I am an Australian citizen but i have lost my citizenship certificate and i do not have an Australian passport, only a British one.
I applied for a proof of citizenship certificate last week, however i am worried it will not be accepted as i cannot find proof of my birth name (i was adopted and included my adoption certificate in the proof of identity - it just does not have my original name on!). I only got Australian citizenship 2 and a half years ago and all I can think is that I left the certificate in my home printer that got thrown away about a year ago.
I naively thought I could use my British passport on this trip. You see, I used it a few years back but at that time I had a permanent resident visa which ceased as soon as i got citizenship.
The department of immigration say that I should be able to leave the country but will have trouble getting back in again. However 'should be able to' is very unnerving, and I am not convinced. The lady is spoke to actually sounded a little unsure herself.
My children and husband all have Australian passports so they are all ok. We are meant to be meeting family in Botswana and to be honest this is a complete and utter nightmare.
Does anyone know for definite if I will be allowed to fly out on the British passport? Perhaps i could then have the australian passport posted to Botswana. Mind you, this is assuming i get the proof of citizenship certificate on time.
What on earth should I do?
Any advice appreciated, Claire