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May 18 2011

UK and Australian Passports

UK and Australian Passports

On 25th March 2013 the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office website was replaced by www.gov.uk/fco.
Many Links will no longer work, but will lead to the main gov.uk site.

Australian Passports
UK passport, renewals and enquiries
UK passport renewals in Australia

From 2nd June 2009… All British Passport renewals in Australia will be done at a Post Office.

The British High Commission in Canberra will only accept direct postal applications until 15th June 2009. After that date any applications will be returned to sender, unopened.

Australia Post will charge a $50 fee for their service.

Telephone Help lines are available at a cost of between 0.69 + International call fee, and $3.52 per minute.

Australia Post staff will check your passport application with you face-to-face before forwarding on for processing at the Regional Passport Processing Centre in New Zealand.

Passport Fees at April 2013

A$ 275.32 Adult standard 32-page passport
A$ 318.32 Adult jumbo 48-page passport
A$ 201.32 Child passport

Somethings do go down in price!!  An Adult Passport in April 2009 was quoted at:

32 page standard size is shown as $279.00 at April 2009, for either a Renewal or a new application.

Red Passports

Renewal of a “Red Passport” requires the following

  • Form C1 or C2,
  • your existing passport,
  • 2 passport photos and
  • the application Fee.

Costs are subject to changes.

Please check for any changes at the British High Commission website.

Passport Fees at:

The application will need to be sent to the Passport Office in Canberra, or submitted at selected Australia Post Offices from 2nd June 2009.

Full details are at:

Renewing an expired British passport
  • If your British passport expired more than ten years ago, or yours is an older style blue/black British passport, you will need to submit your original birth certificate, and more identification than when renewing a passport that expired less than 10 years ago.
Old Black Passports
  • Any application being submitted with an old style black passport, as evidence of British nationality, will now be treated as a ‘First Time Application’ and must be supported by full documentation (ie full birth certificate and marriage certificate) or registration documents if applicable.
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UK Passport FAQ’s

