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Expedited Passport Information for Unborn Baby in Australia

by MAP
(Ocean, NJ, USA)

Question: My son (American citizen) and his wife (British citizen) live on assignment in Sydney, Australia. Their first daughter has a US passport. However, they are expecting a 2nd child in November and they plan to go to England and the USA for Christmas/New Years. They need to know what they must do to obtain a passport for the new as yet unborn baby, once the baby is born. Can you advise what they need to do to do this quickly? They would file now but not knowing birth date, etc., it's a bit hard! Many thanks!

Answer: Your son and his wife cannot apply for the passport until the baby is born. They must appear with the child at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney in order to submit the application. They can also apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a Social Security number at the same time. The child's birth certificate is required. The parents can register the birth at the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages in Sydney. Turnaround time is 4 weeks. Your son should contact the registry department to see if they offer expedited services.

NSW Registry of Births
GPO Box 30
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm
Tel: 13 77 88

Processing time for passports at the consulate in Sydney is 10-15 business days. If they need a passport faster, they might be able to obtain an emergency, limited-validity passport. Click the link below for more information about getting a U.S. passport in Australia.

Passport for Minor

Report of Birth Abroad

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