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My deceased husband was born in Australian and came to the UK in 1967 at the age of 18. He was an australian citizen. He went to university met me and we married. In about 1970 we realised that Australian friends who were settle in Britain went to the continent on holiday, and on return had their passports stamped 'leave within 3 weeks'. In order to stay in Britain Robert had to become a 'british citizen resident in the uk' which he did in 1972. He was told at that point that he would lose his Australian passport, had to return it to the High Commission.
My son lives in Australian and wants to become a citizen (you can now hold two passports) but beaucratically the Aussie authorities want proof that Robert was not a citizen of Australia when my son was born. Hopes this makes sense - all the rules of citizenship have change since then.
Thank you for your reply.
Does your son what to obtain British citizenship? Did your husband obtain an indefinite leave to remain stamp in his passport or a British passport?? When was your son born? Did your ex husband relinquish his Australian citizenship?
My first son Ashley has British citizenship (born here). He went to Australian and go Australian citizenship as his father was australian (born in Australia). We are trying to get Australian citizenship for my second son, Thomas, also born in Britain and a UK citizen. the Australian authorities now work on line for citizenship applications, and want proof that my husband was not an Australian citizen. He stopped being an Australian citizen when he became a British citizen resident in the United Kingdom. He did not get 'indefinate leave to remain' because he was not previously an alien, he did not need leave to remain because he became officially a British citizen resident in the UK and got a UK passport. He then was forced to give up his Australian passport.
The immigration law has changed since then.
I hope this makes sense.
All my four children were born in the UK. I am a British subject by birth and by the time they were born, my husband had a British passport - and was living in Britain.
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