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1. Posted by warren1972 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

warren1972 has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Hello, I really need advise, or where to go next, I thinks its better if I start at the begining.

My name is Warren and I am 37yrs old, I was born in Port Morsby, PNG 1972, at this time it was part of Australia and so I was issued with an Australian passport. I held and travelled on this passport right up until my passport was lost; this is where my nightmare began.

My entire family is British (on my mothers side), my Mother left my father (who was an Australian citizen, but was working in PNG at the time I was concieved) when I was very young (3yrs old approx), shortly after this she left Australia and came back to the UK.

I grew up in London, England still holding my Australian passport and during this time and the time I lost my passport, I travelled on my full passport a number of times, as detailed below, although even after I lost my passport I travelled on a temporary passport again detailed below:

Full Australian passport.

France (1 week) School trip.

Australia (stayed 6 months approx) 1988, stayed with Uncle and Auntie (Who hold Australian passports) Brisbane.

Spain (2 week holiday)

Temporary Australian passport.

Gran Canaria (ten days)

Amsterdam (5 days)

At the time I lost my passport I reported it stolen on the advise of the Australian Embassy (Strand, England), They issued me with the 2 temporary passports.

After this I have been unable to have another passport of any kind issued to myself, i am unable to leave the country until I can resolve this issue.

I have the following documentation.

Birth certificate, stating DOB, location: Port Morsby.

1 out of date temporary passport (the other was taking and not returned by the Australian Embassy, when I applied for citizenship, under the advise of the Embassy, and I was turned down for this!)

The last word from the Embassy has been that I should contact my Father, who I have not had contact with in over 30yrs and I have only limited information on him Mr William Griffin, I do not know his DOB nor do I have a middle name, I have no idea if he is still alive! I did contact a detective agency in Australia, who promptly took my money and never came back to me again! I also contacted a geneologist who also took my money but came back with no results.

I am in a desperate situation and can only hope that some1 somewhere can help me, as every door seems to have been slammed in my face, and no one seems to want to help me in the Australian Embassy, I feel like a prisoner who is not able to leave the country (England) and do not know what to do, I hope and pray some1 will Know better.

At the time of my birth PNG was part of Australia 22/01/1972.

2. Posted by NinjaSmurf (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

This sounds like a very unique case. Have you tried the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (Australian Government)? They might be able to provide some advice on your situation. You can find them at: http://www.immi.gov.au/

Good luck! I hope it all works out for you.

3. Posted by cheap az (Budding Member 91 posts) 6y

i would try birth death and marriges australian goverment and papua birth deaths and marrige.
good luck mate

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 6y

It sounds like you are dealing with a really tough and unusual situation.

The only suggestion I'd have in addition to those already posted, would be that it might be time to contact a specialist immigration solicitor who can help you navigate the minefiled of international legislation.

Good luck - I hope you manage to sort it out.

5. Posted by warren1972 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Ref: This sounds like a very unique case. Have you tried the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (Australian Government)? They might be able to provide some advice on your situation. You can find them at: http://www.immi.gov.au/

Yes, I applied for citizenship on the advice of the Embassy in London, paid the money gave them my details Temp passport DOB application and fee to be paid, waited the alotted time and was declined, money not returned, temp passport not returned and money not returned. They told me that they needed evidance from my fathers side "written letter or signed letter" that he was happy for me to be a australian citizen; even though I have help an Australian passport my entire life upto then!

6. Posted by warren1972 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Ref:i would try birth death and marriges australian goverment and papua birth deaths and marrige.
good luck mate

The problem is that when you do a search of William Griffin (Bill), as I have no middle name or precise DOB, you find many, many thousands within Queensland alone, this was one of the first steps the detective agency took, that I paid for to find him and the Geneoligist.

7. Posted by warren1972 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Ref: It sounds like you are dealing with a really tough and unusual situation.

The only suggestion I'd have in addition to those already posted, would be that it might be time to contact a specialist immigration solicitor who can help you navigate the minefiled of international legislation.

Good luck - I hope you manage to sort it out.

I think this might be one of the key routes to pursue, although I do not have any idea about such a person, If any1 does or better still recommend someone they know of I would be very grateful

  • LOOKING FOR A SPECIALIST IMMIGRATION SOLICITOR" ideally based in Australia, and that someone knows, as I do not have a lot money and can't afford to waste it or be ripped off especially as I am in the UK and not in Australia