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Postby HappyBella55 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:49 pm

Does anyone have a dual citizenship with Britain?

In 13 and a half weeks I'm traveling to the UK to visit my sis for 3 and a half weeks. I have probably left it to late to get one now but just wondering if its worth getting one?

My dad is a born and bread pom so I know I can get a dual citizenship. My dad mentioned it to me last year to sort it out and I did the typical "yes dad, I'll get on to it" and never have hahaha. I don't know anyone else except my dad and sis who have the dual citizenship.

I guess it comes in handy if you plan to live and work in the UK instead of just a holiday.

Any feedback/experience with it would be great.

Thanks guys :D
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby sassi » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:30 pm

hi bella

i'm still on my self-enforced hiatus but i couldn't not reply to this thread (actually, i'm so weak-willed i had to get my bf to change my password & he just had to log me in :lol: )

anyways - i have dual citizenship...well, i don't actually think of it like that, i just have two passports ;)

i got my british passport before i went over to the uk to live & work for a couple of years. i think you will still have time to get it - your application is assessed by the british high commission in canberra from memory - i'm sure mine was sent back pretty quickly.

having the uk passport is good for lots of reasons. if you're just holidaying then the biggest plus is a super fast queue at immigration - they barely look at your passport & there are no questions asked. plus you leave & enter australia on your australian passport. too easy.

travelling around the EU is the same - they barely check it & queues move really quickly.

if you ever plan to live or work in the UK then it's a great thing to have because you're not limited to what jobs you can do (whereas on a working visa you're not meant to work in your chosen field) or how long you can stay.
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby Diminishing » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:12 pm

I have both. I was born & raised in the UK to an English father/Australian mother, so had a British passport. Then I applied for an Australian passport in 1992, from the UK.

Even back then (pre internet & all snail mail!) it only took around a month to get it organised.

I had to get certified copies of my Mums birth certificate and passport and of my parents marriage certificate too. As well as produce my birth certificate. And the Australian High Commission ran a police check on me.

I then got granted dual citizenship, and from there applied for an Australian passport.

Even though my circs were the reverse of yours, I still reckon you have time!

I travelled back to the UK with my son about 2 years ago and organised him both an Australian and EU passport.....it only took about 3 weeks.
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby Mandie » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:58 pm

I have both! It was awesome when I went and worked in Ireland for a year, didn't need a visa and travelling in the EU is SOOO much easier with a British passport!

I organised it in 24 hours.. honestly! Took the forms in on one day, the passport arrived at my door about 24 hours later the next afternoon. I was very impressed, didn't even ask for it to be done rapidly (since I arranged it a couple of months in advance).

DEFINITELY worth the money, and once you have one you can always get one so they are very very handy!
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby zeedeveelgirl » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:12 pm

My brother recently went through a LOT of drama applying for EU citizenship for my mum, him and me.. it's SUCH a headache! My grandparents are (were? grandfather is dead now) born in Poland, so we're applying based on that, and it makes it soooo much harder!! My brother had to get all these documents copied and signed by Justice of the Peace, and then just when he was going to submit the application, they changed the rules and he had to get the originals sighted in Sydney... he had to hire a lady who specialises in putting the applications together, and to do Polish translations because you had to write a whole bunch of stuff about family origins etc etc... It was just a nightmare for him and took almost a year to do!!! He submitted it December last year and it'll take up to 2 years to come through, IF it comes through..
I really hope it does. I've gotten off easy, just had to pay my brother $450 for my share of all the costs involved.. He was the one to organise it all and spent so much time on it.

Fingers crossed!

Anyway, Bella, I hope your dual passport comes through in time :P Have you investigated what you have to do to get it?
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby HappyBella55 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:37 pm

sassi wrote:hi bella

i'm still on my self-enforced hiatus but i couldn't not reply to this thread (actually, i'm so weak-willed i had to get my bf to change my password & he just had to log me in :lol: )

anyways - i have dual citizenship...well, i don't actually think of it like that, i just have two passports ;)

i got my british passport before i went over to the uk to live & work for a couple of years. i think you will still have time to get it - your application is assessed by the british high commission in canberra from memory - i'm sure mine was sent back pretty quickly.

having the uk passport is good for lots of reasons. if you're just holidaying then the biggest plus is a super fast queue at immigration - they barely look at your passport & there are no questions asked. plus you leave & enter australia on your australian passport. too easy.

travelling around the EU is the same - they barely check it & queues move really quickly.

if you ever plan to live or work in the UK then it's a great thing to have because you're not limited to what jobs you can do (whereas on a working visa you're not meant to work in your chosen field) or how long you can stay.


Sassi, Sassi, Sassi :D :!: :D :!:

Boy I have (and others too) missed you around here.

Thanks for popping in and replying. This has helped me heaps.

I never thought about the queues and progressing quicker through customs. It's good to know I haven't left it too late

My sis is shouting me (bless her dear heart :D ) while we travel around Europe, so the British pass port will definitely come in handy.

My sister's partner sent me an email about this last night too. He was saying how much easier it is for my sis to clear customs than it is for him, as he's traveling with an Aussie passport.

Thanks for your input Sassi,

Please hurry up and get the password of your boyfriend and come back to us! :D Weeeee missssssssss youuuuuuuuuuuuuu :D
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby ali76 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:44 pm

I'm SO jealous of you all!!

I lived and worked in Scotland for 2 years on a working holiday visa (was one of the lucky few who got the 2 year visa!) and wasn't ready to come home!! I wish I could get dual citizenship!! And yes, the ease in the airports are worth any amount of money!!!

Go for it!!
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby HappyBella55 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:46 pm

Thanks guys for your feed back. Its very much appreciated :D

I could have found this info out but I was to lazy to check the government website. It's so long winded and I was feeling very lazy on Saturday :lol: and I value your input so I knew you wonderful people would help me along :D .

Yikes Em, all that trouble your brother had to go too, to get a dual citizenship :? . Lucky for me it won't take a year and only a matter of 10 working days (so I was told on the phone). I just have to get a few documents off my dad, go see a JP and mail it through and blink and its sorted. Definitely haven't left it too late. I'll be able to Leave the country an Aussie and enter as a Brit :lol:.

I have my fingers crossed that the passports do come through for you and your family Em. Talk about bureaucratic red tape you have to cut through.

Thanks again for your input guys, it helped heaps :D
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Re: Dual citizenship

Postby HappyBella55 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:48 pm

ali76 wrote:I'm SO jealous of you all!!

I lived and worked in Scotland for 2 years on a working holiday visa (was one of the lucky few who got the 2 year visa!) and wasn't ready to come home!! I wish I could get dual citizenship!! And yes, the ease in the airports are worth any amount of money!!!

Go for it!!


Thanks Ali :D yep yep I'm definitely going for it. I should have listed to dad last year when he first mentioned it :lol: I always leave everything to the last minute :oops:
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