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NSW How to Get Australian Citizenship for My Child?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by thi, 14 May 2016.

  1. thi

    thi Active Member

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    Good afternoon,

    My child is born in Australia and some people have told me I need to get an Australian citizenship for my child as the birth certificate is not enough. How do I get an Australian citizenship certificate for my child?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Tim W

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    At the time the child was born, was one or other parent lawfully in Australia (eg a permanent resident or a citizen)?
     
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    Both. I am an Australian citizen and my wife is a permanent resident.

    Thank you
     
  4. Tim W

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    If one parent was already a citizen at the time the child was born,
    and the child was born in Australia, then
    the child will probably be a citizen by birth.

    Remember, the Birth Certificate already contains a record of the place of birth.

    It is certainly possible to obtain additional documents (such as a Certificate of Citizenship)
    that attest to the citizenship of the child.
    But for the ordinary everyday citizen, these documents are not compulsory.
     
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    Thanks but we want to apply for an Australian passport for my child and they ask us for an Australian citizenship and we gave them the Australian birth certificate but they said no . Should I apply to get one for my child ?
     
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    1. They who?
    2. You only need a passport for the child if the child is travelling overseas.
    3. Information about passports is available in several languages, not just English, if that helps.
     
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    i meant in post office .thank you for your time
     
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    They may have been looking for documents proving identity, not citizenship.
    Have a look at this
     
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    All good, thanks a lot and have a nice day.
     

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