  • Adding pages to a passport – If your passport is full but it is still valid you cannot have pages added to it.
  • Additional passport – Second passports will only be issued where there is an ongoing and compelling need for frequent travel.
  • Agents – If you choose to use an agent you do so at your own risk.
  • Amendments to Passports – If a passport holder wishes to change any aspect of his or her passport, a new passport must be applied for and the appropriate passport fee paid in full.
  • Application forms – Please ensure your form is filled out completely and all relevant documents and the fee are enclosed.
  • Applying for a passport – If you do not live in the UK you have two options. If you live in the UK you MUST apply through the Identity and Passport Service
  • Biodata page of a Passport – The bio-data page is printed on the last page of the current style of British passport.
  • Biometric passports – Biometric details are those which are unique to you
  • Birth certificates – There are two types of birth certificate issued in the UK
  • BN(O) passport (applicants with a Hong Kong connection) – All BN (O) registrations had to be completed prior to 1 July 1997.
  • British citizenship – Applicants must provide evidence of their claim to British Nationality if they are a first time applicant for a UK passport.
  • British nationals – Categories of people defined as British nationals under British Nationality Law
  • British passports – Definition of a British passport
  • Careline service – At certain Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, our passport enquiries are only handled by our passport information helpline
  • Cash (Paying passport fees by cash) – Do not send cash in the post with your application.
  • Change of appearance – If you can still be identified from the photo in your current passport, you don’t need to apply for a new one.
  • Cheque (Paying passport fees by personal cheque) – Please make sure you refer to this as payment methods differ between the Passport Processing Centres and will change periodically.
  • Child applications – Since March 1998 children cannot be added to a parents or a guardians passport.
  • Collection of passport by third party – The person collecting the passport must also provide our consular staff at the reception his or her own identification, and if possible, the original receipt.
  • Countersignatures – Advice on countersignatures can be found in the notes accompanying passport application forms which applicants should read carefully.
  • Damaged passports – You must provide the damaged passport when submitting your passport application.
  • Deceased persons – We request that the passport of a British national who has died is forwarded to the nearest Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
  • Documents – See the supporting documentation needed for your application.
  • Dual citizenship – The UK government has no objection to dual or multiple citizenship or to a person holding passports from more than one country.
  • Eligibility for a British passport – Determining whether you are a British national and whether you qualify for British passport facilities is a complex process involving many factors.
  • Emergency passports – There are two types of emergency travel documents.
  • Emergency travel – Please remember that regardless of the type of document issued we need to make checks before we can issue a passport and this may mean you have to delay your travel plans.
  • Errors in passport – You need to return the passports to the passport office where they were issued with a note of explanation for free re-issue of your passport.
  • Extending the validity of your passport – Leave plenty of time to apply for a new passport and always regularly check the validity on your passport.
  • Extension to your passport – It is no longer possible to obtain a free extension to a passport that was subject to a restricted validity.
  • Interviews – There are some instances were an interview is a requirement.
  • Looking after your passport – Considerable inconvenience and disruption to travel plans and expense may result from the theft or loss of your passport.
  • Lost or stolen passports overseas – If your passport has been stolen, you will need to get a police report, or demonstrate that you have at least made attempts to do so.
  • Machine Readable Passport – A machine-readable passport is a passport with two typeface lines printed at the bottom of the biographical page, which can be read by a machine.
  • Mistake in application – Incorrectly completed applications can cause you delays and you may not receive your passport ahead of your intended travel date.
  • Obtaining an extract of your original UK birth/marriage certificate – You can apply by post to the General Register Office to obtain your UK birth or marriage certificate.
  • Old Blue British passport – If you are applying to renew an old expired blue passport, your application will be treated like a first-time application.
  • Old/previous passport – When you apply for a new passport, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you.
  • Opening times – Some Embassies have set opening hours to accept passport applications, and will not accept any applications after this time.
  • Out of hours – You should contact your nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate if you require consular assistance out of hours.
  • British Overseas Territories citizen – British Overseas Territories Citizens (BOTC) can apply for a passport in the same way as a British Citizen.
  • Owning and looking after your passport – Any case of loss or destruction should be reported immediately to the local police.
  • Passport Information Helpline – Please check your Embassy website for contact details.
  • Passport owner – A passport remains the property of Her Majesty’s Government in the UK.
  • Passport photographs – All applicants are asked to check the passport photograph requirements before submitting their application.
  • Passport application: website services – In some instances applying through such web-based services can ultimately delay your application.
  • Photocopies or certified copies of supporting documents – We must see original documentation.
  • Photocopy of passport – If you are sending a photocopy of your passport, unless requested in your application your current passport will automatically be cancelled on the issuing of your new passport.
  • Posting your passport application – We cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.
  • Processing time – Customers should not make any travel arrangements until the new passport is received.
  • Public holidays – Please check the Embassy, High Commission for details about public holidays.
  • Recovered passports – If you find a passport that you had earlier reported lost or stolen, you must not use it.
  • Refund of application fees – The passport fee is now charged for administering the application rather than just for issuing a passport.
  • Renewal of your passport – Applicants must be residing (whether on holiday or permanently) in any particular country at the time of application and still be in the country at the time their new passport is issued.
  • Retention of passport during application process – Any passport retained during the renewal process can only be retained for ID purposes, not for travel.
  • Same day service – We do not offer a same day service and advise customers to submit applications well before your intended travel date.
  • Second passport – Second passports will only be issued where there is an ongoing and compelling need for frequent travel.
  • Short form birth certificate for first time applications – We do not accept short-form birth certificate to support first passport applications.
  • Signature – If you are over 12 you are required to sign your passport application
  • Special symbols in names – We can put some accents, umlauts and other symbols in names.
  • Status of application – We do not currently have an online tracking system to track your passport.
  • Submitting your application in person – It is not always necessary to submit your passport application in person.
  • Submitting your passport application without including your passport -
  • Supporting documents from another country – You should have the document translated (if necessary) and then authenticated by the authorities in the country that issued them.
  • Temporary Passports – The temporary passport is being phased out in 2009/10.
  • Tracking progress of your passport – Please note that these are approximate timings and may be subject to delivery time delays.
  • Unable to write – If applicants are unable to write, they can use their thumbprint instead to sign the passport application form.
  • United States of America – You can use your non-biometric British passport to travel to the USA.
  • Validity of passport – Ask your travel agent, or contact the authorities of the country/territory you propose to visit about passport requirements.
  • Veteran Passports (Free passports) – All free passports are issued in the United Kingdom and take a minimum of 10 weeks to be processed.
  • Visas in passport- Applicants are responsible for checking the immigration and visa requirements for the country to which they will be travelling.
  • Without a passport (travel abroad without a passport) – You must have a valid travel document to enter or leave the UK.

