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Old 10-16-2011, 07:22 AM
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Exclamation I forgot my cover letter!!

I can't believe I did that!! I completed a form 118 for my daughter's Australian citizenship by descent and I forgot to put the cover letter in there. I debated the idea of sending the cover letter separately, but I need the advice of you calm peoples lol. Should I send it off separately? Or should I just hope for the best.

The cover letter just said what was enclosed (completed form and supporting docs) and that we did not have a passport for our daughter because she's 2 and we don't know when we'll be traveling out of the country and hadn't applied for her passport as of yet.

What should I do??


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Old 10-16-2011, 11:33 AM
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I think as long as all the docs are there it shouldn't matter. I guess the only extra thing you might want to do is when you get your case officer assigned drop them an email and say why the passport isn't there.


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Old 10-17-2011, 01:59 AM
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I think as long as all the docs are there it shouldn't matter. I guess the only extra thing you might want to do is when you get your case officer assigned drop them an email and say why the passport isn't there.
That's a really good idea! I would have never thought of that lol. Thanks!

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:39 AM
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Please don't worry! We are in the US and about 10 months ago applied for our daughter's citizenship by descent. We didn't include a cover letter, but supplied all of the required paperwork. We got the notice for the visit to the consulate shortly there after and the entire process was done and certificate received within 5 weeks. It was a relatively painfree process. The people at the consulate in NYC were great as well and the meeting lasted all of 20 minutes. Best of luck!


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Please don't worry! We are in the US and about 10 months ago applied for our daughter's citizenship by descent. We didn't include a cover letter, but supplied all of the required paperwork. We got the notice for the visit to the consulate shortly there after and the entire process was done and certificate received within 5 weeks. It was a relatively painfree process. The people at the consulate in NYC were great as well and the meeting lasted all of 20 minutes. Best of luck!
What worries me is that we didn't have a passport for our daughter (who is 2) because kids change so much and we haven't made plans yet to travel so we just haven't applied for one. I meant to explain that on the cover letter and that's why I'm so upset with myself. And I don't even know where our consulate is here in northern California. Would you mind if I asked how old your daughter was when getting that? Also, we provided all other paperwork. Dad's birth certificate, identity declaration, etc. Just not that passport. It was only delivered this Monday (2 days ago) but the wait is so stressful lol.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:30 PM
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Our daughter was about 6 months old when we did her citizenship by descent. We did have a passport for her because we had a trip planned to visit family in Australia. The picture, of a blank faced 6 month old, is quite laughable and crazy to think she will have to use it until she is almost 6!

I don't think the fact that your child, age 2, didn't have a passport yet is a problem. As bad as it may sound, most American children don't get passports until the need arises like international travel. My nieces are 4 and 7 and don't have passports. I personally didn't have a passport until I was 15. Of course at that time you didn't need one to go to Canada. I don't believe your situation to be out of the ordinary at all.
I realize that it becomes stressful when you had intended to include a cover letter and you realize that you had omitted it. If you included all the other documents, I think you'll be fine. If you are really stressed about it, I don't see the harm in just making a call to the embassy where you lodged the paperwork. I found them to be very receptive to answering questions.

Hope this helps!


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