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Calling all Dual Citizens of Singapore & Australia!!

Postby markey » Fri, 25 Nov 2005 8:07 pm

Hi guys, I have read the forum on all dual citizenship issues but could not find a definitive answer on this concern.

I have a Singapore passport and later acquired Australian citizenship and now hold an Australian passport as well.

In Singapore while checking-in, it is easy to convince the airline check-in staff by showing them my Australia passport but what happens when you bring your boarding pass & passport to the Singapore immigration officers?

I like to ask if anyone has experience as to the attitude of the Singapore immigration officer? Do they always look at your boarding pass to see the country you are traveling to and flip through your passport to find if you have an Australia valid visa before allowing you to depart? Does anyone experience any issue with this before?

Really appreciate if anyone could help! Thanks!!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 25 Nov 2005 10:02 pm

I think your situation is the same as mine.

You leave Australia with Australian passport. Nothing gets stamped. You arrive Sing with Sing passport... nothing gets stamped.

I've never seen the Sing immigration officers look for the stamps as to where the last place you have been. What difference does it make. You are in Sing with a Sing passport.

In my case, I am an EP... my passport does not get stamped going out... the US does not stamp it coming in... I come and go with zero record in my passport that I went anywhere.

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Postby markey » Sat, 26 Nov 2005 6:50 am

Strong Eagle wrote:I've never seen the Sing immigration officers look for the stamps as to where the last place you have been. What difference does it make. You are in Sing with a Sing passport.


No I don't mean the Immigration officer checking for my previous exit stamps from other countries.

If I am departing Singapore for Australia, I therefore need to present my Singapore passport with my boarding pass to the officer.

Have you ever had the immigration officer looked at your boarding pass to see where you were going (the only way for them to know your destination of travel is by looking at your boarding pass) and asked where your Australia visa was?

I am not allowed to apply for Return Resident Visa anymore as I am now a citizenship so my Singapore passport is void of any Australia visa (Coz I can enter Australia with my Australia Passport)

Just like to find out from you if the immigration officer ever bother checking your boarding pass to find out if you are traveling to Australia & ask where your visa is?

Thank SO much for replying this message!! Glad to know there's someone like me out there!

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Postby skye » Sat, 26 Nov 2005 2:04 pm

I think you are confusing 2 issues here. The airline are interested in your visa/passport situation because they bear the financial cost of returning you to your point of embarkation if you are refused entry on arrival. The immigration officer is recording your entry and departure from this country. Where you are going does not really concern him/her. In any case, as a Singaporean (if entering Oz on your Singapore passport) wouldn't you just need an ETA? In which case, there is no visa in your passport to be checked visually in any case. All you have to remember is to be consistent. Always leave on the same passport you entered on and you shouldn't have a problem.

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Postby markey » Sat, 26 Nov 2005 2:43 pm

Thanks guys!! I know you guys would be able to help! Definitely make sense now!!

Cheers!!


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