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ravikd
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Post by ravikd » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:56 am

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 16-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:23-Feb-2013
Date of receipt of interview letter:23-Feb-2013
Date of Passport Appointment:25-Feb-2013
Date of Passport Receipt:28-Feb-2013

End of my long journey :-)
ravikd wrote:Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 16-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:23-Feb-2013
Date of receipt of interview letter:23-Feb-2013
Date of Passport Appointment:25-Feb-2013
Date of Passport Receipt:
ravikd wrote:Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 16-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:
:D :D :D :D

euxine9
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first passport (naturalised)

Post by euxine9 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:41 am

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 25-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents: 06/05/2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: 05/03/2013 (although date stamped is 01/03/2013)
Date of Passport Appointment: 13/03/2013
Date of Passport Receipt: 15/03/2013

Date my passport was printed was same date as I had the interview!

I was amazed how quick the whole processing is. UK government has less red tape compared to to other EU governments! I worked in Spain at one time and just getting a work permit is a NIGHTMARE.

Well, this ends my citizenship journey. Goodluck to all.
Last edited by euxine9 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:57 am, edited 2 times in total.

ReallyFedup
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Help

Post by ReallyFedup » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:35 pm

Hi all,

Just got interview letter today. IPS guy said I will not receive my documents back until the end of the process.


I see people here having their documents returned before they even have their interview, am I missing something?

Thanks for your help in advance

ravikd
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Re: Help

Post by ravikd » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:43 pm

It's a common practice to send British passport along with your supporting documents. No need to worry.
ReallyFedup wrote:Hi all,

Just got interview letter today. IPS guy said I will not receive my documents back until the end of the process.


I see people here having their documents returned before they even have their interview, am I missing something?

Thanks for your help in advance

fajr
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timeline

Post by fajr » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:20 am

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 23-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

chrisrich
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Re: timeline

Post by chrisrich » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:58 pm

Passport for: An Adult

Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 1 March 2013
Date application received by IPS: Don't know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents: 7 March 2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: 8 March 2013
Date of Passport Appointment: 18 March 2013
Date of Passport Receipt: 20 March 2013
Last edited by chrisrich on Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:27 pm, edited 4 times in total.
God has made everything beautiful in its time

man2012
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Passport Timeline

Post by man2012 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:42 pm

Passport for: 2 Adults + 1 child

Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 1 March 2013
Date application received by IPS: Don't know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office on 1 March 2013.
Date of return of documents:?
Date of receipt of interview letter:?
Date of Passport Appointment:?
Date of Passport Receipt:?

adamboston
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Post by adamboston » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:03 pm

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 18/02/13
Date application received by IPS: No idea (but assuming the delivery date was 19/02/13 as post office promised next day delivery)
Payment method: Cash at Post Office £84.25 in total.
Date of return of documents: 04/03/13
Date of receipt of interview letter: 02/03/13 ('secure delivery' but no signature required, just posted through the door)
Date of Passport Appointment: 06/03/13 (Manchester)
Date of Passport Receipt:

Nearly there :)
adamboston wrote:Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 18/02/13
Date application received by IPS: No idea (but assuming the delivery date was 19/02/13 as post office promised next day delivery)
Payment method: Cash at Post Office £84.25 in total.
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

Documents enclosed:
- Application form
- 2 recent photographs
- 3 expired and a current passport from my country of origin.
- original naturalisation certificate
- £84.25 passport fee (including £3 for secure return of my documents)
Adam

'To me no human is alien - but to some no aliens are human'.

slavek
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Post by slavek » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:13 pm

Passport for: Minor

Application Type: First UK Passport after Registration
Method of application: Post - Special Delivery
Date of application: 05/03/2013
Date application received by IPS: 06/03/2013
Date of fee deduction: 08/03/2013
Date of return of documents: 12/03/2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: N/A
Date of Passport Appointment: N/A
Date of Passport Receipt: 13/03/2013
Last edited by slavek on Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:12 pm, edited 3 times in total.

SaadAhmed82
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Post by SaadAhmed82 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:34 am

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery with a pre-paid SD envelope for returning documents
Date of application: 26-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know but probably 27-Feb-2013
Date of fee deduction: 27-Feb-2013 (Paid at the Post Office).
Date of return of documents:06-March-2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: 06-March-2013
Date of Passport Appointment: 12-March-2013 (London Office)
Date of Passport Receipt: -
Last edited by SaadAhmed82 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.

emmigrator123
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Post by emmigrator123 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:26 pm

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery with a pre-paid SD envelope for returning documents
Date of application: 25-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:Set up a Royal mail direction, so don't know yet.
Date of receipt of interview letter: - Set up a Royal mail direction, so don't know yet.
Date of Passport Appointment: - 05-March-2013
Date of Passport Receipt: -

I called the customer service number and the helpful chap told me that they already sent me a reference number to book the interview appointment. As it may take longer to receive it (second class coupled with royal mail redirection), I asked the person if he could give me the reference number and phone number to book the appointment. He did and went for the appointment yesterday.

