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It’s been a quiet few months on the blog, but Mum is still very much in Aus and still committed to helping families moving to Australia.

A very belated Happy New Year to all our readers, new and old, we hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for, especially if it’s a move to Aus!

We have recently returned from a great overseas trip, stopping over in Kuala Lumpur. We haven’t yet covered KL in our stopover destinations series and will soon be sharing our tips for family fun in Malaysia’s capital city.

Other big news, for family Mum’s gone 2 Aus, is that our youngest son starts school this week. Oh, how the years have flown! Thankfully Mum is much wiser to the Australian education system than we were three years ago when our eldest son joined Kindergarten in Sydney.

If you’re new to Australian schooling Mum has shared a wealth of information on the blog, and reading our invaluable ebooks will ease your transition to school down under;

Applying for Australian citizenship

Once we’ve got over our holiday blues and got our little man settled in school, the next big job for 2014 is applying for our Australian citizenship.

So far we’ve found all the details we need about applying for Australian citizenship on the Australian government’s citizenship website: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/

This great calculator allows you to enter your residence dates to confirm that you’re eligible to apply for citizenship. In our situation, we’ve been permanent residents for four years and have not been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the four year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying: Residents Requirements Calculator.

Now we know we’re eligible, we will be gathering all our supporting documents and swotting up for our citizenship test.

Preparing for Australian citizenship test

The Australian government’s citizenship website shares all the information you need for your citizenship test: Australian Citizenship Test Resource.

Available resources include a book to download and YouTube videos to watch.

Documents and application forms

There’s a handy document checklist to work out what needs to be included with your application (this may vary depending on your eligibility criteria).

Application forms can be printed from the Citizenship website, but it’s also possible to complete an online application.

We understand that once we’ve completed our application, online or via post, we’ll be invited to a citizenship interview. Following the interview we’ll be asked to sit the citizenship test and, assuming we pass and all other paperwork is in order, be invited to a citizenship ceremony.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? We hope so. This page explains all the steps involved in applying for Australian citizenship: Australian Citizenship Application Process.

We’re hoping to lodge our application next month, so watch this space for news of our progress.

Have you recently applied for Australian citizenship? Was your application straightforward? How was the citizenship test and your ceremony? We’d love you to share your experiences and tips. Thank you.

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