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NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« on: November 30, 2020, 08:29:58 PM »
I THOUGHT I knew the answer to this question, but now I'm not sure at all. How do I renew my US passport while I'm here in the UK?

Do I have to go in person to the embassy in London? Or do I mail my old passport back to the US with the application (which, to be honest, I'd rather not do)?

My US passport expires in July 2021, but I'm trying to plan in advance, since it takes so long to do anything these days.



Met online: 12 Feb 1997
Met in person: 8 July 1997
Married in the US: 10 Aug 1999
Submitted online application: 26 March 2015
Visa received: 22 April 2015
Left US on 7 July 2015; arrived in the UK: 8 July 2015
FLR(M) application approved: 13 Jan 2018
BRP received: 17 Jan 2018
ILR(M) application submitted online: 11 June 2020
Biometric reuse email: 23 July 2020
Facial scan via IDV app: 29 Aug 2020
ILR(M) approved: 12 Nov 2020
BRP received: 17 Nov 2020
Naturalisation submitted (Nov 21); confirmed (Nov 23)
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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2020, 08:32:14 PM »
I THOUGHT I knew the answer to this question, but now I'm not sure at all. How do I renew my US passport while I'm here in the UK?

Do I have to go in person to the embassy in London? Or do I mail my old passport back to the US with the application (which, to be honest, I'd rather not do)?

My US passport expires in July 2021, but I'm trying to plan in advance, since it takes so long to do anything these days.

https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-passports/
March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: Renew my US passport
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2020, 08:32:51 PM »
I THOUGHT I knew the answer to this question, but now I'm not sure at all. How do I renew my US passport while I'm here in the UK?

Do I have to go in person to the embassy in London? Or do I mail my old passport back to the US with the application (which, to be honest, I'd rather not do)?

Neither, actually.

You mail your passport to the US Embassy in London and then they send it to the US for processing. Once they receive it back in London, they will mail it back to you.

See here for how to apply:
https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-passports/renew-an-adult-passport/


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2020, 08:34:08 PM »
Many thanks! I appreciate it.
Met online: 12 Feb 1997
Met in person: 8 July 1997
Married in the US: 10 Aug 1999
Submitted online application: 26 March 2015
Visa received: 22 April 2015
Left US on 7 July 2015; arrived in the UK: 8 July 2015
FLR(M) application approved: 13 Jan 2018
BRP received: 17 Jan 2018
ILR(M) application submitted online: 11 June 2020
Biometric reuse email: 23 July 2020
Facial scan via IDV app: 29 Aug 2020
ILR(M) approved: 12 Nov 2020
BRP received: 17 Nov 2020
Naturalisation submitted (Nov 21); confirmed (Nov 23)
Biometrics: 21 Dec 2020


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2020, 08:34:33 PM »
From the link above:

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How to Submit Your Application By Mail

DO NOT mail your application to the United States.

All applications submitted by mail are processed at the U.S. Embassy in London.

You may send your application by Royal Mail Special Delivery to the following address:

United States Embassy
Passport & Citizenship Unit
33 Nine Elms Lane
London
SW11 7US


To ensure safe return of your new passport please enclose a pre-paid (up to 500grams), self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased from any UK post office.

Alternatively, you can arrange for your application to be delivered to the Embassy and your passport returned to you after processing, by the courier service, DX. Information on this service can be found at https://www.dxdelivery.com/consumer/dx-services-for-us-embassy#book-service

Processing time is approximately three weeks.


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2020, 08:13:32 AM »
I mailed my passport to the US Embassy for renewal last week.  They were a bit unclear on how long it would take, the page said three weeks but there seemed to be a COVID extra bit that said it could as long as they want. 


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2020, 06:45:56 PM »
I mailed my passport to the US Embassy for renewal last week.  They were a bit unclear on how long it would take, the page said three weeks but there seemed to be a COVID extra bit that said it could as long as they want. 
  I got my passport today, roughly 10 or 12 days after sending my  old one.  Pretty good service.


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2020, 06:55:58 PM »
  I got my passport today, roughly 10 or 12 days after sending my  old one.  Pretty good service.

That's because you're not in a hurry!  ;)
March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: NEVER MIND! I found the answer myself (US passport renewals)
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2020, 08:32:51 PM »
  I got my passport today, roughly 10 or 12 days after sending my  old one.  Pretty good service.
That's good to know. I don't want to send off my US passport while my citizenship application is pending, just in case they need THAT specific document. I also don't want to have to confuse matters by having a different US passport (the renewed one) added to the mix. I'll just have to wait until my UK citizenship is approved.
Met online: 12 Feb 1997
Met in person: 8 July 1997
Married in the US: 10 Aug 1999
Submitted online application: 26 March 2015
Visa received: 22 April 2015
Left US on 7 July 2015; arrived in the UK: 8 July 2015
FLR(M) application approved: 13 Jan 2018
BRP received: 17 Jan 2018
ILR(M) application submitted online: 11 June 2020
Biometric reuse email: 23 July 2020
Facial scan via IDV app: 29 Aug 2020
ILR(M) approved: 12 Nov 2020
BRP received: 17 Nov 2020
Naturalisation submitted (Nov 21); confirmed (Nov 23)
Biometrics: 21 Dec 2020


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