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« Reply #30 on: February 27, 2012, 09:29:56 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2012, 12:45:14 AM »

I had my passport interview today in London. Super easy to fine behind Victoria Station. I had a 5:15 appointment. There was no queue or other applicants around. I got there 10 minutes before my interview time and was all done before my assigned interview time. It took about five minutes.

The interviewer gave a little intro. You cannot refer to notes.

I was asked to say and spell my whole name
current address and email address
telephone numbers on my application
DOB and place of birth
asked if registered to vote
parents' names, DOB and birth place
name open bank accounts and credit cards (would be wise to brush up on these!)
date of naturalization and what I received at the ceremony (I think the key item was the certificate... not terribly interested in my free passport holder and lines to God Save the Queen)
name what I submitted with my passport application (again I think the key was the certificate and number of passports... not so interested in the fee, photos, etc)
name who signed my photo/referee, job title and how many years known
I had to sign an electronic pad to check my signature at the end

I think that was about everything. He said I'd receive the passport in 4-9 days and warned to watch out for identity fraud.

I haven't received my US passports and naturalization certificate by secure post yet so I will call to follow it up.

Nearly done!
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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2012, 07:19:37 AM »

It's quite hard to track down the extra charge for returning your documents by "Secure Delivery" - had to look on the directgov website.  It's also easy to miss the box you need to tick on the form.

I would include this advice in the checklist, as it's only £3 extra and you really don't want your US passport and naturalisation certificate being sent back to you by 2nd class post.


Mods, can I suggest this useful thread (or a tidied up version) is put in the Important Visa Topics thread please?
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« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2012, 09:37:17 AM »

It's on there, but I could add the price.

If the mods let me modify the original post, I could fix it up a bit.  Or I could do a new thread, although I think the discussion on this thread is a good read for people preparing for their first British passport.
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« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2012, 11:49:52 AM »

I thought I'd add my timeline of applying for my first UK passport from abroad, in case anyone else is going to be doing it soon...

Applied by post from Canada: Thu 8 Mar 2012
Arrived at embassy in DC: approx. Tue 13 Mar 2012
Fee taken from CC: Thu 22 Mar 2012 (probably taken earlier, but appeared on statement on this date)
DHL tracking information received via email: Thu 12 Apr (package picked-up in DC by DHL on night of Wed 11 Apr)
Picked-up packages from DHL depot: Fri 13 Apr 
DHL rep called to ensure I received parcel: Mon 16 Apr


It was a fairly quick process, and no interview was required. I received a package from the embassy in DC containing my documents, and one from the UK containing my passport, both delivered at the same time. I'm not sure how other DHL depots handle it, but the one here didn't attempt to deliver my parcel; they left a notice on my door and said it was a final attempt to deliver, although it was the first delivery. When I got to the depot, the woman told me that because the packages were such high priority and contained documents, they didn't deliver it, and just held it at the depot for me. Not an issue, as I have a car, but for someone without a car, that may have been an issue. I did appreciate that the packages weren't left at my door, and were instead held for me. They even called me yesterday to make sure I received the packages.
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« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2012, 09:35:45 PM »

We're finding section 3 very confusing.

The guidance note says "...you must give details of any previous, lost or stolen passports, and passports issued by other countries.   With your application you must send any passport which is current but has not been replaced."

However, Section 3 on the form asks you to send all "uncancelled" passports.   Leisa's passport from 2002 isn't cancelled, it just expired.   So do we need to send that too?   Also, we need to include her 2008 passport (which she replaced when we married in 2009 and changed her name) as it is the passport she used to enter the UK to settle, but do we include details of that in this section?   This passport has been cancelled!
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« Reply #36 on: April 18, 2012, 09:51:17 PM »

Does her expired passport have holes in it? I believe that makes it cancelled. I sent the passport I came into the country on and my two current passports (US and Brasil). It's probably better to send it than not; if you use Check and Send, they can tell you if you really need to.
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« Reply #37 on: April 18, 2012, 10:07:47 PM »

No, the expired passport doesn't have holes in it - we never had it cancelled.
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« Reply #38 on: April 18, 2012, 10:13:44 PM »

But didn't she have to send it in when she renewed her passport?  Huh
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« Reply #39 on: April 18, 2012, 10:16:47 PM »

Yes, but she didn't apply for a new passport after the old one expired in 2002 until 2008.   So when she sent the old passport in there was no need to cancel it as it had already expired.
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« Reply #40 on: April 18, 2012, 10:20:17 PM »

Oh, I thought they just did it automatically. If she never used that passport to travel to the UK, then it's probably not necessary, but I don't think it would hurt anything to include it.
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« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2012, 12:09:27 PM »

In case anyone comes across this one day... the IPS had no problems with us not sending her old expired passport in.   We should be getting her UK passport in the next day or two.
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