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    AAHHHH democracy at work 55555
    Gets to me that if you dont vote you get fined....democracy??
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    Will be interesting to see how the whole citizenship thing goes for your Wife, I guess it will be fun times ahead.

    P.S. thanks for standing up for me on PI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post
    Mrs C is progressing well with her English lessons and today the subject was Australian Citizenship.

    A recent homework assignment had asked for some information on the differences between Aussie and Thai living.
    We worked through last night's homework which included a list of responsibilities for Australian Citizens including voting at elections.

    Today she says "When I get citizenship do I also have to vote?"
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    Changone is Mrs C going for the interview and test soon? - Mrs M just got her letter and is booked in for late next week. Not sure I will have all the documents they want available.

    (She is supposed to be home studying but last I heard was at the neighbours eating som tum sigh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    Changone is Mrs C going for the interview and test soon? - Mrs M just got her letter and is booked in for late next week. Not sure I will have all the documents they want available.

    (She is supposed to be home studying but last I heard was at the neighbours eating som tum sigh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    Changone is Mrs C going for the interview and test soon? - Mrs M just got her letter and is booked in for late next week. Not sure I will have all the documents they want available.

    (She is supposed to be home studying but last I heard was at the neighbours eating som tum sigh)

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    Get home now!! and study.

    How will you become the next female PM of this country if you don't have permanent Visa??

    Mrs M for PM .. Mrs M fo PM!!

    There is a good campign slogan.

    ( I want to have friends in high places 55555)
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    Quote Originally Posted by justcruzing1 View Post
    Mrs M.
    Get home now!! and study.

    How will you become the next female PM of this country if you don't have permanent Visa??

    Mrs M for PM .. Mrs M fo PM!!

    There is a good campign slogan.

    ( I want to have friends in high places 55555)
    We went into the Department of Immigration at 2pm and out a little after 3pm - Mrs M passed the test with flying colors.....




    Okay....flying color.....85% score rate.

    Three cheers for Mrs M........

    I will let her elaborate on the actual test as there are a few tips for the unwary to be had.

    As you can see by Mrs M's postings her command of English is quite good - less so and the test would be much more difficult.

    (BTW Anybody know how many official flags Australia has? 1 or 2 or 3 or 4. No? Neither did I. )

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    Congratulations Mrs M... I wonder if Mr M would have passed... 555

    So how many flags are there?

    And is this one of them?

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    Congrats Mrs M well done

    W and Mrs W
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Congratulations Mrs M... I wonder if Mr M would have passed... 555

    So how many flags are there?
    Hell no, I'd be on a plane to Serbia or wherever our immigration department is sending its Australlian nationals these days.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    And is this one of them?

    No, that's the old flag for Aotearoa (formerly known as New Zealand) it's use was outlawed in 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    No, that's the old flag for Aotearoa (formerly known as New Zealand) it's use was outlawed in 2015

    nz_mtino.gif
    I prefer this new flag... !!!
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    Though as Maoris may not let us share it... we could stick with this....

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    Congratulations, Mrs M!!

    Next step, Can'tberra 555
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    Well done Mrs M.... Did they give you a gum tree?
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    Mrs M is officially Australian, Congrats to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by G4orce View Post
    Mrs M is officially Australian, Congrats to you
    Nope, in "2 to 6 weeks" we will receive the official results of yesterday's interview and test - all should be good - and then she will be invited to a Citizenship ceremony and on that date, take the oath and then its official...Whew!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    Nope, in "2 to 6 weeks" we will receive the official results of yesterday's interview and test - all should be good - and then she will be invited to a Citizenship ceremony and on that date, take the oath and then its official...Whew!!!!
    Opps, My bad I hope I have not jinx anything... I am sure you guys will have no problems. We should throw a party 5555

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    Hey Minder how long did Mrs M have to wait to go for citizenship. If I reading it correctly 4 years from first arrival?

    If thats the case can I count her first TV or does it start at the beginning of Fiance Visa.

    If it was from beginning of Fiance Visa we have 18 months to go. to hit 4 years.

    If we can count the first TV and the 4 months in between then we only have 10 months left.

    I think I have just answered my own question. I have just copied this from the Australian Citizenship website.

    The residence requirement is based on the time you have lived in Australia and the time you have spent outside Australia.
    You must:
    have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and
    not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.


    So its looking like June next year is the earliest we can apply. I seems we can start the time from her first Valid Visa which was a TV. less the 4 months Ning was out of the country between the TV and the FV. The Permanent Visa comes into effect on June 25th which she will need to hold for 12 months. So June 2012 is looking good

    I cant wait to be able to pack our bags and fly to which ever country we want without having to worry about being declined.

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    Mate, not wanting to be the raincloud heading for your parade but I think "valid Australian visa" in the forked tongue of Government double-speak may mean from issue of the Fiancee Visa. Not a Tourist Visa (as you don't "live here" on a TV).

    I fear your 18 months guess is correct

    However, just about every time calculation I did for Mrs M was incorrect - and corrected by the friendly people at immigration - usually in our favour. (I now think the staff at our Immigration are invariably nice people - its the process that nearly sends you postal!!!)

    Only way to be certain IMHO is to take a day off and go down to the immigration offices and stand in line with Ning's passport and Ning and ask someone our taxes pay to know for sure. You can try phoning but the four years will be up before they answer.

    (I am even thinking that one of the corrections in our favour was that "living in Oz on a valid visa" was counted from the day the FV was granted - not the date she arrived. )

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