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  2. Same to you, it really feels like the whole visa application timeline again. And I hate waiting so its a bit painful but I'm sure its that way for everyone. We've kind of went with the notion that if SA says no..... we'll not cry a river over it 😄
  3. As a generalisation I have heard some very positive comments about the Darwin quarantine set up. Hope the flights went well and you are settling in - and welcome to Australia.
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  5. Hi all, Just a quick update to all the members still awaiting approval. Hang in there!!! We submitted at end of March 2016 and received final approval on 9 December 2020. Mad scramble put house on market and sold up everything. Happy to say we are on a repatriation flight which departs JHB on 10 April 2021 at 16:30 hrs. Did our covid tests today at the approved Qantas/Australian approved testing center. This flight is going to Darwin where we will quarantine at Howard Springs quarantine center. If all goes well there we will join our family in Silverdale NSW on 26 April
  6. I have been here since 2015 when I decided to make the move which is long after the many familiar usernames in this thread joined. I have always been a lurker of note, happy to let others explain unless I felt better placed to do so. I am forever grateful for this forum especially back in 2015 when I was looking to make the move. The forum in those days became a glimpse of Australia for me which was important as I decided to go all in without the luxury of an LSD trip. Many people here and others invested loads of time sharing their journeys from the migration process to everyday life in Austr
  7. Updated Processing Times from this week
  8. TakeItOnTheChin

    Citizenship - Online Application & Identity Declaration

    I sent the application to retain RSA citizenship in February 2021 which will be about 2 months before our imminent Australian Citizenship application. My understanding is that it must be confirmed before taking the pledge in Oz so I assume we will be safe, with the Oz timeline being approx 1 year? Maybe things a bit slooooow back home. I am not worried, the 2 are not co-ordinated between governments. Good luck with your application
  9. @TakeItOnTheChin have you applied to keep your South African citizenship? We sent the forms through three months before we applied for Aus citizenship and to this day have not heard anything back. So in total its been about 9 months for SA 'permission'.
  10. TakeItOnTheChin

    Citizenship - Online Application & Identity Declaration

    Many thanks TeeTMI, got this done last night
  11. Form 1195 can be downloaded from the Dept of Home Affairs website.
  12. Are you mixing up Citizens and Permanent Residents..?
  13. On the matter of a Contributor Parent Visa 173, once the medicals are done & police clearance submitted, what is the next step I should expect?
  14. TakeItOnTheChin

    How many of the original forum members are still around?

    I have been on here since about 2016 but not really visited since PR. I reckon things have changed quite a bit since my family applied and wonder if our experience is even relevant. We are applying for citizenship in 3 weeks time, so I have started preparing and wiped off the cobwebs from my general suite of documents. I will have a few questions for sure - applying from the Gold Coast
  15. Hi All, Our time has arrived to apply for citizenship - we will be eligible in 3 weeks time to be exact. I have been made aware that we need an identity declaration completed by a qualifying Australian citizen. Can I get this sorted and prepared beforehand. I am confused whether the document I need to download for this is embedded in the online application form that I cannot yet access (because only eligible in 3 weeks) or is this form 1195 that I can download now, get completed and added to the online application when the time comes. Many thanks for any info on this
  16. I joined this forum in 2007. Can't remember the last time I visited it, though.
  17. Hugo2

    Transferring money FROM South Africa

    Thank you @arabella164 One small correction: you wrote: "You are legally limited to transferring R1m per person per calendar year by SARS." You probably intended to say you can freely transfer R1m per person per calendar year. The correct facts, since 26 Feb 2021 is follow"" SA Reserve Bank (not SARS) will allow you amounts in excess of R10m. "In this regard, all applications by individuals in excess of the single discretionary allowance threshold [currently R1m per calendar year per individual 18 years or ol
  18. arabella164

    Transferring money FROM South Africa

    Some of you may still have your South African bank account, investments/income there etc. There may be times when you may need to transfer money from South Africa to Australia (or to other currencies like USD, GBP or Euro). One of the easiest, legal ways of doing this is via the Shyft app by Standard Bank. More information here: https://getshyft.co.za. It works like this: 1. Download the Shyft app by Standard Bank (iOS or Android). 2. Verify that you are a South African citizen/permanent resident (with a South African ID number). You need to have a South African bank acco
  19. arabella164

    How many of the original forum members are still around?

    Been here since 2007. Check in every now and then!
  20. @Timmin 2 children are Australian citizens, one is not. In my opinion, even though 1 aussie citizen does not reside in Australia, is still a citizen and therefore you should meet the balance of family test requirements. It doesn't mention that the Australian citizen has to reside in Australia. @TeeTMI could perhaps give you her thoughts on this?
  21. Hi, Quick one re the balance of family test.. The immi website says and I interpret from the first quote that we'll pass the balance test between three children when: - 1 Child is an Aus Citizen living in Aus, - 1 Child is an Aus Citizen not living in Aus, and - 1 Child is not an Aus Citizen living in RSA But the second quote (and also the example on the same page) casts doubt on whether or not the Aus Citizen living abroad will qualify as an eligible child. So, my underst
  22. Yeah makes sense, looking at the list our council seems to be around 3 months from application to approval. I'm banking on it being quick because my ZA passport expires in August and we all know how well the renewals are going. I'm hoping to have my aussie passport by the time we're allowed to travel again.
  23. We've submitted in October last year and there has been no movement at all. Average wait time indicators are in excess of 18 months and from the few people we know waiting for their applications, none has heard anything. Earliest submission was July last year. Perhaps the Facebook individuals were REALLY lucky but skeptic that I am, I'd take the 2 months with a whole bag of salt. I take it back. Seems like it really depends on where you are! Some smaller towns seem to process citizen applications quite fast. https://myimmitracker.com/en/au/trackers/citizenship-processing-track
  24. I'm sure I saw a family on one of the FB groups the other day that got their citizenship 2 months after submission. One can only hope.
  25. It's a bit disheartening. They haven't updated their processing dates since the middle of February, so maybe that is just out of date. Anyone got a rough estimate of how much longer it'll be before November 2018 applications might be looked at? I'm guessing another 2/3 years?
  26. Became a member in 2008, LSD trip 2010 then life got in the way and 2016 to Aus .... just submitted Citizenship Application !! 18months queue thanks to C19!! Don’t come on much now .... but this place was so useful when I was going through the application process and then in 2016 when I was landing !
  27. The Dept of Home Affairs is still listing the processing of the 143 as up to May 2016.
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