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uknotts
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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by uknotts » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:27 am

bdb303 wrote:
uknotts wrote:Update Timeline:

Passport for: Adult First
Application Type: First
Method of application: Self Royal Mail Special Delivery
Date of application: 05-Mar-2014 to Durham Office (Should send to Peterborough)
Date application received by HMPO: 06-Mar-204 (by RM SD track, called HMPO later confirm it was received on 7th Mar)
Date of Fee Deduction: Balance drop on 8th Mar but statement shows on 10th Mar
Date of return of documents: 25th Mar 2014 by self addressed Special delivery envelope provided by me.
Date of receipt of interview letter: 25th Mar 2014
Date of Passport Appointment: 26th Mar 2014 in LEEDS
Date of Passport Receipt: Waiting
Finally UKnotts! My wife is also one of the unfortunate ones who sent the application to Durham (one day after you submitted your application). Did the interview letter arrive separately from your special delivery envelope with supporting documents, or was it included?

Hi Bdb303, the interview letter arrived separately with First Class Mail and it is dated on 21st Mar. Around 10am the postman came with Special Delivery with all support documents. I suppose they sent them separately as at least the SD should be sent out yesterday to arrive today. Do not worry, based on my case your letter will arrive very soon in next days.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by bdb303 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:36 am

Hi Bdb303, the interview letter arrived separately with First Class Mail and it is dated on 21st Mar. Around 10am the postman came with Special Delivery with all support documents. I suppose they sent them separately as at least the SD should be sent out yesterday to arrive today. Do not worry, based on my case your letter will arrive very soon in next days.
Great thanks for the information, I'm feeling a little bit more positive now (we have travel plans for the 17th of April)!

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by sidhujazz » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:24 pm

is the Durham Office really slow? i mean is it based on any facts?

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by itsahmedawan » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:12 pm

malafat wrote:
itsahmedawan wrote:
malafat wrote:After becoming a BC, to get my first adult passport: I used the online system which they recently introduced.

Surprisingly I wasn't asked anything about my parents?

Anyone had a similar experience?

seems odd...
hi malafat
how can i use online system after i get my ist adult british passport coz i m willing to apply my kids passport.
thnx
Here is the link I have used:
https://passportapplication.service.gov.uk/ips-olc/
thnx mat.
not sure how it works for child passports.

Good luck

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Fairychild » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:01 pm

Interview was today. Nothing unexpected and they were very friendly. I didn't enjoy the process and was nervous but if you like talking about yourself it may be more enjoyable :) The only question that I didn't prepare for was a question about what comes off my bank account every month but could still answer it to some extend.

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Post Office Check & Send
Date of application: 03/03/2014
Date of sms: didn't receive
Date of return of documents: 21/03/2014
Date of receipt of interview letter: 18/03/2014
Date of Passport Interview Appointment: 25/03/2014
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by alexboy84 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:37 pm

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Postal (self posted to Liverpool HMPO) 
Date of application: 04/03/2014
Date application received by IPS: 05/03/2014
Date of SMS received: 07/03/2014
Date of return of documents: 24/03/2014
Date of receipt of interview letter: 18/03/2014 (Dated: 15/03/2014)
Date of Passport Appointment: 22/03/2014
Date of Passport Receipt: 25/03/2014

***I've made some mistakes on my form which I've crossed out (I've signed the children application signature box by mistake)
***I was told by check&send my form will be rejected (I took the risk and sent the form in myself without the help of check&send)

**My original interview was on 02/04/2014 at the Liverpool office.
**I've managed to get an appointment at the Blackburn office on 22/03/2014.
**Interview was good and straightforward (like chatting to a mate) and lasted approximately 10 minutes.
**The usual questions were asked but I got asked these extra questions:
-Father and Mother in-laws occupation.
-Father and Mother in-laws age.

Finally...this concludes one of my journeys and a new chapter of life is beginning.