 

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  1. ABCDiamond

    If you migrated to Australia before 1987 or travelled overseas between 1 March 1976 and 31 December 1986, you may have been issued with an Authority to Return (ATR) or a Return Endorsement (RE).

    If you hold an Authority to Return or Return Endorsement, you should not apply for any other visa, including a Resident Return visa because, if your application is approved, this will legally cease your Authority to Return or Return Endorsement.

    http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/residents/return-documents.htm
    http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/residents/atr-re.htm

    Check if you have this ATR or RE.
    Visa Evidence Charge (VEC) is $70. But it may be on your old passport.

    If NOT, then you need something else, either RRV or Aus passport.

    Some ATR/RE holders may experience significant delays when you enter Australia while manual checks are made.

    Costings:
    British Passport $275
    Aust Fee Fee for handling $50
    RRV $300 (online) or $380
    Total: $625 or $705

    Australian Citizenship $ 260 or less if (CH card) http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/fees_forms_appeals/
    Australian Passport $ 238
    Total: $498 or less

  2. John Allen

    Please advise if I can travel on a round trip to NZ using a British passport.? And would I need an RRV to come back to Australia? I have lived here for 61 years since I was 12. I haven’t become an Australian citizen.

  3. John Allen

    I have resided in Australia for 61 years since I was 12. I have an expired British Passport. I want to go on a two week cruise early next year.I am about to apply for a new British passport. Can I travel with it on this round trip and would I need an RRV to return here?I have never taken out Australian Citizenship. I have been married to an Australian for 45 years. please advise.

    1. ABCDiamond

      To most people who ask this, the answer is Yes, an RRV is always needed. However… there are exceptions, and you appear to come into the same category as my sister, who has never needed an RRV, due to the time that she had been in Australia.

      There was apparently a cut off time when the British who were here legally before a certain date had the same rights as citizens, even without citizenship.

      I will check these dates again, in case there have been any legal changes. However, have you considered the difference in costs between renewing you passport, and getting one of those European style ones, or becoming a citizen and getting an Australian one.

      An Aussie one may be easier getting back into Australia, and even has some added benefits in NZ.

      1. John Allen

        I have enquired about Australian Citizenship and have been told it could take eight or nine months to come through. I would then want to get an Australian passport. I really wanted to go on a cruise next February as it is a family reunion with my two brothers and sister and their families. Luckily they had all become Australian Citizens years ago. Thanks for your info and if you can find a cut off date as my old British passport does have the RRV stamp which expired years ago. Thanks . J

        1. ABCDiamond

          A previous RRV will nullify any Authority to Return (ATR) or a Return Endorsement (RE) issued pre 1986. They are different to a RRV.

          You will need a new RRV or go the Aussie route.

          I arranged citizenship and passport very quickly, based on my needs at the time, and an application for special circumstances…
          Here was my timetable:

          • The Citizenship test was taken on 28th November 2011.
          • The Citizenship Ceremony was held at 10:45 am on 21st December 2011.
          • The Australian Passport Application was lodged at 11:55 am on the same day.
          • The completed passport became ready for collection at 2.55 pm on the same day

          Just 4 hours and 10 minutes from the Citizenship ceremony to having the passport available for pickup. That must be nearly a record.
          However, it did take 25 years and 11 days from first migrating to Australia to becoming an Australian Citizen

          I suggest you try something like that. Ring them and ask if you can get a faster ceremony booked. 131 880

          There are no forms online that I can see. http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/fees_forms_appeals/paper_apps/

  4. astraea

    I am a naturalized British citizen who is now living in Australia. My son was born as an Australian citizen as i was a permanent resident here at the time of his birth. Can i apply for a dual citizenship/ british citizenship for him? Will he qualify to be a british passport holder?

