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Hi All,

I have applied for Australian citizenship by conferral on 23/Oct/2017 and waiting for the department to respond. Have anybody facing the same situation as mine. How long will it take the dept to call us for the citizenship test followed by ceremony.

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There is a backlog of applications due to the Department placing applications lodged between April and October of last year on hold (as a result of pending legislation that did not pass). Based on what I've seen, people are waiting several months for test dates. Unfortunately, you will need to be patient. The citizenship process involves a lot of waiting (test dates, test appointments, approval, ceremony).
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There is a backlog of applications due to the Department placing applications lodged between April and October of last year on hold (as a result of pending legislation that did not pass). Based on what I've seen, people are waiting several months for test dates. Unfortunately, you will need to be patient. The citizenship process involves a lot of waiting (test dates, test appointments, approval, ceremony).
On that note, if I apply a Citizenship and can move out of Australia after applying? Perhaps after the test? Or even before the test when I know my scheduled appointment for test and I can come and attend the test.

In both of these scenarios, (First scenario is, I finished the test and maybe await the test result and or ceremony date, can I travel outside? Say to India or any other country for work or pleasure). Please note, I am a PR and I don't know what is mean by Conferral in OP's post.

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Normally how many days it takes for citizenship?

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There is a backlog of applications due to the Department placing applications lodged between April and October of last year on hold (as a result of pending legislation that did not pass). Based on what I've seen, people are waiting several months for test dates. Unfortunately, you will need to be patient. The citizenship process involves a lot of waiting (test dates, test appointments, approval, ceremony).

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On that note, if I apply a Citizenship and can move out of Australia after applying? Perhaps after the test? Or even before the test when I know my scheduled appointment for test and I can come and attend the test.

In both of these scenarios, (First scenario is, I finished the test and maybe await the test result and or ceremony date, can I travel outside? Say to India or any other country for work or pleasure). Please note, I am a PR and I don't know what is mean by Conferral in OP's post.
To confer means to grant, thus citizenship by conferral is citizenship by grant (application).

Your application for citizenship will not be approved while you are outside the country. Theoretically you could leave the country after the approval and come back for the ceremony I guess. You do not become a citizen until you attend the ceremony and take the pledge.
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Processing times for citizenship applications: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about...Citzprocessing

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To confer means to grant, thus citizenship by conferral is citizenship by grant (application).

Your application for citizenship will not be approved while you are outside the country. Theoretically you could leave the country after the approval and come back for the ceremony I guess. You do not become a citizen until you attend the ceremony and take the pledge.
Thank you. So I am still trying to understand what do you mean by "Approved". What are all the various stages in it?

How do I know when I should book a test?
How do I know I passed the test?
How do I know my citizenship is approved and when? Is it after the test you are talking about? Subject to passing!

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You don't book the test - HSA (previously DIBP) will contact you to advise when your test has been scheduled. If the date's not convenient, you can contact them to ask that it be rescheduled. You will know immediately after taking the test whether you have passed the test or not.

They will send you a letter to confirm if your citizenship application has been approved and to advise that your local council will contact you regarding the ceremony date.

The timing between the test and confirming of your application being approved can be anywhere from days to months so the timing is unpredictable.
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You don't book the test - HSA (previously DIBP) will contact you to advise when your test has been scheduled. If the date's not convenient, you can contact them to ask that it be rescheduled. You will know immediately after taking the test whether you have passed the test or not.

They will send you a letter to confirm if your citizenship application has been approved and to advise that your local council will contact you regarding the ceremony date.

The timing between the test and confirming of your application being approved can be anywhere from days to months so the timing is unpredictable.
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Just to update if there are people in similar situation reading this topic, I have applied for my citizenship by conferral on 20th of November 2017, 2 days after the citizenship changes were rejected by Senate. I still have not been contacted by immigration department. I gave immigration a call today and I was told to be patient and the process might take up to 15 months or maybe even more. I have tried to give them my details just to make sure nothing is wrong with the process but he insisted on saying the same stuff.

So as ozbound12 said, they must be busy with the applications lodged in between April and November.

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