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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by bilalazeem » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:03 pm

Passport for: Minors (Daughter & Son)
Application Type: First Passports
Method of application: PO Check & Send (Mansfield)
Date of application: 25/06/2014
Date application received by IPS: 30/06/2014 (Durham)
SMS received: 30/06/2014
Date of return of documents: 25/07/14
Date of Passports Printing SMS received: 24/07/14
Date of Passports Receipt: 24/07/14 - DX Secure

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by spike_UK » Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:56 am

Hi guys, I have an issue! I've applied for a job(Admin) through agency and I have given my permanent residence as I'm still waiting for my BT passport (it has been only 2 weeks since I applied for it), the agency is not accepting my PR!!!! I don't know what to do! Is it possible to contact home office?!! home office says if you call them in less than 6 weeks your process will slow down!.
I should start work on 04 August. Any idea please, many thanks.
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by ashpan23 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:56 am

Passport for: Adult+Child
Application Type: First time (Naturalised Citizen)
Method of application: PO Check and Send
Date of application: 01/07/2014
SMS received: 07/07/2014 (Durham Office)
Date of receipt of interview letter: 24/07[Called on 21/07 to Durham office for normal enquiry. 22/07 Caseworker called me and provided the reference number and advised I can book the interview straight away.]
Date of return of documents: 25/07
Date of Passport Appointment: 24/07/2014 - Edinburgh Office
Date of Passport Printing SMS received: 25/07
Date of Passport Receipt: 26/07 (Child : 23/07)

I can't believe that I received my passport with in 25 days from Durham office. :o
Thanks a lot to everybody on this forum for all your help over the years. :D

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by runie80 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:35 am

I feel your pain in exactly same situation. I don't know why the naturalization certificate is not a valid document. I guess all we can do is wait. News out of Durham office is looking good just few more weeks and we will look at all this waiting and huffing and puffing with a grin on our faces I think it's ok to contact them after 3 weeks from what I have seen
spike_UK wrote:Hi guys, I have an issue! I've applied for a job(Admin) through agency and I have given my permanent residence as I'm still waiting for my BT passport (it has been only 2 weeks since I applied for it), the agency is not accepting my PR!!!! I don't know what to do! Is it possible to contact home office?!! home office says if you call them in less than 6 weeks your process will slow down!.
I should start work on 04 August. Any idea please, many thanks.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by runie80 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:56 pm

Here you go. Passport office staff and home office have gone on strike. Just when you thought this mess cannot get any worse.. More delays for us



Passport crisis: now civil servants go on strike risking people's holidays http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politic ... idays.html
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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Post by chingomingo » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:42 pm

Passport for: 2 Adult+2 Child
Application Type: First time (Naturalised Citizen)
Method of application: PO Check and Send
Date of application: 09/06/2014
SMS received: 23/06/2014 (Liverpool Office)
Date of receipt of interview letter: 16/07/14(Called the enquriy office and also involved my MP)
Date of return of documents: 16/07/14 (Children documents have not received yet)
Date of Passport Appointment: 25/07/2014 - Chelmsford Office
Date of Passport Printing SMS received: Still waiting
Date of Passport Receipt: Waiting

As i have no news about children passports .Called enquiry office and involved MP as i have travel plans soon.I was told if i did not hear anything after 27/06/14 then children are eligible for one day urgent service. Who know????????

The lady at interview was very welcoming .
The questions were.

Full name?
Spell ur name?
D.O.B?
Where you work?
When did you start this job?
Where you live?
Is your house near to train station?
was it easy to find out this office?
how many children u have?
What documents you sent with application?
Who was your signatory?
Do you have any other family member in uk?
How many family members are there in back home?
Their ages?
Do u have children?
How many bank accounts do u have?
Describe your route to nationality?
What was your first address in the UK?
Where will u go after interview?
Is it you day off today?
Where u want us to send your passport?
You will receive your passport within 10 days.

