How to Apply for a British Passport in Australia

Due to Australia having a large UK expat population, many British citizens will reach a point where they must apply for or renew their UK passport from Australia. Additionally, citizens of Australia can apply for their first British passport upon becoming British citizens.

For more information on how to apply for your passport or renew an existing one, please do not hesitate to call Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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    When Can I Apply For a British Passport

    In the case of Australian citizens applying for a British passport, they must first obtain British citizenship through the route of marriage, birth, etc. It will be important to meet the specific eligibility requirements for whichever route you choose.

    For those who have an existing UK passport that is due to expire, it is essential to renew your British passport six months before the expiry date, or when you have run out of blank visa pages.

    You will also need to renew your British passport in the instance that it is lost or stolen.
    You are able to apply for the British passport at any time, but it is important to note that as of June 2022, it may take up to eleven weeks for UK passport renewal from Australia, so you must make your application with this in mind.

    For those with an original British passport as issued by the UK government will be valid for 10 years. If you are a British citizen living in Australia, then you may reach a point where you must apply for a new UK passport or renew your existing one from Australia.

    You are able to apply for a British passport from Australia, provided that you already have a UK passport or you qualify for one. Luckily, the process of applying for a British passport is now easier than ever, with a straightforward, online process to follow.

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      Checklist Of What You Need To Apply For a British Passport

      The documents that you will require for your own British passport application will depend upon your own circumstances.

      For most cases of obtaining a British passport or renewing an existing British passport you are going to need:

      • Either a digital passport photo, or the ability to take your own digital photo at home with a camera, tablet or smartphone. It is important to note that you will be more likely to pass the online checks the first time if you get your photo taken professionally. When you get professional photos you can get given a digital version or a code that you can input into your application
      • An online payment method or valid bank card. You will not be able to pay your fees with a prepaid card

      In the case of renewal you will also require your current UK passport. On the renewal application form you will be asked to enter your existing passport number. You will also have to send your old passport to the UK government so that they are able to cancel it.

      You can call Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for more advice in relation to your specific situation.

      How To Apply For a British Passport

      Overview

      The whole process of applying or renewing your UK passport from Australia is similar to the way it would be carried out from within the UK. However, there are a few additional steps that will need to be taken.

      When applying for your British passport from outside of the UK, the process will be carried out online. It is very important to ensure that all of the information that you provide is correct, and that you do not make any mistakes on the application.

      From within Australia, you will have to complete the online application process, complete with an online digital passport picture and evidence documents. You will then be required to pay a fee. Once these steps have been completed you will be able to follow up on the progress of your application online.

      Cost of UK Passport in Australia

      The following fees are what you can expect to pay for a first time British passport:

      • Adult 34-page Standard Passport: £289.00(GBP*)
      • Child 34-page Standard Passport: £269.00(GBP*)
      • Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport: £299.00(GBP*)

      The following fees are what you can expect to pay for the process of renewing a passport or covering a lost or damaged passport replacement:

      • Adult 34-page Standard Passport (latest passport issued AFTER 1 January 2004) £239.00 GBP*
      • Adult 34-page Standard Passport (latest passport issued BEFORE 1 January 2004) £289.00 GBP*
      • Child 34-page Standard Passport: £219.00(GBP*)
      • Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport (latest passport issued AFTER 1 January 2004) £249.00 GBP*
      • Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport (latest passport issued BEFORE 1 January 2004) £299.00 GBP*

      These fees include government fees, shipping fees, and the cost of the new passport being delivered to you via post.

      If you make an error in your application or forget any of the required documents then it can end up wasting a lot of time and costing you a lot of money. If you require assistance with the process then do not hesitate to call Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

      Processing Time Of The British Passport Application

      The application itself will only take a few minutes if you have all the required documents ready to apply for your British passport.

      The entire process of applying for and then receiving your UK passport can take up to eleven weeks, so it is important to prepare within this timeframe.

      If you require your British passport as a matter of urgency, then there is the option to apply for an emergency travel document.

      It will usually take about 3 to 4 weeks for the Passport Office to process your renewal application for your passport. When this is done you will then receive your new and old passport in the post separately, from DHL.

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      How Can Total Law Help?

      Due to Australia having an incredibly large expat population, many British citizens may reach a point where they need to apply for a new British passport or renew their British passport while abroad.

      While it might initially feel daunting to apply for your UK passport from another country, the process is usually fairly straightforward provided you have all of the guidance you require.
      If you are currently residing in Australia and you think you may be eligible for a British passport, get in contact with us for more information.

      Get in touch with us at Total Law by calling on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contacting us online.

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