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GeeTee
May 29th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Hurry UP Immigration officials!!!!!!!!!

The 22-year-old, who moved to Australia seven years ago, is waiting on immigration officials to decide if they will grant her a passport.

But she is worried changes to immigration laws may affect her chances of gaining citizenship because she spends much of the year competing outside Australia.

Groth said she was frustrated waiting for immigration officials to decide whether she could become an Australian citizen.

"I was living there since I was 15, I have had residency since I was 18. I even got married," Groth said. "God, what else do they want me to prove that I want to be Australian?"

Huntress55
May 30th, 2009, 05:50 AM
Must be really annoying for Jarka :(
Wish they'd hurry up.

Dani12
May 30th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Surely an Athlete who spends most of her time away for the country for the reason of her sport should get some sort of special excuse to get citizenship easier. These rules are so stupid, I said it before, we need to get the media on to this somehow, by way of sunrise or something...so frustrating for Jarka.

Daniel.
Sep 10th, 2009, 05:16 AM
Samuel Groth (Australia) wrote
at 5:27pm yesterday
Good news for Jarka in her attempts to finally represent Australia full time and to become a citizen. A proposed new law in Australia could see changes to immigration laws allowing travelling athletes who are Australian residents to gain citizenship. You can find a media release from Australian Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, here:

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/media-releases/2009/ce09078.htm

Harvs
Sep 10th, 2009, 07:34 AM
goooooooooood:):):)

Huntress55
Sep 10th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Thats good news, Im sure she's glad its finally sorted :D

GeeTee
Sep 12th, 2009, 11:22 PM
I could see TA making some kind of citizenship presentation to Jarka and Nice-tya on Australia Day during the AO (if the red tape gets taken care of between now and then).

louloubelle
Sep 14th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Samuel Groth (Australia) wrote
at 5:27pm yesterday
Good news for Jarka in her attempts to finally represent Australia full time and to become a citizen. A proposed new law in Australia could see changes to immigration laws allowing travelling athletes who are Australian residents to gain citizenship. You can find a media release from Australian Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, here:

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/media-releases/2009/ce09078.htm
Still a bit complicated for elite sportspeople. They still have to have spent 6 months physically in Australia in the last 2 years and three months in the last year. With travel committments that might be a bit hard for Jarka and Nastya. Hopefully theyve cocked up the days and theres no delay in this.

GeeTee
Sep 16th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Three months shouldn't be too hard. December/January is a no-brainer and only need a few extra weeks (eg Nastya being back home atm) to clock up the other month.

GeeTee
Sep 16th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Hopefully they haven't cocked up the days and theres no delay in this.Fixed that for ya! :)

Harvs
Sep 17th, 2009, 06:47 AM
Fixed that for ya! :)

:confused:

louloubelle
Sep 17th, 2009, 12:02 PM
Fixed that for ya! :)
:lol: Tar - it was actually meant to read: hopefully they have clocked up the days :lol:

GeeTee
Sep 19th, 2009, 05:57 AM
:lol:

Harvs
Nov 21st, 2009, 11:18 PM
Source: Herald Sun Sunday, page 21 (Sport)

Jarmila's Our Newest Citizen
Tennis player Jarmila Groth will become a fair dinkum Aussie tomorrow.
THe slovakian-born wife of fellow tennis pro Sam Groth, Jarka, as she's affectionately known, will finally become and Australian citizen at a ceremony in Canberra.
Groth has started training again after an ankle injury and is working hard on her rehab at the AIS in Canberra.

So happy:) She has been waiting for sooooo long for this to happen, congrats Jarka:) Australia now has another good player and another girl we can rely on for our Fed Cup team:):):)

Ben.
Nov 22nd, 2009, 08:25 AM
Good for Jarka :yeah: something to be happy & proud of :)

Daniel.
Nov 22nd, 2009, 08:54 AM
Can't wait for Fed Cup selections.
So incredibly happy for your Jarka! This is going to be a big year I can tell! :drool:

Vicky88
Nov 22nd, 2009, 10:33 PM
Congrats to Jarka on her citizenship. Glad that the never ending wait is over for her.

ozfan44
Nov 23rd, 2009, 10:27 AM
Wooooooohooooooo

OZTENNIS
Nov 25th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Woot Woot :banana: :cool:

Congrats Jarka!!

Daniel.
Nov 26th, 2009, 01:08 AM
Do we have any confirmation? This was apprently a few days ago now.

OZTENNIS
Dec 3rd, 2009, 09:20 PM
This evidence enough?
http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/player.asp?player=100000309

Daniel.
Dec 4th, 2009, 10:47 PM
AND WTATOUR.COM RANKINGS SAY THE SAME

111 112 Groth, Jarmila 26/04/87 AUS 577 20

OH MY GOD YES!!! YES!!! OH YES!!!

Daniel.
Dec 4th, 2009, 10:50 PM
13 13 Stosur, Samantha 30/03/84 AUS 3045 21
57 57 Dokic, Jelena 12/04/83 AUS 1123 15
111 112 Groth, Jarmila 26/04/87 AUS 577 20 :bounce:
146 154 Rogowska, Olivia 07/06/91 AUS 416 20
147 145 Adamczak, Monique 21/01/83 AUS 410 26