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  1. See this page: https://www.gov.uk/register-a-birth You will of course have a local registration, the additional step of registering with the UK authorities is not compulsory before you apply for the British passport. BTW, the same is not true for an Australian child born outside of Australia. Our first child was born in the UK and we had to apply first to get Australian citizenship for her (we are dual citizens) and then apply for the Australian passport.
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    Tourist Tax Rebate Entitlement

    I claimed some VAT back on a watch when leaving the UK recently, at Heathrow Airport. They wanted to see evidence that I was moving away permanently (the rule is you can't be coming back into the EU for 12 months, I think: see second bullet point here: https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/taxfree-shopping). In this case my one way plane ticket and Aus employment contract was enough. VAT is 20% so if the retail price was the same you theoretically get more back in the UK, BUT in Aus you get the whole 10% GST back whereas in the UK the admin is outsourced and the contractor takes a chunky cut, so you should check with the shop how much you will actually get back.
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    UK overseas voter attestation

    Ok thanks, that makes me think it won't be worth the effort of hunting down someone to do the attestation...
  4. Hello! I'm new here (to the forum and also to Australia - got here two weeks ago). I'm having some difficulty with registering as a overseas over in the UK, just wondering if anyone here has done it recently and might be able to help me navigate the process! I used the UK government's online form and supplied the usual details and the form was passed on to the local authority where I was last registered to vote (Islington). Just yesterday I got a letter (by email) from the council claiming that they could not verify my identity, and saying that I needed to send them a completed "attestation form". The attestation form apparently has to be signed by another British citizen living overseas AND who is a registered voter. I don't personally know anyone who fits that bill! Has anyone done the overseas voter registration recently? Did you have to do an "attestation" or did you convince them of your identity in some other way?