British Passport Application Process

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You can begin the British passport application process once you have become a British citizen. A British passport is the most conventional way to prove your residency status after naturalisation. If you have gone through the British Naturalisation application process, you can then apply for a British passport.
A passport is a travel document that will allow you to enter and leave the country free from immigration controls. It can also be used as proof of identity for accessing benefits and services and also represents proof of right to work and right to rent for employers and letting agents.
At IAS, our team of highly-qualified lawyers can help you through your British passport application process. They will check if you can receive a premium service and if you have the right status to receive a UK passport. They can also determine whether your dependent children are eligible for a passport. Our services also include preparing a personalised Letter of Representation to accompany an application. This letter will be tailored to you and your case and it will detail the merits of your case, drawing evidence from examples from UK immigration law. Get in touch with us today to begin your British passport application process. 

FAQs

What do I need to know about how to apply for a British passport?

In order to be able to apply for a British passport, you have to have been granted naturalised status. You will need your Certificate of Naturalisation to apply for your passport if you are not British by birth or descent.

Your passport will be valid for ten years but can be withdrawn or suspended at any time as they remain the property of the UK government. You may not be able to get a new passport or your existing passport may be taken from you if any of the following apply:

  • You are a suspect in a serious crime and there is a warrant for your arrest
  • A court order prevents you from having a UK passport or places restrictions on your travel
  • You have been brought back to the UK at the government’s expense and have not repaid what you owe
  • There is a European Union or United Nations order that restricts your travel

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Can I apply for a British passport for my child?

Yes – as long as your child is a British Citizen, they will be eligible to hold a British passport. Once issued, a child passport lasts for five years.When applying for a child passport, the parent or guardian must sign the form and act as the official applicant. Both parents’ details must be given when the application is made. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you must include a letter to say why this is. This letter could be necessary if, for example, you are the only parent named on the birth certificate, or you adopted the child as a single parent.If your child is not a British Citizen, our expert immigration lawyers can advise you on the UK immigration rules and your child’s eligibility. We can discuss the documentation and forms required to make a British passport application with you as part of our Advice Package. 

What do I need to apply for a British passport?

Before you apply for your British passport, you will need to gather some essential documents for your first British passport. As a naturalised citizen, you will need your Naturalisation Certificate and the passport that you used to come to the UK as a foreign national. You cannot send photocopies and only original travel documents will be accepted, so it is best not to book any travel until you have received your British passport.

In addition to your original travel documents, you will also need to send two identical photos which will need to be countersigned by a person of good standing in their community. If you are applying from within the UK, the counter-signatory will need to live in the UK and hold a British passport.

They will be required to sign your application and photograph to confirm that they have known you for more than two years, that the photo is a likeness of you and that, as far as they are aware, the information you have provided is correct.

They need to write the following statement on the back of one photo: “I certify that this is a true likeness of [title and full name of adult or child who is getting the passport].” They may be contacted by HM Passport Office to confirm the information and this can delay the process if they are unreachable for any reason.

How long does the British passport application take?

As this will be your first adult British passport, the application process may take a little longer. Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) will need to carry out more checks on your British passport application to ensure you are entitled to it.

When you apply for a British passport, allow at least six weeks for your passport application to be processed. You have to send your existing travel document with your application. So it is important not to book any travel until after you have received your British passport.

How can IAS help?

At IAS, we understand the importance a passport can have on your freedom and peace of mind.

Our immigration lawyers can assist you through each stage of the application process.

One of our lawyers will assist you by:

  • checking your documents to ensure that they are sufficient for your application;
  • liaising with the Home Office during your application process;
  • writing a Letter of Representation to support your application; and
  • completing each part of your British passport application form to the highest standard.

Contact us for more information on your British passport application.

Our British Passport Packages

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