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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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