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British Passport Application

If you are a UK national, you can apply for a British passport. Get in touch with our immigration lawyers in Manchester to find out more.

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    Who can apply for a British Passport?

    If you are a British citizen, or if your British naturalization application was successful, you are entitled to apply for a British passport.

    This document is essential to prove your status as a UK national. It can also be used as a travel document to enter end leave the United Kingdom free from immigration controls and to demonstrate your right to live, work and study permanently in this country.

    The following types of British nationality are also eligible to apply for a British passport:

    • British overseas territories citizen
    • British overseas citizen
    • British subject
    • British national (overseas)
    • British protected person

    There are also certain circumstances where you will not be able to get a new passport, such as an arrest warrant has been issued for you, you have a court order that restricts your travel, or you’re on bail and you cannot leave the UK.

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    Submitting your British passport application

    There are two main ways to apply for a passport.

    The first is to apply online. This is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to apply for a passport. You can apply online via the gov.uk website, ensuring that you have supplied all the relevant information and supporting documents, answering all queries as accurately and truthfully as possible.

    You can also apply by post by picking up paper forms from your local Post Office and filling them out by hand.

    After you have done this, you can either post them using the pre-addressed envelope that came with the form, or take your form and documents back to a Post Office to use their Passport Check and Send service.

     

     

    British passport application required documents

    You must prepare an extensive bundle of supporting documents to demonstrate your eligibility for a British passport. You must only send original documents: photocopies are not accepted.

    The following are the British passport supporting documents that you will need to submit to the UKVI:

    • Your birth certificate
    • Evidence of your parents’ immigration status (if you are applying for British citizenship by birth)
    • Any document which can support your status as a naturalized British citizen (if you were born abroad)
    • Your counter-signatory details (if you are applying with a paper form)

    All documents which are not written in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation.

    How to complete your British passport application

    When filling in your British passport application form, it is essential to complete each part properly. This means that you must always ensure that you include the following information:

    • Your maiden name and any other previous names
    • Details of any previous UK passport that you have held

    It must be noted that the name on your application must match the one on your current passport.

    Can I apply for a British passport from abroad?

    Yes, you can submit your application from outside the UK, although it may then take longer for the UKVI to receive and process your documents.

    The process you will need to go through will depend on the rules of the country you are applying from.

    For this reason, it is recommended to seek the help of an immigration solicitor in Manchester to ensure that you follow all the required steps.

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      British passport application fee

      It must be noted that the cost of a British passport may vary depending on whether you are applying from the UK or abroad.

      If you are applying from the United Kingdom, you will be charged as follows:

      • Online application: £88.50
      • Paper application: £100

       

      British passport for a child

      If you are a parent or a guardian, you can apply for a UK passport for your children. Both parents’ details must be stated on the application form. If you cannot provide the details of one of the parents, you must include a letter to explain your situation.

      It costs £57.50 to apply for a child passport online and £69 to apply with a paper form via the Post Office.

      How long does it take to process a British passport application?

      Your application processing time may change based on several circumstances. You should allow at least six weeks for your application to be processed and your passport delivered to you.

      However, if you need your passport within a short timeframe, you can pay an additional fee to access the Same Day and Fast Track application services. In this way, you will be able to get a response to your application within 6 working days.

      Renewing your British passport

      You should apply to renew your British passport when it is nearing its expiry date or it has already expired.

      Note that certain countries will require you to have a certain period of validity left on your passport before you travel, so it is important to ensure that your passport is renewed in time if you are planning to travel.

      You can also apply for a new passport if you old one has been damaged, stolen or lost, or if you need to update your personal details on your passport, such as your name, title or gender.

       

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                If you currently hold more than one passport from different countries, you can still apply for a UK passport, without renouncing any other identification document.

                If you have recently changed your name, for example, because you got married or divorced, you may be able to change the name on your passport. You will be required to submit proper documentation to the UKVI.

                If you wish to change the name on your passport, or if you need any help with your documents, you can speak to one of our immigration lawyers in Manchester.

                Enquiries for a lost or stolen passport must be made with the issuing office to obtain a replacement as soon as possible.

                If you require a replacement quickly, you can pay an additional fee and apply for faster service.

                If you apply for a new passport, your old one will be returned, unless it is damaged. Your old passport will clearly indicate that it is invalid, and you will not be able to use it as a valid travel or identification document.

                Your children must be 15 years or younger to apply for a children passport. Nevertheless, if their passport is still valid when they turn 16, they won’t need to apply for an adult passport until the old one expires.

                You will need to find a counter-signatory, who is a person of your choice whose duty is to confirm your identity. This person must be able to demonstrate and confirm that they have known you personally for at least two years and that, to their best knowledge, all the information you have provided in your application is correct.

                This person must be a UK or Irish citizenship, and currently living in the UK. They cannot be related to you by birth or marriage, nor in any type of personal relationship with you.

                Besides, your counter-signatory must be a professional person or be recognized as “a person of good standing” in their community.

                If you need help to appoint your counter-signatory, you can discuss your case with one of our immigration specialists in Manchester.

                An adult passport is valid for 10 years. A child passport, issued for those who are 15 years of age or younger, is valid for 5 years.

                As a naturalized British citizen, you will be granted the same rights as any other UK national.

                Nevertheless, you will need a British passport to demonstrate your current status and to exit and enter the UK free from immigration controls. In other words, your passport is the ultimate form of proof of your status as a citizen of the United Kingdom.

                As part of your UK passport application, you must submit a proper portfolio of documents to support your eligibility and provide the UKVI with an overview of your circumstances.

                All your documentation will be returned once your application Is completed. If you wish, you can pay an additional charge for secure and faster delivery.

                It must be noted that you are responsible for proving the authorities with a valid UK address where both your passport and your documents will be delivered.

                If you are applying for an adult passport, you must be aged 16 or over, or you must be turning 16 within three weeks from the date of your application.

                If you hold a child passport, you can use it until it expires and you don’t need to apply for a new one until then.

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