Thank you so much for everyone's help and support throughout the process.
Be positive and you'll get there :)

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Soebmk » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:12 pm

Hi do I need referee sign if I use online link? Please let me know as I am applying first time British passport many thx


malafat wrote:
itsahmedawan wrote:
malafat wrote:
After becoming a BC, to get my first adult passport: I used the online system which they recently introduced.

Surprisingly I wasn't asked anything about my parents?

Anyone had a similar experience?

seems odd...

hi malafat
how can i use online system after i get my ist adult british passport coz i m willing to apply my kids passport.
thnx


Here is the link I have used:
https://passportapplication.service.gov.uk/ips-olc/
thnx mat.
not sure how it works for child passports.

Good luck

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by peach » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:49 am

Passport for: Adult ( self and partner )
Application Type: New (By Naturalization)
Method of application: By Post
Date application sent : 03-MAR-2014 (By Special Delivery)
Date of receipt of application by IPS : 04-MAR-2014 (By tracking on Royal Mail website)
Date of deduction of fees : 07-March 2014
Date of receipt of interview letter : 25-March-2014 ( finally !! , joys of Durham office )
Date of interview appointment : 31-March-2014 ( Reading )
Date of return of documents : 25-March-2014
Date of receipt of passport

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by sidhujazz » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:14 pm

I think i am going regret sending my application to Durham office.

I just hope i get the interview letter by the end of this week.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by keepsim » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:44 pm

I had also sent my application at Durham , I didn't not see anywhere Peterborough as an alternate center. From where did people got that address ?

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by tower » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:43 pm

Here are my timelines.

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New first adult
Method of application: Self by Post
Date application sent : 07-MAR-2014 (By Special Delivery) to the Peterborough office
Date of receipt of application by IPS : 10-MAR-2014 (By tracking on Royal Mail website)
Date of deduction of fees : 12-March 2014
Date of receipt of interview letter : 26-March-2014
Date of interview appointment : 29-March-2014 Saturday London
Date of return of documents : 25-March-2014
Date of receipt of passport: Not yet ,after 29th Mar

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by opty88 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:12 pm

Passport for: 2 children
Application Type: New
Method of application: Self (posted to Durham)
Date of application: 10-03-14
Date of fees withdrawal: 18-03-14
Date of return of documents: Waiting
Date of receipt of passports: 26-3-14

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by psychecat » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:29 pm

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Post Office Check & Send
Date of application: 10/03/2014
Date of sms: None (Called the passport office, they received the application on 12/03/2014)
Date of return of documents: TBA
Date of receipt of interview letter: 26/03/2014 dated 24/03/2014
Date of Passport Appointment: 29/03/2014 Luton PO
Date of Passport Receipt: TBA

sidhujazz
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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by sidhujazz » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:41 pm

psychecat is your application being dealt by the Durham office?

uknotts
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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by uknotts » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:33 pm

uknotts wrote:Update Timeline:

Passport for: Adult First
Application Type: First
Method of application: Self Royal Mail Special Delivery
Date of application: 05-Mar-2014 to Durham Office (Should send to Peterborough)
Date application received by HMPO: 06-Mar-204 (by RM SD track, called HMPO later confirm it was received on 7th Mar)
Date of Fee Deduction: Balance drop on 8th Mar but statement shows on 10th Mar
Date of return of documents: 25th Mar 2014 by self addressed Special delivery envelope provided by me.
Date of receipt of interview letter: 25th Mar 2014
Date of Passport Appointment: 26th Mar 2014 in LEEDS
Date of Passport Receipt: Waiting
15 Minutes interview, quite same questions which have been discussed in this forum. Very friendly and nothing to worry. Will call DX tomorrow and looking forward to the new passport. :D :D

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by psychecat » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:38 pm

sidhujazz wrote:psychecat is your application being dealt by the Durham office?
not sure but suspect not. as living in Hampshire. :D

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by lad2777 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:18 pm

was at the interview yesterday, got so annoyed guy was not professional was asked VERY private questions, which I shouldn't been ask about. It stressed me out so I told him wrong name of the agency who rents a room and wrong number of people in the house, why they want people to know details of people who live in the house, none of the house mates brings you full list of their details

will I have any trouble for wrong name of renting agency and number of people. I am not able to track who lives in and who not in the big house.

