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Tourist VISA? EU Passport? Im an Aussie, what do I do??!!?

Travel Forums Europe Tourist VISA? EU Passport? Im an Aussie, what do I do??!!?

1. Posted by philistine (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
It was hard to some up my question in the subject title, but hopefully its caught the eye of some knowledgeable people.
Ok, its like this:
Im planning on travelling to europe this year, starting in Germany. The problem is, I wouldn't know the first thing about applying for working visa's and that kind of thing. All I know is, Id like to able to go for an indefinate amount of time (ie. play it by ear when I get there and not set a return date) and Id like to be able to work and travel throughout Europe's many countries.

Now I know I could apply for a standard tourist VISA and use my Australian passport etc. but Im 25, my mother is Polish/German - born in Poland and Im wondering if Im eligible for either a European Passport of a different kind of VISA.
Can I apply for an EU passport without being an EU citizen?
Would this be the best option for my circumstances?
Do I need to apply for dual citizenship with either poland or germany?
Basically, Im asking, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Any help or advice will be much appreciated... I have been googling for hours and while learning some things, Im actually more confused now than when I started researching.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member 117 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Obviously, it would make your life easier to travel on an EU passport. That said, they aren't so generous to give them out to non-citizens. I do not know if either the poles or germans will honor a parent's citizenship and award it to a child, so I'd suggest going up on either consul's website and seeing what you can find.

As for visas, I find this site very helpful.

Good luck


3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If your mother is German then you may well be a German citizen, or in a position to apply for German citizenship based on that. Information might be able to be obtained from the German Immigration website (it's fully in German). I think Germany recognises dual-citizenship, I know Australia certainly does nowadays for people Australian by birth.