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Latest updates on Citizenship, Agricultural Visas, Prospective Marriage Visas
Latest updates on Citizenship, Agricultural Visas, Prospective Marriage

CITIZENSHIP

To apply for citizenship most applicants need to satisfy the general residency requirement. 

This requires you to be a permanent resident for at least 12 months prior to applying. To not have been absent from Australia for more than 12 months in the 4 years immediately before applying or absent for more than 90 days in the 12 months immediately before filing.

If you are absent from Australia with your partner who is an Australian citizen this is not counted as absence for the purpose of the test.

Citizenship is currently processing very quickly but wait times for taking the pledge can be up to six months after approval. If you permanently depart Australia before taking the pledge, the citizenship approval can be revoked.

AGRICULTURAL VISAS

In line with the Ministers announcement, we are expecting detail to be released shortly with regards the agricultural visa. Also known as the ASEAN visa, this visa is supposed to be designed to address the shortfall in farm workers that will result in the changes to the working holiday visa rules exempting UK residents from having to do farm work for extensions.

We will advise when more detail comes to hand.

PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISAS

We receive considerable enquiries with regards prospective marriage visas.  A range of concessions have been introduced to assist including refunds and extensions of time to enter Australia. The full range of available concessions can be found at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges.

PRIORITY APPOINTMENTS ON Timeforadvice.com
As a business that has also been impacted by the pandemic we wish to start re-commercialising areas of the business. As the owners of the business, my wife Michelle and I have made the decision to do two paid appointments a day (strictly enforced) and these appointments will be considered priority appointments and can be scheduled at times convenient to the client and locked into our calendars. We are charging for these appointments as we will both extend our working day by two hours so those who cannot afford to pay are not impacted. You can also book a priority appointment to request us to file a travel exemption on your behalf.

The cost of the appointments will be $100. These appointments allow for a one-hour discussion (strictly enforced) as well as written advice regarding your prospects following the appointment. You will be able to upload any documents you wish to discuss prior to the appointment so they are available during the discussion. The appointments will be conducted through timeforadvice.com, our DIY Platform.

To find out how easy it is to book a priority appointment on our website click on links below.
VIEW OUR VIDEO ON HOW EASY IT IS TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
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AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR BOOKING
Once we receive your booking, we will confirm the appointment through timeforadvice.com (you will receive a confirmation in the portal and a corresponding email). We will then send you a calendar invitation to the appointment and that time will be locked in. Appointments will only be conducted by myself or my wife Michelle.

We will then conduct the appointment as scheduled.  After the appointment, a written advice will be prepared and uploaded to your account in timeforadvice.com.

For entry and exit exemptions we will confirm receipt and request further documents if needed through the portal. The transaction number for the exemption application will be uploaded in the portal when complete.

We are currently working to automate the booking processes in timeforadvice.com but this may take a couple of months to test and implement.

We otherwise look further to assisting those who cannot afford payment and we believe the above allows us to continue to do so.

Latest updates on Citizenship, Agricultural Visas, Prospective Marriage – By Ken Hunt

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