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I am an Australian citizen and my partner is Dutch, we have a baby who is approx 2 months old and was born in London. We are trying to organise our move to Australia and we are on a time limit. We need to leave the UK by March 2018.
My partner recently received his approval for his provisional visa (309) and I have put in an application for the baby for citizenship by decent for Australia. When I applied they sent me confirmation but did not give any timescales for processing, they said it is a case by case basis. I am feeling a bit stressed as I do not know how long this citizenship application could take and I really need to know and try and push this application along.

Has anyone been in this situation before and can give advice? I have also been told that sometimes these applications can take between 3-5 months to process, which seems ridiculous, especially for a baby, this is a very straight forward application.

I also try and ring the Australian high commission however the number they give you is engaged constantly, so I have no way of getting through to discuss my situation with anyone.

My partner and I are now trying to get the baby a dutch passport as we may be able to get this quicker, which would enable us to travel and leave the UK.
Now I am stuck with the other question, if the baby travels on a dutch passport, what visitor visa can I apply for, and am I as the responsible parent able to apply for this visa on the baby's behalf?

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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The https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/601- ETA visa subclass 601 might be the easiest for you with the Dutch passport.

It may not be the 100% correct method of entry, but if you have to travel so soon, and without an Australian passport, it might be the only option.

Then sort it out on arrival.
 
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