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Caroline27

Getting British citizenship for Australian born kids

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Does anyone know the process of getting British citizenship for children aged 10 and 14?

We live in Australia, my sons were born here and have Australian citizenship and passports.

i am on a PR visa with a British passport. I have lived here on and off, mostly on for the last 40 years. 

Iam planning to get Oz citizenship too and dual nationality, and I’d like the same for them. 

Any info or advice appreciated. 

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Assuming you (or the children's father) were born in the UK, then the children are already British citizens and you only need to apply for their British passports.

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Really? Their father is not British, only I am. They are Australian citizens. How can they automatically be British citizens? 

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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, Caroline27 said:

Really? Their father is not British, only I am. They are Australian citizens. How can they automatically be British citizens? 

Were you born in Britain? If so they are automatically citizens by descent. Children born to British born mothers have been citizens by descent since 1982 and even those born before that date can become citizens by descent quite easily. As they are obviously post 1982, all you have to do is apply for their passports.

If you yourself are a citizen by descent then you can only pass on your citizenship if you have lived in UK for a defined period (think it's 4 or 5 years).

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I have also obtained a British passport for my Canadian born oldest child recently. I am born and raised British, moved to Canada on a PR and I obtained Canadian citizenship. Her father is Canadian. She was eligible for citizen by descent.

The whole process only took a month from applying to having the passport in hand.


29/12/17 AHPRA logged,  31/01/2018 AHPRA asked for more docs,  20/02/2018 AHPRA rec'd docs, 27/02/2018 AHPRA extension app'd, 12/03/2018 Reg in principle, 29/03/2018 AHPRA Full Registration, 29/03/2018 Anmac Modified Skills lodged,   15/05/2018 ANMAC Mod skills Assessment +ve,  Aug. 2018 PTE-A (L:85 R:90 S:90 W:90),  South Australia State 190 Sponsorship Applied 08/09/2018, State Sponsorship Approved 08/11/2018, Lodged 190 visa 16/11/2018.  CO Contact for form 47a for migrating adult child, and non-migrating non-dependent adult children  9th April, 2019.    Grant 4th June 2019!!!! Job Offer Aug 2019, Flying to Oz October 2nd 2019✈️🇦🇺🌞

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