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We at Down Under Visa do plenty of applications for Citizenship By Descent for the Filipino biological children of Australian Citizens. Of course we would like to do more. To those Australian men who have fathered kids in the Philippines, it’s a wonderful gift to give. It means that your Filipino children fall into that category of human beings that don’t require visas to visit Australia. They can enter Australia anytime they like, and they may remain there and have the same rights as any other Australian Citizen. They can get Australian passports and will never need to get an Australian visa ever.

Citizenship by descent is a great option if you have fathered a biological child in the philippines and you are an Australian citizen

Only if you don’t behave well!

And the other issues?

Citizenship by Descent applications are cheaper

Including a child in a partner visa application will cost $1,720.00 in Government visa application charges (for a child under 18). And at the end of the day, that will lead to being a permanent resident. Citizenship is still years down the track if they go down the standard pathway that everyone else goes on.

Citizenship by Descent applications are quicker to process

We just had a Citizenship grant take about 2 weeks! That’s really unusual, but normally Citizenship applications only take a couple of months. This is particularly good value if you are applying for a partner visa application at the same time. It means that it should be granted before the partner visa application is finished, giving plenty of time to organise a passport for the child.

Citizenship by Descent – What is needed?

Firstly, the child must be a biological child of an Australian Citizen. And the parent must have been an Australian Citizen at the time of the child’s birth. It won’t work if Dad acquired his own Citizenship later than the birth.

And for those heroic knight-in-shining-armour types who think they will “do the honorable thing” and give his name to a child that he didn’t father? Can’t be done and must not be done. If you wish to include the child in a partner visa application? Then definitely good for you! I’ll shake your hand any day at all. But don’t try to be noble and tell porkies, or you will get caught out. Must be your flesh and blood to become a Citizen by this method.

And again, must warn against trying to be clever here. This is not a short-cut to adoption. You can’t take sisters child and claim the child to be your own. They can and will do DNA testing if they have any doubts, and attempting to defraud the Australian Government is never a good idea. The other common error is it is basic mathematics to count back nine months from a birth. If you and mum were not in the same place at that particular time, it’s highly unlikely that you were the biological dad. And other issue is that it doesn’t take a genius to look at photos of dad and photos of child to see if there’s a family resemblance there. And they DO look closely at photos.

Not going to outline all of the evidence necessary at this point. But be aware that evidence is required to prove that the child is definitely the child of an Australian Citizen. If this is something that happened many years ago (especially if you were unaware), then of course this will be difficult. But with a child of a genuine relationship where you freely acknowledged the child as your child right from the beginning, then none of this should be difficult for either of you to organise with our guidance.

If you would like to go down this pathway, please let us know.Don’t put it off. I’ve known of Australian men with kids here who have died and never bothered to do anything about this issue. And now the kids will never enter Australia.

You can just use the Contact Form on the website. It’s a wonderful gift to give to a child. Well done!

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  1. Maurice Lennon Ondoy

    Hi! I am Maurice and I am 23 years old. I was legally adopted by my Australian dad and Filipina mom ( deceased) since the day I was born. He is an Australian Citizen at the time of my birth. I had my Acknowledgement of Paternity on my birth certificate signed by him, though I am using my mom’s last name. My adoptive sisters by the way are using my dad’s name. Currently, my dad, who is living in Queensland, sent me Application for Citizenship by descent. My question is, can I apply by using the citizenship by descent? Thank you

    • Jeff Harvie

      What do you mean that you were “legally adopted since the day you were born”? You were either born as the biological son of your father, or you were adopted after your birth. There is nothing in between.

      Could you please contact me via the contact form on the website? This isn’t the place to discuss this. Thanks.

  2. archel jurial

    Hi Jeff, I would just like to ask more information Im currently pregnant and im here in australia and living with my partner,my tourist visa will be expire this month so Im due to leave australiaand give birth in phils.,Can u provide us more information about thw requirements on applying an australian citizenship by descent for our child please?me and my partner are already looking forward about this

    • Jeff Harvie

      Hello Archel. Yes, I can. But I need you to use the Contact Form on our website. I can’t discuss anything here.


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