoping4Oz wife and kids only moved in January is immaterial as long as the earliest applicant in the family meets the criteria ie. @Hoping4Oz Dad?

Thanks.

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TeeTMI
4 hours ago, RussellJ said:


@TeeTMI so if I understand you correctly, the fact that @Hoping4Oz wife and kids only moved in January is immaterial as long as the earliest applicant in the family meets the criteria ie. @Hoping4Oz Dad?
 

 

No each adult will need to meet the residency requirement. 

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RussellJ

Thank you @TeeTMI for clarifying. Much appreciated.

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