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  1. Hi, I have applied for Australian citizenship and met all the criteria. However, after applying, I had to move back to the UK for family reasons so no longer have an address in Australia. I received the citizenship test notification just now and will fly back to Australia to sit the test. My two questions: 1. Does moving back to the UK before the citizenship test effect my application at all? 2. Do I need to update my application to show my UK address? Thanks in advance!
  2. Dartmoorqueen

    Duel citizen passport confusion

    So me and my partner have decided to move back to England as we aren’t enjoying to much out here and it’s basically just not for us. He has come out on a permanent residency visa so he just needs to use his English passport but I’m slightly confused as how I’m to go about it. Im not sure which passport to book my ticket with, which passport to show at different times and I wanted to know if anyone has had any trouble travelling with two passports and what I should excpect because if heard it’s pretty stressful. Thank you in advance :)
  3. jtjtjt

    Passport photos

    hi, I am applying for a partner visa online and we have everything all ready to go. The only thing left that is confusing me is the passport photos. So I am guessing we have to scan them if we are applying online - but why do we have to write our names on the back?? How will they be able to see this on a scan? Seems bizarre. Also I am seeing some places that the sponsor also needs to send pics, not just the applicant?? Thanks
  4. New #6 Hi Our daughters passport has been changed as it was coming up to 5 years old and there was not 6 months left on it for when we go on our validation trip this July. I have updated our IMMI account with the new Passport number and it seemed to be fine with a message saying thank you. But the VEVO account in her name still has her OLD Passport number showing on her grant letter. Will we be okay at the airport? We'll bring both passports I think, just encase there is a query, but really would prefer to see her updated passport number on VEVO. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks Sarah
  5. skybluee18

    New Passport

    Hello, I renewed my passport a while ago, with my visa (subclass 100) having been granted almost 4 years back (plan is to move there in July '18). I'm off to Aus at Xmas so emailed the London office (15th Nov '17) to notify them of my change of passport. I filled out a form and scanned the bio pages of both relevant passports. The automated reply said only visas processed in London will be acted upon - no problem. It also said that details of the passport will only be updated in the passport was lost/stolen - I'm confused as surely a renewal counts due to level of recent travel I've had. They don't inform you to notify the update has happened. I fly in 3 weeks and am getting a bit edgy. Any ideas? I guess I'm hoping others have similar experience and can put my mind at ease? Thanks
  6. ShaunR6883

    New passport query

    Hi guys Myself and my family have been on 457 visa's for almost 3 years. Last year I had to get my son a new passport from the UK as his old one was due to run out. We never informed the immigration department of the new passport as we assumed that the 457 visa details would transfer automatically. In March this year I applied for 186 sponsored visa's and I put my son's new passport details in. Have I done wrong in assuming that the 457 visa would automatically transfer onto the new one? I am worried now as I'm not sure how I would go about changing this. I still have his old passport. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance. Regards Shaun
  7. ShaunR6883

    Passport now expired

    Hi guys Just wondering if anyone can help? When I submitted our 186 visa application my sons passport had 8 months remaining, in the terms it said it had to have atleast 6 months. His passport has now expired and I'm wondering if this will cause any problems with the visa decision. What I mean is does the passport need to be valid get the visa? We are currently on 457 visas and we have been here almost 3 years. Our application for 186 is still in recieved status and we haven't had a nomination decision yet either. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards Shaun
  8. Hi, Just wondering if anyone knows - I've been reading a few lists of things to do before you leave - we're (hopefully!) moving to Oz in January pending visa approval - will be getting 457 (or are the new ones called a different name?) via my husbands work - and the lists all say make sure you have 2 years left on your passport. Is that a requirement for the visas? I can get a new one fairly easily if necessary but was planning on applying for a new passport in my married name when it expires (which would take significantly longer and most likely would ruin our plans). Do I need to have several years left on my current passport or can I get a visa and enter on this one (will have 7 months left) and then sort any name change etc once I'm there? Just to clarify, if I apply for a renewal here I'll have to apply in my maiden name in order for it to arrive in time. Hope somebody has an idea about this! thanks!
  9. Coupleinoz

