Once you have thought through the consequences of giving up your Australian passport and are convinced that you are making the right decision then you can start the process. This section details the steps you will need to take in order to give up your Australian passport for good.
You will be required to produce a number of proof of identity documents and these are as follows:
In addition to the proof of identity documents, you will also need documents that prove you will be seeking citizenship elsewehere. You will need the following:
Once you have all the relevant documents available, you will need to have them copied and certified. An Australian citizen from a designated list of occupations can do this. If you are not in Australia you will need to have the documents certified by a citizen of your current country of residence who is also employed within one of the permitted professions.
In order to renounce your Australian citizenship you will need to complete Form 128.
Payment can be sent by post together with your application form. Payment can be through providing details of your credit card, through a bank cheque or money order. Make sure you check the details of the payment required in advance and make any bank cheques or money orders out for the correct amount.
If you are applying from overseas you will need to consult with your local Australian mission as to the fees and payment process.
Once you are confident you have the correct documentation copied and countersigned and have completed the application form in full, you can then post the application and supporting documents to your nearest Australian office or the nearest Australian mission if you are overseas.
The average processing time is 12 weeks.
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