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Passport scanning
« on: January 24, 2020, 06:34:38 PM »
Hi everyone!

We'll be due to apply for ILR from around mid-June or so.

To that end, I thought I would start scanning some documents early so they're ready to upload, and I thought I would start with passports as we don't have any travel plans until then.

So, my question is: which bits of which passports need scanning (or should I scan all of all no matter what, as I can always take out the unneeded pages later)?

We'll have the applicant's passports (new one, plus the old one with the original fiancée visa vignette in), sponsor's current passport and previous one, and applicant's stepchild (sponsor's child) passports (current and previous).

The applicant's new passport is one of the big ones - I guess fifty blank pages is what needs uploading!

Also, do people include the front and back covers of the passport when they're scanning them? I expect so.

Thanks, and have a lovely weekend.


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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2020, 11:03:34 AM »
Sponsors passport, all pages, needs scanned. I only scanned my bio page and they rescanned each page that had stamps on them at my biometrics appointment.

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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2020, 01:58:10 PM »
Thanks nctami72 - I guess I'll make a start scanning all the passports and splitting them into smaller files. Can't hurt! :)


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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 08:56:59 AM »
Im ahead of the game also but this is a good question. Sooooo..... just to play it safe would it be best to scan all pages of both Sponsor and Applicant or only pages with stamps?
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 08:59:46 AM »
Im ahead of the game also but this is a good question. Sooooo..... just to play it safe would it be best to scan all pages of both Sponsor and Applicant or only pages with stamps?

I would just scan all the pages.
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 09:12:01 AM »
Thanks Larabee, seems the safest thing.  ;D
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2020, 09:17:05 AM »
Thanks Larabee, seems the safest thing.  ;D

One less thing to worry about!  :)
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2020, 09:40:48 AM »
I would just scan all the pages.
The guidance definitely says all of the pages of the sponsors passport need to be scanned even if they are blank.

It didn't say that for the applicants passport so I only did my photo page. The people at the biometrics appointment checked all required documents and then he scanned all of the stamped pages of my passport.

But I would definitely scan everything.

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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2020, 12:21:30 PM »
The guidance definitely says all of the pages of the sponsors passport need to be scanned even if they are blank.

It didn't say that for the applicants passport so I only did my photo page. The people at the biometrics appointment checked all required documents and then he scanned all of the stamped pages of my passport.

But I would definitely scan everything.


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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2020, 02:24:53 PM »
Loving the answers here, folks - I'm going to settle in to scanning about 200 total passport pages at work I guess, hehe!

Always better safe than sorry. :)


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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2020, 11:28:49 PM »
The file limit is 6MB per file.
When you scan them drop the resolution down to about 100dpi (dots per inch), then you should be able to fit a 32 page passport in one file.
Even 75dpi is often legible. If you leave it at the default of 300dpi - 1000dpi you will not get more than a few pages per file.
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2020, 07:05:01 AM »
The file limit is 6MB per file.
When you scan them drop the resolution down to about 100dpi (dots per inch), then you should be able to fit a 32 page passport in one file.
Even 75dpi is often legible. If you leave it at the default of 300dpi - 1000dpi you will not get more than a few pages per file.

Good plan. I think I'll scan at 300 and then rescale it to different ones. Doesn't take but a few seconds and that way I can find that sweet spot - that scanner I'll be using won't give me the chance to see the results in real time.

I assume the lower DPI is acceptable by the Home Office?


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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2020, 03:39:19 PM »
I had a 52-pager....nightmare.
Also, if you scan in greyscale or be, it drops the file.
I managed to get mine to 5.8mb (including the outside of the passport) by using greyscale and doing 150 DPI, although I scanned the photo and vignettes pages at 300 for a Bette picture. Took ages to fiddle with to get it to work.
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Re: Passport scanning
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2020, 07:38:08 PM »
Get a free 7 day trial to Adobe and you can reduce file size of pdfs,  edit them, add or delete pages, reorganise them and a whole lot of other things which make this process so much easier.

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