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Having a baby in Australia v UK: citizenship


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Old 06-23-2017, 11:36 AM
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Having a baby in Australia v UK: citizenship

Hello,

Just wondering whether anyone has any experience or advice on having a baby in Australia v having a baby in the UK. My partner is a citizen of (born in) the UK, and I am Australian. We will be getting married soon and currently deciding whether to settle and have a child in Australia or the UK. If I went back to the UK, I'd be going on a spouse visa.

A couple of questions:

Would our child automatically get citizenship rights to both countries no matter where it was born?

Can anyone offer any comparisons between Australia and Scotland in terms of overall cost, the public and private hospital systems, fertility assistance options, or any other benefits - or things to be aware of - in having a baby in either country?

At this stage we would be happy to live in either country once married, so we are just weighing up which would be best for us at this stage in our lives.

I'd love to hear from any mums (or dads!) out there that can offer any advice.

Thanks in advance!


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Old 06-23-2017, 12:40 PM
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Hello,

Just wondering whether anyone has any experience or advice on having a baby in Australia v having a baby in the UK. My partner is a citizen of (born in) the UK, and I am Australian. We will be getting married soon and currently deciding whether to settle and have a child in Australia or the UK. If I went back to the UK, I'd be going on a spouse visa.

A couple of questions:

Would our child automatically get citizenship rights to both countries no matter where it was born? For Aus you would have to apply for Citizenship by Descent for any children born outside Aus and there is a charge for it (I think $295 at the moment, discount for second and subsequent applicants applying together, in case you have any more kids). Not sure of the situation for UK whether it is granted automatically or if you have to apply.

Can anyone offer any comparisons between Australia and Scotland in terms of overall cost, the public and private hospital systems, fertility assistance options, or any other benefits - or things to be aware of - in having a baby in either country?

At this stage we would be happy to live in either country once married, so we are just weighing up which would be best for us at this stage in our lives.

I'd love to hear from any mums (or dads!) out there that can offer any advice.

Thanks in advance!
See me reply above, sorry no experience of maternity services in either country.

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Old 06-23-2017, 01:39 PM
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I am a UK citizen and my wife is Australian born, but we currently live and work in Qatar. My wife gave birth to both of our kids here in Qatar and they were entitled to dual citizenship UK/Aus, just had to register with UK birth register through embassy before applying for passport, and applied for Aus citizenship by descent before getting Aus passport.

It was a fairly straightforward paperwork process.

Can't comment on maternity services for UK/Aus, but i know that the care my wife received here was way better than we could have wished for either in UK or Aus.


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I've given birth in the US and Australia and I can say Australia was 100% better. I don't know how it is in the UK but besides the labor pain I actually enjoyed the whole exoerience. Public and private in Aus is pretty good, at least from all the experiences of other friends delivering.


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A very similar situation for us. We came home to Australia second time around and we feel it was the right choice. It also makes the Australian citizenship part more straight forward.


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