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Am I an Australian Citizen by birth?

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Hello All

I am really hoping somebody can explain a couple of things for me.  I am trying to organise Aussie Passports for myself and  my 2 kids (aged 12 and 10).  

I was born in Sydney in 1968 to British parents and we all returned to GB a few months after I was born.     From what I can make out this makes me an 'Australian Citizen'.  Am I right?

I have two children, both born in GB.  I am trying to sort out their passports and understand I need to therefore sort out their Australian Citizenship beforehand?    I am working through  the online immi.gov.au  Enlodegment forms and it asks  me to "Give details of periods totalling at least two years that this parent has lawfully been in Australia."   I have never lived in Australia beyond the few months after I was born and before my parents returned to GB.   

I'm so confused, any information would be really helpful.



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So, the rules are;

You can apply for evidence of your Australian citizenship if you were:

  • born in Australia before 20 August 1986 and are an Australian citizen by birth 

so, you are an Australian Citizen by birth



For Australian citizenship by descent:

  • you must have been born outside Australia
  • at least one of your parents must have been an Australian citizen when you were born.
  • Eligibility - you were born outside Australia and at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen when you were born.

Your process is this;

  • Get your Australian Citizenship validated, and obtain the documents (Proof of Citizenship By Birth, and a copy of your Australian Passport)
  • Apply for an Aussie Passport (not essential but it helps)
  • Then apply for the kids under descent.
  • The two year criteria u mention , I cant seem to find any basis for. I suspect it relates to those born after 1986.




Makes me sick, in the fact that I must include a disclaimer. All opinions, advice and comments expressed by me are of my own personal opinion, and not that of a Immigration Agent, Lawyer, or related professional. They are given in the spirit intended, as an independant contributor, to a public forum. No implied, or expressed guarantee or undertaking as to accuracy or relevance is given.


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