Ok I couldn't find where to put this as I am not travelling with kids - well not physical kids my husband will be 35 this year going on 8
So my DH has 3 grandparents that are british - 2 are left alive (both Granddads)
His parents are now separated but were married when they had him and are both New Zealander's. DH was born in New Zealand in 1980
I have been trying to research online but can't for the life of me work it out. Is there any hubbers with Dual passports that know the system a little clearer than I? Is he eligible for a descent passport? Does his parents need to get one first? Does it need to be his Dad? I saw somewhere it has to be through fathers?
Any help would be MUCH appreciated
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19-01-2015 15:42 #1
Dual Passport Help
19-01-2015 15:56 #2
I can't help you with British passport or NZ, but I hold dual citizenship because when my older brother and I were born my Dad was still a citizen of another country, however by the time my sister and younger brother were born, my Dad had to renounce his dual citizenship to become an 'Australian citizen' and be nationalised to have a government job here, and therefore my brother and sister are now not able to get dual citizenship despite my Dad and his parents not having been born in Australia.
Each country has it's own rules and requirements in keeping your dual passports, some are indefinite, others expect you to reside outside of Australia every so often, it just depends.
I guess the best thing for you to do is to ring (or visit) the Consulate of the country you wish to have a passport in and they will be able to explicitly tell you if your DH is eligible or not.
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19-01-2015 16:02 #3
Ah didn't think of that! Great thanks!
19-01-2015 16:10 #4
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19-01-2015 16:21 #5
I think one of the parents has to be British. I don't think the child is entitled to a British passport based on grandparent status alone
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19-01-2015 16:30 #6
My boys were born in new Zealand but because I'm Auzzy they can get dual passports.
When doing the paperwork you need the parents birth certificate. Sorry I don't have a lot of info apart from that.
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19-01-2015 16:33 #7
I've got dual Aus Brit thru parents born there. Aussie friends I met whilst living in London were on 4 year ancestral visas through grandfathers born there, then got a British passport after the 4 years was up. This was 10 years ago though so may be different now.
Not sure how it'd work if you weren't there though sorry
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19-01-2015 16:36 #8
Dual Passport Help
I have a dual British/Aus passport - I was naturalised british as my adoptive mum was british not my dad. However my natural father was so I may have qualified should they had to contest it.
When I enquired about my kids what they told me is that it can be handed down from grandparent to their child but not again from that child to theirs. So I can't hand it down to my children. However because I'm adopted they actually sever the grandparent link to the children so I may be able to.
Whether or not this is the case due to maternal hand me down rather than paternal I couldn't be certain as it was a while ago. If you ring the embassy they help you.
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19-01-2015 16:49 #9
I am duel Australian/British and have carried 2 passports before. At the time you only needed 1 parent or 1 grandparent but I believe if it was a grandparent then it had to be a grandfather, not a grandmother. That was 20ish years ago though so it may have changed. Both my parents were born in England although they have been naturalised Australians for 30+ years. Traveling with 2 passports did make life a little easier, I usually used my British passport because the countries I was traveling to I didn't need visas but I would have if I only had an Australian passport.
I wonder if DH and the kids would be eligible to have a British passport because of my heritage?
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19-01-2015 17:05 #10Senior Member
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Dual Passport Help
I just looked it up as I was curious myself, I was born in the UK to a British father in 1988 and a NZ mother. I can become a citizen by 'registration' which is what your DH would be looking at - naturalisation is if you have lived there for a certain period of time (as I understand it).
Unfortunately though, doesn't seem as though grandparents are considered anymore - I have a feeling they used to be, but appears he can't get citizenship (& therefore dual citizenship) on that basis anymore.
ETA - got my info from this link https://www.gov.uk/register-british-citizen
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