    Help with big decision

    Irish and English couple, aged 33 and 29. Living in Melbourne for 4 years, we both met out here 3 years ago. Recently applied and granted permanent residency. Our plan was to stay for another 2 years to get citizenship and then move back home to get married and start a family. We would then have the flexibility to move back to Australia in our late 30's / early 40's (e.g. when the children are ready for school). The complication for us is the recent change from 2 years to 4 years to apply for citizenship. It makes decisions about where and when to get married, buy a house and start a family a lot harder. We are also struggling with getting good, unbiased advice (for example; family want us back home, friends in Australia want us to stay etc). A lot of peoples point of view doesn't go deeper than the immediate, emotional layer and we need to try and move beyond this. We would like some thoughts on two options we are currently working through: 1. Move back to UK or Ireland within the next few months, with the plan to return within the 5 yr return visa allowed with permanent residency. During our time at home we would likely buy a house and get married (maybe have a child or wait until we get back to Australia - tbc!). On return, we would be settling in Australia and get our citizenship this route. We like this option as our preference is to spend our 30's back with close friends and family. There is obviously a risk with this option that we would not return (and most of our friends believe we won't). 2. We stay for the 4 years and get our citizenship (at this stage we would be 38 and 34). After we get our passport we would likely head back to UK / Ireland for a number of years. During the 4 years, we would want to get married, put our savings down (e.g. buy a house or shares) and maybe even have a child. We would likely organise the wedding from Australia but go back to get married in the UK. On the plus side, we are here now and we will get to citizenship quicker. On the downside, we won't be able to spend these important years with friends and family. Overall, we only know life as a couple living in Australia (as we met here). So although we love it, we don't know what a life would be like living back in UK or Ireland. Add in buying a house, getting married and starting a family during this time - and the decision gets more complex! Thoughts?! What else should we be thinking about to help our decision?
  10. RavenBlue

    Expired passport details?

    Hi All, We're trying to fill out the 'my health declarations' section on the immiaccount website so that we can get medicals booked. One of the questions is have we ever travelled to Aus before on an old passport and if so give the passport details. Both myself and my husband have, but several years ago and on passports which we renewed 5 years ago - and neither of us can find the old passports!! Has anybody else come across this issue? And if so what did you do please? Many Thanks!
  11. Hi all Looks like we're going to be going 'home' for a visit in early May. All very unexpected, but my husband has to travel to Europe for work, so the rest of us are going to visit our family whilst he works & then he'll joining us afterwards. My dilemma is that three of us will have Aussie passports AND British passports, but my daughter who was born here only has an Aussie one at the moment & looking at the time scale we're going to be pushing it to get a British one processed in time. What I was wondering is there anyone out there that has travelled as a family back to the UK where one of you has had only an Aussie passport? What happens when you get to London? Were there any problems? Many thanks in advance :smile:
  12. Confused456

    Dual Passports?!

    Hi, can anyone riddle me this... If I have traveled Australia on a 457 visa for 2 years on the back of my UK passport, is it an option if I'm in dire need to get back that I travel on my Irish passport, again applying for a 457 visa? As as a last resort I'd consider this... whoever can can help please shed some light for me!
  13. A quick question. We're off to Oz shortly for good and took the opportunity to renew the kids passports as they were due to expire early next year and thought it would be easier and cheaper if we renewed them from the UK. Now the new passports have come back and they don't have the visa stamp in it which was present in the old passports. Are we ok to enter Oz with the new passports but also take the old passports that have the visa stamp in it or do we have to do something with the new passports before we go to get the visa transferred from the old to the new !! Thanks in advance. Craig
  14. Charlotte Cox

