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Old Aug 28th 2017, 5:29 am   #1
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Do you have to be in Australia when the ceremony date and invite is sent out, obviously we need to be in Australia for the ceremony itself? I know you had to be in the country when the citizenship approval decision was made ...

I have a business trip coming up and am wondering if I still need to inform immigration (citizenship has been approved!) ... if the ceremony was scheduled for whilst I was away, I'd make sure I was back for it.

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No, you don't have to be in the country. I wasn't, but you would obviously need someone who could open the letter and get in touch to tell you when it is.
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Great thanks!

How much notice do they generally give of when your citizenship ceremony will be?
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That depends on the council. I think we had about ten days. I was lucky as I worked FIFO in Africa and it just happened to fall while I was on rostered time off back in Perth.
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You don't actually need to be in Australia for the ceremony. You can arrange for it to be held at an Australian consulate if you are temporarily outside Australia. However if you're only on a short business trip then it's likely much more convenient for you to simply return to Australia.
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