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I'm confused....       started by poppymos on 22 Mar 2010   (22670)
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From poppymos

22 Mar 2010 1:52 AM
(107887)
Admittedly It doesn't take much but anyway! My in laws came to Australia from the UK about 30 years ago and took Australian citizenship about 20 years ago. My husband was born and raised in Qld so he obviously has dual citizenship. My husband has a cousin, born and raised in the UK, who came to Australia about 15 years ago, met and married an Aussie then they went back to live in the UK and she and her husband have only recently come back to live in Qld. The thing is, we were discussing passports tonight. My husband has an Australian and UK passport as he's got dual citizenship. But my father in law says that he only holds an Australian passport and that if you've been born in the UK to British parents then you're not allowed to hold a British and Australian passport, that you either choose to hang onto your British passport or take Australian citizenship and give up your British passport. My husband's cousin says that the fact that they can't hold two passports is correct and that she's chosen to hang onto her British passport. I'll be applying for Australian citizenship later in the year and I'm now very confused as to how this all works out now. If I take Australian citizenship does that mean I have to give up my UK passport and, if this is the case, how does it work if I choose to travel back to the UK for a visit? I hope this makes sense! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Paula
From callum1965

To poppymos

22 Mar 2010 2:03 AM
(107888)
No, i hold both. inlaw talking whats on a snooker table.
From Marshy

To poppymos

22 Mar 2010 2:04 AM
(107889)
Absolute nonsense. You can have both, in fact I do.
From dor34

To poppymos

22 Mar 2010 3:27 AM
(107890)
HI Paula, I recall reading something about this before. Apparently for a period of time it was the case that British immigrants had to give up their British citizenship to take up Australian citizenship and then the rules changed and dual citizenship was brought back in. I will see if I can find the info for you if I can remember where I saw it! Take care. Dor
From poppymos

To dor34

22 Mar 2010 1:27 PM
(107899)
Thanks everyone. Now I can take great pleasure in proving my father in law wrong when I get citizenship and my two passports haha! Dor, I did wonder if it maybe had something to do with how long ago they gained citizenship. If you could find any info that would be fantastic. At least then I could tell him that those used to be the rules but that's not the case anymore because, knowing my father in law, he'll have some arguement! Paula
From me2you

To poppymos

22 Mar 2010 9:22 PM
(107903)
you can have both. it used to be that you had to denounce the citizenship of your country of birth in order to take up the australian one. some places still do this eg holland and south africa i believe. but brits can and do have two passports
From HouseLouw

To me2you

23 Mar 2010 8:17 AM
(107910)
Hi There, Thats correct in South Africa you have to give up your South African citizenship. (like no loss on our side I can assure you)
From poppymos

To HouseLouw

23 Mar 2010 11:19 AM
(107912)
I knew there were some places where you're not allowed to have dual citizenship. I'm just not sure how my father in law does it though as he visits the UK on a regular basis and he only has an Australian passport.
From me2you

To poppymos

24 Mar 2010 6:38 PM
(107926)
he must just use a holiday/visitors type visa like anyone else would I would have thought???
From tisme

To me2you

24 Mar 2010 6:55 PM
(107927)
No visa required to enter the UK on an Australian passport if your there for a short visit.
From poppymos

To me2you

24 Mar 2010 7:13 PM
(107928)
I think tisme is right as i know he definitely doesn't use a holiday/visitor's visa.