    Perm 801 & an expiring UK passport

    I could not find any info online for this one wondered if anyone would have any further info here.... I am due to be granted my perm partner visa 801 in around April 2015 (after my 2 years on the 820). My UK passport expires in Feb 2016. Is it a requirement when on the 801 that you have a valid passport? I will be applying for my citizenship ASAP as soon as I have been on the perm visa for a year. Which will be a couple of months after my UK passport expires. It seems such a shame to have to go through sending all my docs off to NZ and paying for a new UK passport when I would be eligible for an Oz one so soon after! I know there are benefits to having the 2, but I don't care too much as my partner is an Aussie I have to wait for him in the passport queue anyway Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this sort of thing? Thanks
  15. LKC

    Lost passport!

    We have been in Australia on a 457 visa for 2.5 years. Oh's company have now started the process to sponsor us on the ENS 856 and have asked us to get our medicals etc sorted out. Problem is, I have misplaced my passport. I usually carry it for driving (being on a 457 and a UK driving license), but a few weeks ago I brought it in to the house because I was applying for a savings account online, and the bank wanted my passport number. So, I know it has been lost in the house, but I have turned the house upside down and cannot find it. My husbands passport (which I had at the same time) is in the safe where it belongs. I can only assume that my passport has somehow been picked up with recycling or something and has been thrown away. There has been no one but friends in the house, so I am confident that it has not been stolen. So, what do I need to do in order to replace it? Would I need to report it lost to the police, or would I only need to do that if it had been stolen? I presume I need to inform DIAC of my new passport number to have my 457 attached to that, but do I need to inform them that my passport has been lost in the interim? Does anyone know how long the new passport will take to come? I am going to have one last look round the house today, but I am pretty sure that it is gone. There is no huge rush. I am being investigated for underactive thyroid, so wasn't going to have medicals until that was sorted out anyway. Thanks!
  16. ausHWC

    UK Passport EXPIRY

    G'day, Does anyone know if there is a restriction on the expiry date you must have on your UK passport before emigrating to Oz? For example, we are coming over on a 457 visa, with my passport expiring in 3 years (2017)and my wife's in 4 years (2018). I'm worried that when we land in Melbourne the customs people stops us and turns us around back to the UK because our passport expiry is too short!? Sorry if this topic has been covered, thanks for any input. Cheers all,
  17. suzimac64

    Tricky passport situation ???

    Hi can anyone help with some advice on this tricky situation? My Husband was born in Australia and has dual nationality with the UK. We are currently in Australia but unfortunately he has lost/misplaced both his UK and Australian passports which would both have expired anyway. We want to return to the UK where both of our families are and may need to do so urgently and permanently due to very difficult and complex health issues. We just don't know which passport would be the quickest and cheapest to go for in this case?
  18. Hi all. I lodged an application for a renewal of my passport on the 29th Mar and old passport/paperwork was sent by courier and arrived on the 4th April, I have called them a few times and they are absolutely useless, I was supposed to be flying to HK tomorrow morning but my passport doesn't seem to have left the UK let alone arrived in Perth, is anyone else currently waiting a long time or is it just me? the website advises at least 4 weeks from receipt of docs and on Friday it will be 6 weeks, On a seperate note do I need to link my visa to the new passport or is it all electronic now? Cheers
  19. hi everyone. I am going back to the UK for more than 12 months with my son who currently only has his aussie pp. I was going to apply for his UK one when we get back. does anyone know if he will be allowed entry with me without a valid return airfare? as flights generally are only valid for 12 months I didn't want to waste money on a return fare. but not sure if it is a visa requirement for an australian entering the UK to have a return airfare even if it is a dependant travelling with a parent? (he's 22months old). Thanks
  20. Melmell13

    Want to move back ASAP.