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Post by spike_UK » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:54 pm

runie80 wrote:I feel your pain in exactly same situation. I don't know why the naturalization certificate is not a valid document. I guess all we can do is wait. News out of Durham office is looking good just few more weeks and we will look at all this waiting and huffing and puffing with a grin on our faces I think it's ok to contact them after 3 weeks from what I have seen
spike_UK wrote:Hi guys, I have an issue! I've applied for a job(Admin) through agency and I have given my permanent residence as I'm still waiting for my BT passport (it has been only 2 weeks since I applied for it), the agency is not accepting my PR!!!! I don't know what to do! Is it possible to contact home office?!! home office says if you call them in less than 6 weeks your process will slow down!.
I should start work on 04 August. Any idea please, many thanks.
Thanks for reply.

But regardless the naturalization certificate, I still have PR which is enough to confirm your state and eligibility for work!! and it's due to renew after 10 years!!
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by marrik » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Application Type: First Adult (naturalised citizen)
Method of application: PO Check & Send
Date of application: 07/06/2014
Date application received by IPS: 11/06/2014 (Peterborough) [Did not receive SMS so found out through online query. They responded within 3 days]
SMS received: Did not receive.
Date of receipt of interview letter: 19/07/2014
Date of return of documents: 21/07/2014
Date of Passport Appointment: 24/07/2014 (Reading)
Date of Passport Printing SMS received: Did not receive
Date of Passport Receipt: 26/07/2014

Finally received our passport yesterday! Very relieved!! Thanks to all for your valuable inputs and support.

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Post by northstar212 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:18 am

northstar212 wrote:Hi all! I am so eager to share my journey to British citizenship. Hope these can be helpful...

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 4/6/14
Date application received by IPS: 9/6/14
Date of return of documents: 22/7/14
Date of receipt of interview letter: 17/7/14
Date of Passport Appointment: 23/7/14 (Chelmsford)
Date of Passport Printing SMS received: 24/7/14
Date of Passport Receipt:26/7/14 (DX Secure)

Note: You can choose the passport office where you want your interview, as Victoria, London can be fully booked at times or you may need to find availability. DX said they deliver the passport within 48hrs as they receive it.

Best of luck!

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Post by spike_UK » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:58 pm

Hi gyts, very urgent,,, is there any number for Liverpool office to ask for my British citizen certificate back, will it affect my application? The job is insisting to see my certificate and they don't accept my PR!!! Many thanks
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by runie80 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:35 pm

Don't think there is a way unless you widthdraw your application which will reset the whole timing again.
You can try with showing them citizenship invitation letter from home office and see if they for the time being
accept it. In my case nothing would satisfy recruitment people expect British passport so I have to take the whole pain. Few more weeks to go. I see it as a short term pain for long-term gain.
spike_UK wrote:Hi gyts, very urgent,,, is there any number for Liverpool office to ask for my British citizen certificate back, will it affect my application? The job is insisting to see my certificate and they don't accept my PR!!! Many thanks
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Post by Haphazardeous » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:36 pm

spike_UK wrote:Hi gyts, very urgent,,, is there any number for Liverpool office to ask for my British citizen certificate back, will it affect my application? The job is insisting to see my certificate and they don't accept my PR!!! Many thanks
Don't you have a scan or photocopy of it? It's the first thing they ask you to do when you're given it. Worst case, you'll have to cancel your application if the job's more important.

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Post by spike_UK » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:01 pm

Thanks guys, well I've spoken to the helpline and she was very king, has emailed Liverpool to ask them send an email to work, confirming my citizenship and attach a scanned copy, that's what agency asked me to do but they still not sure if their head office accept it or not, the lady told me if I want it to be returned to me so I can show agency and send it back to home office which will be a delay again but I said to her, I rather to not take that job but finish the process and she said yes it might not worth to work for people like that.
I'm not interested in that job anymore if they don't accept the email from home office, then it is a joke to me not a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Post by runie80 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:08 am

Sorry to hear that mate. Let's hope they accept the evidence you provide them. I have emails from 2 recruitment companies asking me to contact them asap once I have a passport. You will be lucky if they take the trouble and accept other documents. Normally they think it's risky and at the risk of not loosing a client they would just hire someone else who has British passport.

Yes I don't think it's worth it to widthdraw your application for it coz at the end of the day they may still ask for British passport. I have just accepted it as a fate as there is not much one can do to expedite the process we will have to sit this one out.

