Step 1: Pick up your passport application form(s) from the Post Office.
Step 2: Complete the eight page application form(s), which is actually four pages of instructions and four pages of information about how to fill it in. There are two extra pages for children’s applications in case you need to get a passport for a minor.
Step 3: Get a passport sized photograph and have it endorsed by somebody who already has Australian citizenship and a current valid passport.
Step 4: Gather some additional documents; birth certificates, utility bills, driver’s license, UK passport, in any combination as detailed in the application form to prove your ID.
Step 5: Put all these documents in one envelope or even a supermarket carrier bag, jump in your car with it and drive to the Post Office.
“When will you be travelling?” We were asked.
“In about a month or so.” said Mrs BobinOz. I said nothing, as you know, I wasn’t travelling anywhere.
“Okay, that’s good; passports are taking about 2 weeks to process right now.”
Step 8: Wait 2 weeks for the postman to arrive.
Amazingly, exactly 2 weeks later, 3 passports arrived by registered post. Here is mine…
- Have the idea.
- Apply for a visa and pay loads of money.
- Pass the medical.
- Have my visa application approved.
- Move to Australia.
- Live in Australia for 4 years as a permanent resident.
- Pass my Australian citizenship test.
- Then attend my citizenship ceremony and take the Pledge.
Once you have your new Australian passport, the world’s your oyster. Me, I put my passport in a safe little box along with my UK passport. Not sure when I’ll use it, but nice to have it anyway.
Yes, I officially have dual nationality. My UK passport describes me as a British Citizen and my Australian passport describes me as Australian.
“Fantastic!” says the Brit.
“Beauty!” says the Aussie.
It’s pronounced “bewdy” by the way; well I have to get it right now, don’t I?