Just hoping someone has been through a similar situation and can give me some help. Our baby is due in September this year and we are hoping to go back to the UK for Christmas. DH and I are both British and have British passports but are hoping that we will have our Australia permanent residency by the time bubs is born.
1. Do we apply for a British passport or an Australian one for baby?
2. How long does it usually take to get a newborn passport?
3. Is there a 'fast track' option?
I've tried to do lots of reading and things but I'm just getting myself all mixed up!
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20-04-2013 15:42 #1
20-04-2013 16:00 #2Senior Member
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If you or your partner get p/r before the birth, then your baby will be Australian and will require an Australian passport to re enter the country. If neither get it at that time you will need to put the baby on your British passports, and then after 10 years of residency your baby will become a citizen.
From dept of immigration website;
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Australian citizen by birth
Whether you are an Australian citizen by birth depends on the date of your birth.
Most children born in Australia before 20 August 1986 are Australian citizens by birth unless one parent was entitled to diplomatic privileges or was a consular officer of another country.
Children born after that date are only Australian citizens if at least one parent was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of their birth.
Children born in Australia to parents who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, automatically acquire Australian citizenship on their 10th birthday if they have lived most of their life in Australia.
Yes, they can be fast tracked, it costs extra, but last time I checked they could do them in 2 or 3 days. It takes around 10 days without the fast track, but only if the application is complete and you put in everything you need to.
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20-04-2013 16:07 #3
I wouldn't say I'm an expert but all 4 of us have both Uk and Australian passports so we've been through the process a few times. Things will be easier if you are permanent residents before bub is born so they become an Australian citizen by birth. Then you can get them an aus passport which should be relatively straight forward. They estimate 10 working days to process plus postal time and you can get most of your validation done by aus post
If you get them a UK passport you will need to also get a child visa to bring them back into Australia as far as I can tell. This means two lots of processing to get through befor you leave plus waiting for your child's birth certificate, this would seem to leave you pretty tight on time.
APIS might be able to help, there is a number for them on line. Good luck!
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20-04-2013 16:39 #4
We have pretty much done all the checks for residency, just waiting for the police check to go through now so we're keeping fingers crossed that we have it by September. Sounds like it would make everything much easier!
Thanks so much!
20-04-2013 16:49 #5
I would agree with you, you should have them by then if that's all your waiting for. Also just a question, you don't have medicare then do you? Do you have to pay everything out of pocket??
We weren't residents when we fell pregnant with number 3 but then got residency about 3 months before she was born, up until that point we had to pay for everything, thankfully the birth was covered and then we also qualified for the baby bonus!!
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20-04-2013 16:56 #6
Get the Aussie one first and then the UK one.
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20-04-2013 17:18 #8Senior Member
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I became a citizen before DD was born, but agree with the others that baby should get the Aussie passport first. You can still get a British passport (very useful for travelling around Europe), but you'll have problems being let back in to Australia without the Aussie passport.
You can get them rushed through, though.
I discovered that mine was due to expire about 1 week before my holiday. I was able to go to the passport office and they got me one the next day or same day (I forget which now).
It only took 1-2 weeks for DD's passport to come through when she was a newborn.
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20-04-2013 17:37 #10
Our darling nephew was born in Aust but lived in Hong Kong, had his passport fastracked to return home but had issues with people who didn't know him for the required amount of time to sign his photos ... um ... he's 1 day old ... noone knows him for longer than that!
Make sure you have people lined up who know you are pregnant and can vouch that that's your baby, possibly your OB to sign the photos post-birth?
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