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[Advice] Aus PR or Dual Citizenship for a Child

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[Advice] Aus PR or Dual Citizenship for a Child

Post by irrelevancy » Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:54 pm

Hi there

I'm a Singaporean married to an Australian wife, and we have 2 sons who are Singaporeans.

Due to the nature of my work we move in between Singapore and Australia a fair bit, and will be moving there again for the next 4-5 years soon.

I am considering the option of applying for australian citizenship for them (by descent) as it is financially less burdensome (less than 1/10th the cost of a PR) and they enjoy the benefit of free entry to australia (no need to keep renewing the visa every 5 years with all the associated requirements for a RRV).

I completely understand they are liable for NS (which we don't mind) and need to renounce one citizenship at the age of 21.

For now, I wonder if there are any particular disadvantages to holding dual citizenship for the time being, as compared to being a Singaporean + Aus PR (by applying for a Child Migration Visa).

Thanks for any help!


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Re: [Advice] Aus PR or Dual Citizenship for a Child

Post by PNGMK » Thu, 16 Mar 2017 8:41 am

You mean the cost of an application for Australian citizenship by descent is 1/10 of an immigration visa to Australia ($6,500 plus)? Yes - wise idea and you do need to do it before they turn 16 or 18 I believe.

There are no disadvantages (IMO) to a minor holding dual Singapore/Australian citizenship and a hell of a lot of advantages considering how likely a Fukishima radiation disaster, Trump war or economic collapse are in the next few years.
I not lawyer/teacher/CPA.
You've been arrested? Law Society of Singapore can provide referrals.
You want an International School job? School website or
Your rugrat needs a School? Avoid for profit schools
You need Tax advice? Ask a CPA
You ran away without doing NS? Shame on you!

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