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Baby on the Way, Passport or Visa?


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Old 02-28-2012, 10:50 PM
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I'm an Australian Citizen and have 2 passports one is English and the other Australian,
My dad is English and my mum is Australian,
she lives over there with her husband now and both my brothers are there too, they all have been for many years now, both my brothers have families of there own,
I was born in England and when my mum returned to australia when i was younger i stayed here with my dad
and have therefore only spent about 8 months in Australia my whole life,
I got married to my English boyfriend of 2 years about 6 months ago and am now 4 months Pregnant,
We were planning on moving to Australia this year but due to the new bump it has been put back to next year now,
My baby will be approximately 1 year old when we plan to move over.
As I understand it my Husband will be able to apply for a Partner Visa,
Although I'm a bit stumped on my baby to be, I expected that due to me being Half Australian that my baby would be able to get a Aussie passport too,
I have read online that if I had lived in the country for 2 years or more this would be so but I haven't so does this mean I will have to apply for a Child Visa?
And do I apply for the Visa for my baby or does my husband do it when he applies for his Visa?
Also if everything goes to plan after we have lived there 2 years is my baby then entitled to apply for an Australian passport?
Someone told me that I have to register the birth before I can apply for the passport for my baby, do I still do this if I have to get a visa?

Also on a separate note, my Australian passport ran out approx 10 years ago, I realise I have to go to the embassy in either London or Edinburgh in person to renew this,
I have the form to fill out to take with me, my problem is that since I got married recently I have changed my name so do I fill out the form with my married name or maiden name or do I need another form for this, I'm slightly confused and am puzzled on what to do, It will cost me quite a bit to travel to either embassy as they are equal distance from where I live so I don't want to go and get turned away and have to return again. What do u do about the photo requirements? If u can't use English photo booths how do u get photos?

All this is causing me a lot of stress so Any info would be much appreciated!
Thank you for your time. xx


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Old 02-29-2012, 06:02 AM
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It is my understanding that your baby would be eligible for Australian citizenship thru descent...I am assuming this is what you have?
As far as your name is concerned I never filed a formal name change in Australia and now my passport is in my maiden name. Once your passport expires you have to either change your name through the births, deaths and marriage registry.
I opted to keep my maiden name as it was faster and cheaper and doesnt really make a difference..Your first step is to get your Australian passport.
The baby, assuming entitlement to Aust. citizenship would qualify for Australian passport as soon as you have registered the birth and have the documents.


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For the photos - print out the info sheet on the passport website and take it with you to a photo place so they can see the exact requirements..

So first thing is to call the Embassy and verify then file application..hope this helps


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Is all your current ID from uk in your married name? If so I think it would be better for you to apply for Australian passport in your married name.

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Have you got your Australian citizenship via descent? If so then you need to prove the 2 years connection with Australia for your baby to also get citizenship via descent. If not then you can put the baby on your husbands visa application and then after getting a PR visa I think it is a 5 year wait until they can both apply for Australian citizenship.

I got my baby his Australian citizenship via the London high commission. Give them a call as they are so helpful and can give you the correct info in a matter of minutes. My baby got his because I am a born and bred Australian.

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Is all your current ID from uk in your married name? If so I think it would be better for you to apply for Australian passport in your married name.
My ID is all in my married name including US passport, mortgage etc..and they still required an official change in Australia...it was simpler to do in maiden name and change once we get back. On our visa app for my husband I used my maiden name also..


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