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We had a similar problem a four years ago, when my grandson, who holds Aust citizenship by descent, wanted to come over with his mother.
He has a valid passport for the country of his birth(not UK).
Apparently, the main problem, according to the Passport Office at that time, was that without a visa, which could not be issued, or an Australian passport, he would be denied boarding on the flight. He was only 2.
As this was his first Australian passport, it necessitated a visit in person to the Australian Consulate which dealt with their country of residence and that involved a flight to a third country at considerable time and expense. We tried all ways to get around the regulations, including help from our local federal member, but thems the rules!
They now take advantage of the Consuls yearly visit to their country to keep up to date all passport, driving licences and other official papers or renew stuff when they are home.
I now feel as though I have to justify myself and explain I was not 'baulking' but purely wondering whether I can make things easier for us, financially and also I believe I need to visit the High Commission in London for his passport (?) which is not an easy trek from Hull especially with a young baby!
But of course I will do whatever we have to do to ensure we have finished the process properly and can enter without worry.
Thanks again for everyone who was helpful and kind.
Just wondered. Anyway as you're in Hull it might be worth finding out if you can get all this done in the Edinburgh consular offices as it will probably be easier to get to. Whether the same level of service is on offer is something you'll need to check in detail beforehand.
Agree with NicF, you don't need to all go to London for passport application. Hubby, the Aussie, went on his own from down in Devon for the day. Had an appointment time and was in and out. Was really straightforward, just needed all the correct paperwork like birth certs and his AUS passport. Passport arrived in the post a couple of weeks later. All up, from when we made application of citizenship by descent to the passport arriving was about 6 weeks.
perfect! dont have to take the baby makes things a lot easier and hubby does spend time in London for work so happy days. thank you again!