I suggest people to read the example questions on this forum before going to the interview. Some of the question might trip you. For e.g. what's your parents DOB. I am sure quite a few of us don't know it (even my parents don't know the true DOB ) :shock:

neerukonda9
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Re: British Passport Application

Post by neerukonda9 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:31 pm

neerukonda9 wrote:Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 23/02/2013
Date application received by IPS:25/02/13
Date of return of documents:04/03/13
Date of receipt of interview letter:01/03/13
Date of Passport Appointment:13/03/13
Date of Passport Receipt:

ukp
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My time line

Post by ukp » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:42 pm

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 14-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:27-Feb-2013
Date of receipt of interview letter:27-Feb-2013
Date of Passport Appointment:02-Mar-2013
Date of Passport Receipt:05-Mar-2013

IPS customer care and People at Interview are really sweet and helpful

Dags
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Post by Dags » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:30 pm

Glad some of you are getting good turnaround. I put my passport application in by ncs last tuesday. Work booked me in for a trip on the 18th so i called to see if my old passport would be back. The answer? They've only just put the application in the system. So it's sat on ice for over a week.

I guess i call every day and try to nag them into sending my old passport back next week.

Not a particularly efficient service.

furqankarim
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Re: British Passport Application

Post by furqankarim » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:47 pm

Application Timeline
Passport for: First Adult British Passport
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 25/02/2013
Date application received by IPS: Probably 26/02/2013
Date of return of documents: Not Yet
Date of receipt of interview letter: 07/03/2013 (Date stated : 05/03/3013)
Date of Passport Appointment: 09/03/2013
Date of Passport Receipt:

INSHAALLAH I will get my first British Passport sometime in next week.

emmigrator123
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Post by emmigrator123 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:54 pm

emmigrator123 wrote:Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery with a pre-paid SD envelope for returning documents
Date of application: 25-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents:Set up a Royal mail direction, so don't know yet.
Date of receipt of interview letter: - Set up a Royal mail direction, so don't know yet.
Date of Passport Appointment: - 05-March-2013
Date of Passport Receipt: - 07-March-2013

I called the customer service number and the helpful chap told me that they already sent me a reference number to book the interview appointment. As it may take longer to receive it (second class coupled with royal mail redirection), I asked the person if he could give me the reference number and phone number to book the appointment. He did and went for the appointment yesterday.

I suggest people to read the example questions on this forum before going to the interview. Some of the question might trip you. For e.g. what's your parents DOB. I am sure quite a few of us don't know it (even my parents don't know the true DOB ) :shock:
Got my passport today. The journey is finally over after 11.5 years. Shame I am leaving the UK soon. Good luck for all of you waiting.

BigSam
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Post by BigSam » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:22 pm

emmigrator123 wrote: Got my passport today. The journey is finally over after 11.5 years. Shame I am leaving the UK soon. Good luck for all of you waiting.
I see you got your passport today, congratulations buddy. There are also familiar names here. I met fajr and adamboston on the 10 year IRL, the citizenship waiting lists and soon I will be applying for my first passport to catch up with you lot

All the best with your new job emmigrator123 buddy :wink:
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fajr
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Re: timeline

Post by fajr » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:35 pm

Passport for: An Adult
Application Type: First Passport application after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send -Special Delivery
Date of application: 23-Feb-2013
Date application received by IPS:- Don't Know
Date of fee deduction: Paid at the Post Office.
Date of return of documents: 07/03/2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: 06/03/2013
Date of Passport Appointment: 23/03/2013
Date of Passport Receipt:

aryaman
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Post by aryaman » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:00 pm

Application Timeline

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport after Naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 08/03/2013
Date application received by IPS: 11/03/2013
Date of return of documents: 16/03/2013
Date of receipt of interview letter: 14/03/2013 (Dated 13/03/2013)
Date of Passport Appointment: 19/03/2013
Date of Passport Receipt: 28/03/2013
Last edited by aryaman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:37 pm, edited 4 times in total.

adamboston
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Post by adamboston » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:43 pm

By the grace of Almighty I received my passport this morning, yes on Sunday morning around 7.30am which was totally unexpected. It was posted through the letter box and no signature was required.

So after 11.5 years my immigration journey is over...... Phewwwww (well not completely over as I still have to apply for my wife's ILR in Sept this year, that means I'll still be around).

I found the passport office staff very pleasant and helpful. During the interview I never felt for a second if that was some kind of interview, it was more like talking to someone who already knows a lot about you (like your secret admirer). Lol :) but I would still recommend to read through all the passport interview questions provided in the forum

Good luck to everyone and God bless you all.

adamboston wrote:Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 18/02/13
Date application received by IPS: No idea (but assuming the delivery date was 19/02/13 as post office promised next day delivery)
Payment method: Cash at Post Office £84.25 in total.
Date of return of documents: 04/03/13
Date of receipt of interview letter: 02/03/13 ('secure delivery' but no signature required, just posted through the door)
Date of Passport Appointment: 06/03/13 (Manchester)
Date of Passport Receipt: 10/03/13 (printed on 06/03/13)

Total time taken 3 Weeks
adamboston wrote:Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 18/02/13
Date application received by IPS: No idea (but assuming the delivery date was 19/02/13 as post office promised next day delivery)
Payment method: Cash at Post Office £84.25 in total.
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

Documents enclosed:
- Application form
- 2 recent photographs
- 3 expired and a current passport from my country of origin.
- original naturalisation certificate
- £84.25 passport fee (including £3 for secure return of my documents)
Adam

'To me no human is alien - but to some no aliens are human'.

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