    I'm 25 years old, moved to Aus when I was 18, horrible, horrible age to move country. I am completely, 100% done with this country, just wondering if there is anyone on here around the same age as me that has moved back recently and has any tips? I'm looking at living in Bristol and I'm just wondering what the jobs/ housing etc will be like for someone of my age that hasn't lived in the country for 7 years. Also, trying to organise my passport which is turning out to be a total nightmare :dull: PHEW!
  21. Hi all, I need to apply for my Australian citizenship. However, it appears I've lost my British passport. I seriously don't have the money to pay for both a citizenship ($230) and a new British passport ($270) what with being a poor uni student and all. Does anyone know if passports are absolutely required? If so, I'm in a spot of bother.
  22. Applying for or renewing a UK passport when living in Australia (or elsewhere overseas) I thought I'd post this in its own thread as its come up a few times lately and each time the info just gets lost in amongst it all. Please read these links if you need to apply for or renew a UK passport and are living in Australia. I've embedded them all into the post so links are in red (orange to some) text. British High Commission in New Zealand website - where all UK passport applications from Australia now are processed. So What Passport Do I Need? Once you know which one you require you go to the following page How To Apply From Australia . On that page you can download all the forms to apply, find the price list and more. Checklist 1 - Renewing An Exisiting UK Passport This is a PDF and clarifies if you need a counter signatory or not for your passport application (the 2 year rule of when you need a counter signature and knowing a person long enough to counter sign confuses some people). I've pasted it below also Checklist 1- Renewing an existing British Passport NOTE: THIS CHECKLIST IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR OLD BLUE/BLACK PASSPORTS Please tick each box in the checklist below to ensure you have all relevant documents. o Completed passport application form. (C1 or C2). Applications signed with the signature outside the box will be returned. o Completed your application form in full using black ink. o Enclosed TWO identical passport sized photographs on a cream/off white background. Photographs not meeting standards required by the UK passport services will be returned. o If your appearance is very different from the photo in your current or last passport, you should get your photo & form countersigned. All children under 12 must have their form countersigned. (Temp residents see note below) o Counter signatory (If required): Must complete all details (C1-Sec9 or C2-Sec8). Incomplete counter signatory detail is the number one reason for rejected passport applications. o Enclosed your current/existing passport(s). Photocopies are not acceptable. Note : For those in the country for less than 2 years, on holiday or visiting, and don’t know anyone, you can have your application & photo countersigned by a professional (Policeman, J.P., Lawyer etc) attesting to your likeness. They will not be required to complete the personal declaration at section 9 C1 or Section 8 C2. An explanation of your circumstance should be made at Section 7 C1 or section 6 C2. ****** If you live elsewhere and need to renew or apply for a UK passport you can find your country of residence on the list HERE Hopefully that covers things for people. All the relevant information you need can be found within those official links on the pages somewhere. If there is anything specific you can't find it is best to use the contact information given on the fco.co.uk website and find out directly from them. Cheers snifter
  23. siiobhan

    Stolen passport please help!!!

    so i had m passport stolen i have reported it and made a interview at the oz post office and filled out the documents. When this appointment is done with how long will it take to get a new passport? what do i do next?
  24. Hi I have just posted (via check and send - or whatever auspost call it,) my British passport off to be renewed. It says on the .gov website that renewal of passports takes 'at least 4 weeks' Has anyone found processing time to take significantly more, or less time? I have flights back to UK booked for 5 weeks today and I have my fingers crossed I will get my new passport back in time. My plan was to renew passport back in the UK as it is way cheaper, but only have 4 months left on my passport and unfortunately singapore will not let me transit through with less than 6 months. ggrrr!! I going to make a decision in the next few days about the need to push my flights back a few days. Cheers
  25. johnnyjohn

    Student visa online application

    For online visa applications: "If you have a Australian visa grant number, please enter the visa grant number" -Is this for previous expired visas? Is this number indicated on the visa label? "If you have a current visa label in your current or previous passport, please enter the visa number" -Is this also for old expired visas?
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