Hope your alternative documentation works and they accept it. Bad feeling when you have the right and the skills for job but "not the passport".


spike_UK wrote:Thanks guys, well I've spoken to the helpline and she was very king, has emailed Liverpool to ask them send an email to work, confirming my citizenship and attach a scanned copy, that's what agency asked me to do but they still not sure if their head office accept it or not, the lady told me if I want it to be returned to me so I can show agency and send it back to home office which will be a delay again but I said to her, I rather to not take that job but finish the process and she said yes it might not worth to work for people like that.
I'm not interested in that job anymore if they don't accept the email from home office, then it is a joke to me not a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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Post by 19eggs » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:30 am

spike_UK wrote:Thanks guys, well I've spoken to the helpline and she was very king, has emailed Liverpool to ask them send an email to work, confirming my citizenship and attach a scanned copy, that's what agency asked me to do but they still not sure if their head office accept it or not, the lady told me if I want it to be returned to me so I can show agency and send it back to home office which will be a delay again but I said to her, I rather to not take that job but finish the process and she said yes it might not worth to work for people like that.
I'm not interested in that job anymore if they don't accept the email from home office, then it is a joke to me not a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mate, I think that recruitment agency is dodgy or the agent has no clue. When I was under HSMP, my recruitment agency took a copy of my Tier 1 visa page and that was it. It should be made illegal for them not to entertain a valid ILR card. Some people do not want to get British Citizenship, they are happy with ILR. There are some born and bred BCs who do not have a passport, what about them. It looks like only British Passport Holders, can get a job through the Agency. How utterly ridiculous. Care to name the Recruitment Agency.

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Post by nehamanaktala » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:09 am

adeelmpk wrote:I phoned a few times and MP chased 2 or 3 times using their hotline - my work requires frequent travel [pretty much weekly basis], so I couldn't send my foreign passport however included a covering letter from employer. Also involved local MP to ensure that processing isn't delayed due to that. I'm not sure if my application was expedited however passport came through today. I've updated posted my timeline in the last message.
@adeelmpk Would be great to understand the process you followed to apply for the british passport since my husband travels frequently for work as well and needs his foreign passport while the British Passport is being processed. I am not getting a proper response from UKBA on what we should do. At what stage did you involve the local MP before of after applying for the passport and did the UKBA advice you on sending the letter from employer on your need to travel for work along with a copy of the passport. Would really appreciate your advice on this.

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Post by spike_UK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Agency keep texting and email and ringing me for what I'm going to do, I told them well, not much I can do but wait for home office to send you a copy of my certificate, she told me we really need u and company asking for you but I was just not showing interest anymore and she keep asking me what u gonna do, I told her I don't mind if you find some one as good as me for the position she is mind, and she asked me to ring home office again, I didn't then after half an hour she rang me again and said don't worry we will accept your temporary visa (Permanent Residence :) ) whilst I'm waiting for my passport. Job done

Thanks guys
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Ahem » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:53 pm

Please can you guys leave this thread for timelines only as you can read from the Subject ...

Start a new thread for individual discussion ... keep it clean guy ...

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Post by spike_UK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:52 pm

Ahem wrote:Please can you guys leave this thread for timelines only as you can read from the Subject ...

Start a new thread for individual discussion ... keep it clean guy ...
It's regarding this tread tho!!!!! My application in process and I'm required to provide my certificate or British passport! it's solved now anyway............
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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Post by spike_UK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:01 pm

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 9th July 2014
Date application received by Liv: 11 Jul 2014
Date of return of documents: still waiting
Date of receipt of interview letter: still waiting
Date of Passport Appointment: still waiting
Date of Passport Receipt: still waiting

For need of my documents regarding vacancy I had to ring yesterday and was told it's not even assigned to a case worker yet..........
Applied for EEA4 on 24/02/2012.
HO received on 27/02/2012.
Refusal received on 16/08/2012 dated 11/08/2012
At the court, the HO REP withdrawn the decision and asked me to send the DOC for the time before marriage.
PR dated 05/03/2013

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