  5. Karen Lawrance

    I have lived in Australia for 45 years but never become a Autralian citizen, can I apply for duel passport.
    If so how.

    1. ABCDiamond

      Yes, you can. Just apply for the forms and an appointment for the test at http://www.citizenship.gov.au

      I did mine after 26 years. My Sister did hers after 40 years. The Citizenship test was quite easy, although I was a bit worried beforehand. We both got 100% and did it in 5 minutes :)

  6. Deborah Vallence

    We renewed our british passports at the Australian post office as we are now permanent residents here. Two of the new passports have been delivered to us, within two weeks, one is still outstanding. Should I be concerned and is there a number I can call to track the passport through DHL. The numbers on the post office website do not appear to work.

    1. ABCDiamond

      My first thought is an email to the UK passport office, who should have details, and may be able to give an advice if there is a delay with one of them. I am sure the UK will have full details of all applications, even overseas ones.
      https://www.gov.uk/track-passport-application

  7. Anne Young

    I have a British passport, I have been liing in Australia since I was 3 in 1962, I have overseas 4 times, Is there a limit of how often I can return to Australia? Am I able to still get a re-entry visa for here? Thanks Anne Young

    1. ABCDiamond

      A British passport holder that migrated before 1973 is treated differently to one who arrived before.

      From personal knowledge you are able to travel, as often as you like, without applying for a resident return visa, or at least were able to until a few years ago. I don’t think this has changed, but it may be worthwhile just checking. This information is based on personal knowledge of a family member who arrived in 1975, and travelled many times without an RRV. I assume she had an ATR or an RE.

      If you migrated to Australia before 1987 or travelled overseas between 1 March 1976 and 31 December 1986, you may have been issued with an Authority to Return (ATR) or a Return Endorsement (RE)
      See the information here: http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/residents/atr-re.htm

      Another difference that may have affected you is:
      Until 1984, people born in the United Kingdom could enrol to vote without being Australian citizens. This has caused many long term permanent residents to believe that they are Australian citizens based on their ability to vote.

  8. iPhone Developer India

    If your British passport expired more than ten years ago, or yours is an older style blue/black British passport, you will need to submit your original birth certificate, and more identification than when renewing a passport that expired less than 10 years ago.

    1. Cheyne

      does this mean we still fill in section 4 on the c1 application with the old passport number, and include the old style blue/black passport with the app…..or say no to previous passport…..???

      1. Cheyne

        What documentation would i need to include here..?
        Thanks

  9. Janet Knight

    I am travelling on 3 April to the US – I am still waiting for my birth cert. to arrive before I can apply for the passport – can I get a passport any faster than 10 weeks?

    1. ABCDiamond

      Information from the relevant official websites:

      Normal Passport times:

      We aim to process the new passport within four weeks from the date the fee is taken and the application contains all of the information we need. Failure to provide all of the required documentation will result in your application being delayed or returned.
      If it is a first time application, or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks.
      http://ukinnewzealand.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/how-to-apply/australia#timing

      Emergency Travel Document
      From July 2009 the United Kingdom will start to introduce a new emergency passport.
      The new document reflects the increased focus on security and the need to continue to enhance the integrity of UK travel documentation.
      The new passports are digitally imaged, machine readable and compliant with ICAO 9303. They feature the latest thin film laminate technology.
      They will be issued for emergency purposes to UK citizens overseas in circumstances where their full validity passport is not available e.g. where it has been lost or stolen.
      They can also be issued to unrepresented EU or Commonwealth citizens with the permission of their national governments.
      This is an emergency travel document which will be valid for less than one year, does not contain a chip
      and has a limited number of pages for visas.
      We expect the document to be widely used by mid-2010.

      Within Australia, please call your nearest Consular Section in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne or Perth.
      http://ukinaustralia.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/

  10. Matt Lawless

    One of the most common question we get in the UK is whether an Apostille is needed on a UK birth certificate when (re-)applying for a British Passport. For clarification, an Apostille is only needed if a document is being presented to a non-UK authority, so an Apostille is not needed. For any further clarification, we can be contacted in the UK on +44 845 838 8433.
    If you need a replacement quickly, by courier, you can order a british birth certificate online.

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