Lisaastrid wrote:Hi Everybody,
I'm new on here so thanks for having me on board.
Currently living in the UK, I am looking to do a big trip next year to South America and want to travel freely. Australian born and bred, my mother is peruvian but gave up her citizenship to become Australian in the 70's (apparently she didn't have a choice).
I was wondering if there is anyway I can apply for my dual citizenship?
I have recently read that Australia does begrudgingly accept this... I have also read a few more articles but I can't get a straight answer from anywhere. That being said I am calling the embassy tomorrow.
My mother, after living in Australia for 25 years, is not the biggest fan of this idea and has told me it's a very difficult process, but what are other people's experiences? Any tips? Any loopholes I should know about?
Thanks and looking forward in hearing responses!
I'm very new to this forum, well actually I've been lurking around for ages but never signed up to actually post something till I saw your post and decided to iinput my 2c.
Basically I was in a sorta similar situation as yourself and my mums friends son was in the exact same sitch.
My mum and her mate came to Australia in 69 and early 70's and both had to give up their Peruvian citizenship in order to take up Australian citizenship (it was the law at the time). My mum however didn't give up her peruvian citizenship and moved back to peru in 79 and I was then born in 80's so I was born in Peru. We moved back to oz in 86. My mums friends son however was born in Australia.
For him this was the process:
His mum had to get back her citizenship. So she had to change her old LE (libreta electoral) to the new DNI. I think she also had to present her birth cert.
He had to get his LM (libreta militar) or militry card, this has now been abolished so I dont think you need to do this. He is older than me so he did the process like ages ago.
After his libreta militar came he had to get his DNI.
Once he got his DNI he could then apply for his passport.
Now this was ages ago so best bet is to call up the consulate in sydney and ask them for advise, as laws, rules and things change over time. They are really nice btw and very helpful. My experience with them has always been positive. For me to become a citizen of peru it was fairly simple. Just had to show my birth cert and fill out a form since i was born there.
On the DNI form from memory it asks to put your parents name, dob and place of birth. I think that determines if you can be a citizen ie if your mum was born in peru etc.
Once you get your 'fitcha' for your DNI (so the receipt) you can track it online. They need to send the docs back to Peru and then they send out your DNI to the sydney consulate where you can pick it up. HOWEVER if after you get your 'fitcha' and you find yourself in Peru at the time that your DNI is ready to be picked up. You can do this: (this is what I did). You go to the reniec web site and get a 'duplicado DNI' I think its like S/. 20 or something and you choice where you want to pick it up from. It normally takes about 24 to 48 hours to process and you can also track this online. Once it's ready go to the reniec office and pick up your DNI. The next day or on the same day, up to you, go to 'banco de la nacion' and pay S/. 39 for a passport. With this you can now go to the passport office and get your passport on the same day. I actually went the following day early to the one under the plaza on oval gutierrez in miraflores. Woke up early, walked down and had my brand new passport in my hands by midday that same day.
I got my peruvian passport because it was cheaper to travel around south america. I saved heaps on fees and visas for chile, argentina, brasil and paraguay. Also I travel to Bali about 3 or so times a year and its saved me a few hundred bucks over the years on the visa on arrival for indo. The only other benefit was going on hols to russia last yr. Personally for me it was a no brainer. The passport costs about 16 bucks AUD and has saved me hundreds or bucks. If it was as expo as the aussie one ($240) then i might of had my reservations.
Another reason that I did get my citizenship back was cause i was living in peru for about 1.5yrs and my partner and I plan on moving there in the future, hence my lurking on this site.
I wish you well and hope that it goes fairly smoothly for you.