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Gday, 1. What advantage will a British Passport give an

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1. What advantage will a British Passport give an Australian Citizen ?

2. what cost is a British Passport cost ?



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If an Austrailian citizen has a UK passport but does not have a period of residence in the UK then the advantages are limited to the entry requirements.

Austrailian citizens have a right to enter the UK for short periods for visit purposes only under the visa waiver program. This means that they don’t have to apply for a visa when they travelling, although technically the right is discretionary which means that the UKBA can and do refuse entry where they think that the person does not have sufficient money to cover the costs of their stay or if they think there will be a breach of the immigration rules (eg. Overstaying) or a crime committed. They are not allowed to spend more than 6 months in any 12 month period in the UK, so if they have already spent 5 months in the UK and attempting entry for the final month it is probable that the UKBA would refuse entry.

If they person has a UK passport then they can enter when they like without questioning and the UKBA cannot refuse entry regardless of any suspicions. They may work without restriction and remain in the UK for as long as they want.

If the person is automatically a UK citizen and they simply need to apply for a UK passport then the costs from austraila are as follows:-

Adult passport
• 32-page passport - $275.32
• 48 page passport - $318.32
Child Passport
• Child passport (32 pages) - $201.32

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