In order to acquire an Australian passport you need documents that prove your identity as well as those that prove you are an Australian citizen. Some of the documents that will not be accepted by the Australian Passport Office as valid documents include birth extracts and commemorative certificates as well as fax copies or photocopies of the same. The documents that you will be required to produce are listed below:Sponsored Links
- An Australian birth certificate given by the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Persons born on or after the 20th of August 1986 may also be required to provide evidence that either their mother or father (and grandparents in some instances) was a citizen of Australia or at had at least been granted permanent residency in Australia by the time they were being born.
- An Australian citizenship certificate given by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You will also be required to provide an extract from the Register of Australian Births Abroad or Register of Citizenship through descent. In case your citizenship document fails to indicate gender or country and place of birth, you will be required to produce your foreign birth certificate. If the foreign birth certificate is in a language other than English you will need to provide an official translation to English of the same. In the event that this is not possible then you will have to produce your foreign passport together with a copy of the leaf containing your personal details.
- A document showing your current address.
- An official document that has your passport size photo.
Guidelines on the passport photograph:
When applying for an Australian passport, a photograph is a key component without which the passport won’t be granted. The photo must also adhere to the security guidelines since currently facial recognition software and technology is in use at all border and entry points into Australia. Additionally it is important to note that certain standards must be met with regards to the passport photo for you to be allowed entry into Australia. The following are the standards that must be met:
- The photograph must be full colour high quality glossy print that’s not more than half an year old.
- There must be no marks on the photograph and neither should there be a red eye effect.
- The photo background must preferably be plain white or light grey as these colours contrast perfectly with the face.
- The lighting when the photo was being taken must have been uniform since the tone of your skin must be visible in its most natural state.
- Your face when the photo is being taken must be directed towards the camera and not anywhere else.
- Facial edges must be clearly visible. If you have long hair it must be completely behind your face.
- The mouth should be closed while the eyes should be open.
- Facial expressions should kept neutral and expressions such as smiles, frowns, sneers should be avoided.
- The size of the photo must meet the set dimensions.
To avoid running into problems when taking a photograph for a passport ensure you use a professional photographer who is experienced in taking such photographs.Sponsored Links