Endless possibilities and a second passport –

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Emily

Many Australian citizens will be interested to know that you can now have a second Australian passport. Applicants applying for visas from foreign consulates may find that they are placed in a stressful situation when needing to travel for an unexpected reason or business.  When applying for a visa some nations may ask for your passport to be mailed into the consulate for processing. This can cause significant issues for business persons needing to travel at the drop of a hat.

The Australian Passports Act 2005 allows the Minister for Foreign Affairs to issue a concurrent passport in exceptional circumstances of demonstrated need. These include:

  1. the person needs a second passport to avoid significant delays in travel that would otherwise be caused by waiting for a visa to be issued;
  2. the person intends to travel to a country that will not accept a travel document showing evidence of travel to another country, and the person’s current Australian passport shows evidence of travel to that other country;
  3. the Minister is satisfied that other exceptional circumstances exist.

Concurrent passports will only be authorised by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and will only be approved where all other options have been exhausted. Concurrent Passports have a maximum validity of 3 years from the date of issue, however, they are typically issued to reflect the period of time the traveller requires as documented in the supporting letter provided. Officers will need documentation proving that the case is compelling in terms of dates of proposed travel and the reasonable time needed to obtain visas.

Concurrent passport applications are processed as an initial passport application. The Applicant will have to provide proof of identification and attend an in person interview at the Australian Passports Office.  Applicants are required to provide a detailed support letter from the sponsoring company outlining the need for travel and the applicant takes approximately three weeks to be processed.

For applicants concerned about their up-coming travel contact Immigration Solutions Lawyers for further details.

Immigration Solutions is a leading immigration law firm headed by the managing director and principal lawyer Anne O’Donoghue. Mrs O’Donoghue has over 23 years of experience and is well equipped in dealing with complex visa matters. The firm has been assisting clients in navigating the different avenues of migration to Australia since 1993.

Click here to read more about Immigration Solutions Lawyers.