I was asked to sign twice dont know why, u can make the second identical signature. It's impossible. They are not that professional at list a person who interviewed me.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by SSWSZ » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:53 pm

Update Timeline:

Passport for: Children (3)
Application Type: First
Method of application: Royal Mail check and send
Date of application: 25-Mar-2014


Date of return of documents: waiting
Date of receipt of interview letter: waiting
Date of Passport Appointment: waiting
Date of Passport Receipt: Waiting

Can someone plz update nowadays how long it take to get kids first passport .?
ss

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by TTOE » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:09 am

SSWSZ wrote:Can someone plz update nowadays how long it take to get kids first passport .?
1-2 Weeks.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by TTOE » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:23 am

lad2777 wrote:was at the interview yesterday, got so annoyed guy was not professional was asked VERY private questions, which I shouldn't been ask about. It stressed me out so I told him wrong name of the agency who rents a room and wrong number of people in the house, why they want people to know details of people who live in the house, none of the house mates brings you full list of their details

will I have any trouble for wrong name of renting agency and number of people. I am not able to track who lives in and who not in the big house.

I was asked to sign twice dont know why, u can make the second identical signature. It's impossible. They are not that professional at list a person who interviewed me.
I'm sure you will be okay, just trying to establish you are who should be given the passport. Identity confirmation it is called. I won't worry too much about it to be honest. Remember you are a BC and you're entitled to have a travel passport.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by sam800 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:36 am

Application Timeline

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New (By Naturalization)
Method of application: By Post
Date application sent : 06-MAR-2014 (By Special Delivery)
Date of receipt of application by IPS : 07-MAR-2014 (By tracking on Royal Mail website)
Date of SMS confirmation : Did not receive
Date of deduction of fees : 14-MAR-2014
Date of receipt of interview letter : 20-MAR-2014 (dated 19-MAR-2014)
Date of interview appointment : 01-APR-2014 (at London Victoria office)
Date of return of documents : 24-MAR-2014 (got back my non-GB pp and cert of reg)
Date of receipt of passport :

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by nicenouman » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:51 am

Application Timeline

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New (By Naturalization)
Method of application: Check and Send ( Sutton Coldfield)
Date application sent : 04-MAR-2014
Date of receipt of application by IPS : 07-MAR-2014
Date of SMS confirmation : 10-MAR-2014
Date of deduction of fees : 04-MAR-2014 ( by Post office)
Date of receipt of interview letter : 25-MAR-2014 (dated 22-MAR-2014)
Date of interview appointment : 26-MAR-2014 (at Leeds office)
Date of return of documents : 26-MAR-2014 (got back my non-GB pp and cert of reg)
Date of receipt of passport : hopefully soon.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by collipu » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:29 am

Compared to the rate of approvals, passport timelines show little activity.

Is it because people don't bother to post after getting approvals or don't apply for one?

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by TTOE » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:36 am

collipu wrote:Compared to the rate of approvals, passport timelines show little activity.

Is it because people don't bother to post after getting approvals or don't apply for one?
Spots on! A lot of folks don't bother to apply for a travel passport straight after becoming a BC if there is no urgent need for it.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Kat894 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:45 am

Hi everyone,
I have not post anything since receiving my interview letter, I went to the interveiw on sat and yesterday I received my passport so thank to everyone for their contribution it really was helpful throughout the whole process from the start of my journey.

* check and send it absolutely fine application indeed got there next day the only thing I never got a SMS so hence I was worried

* At the interveiw for sure it only question u only can know and plus you don't have to answer all of them correctly because we r all human u forget stuff as I did just make sure u know the essential.

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