How much time does it take to get your passport?
The process of obtaining your passport is long, stressful and expensive, says the office of the Australian Passport Office (APO).
The APO’s chief executive, Russell O’Connor, says it takes about 30 minutes to process a passport application.
“It is also time consuming for those who have a long waiting list for a passport, for example,” he says.
APO also has a waitlist for applicants who are applying for a new passport, such as asylum seekers, for whom the time frame may be longer.
When you apply for a New Zealand passport, it takes at least five minutes to review the information and send the application to the relevant branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFA).
You may be asked to provide details about your family, work history, and where you live, if applicable.
If you have a family member living in Australia, they will need to provide information about the family’s circumstances and work history.
Once your application is approved, you will be notified that you have completed your application, and your passport will be mailed to you in a paper envelope.
The mail can take a couple of days to reach you, so make sure you get it as soon as possible.
If it arrives late, you may be required to pay for postage.
The passport office is now looking to expand to the United States.
In November, the APO issued a report recommending that a visa-free travel regime for migrants from Africa should be introduced for New Zealand citizens, including the children of migrants.
As part of the move, the Australian Government will introduce a New Year’s Day deadline to apply for an extension to the deadline.