Parenthood, Travel

Eine kleine deutsche Maus

First passport

Katja certainly is the international baby. She’s Scottish on account of her place of birth, British also on account of place of birth but also through descent from her Mum, Australian through descent from her Mum and German through descent from her Dad. So you’d think with all of these options getting a passport turned around in a hurry would be a piece of cake, right?

Not so fast!

Scotland doesn’t give passports – Scottish = British, at least at the moment. This may change if Scotland votes for independence, but I doubt they’ll do that.

Australia – we have to first apply to have her citizenship recognised (£80 1-4 weeks processing time) before we can the apply for the passport itself (£85). Turn around time of 10-15 working days unless you pay for priority 2 day turnaround at £65

United Kingdom – application costs £54 and takes a minimum of 6 weeks. Fast track is a 1 week turn around but you’ll pay another £50

Germany – £32 and we were issued with a temporary passport within an hour. A note was attached to the effect that her name is undetermined, we need to fill in some more paperwork when we get to Germany and will get her a German birth certificate as they don’t have to recognise the British one(!) Talk about German efficiency!

So, there we have it – our little girl’s first passport is her German one and we’re off to see her German grandparents, great-grandmother and uncle.

Secret smiles

6 thoughts on “Eine kleine deutsche Maus”

  1. Faye got her passport not long after she was born too. It’s funny now when officials look at the picture and then look at her – the little baby on there looks nothing like the toddler she is now! It’s all a bit silly really… Hope all is going well with you 3! xxx

  2. I had similar fun with passports. Getting an Irish one was relatively painless, getting an American one was pretty tough and expensive. Haven’t started looking into a German one yet. Not even sure I can (or need to) get three different ones!

  3. I know a guy who was born in Belgium, grew up in the States and now works in Belgium – but he’s not entitled to a Belgian passport because his parents did not apply for one for him before he turned 18. Always worth getting them all at some point, once you’ve had one they can’t take it off you easily but they can and do change rules to stop you getting them!

  4. She is just beautiful. I’m saving all her pictures so I can enjoy watching her grow up.

    Your blog post makes me wonder about my great-nephew. His mom is Canadian, enlisted in USA army, married my nephew also US army. He was born in Germany.

  5. Apply for all of them – you never know when they will be useful for travelling and working! My eldest son is having a very hard time with claiming his British descent- through me – because of changing politics in the country of my birth just before and after I was born. If we’d known, we would have made the application for him when he was a child.

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