So when are you going to get your EU passport?

New Austrlian passport

Now that I’ve been living in Austria for over three years and married for w, I often have people asking me when I’m going to become a citizen.

The answer: Never.

It’s not that I don’t want to be. The red EU passport is something I’d love to have in my hot little hand.

But the thing is, I don’t want a red one, if I can’t keep my blue one.

Being in the EU and part of the Schengen area, you’d think that all the rules were the same – here’s something you may not know – they’re not.

Austria is one of the few countries within the EU that doesn’t allow dual citizenship, that is unless you have a couple of mil. to throw at the government. And although it doesn’t really affect everyday life, it does cause the occasional headache: sorting out visas for difficult foreign countries can be a nightmare because some of these (eg. Russia) require that you apply in your home country; renewing a passport requires me to take a 5 hour round trip to Vienna so I can visit the Australian embassy; and travelling together often causes confusion – because you’re generally meant to go through passport control together – yet in EU areas this is not always possible.

Like I said, nothing earthshattering or ruinous – just an occasional pain in the ass.

Technically once we are married for five years I would be eligible to apply for citizenship, but unless they change the laws I just never will. I realise that I could give up my Australian citizenship and probably get it back later no worries… but I really don’t want to take that risk. I would hate to be in the kind of situation where I desperately need to get back there, and for whatever reason, I am not allowed.

And besides, it would no doubt mean a lot of annoying paperwork and payment of money. And who needs that?


7 thoughts on “So when are you going to get your EU passport?

  1. Rosie May 21, 2017 / 7:42 am

    That must be quite a headache for visas, given you’re thousands of miles from your home country. Completely agree about the paperwork… why sign yourself up for more when you don’t have to! Also, I love the emblem on the Australian passport 🙂

    • debbiekaye1980 May 21, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Luckily 90% of the places we want to go to have pretty simple visa procedures these days… will be interesting if we want to venture into Russia sometime!

      • Rosie May 21, 2017 / 3:10 pm

        Hmm, “interesting” is one way of putting it!! Glad to hear that most places aren’t too awkward visa-wise though.

  2. flrpwll May 21, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Unless things have changed recently, Australia isn’t that keen on dual citizenship with Austria either.

    • debbiekaye1980 May 23, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      You would think that with only a couple of letters different they would be more friendly!!! 😉

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