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Entering Australia on UK Passport

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Hi All

We are emigrating to Australia in May. I am British with Australian PR (Aussie wife) and our son was born in the UK in August 2020. We have been successful in obtaining Australian citizenship for him, but have not yet applied for an Australian passport for him. He does have a UK passport though.

We are a little worried that we won't get his Aus passport before we leave and we need to submit a paper application to the consulate as I understand it. 

Are we Ok to wait until we are in Australia to apply for his Aus passport and have him enter Australia in May on his UK passport? The letter does mention that he should use an Australian passport, but that only seems to apply to re-entry.

Thanks

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Australian law states that Australian citizens must enter the country on Australian passports. If you apply for a visa in his British passport it will be automatically refused.

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1 hour ago, JetBlast said:

Australian law states that Australian citizens must enter the country on Australian passports. If you apply for a visa in his British passport it will be automatically refused.

The passport section of the AHC in London are generally quite helpful in situations like this. Otherwise you may be able to get him an "Australian Declaratory Visa" (which isn't actually a visa) to evidence his Australian citizenship in his UK passport - this will avoid a lot of hassle at the airport!

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Hi vongole83, just wondered how long the gap was between your child being granted citizenship by descent and receiving their citizenship extract in the post?

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Thanks PaulHand - we will give them a ring!

bowbow it only got granted yesterday so we have not had anything yet. The citizenship by descent approval is NOT actually proof of citizenship - you have to apply for that separately before you can get a passport. Only takes around a week plus postage time I believe though.

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Thanks - are you sure about that though?  I did think that but when you log on to the passport application form (which I know ultimately has to be delivered by hand), where you have to prove Australian citizenship it asks for "Australian citizenship certificate (or extract from the register of citizenship by descent)".  This website also suggests the extract is sufficient to obtain a passport - https://www.passports.gov.au/getting-passport-how-it-works/documents-you-need/citizenship#citizenship certificate

What counts as a citizenship certificate?

Australian citizenship certificates can also be known by other names:

  • Conferral Certificate
  • Evidence Certificate
  • Declaratory Certificate
  • Citizenship by Descent (extract)
  • Certificate of Naturalisation
  • Australian citizenship certificate of an adoption in accordance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption or bilateral arrangement
  • extract from the Register of Australian Births Abroad.

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Posted (edited)

Sorry you are indeed correct. When you expand the options in the application form you can see this is accepted.

I will edit my post above in case anyone else reads my incorrect info

 

Edit: Option to edit my post is not there.

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