Possession of a British passport opens many doors. And precisely because it is one of the strongest documents in the world, it is so difficult to obtain. And it’s not cheap at all. Before we introduce you in detail to how you can get the valuable asset and the conditions you must meet, we will tell you that from March 18 next year it will come out quite salty. Because only a month and a half ago the government decided that in the next 4 years the fees for certification and neutralization will increase up to £ 1,500 for a ceremony and presentation of a British passport – up to £ 100 and for Permanent Residence up to £ 100. The fee for issuing a neutralization certificate is increased from £ 1005 to £ 1226.
However, to get to the point where you will say goodbye to a little over 2,000 pounds to get a valuable British passport, get acquainted with what conditions you must meet.
You can apply for your first British passport at Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you are:
At or over 16 years of age
- -To be a British citizen;
- -To be a British citizen of the overseas possessions;
- -To be a British citizen;
- -To be of British origin and to live abroad;
- -To be a person protected by Great Britain.
If you do not have British citizenship, you must be neutralized and only then apply for a passport. To do this, you must be 18 years of age and have resided legally in the country for 5 or 3 years. If you are married to a British citizen, you must apply for neutralization AN to pay the required fee and attach the required documents. Once your application is approved you will be invited to an official ceremony where you will swear allegiance to the Queen and the United Kingdom and then you will receive your certificate of neutralization as a British citizen. Only then will you be able to apply for a British passport.
Issuing a British passport takes at least 6 weeks, and when you get your first passport you do not have the opportunity to take advantage of an express order, so if you do not have another travel document do not arrange a trip abroad before obtaining your passport. Keep in mind that you will probably also need to attend an interview in connection with the issuance of the passport.
You must provide documents proving your identity. This is a mandatory part of your application. Only original documents are accepted, not photocopies. Laminated documents are not accepted exceptionally can only be used to prove a change of name.
Once your documents are finished, the Passport Offices will return them to you by regular mail. You have the option to pay £ 3 for a registered shipment in case you want extra protection.
To apply for a passport you must send:
– a certificate of neutralization or a certificate of registration as a British citizen;
– the passport you used to enter the United Kingdom;
You must submit two standard passport photos. It is not necessary to take pictures in a photo studio, you can do it yourself in a booth, but you must comply with the requirements for the photos – size 45x35mm; the photos are focused and bright enough to be taken on a light gray or other clear background, you have shot mainly your head and part of your shoulders, looking at you should be right in the camera. You should not be smiling, your face should be open, you should be alone in the photo, etc.
One of the photos must have your identity confirmed by a signature. This can be done by a professional who practices a recognized profession and knows you. He must not be related to you, he must have known you for at least 2 years, live in the United Kingdom and have a British passport.
If your parents were not born in the United Kingdom, you must also provide information about them in the application – their full names, date and place of birth, date and place of marriage, and information about their parents. In case you do not have much information about your grandparents, fill in what you know.
You can send an inquiry to the Passport Services to specify how to send the documents by calling 0300 222 0000 or fax 0300 222 0222. You can connect from Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 20:00. On weekends and public holidays the phone is answered from 09:00 to 17:00.