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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by march_ilr » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:24 am

application Timeline
Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New- First
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 22 Jan 2016 (Friday)
SMS for receipt: none received
Date application received by IPS: Not sure how to check this
Date of return of documents: 1st February (missed the first dx delivery)
Date of receipt of interview letter: 2nd Feb (Booked my interview without the invitation letter. Required just the application ref. I only provided the Post Office reference no. i was given at the time of sending the application)
Date of Passport Appointment: 04 Feb 2016
SMS: 05 Feb 2016
Date of Passport Receipt: 8the February

Its all over now. What a relief!!! Many thanks to the members, moderators and the owner(s) of this site. You guys are doing a fantastic job. Please keep it up always. Allah Bless You all.
Applied for FREEDOM on the 20th March

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by anp » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:57 am

Application Type: First Adult passport
Date of application: 19/01/2016 (check & send)
Date of receipt by Home Office: 21/01/2016
Date of return of documents: 02/02/2016
Date of receipt of interview letter: 03/02/2016
Date of Passport interview: 26/01/2016
Date SMS received: 29/01/2016
Date passport received: 01/02/2016

I called and arranged the interview on 25/01/2016, 1 week before receiving the invitation letter. Smooth process throughout. Really impressed with their service. Thank God, this is the end of a long and stressful journey.

Thank you so much to everyone in this forum for their assistance and comfort.
Be good.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by longshift » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:38 pm

Passport for: Adult First Time
Application Type: New (Naturalised)
Method of application: Online
Date of application: 26/01/2016
Date of posting: 27/01/2016 (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Posted to: Liverpool
Date of receiving the application: 28/01/2016
Date of return of documents: 04/02/2016
Interview letter: 10/02/2016
Date interview booked: 03/02/2016 [called HMPO on 03002220000 to check status. Was told interview letter is on its way and can book interview now]
Date of interview: 13/02/2016 [Needed Saturday Appointment, slots were available from 8/2/16 onwards]
Date of SMS received: TBC
Date of passport receipt: TBC

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by sanu84 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:04 pm

Passport for: 1 Adult + 2 Child
Application Type: First passport (Adult naturalised + Child registered)
Method of application: Post (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Date of application sent: 06/02/2016
Posted to: Peterborough
Date of application received: 09/02/2016
Date of SMS confirming applications haven been received: 10/02/2016
Date of return of documents: TBC
Interview letter: TBC
Date interview booked:TBC
Date of interview: TBC
Date of SMS received: TBC
Date of passport receipt: TBC
9/8/09-Arrived in the UK

31/3/10-EEA1&EEA2
1/7/10-RC dated 28/6

1/9/14-EEA3&EEA4
14/11/14-PR dated 9/11

10/8/15-AN
24/10/15-Approval dated 20/10
18/11/15-Ceremony

6/2/16-BP
29/2/16-Approval
14/3/16-Interview
16/3/16-BP dated 14/3/16

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by NasirNNN » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:48 pm

Application Type: First Adult passport
Date of application: 02/02/16 (check&send)
Date of receipt by HMPO: 05/02/16
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport interview:18/02/16(Booked on 11/02/16 without letter check & send service ref no used)
Date SMS received:
Date passports received:

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by 9876543210 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:31 am

sircas wrote:Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New from within UK. Applied in 2015 from overseas and I had 1 yr British passport issued and HMPO will only issue 10yrs after interview.
Last year I got my first British passport overseas (Ireland). It was issued for 10 years without an interview.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by mysteryteller » Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:42 pm

Application Type: First Adult passport
Date of application: 27/01/16 (check and send /not recommended use online if possible or postal it is hassle free and time saving, you dont get tracking number through check and send so nobody knows when its going to be delivered)
Date of receipt by HMPO: 01/02/16 (rang to check whether they received if so when)
Date of return of documents: 06/02/16
Date of receipt of interview letter: 11/02/16
Date of Passport interview:08/02/16(Booked on 04/02/16 without letter check & send service ref no used)
Date SMS received: 09/02/16
Date passports received:11/02/16 (printed date 08/02/16)

Little note to help others who are about to apply passport, DO NOT USE CHECK AND SEND Service they know as little as we know from guidance booklet.

All you need is two identical pictures and make sure one countersigned by referee at the back and other plain picture nothing written on the background make sure it doesnt even a have a single line or any mark or name written at the back of second picture, most recent uncancelled passport no need to send two or three previous passports that has your first entry stamp and naturalistion certificate.

If your referee makes any mistake in his section make sure you have extra signature on the left or right of the amended line otherwise HMPO will return your application.

I would highly recommend to use online as HMPO use letter recognition software to scan your hand written form and delays can be possible if computer reads 02 instead of 01.

Another good reason to use online is you can use A4 envelope to send your certificate without folding it and include return A4 envelope.

hope that helps.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Dal » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:23 pm

Application Timeline
Passport for: Child (registered)
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send (Stoke Newington Post Office)
Date of application: 10/02/2016
Date application received by IPS:
Location of IPS Office involved:
Date of return of documents:TBD
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:TBD
Date of Passport Receipt:TBD

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by shico » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:18 pm

Application Timeline
Passport for: 2 Adult + 1 Child
Application Type: Newly naturalized - first passports
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 03/02/2016
Date application received by IPS: not known
Location of IPS Office involved: not known
Date of return of documents: on 11/02/2016 and 12/02/2016
Date of receipt of interview letter: not yet
Date of Passport Appointment: 17/02/2016
Date of Passport Receipt:12/02/2016 (for the child) - adults TBC

I just booked the interview for me and my wife without receiving any letters - all good, however the guy on the phone said that we should bring them wit us on the day. What if we do not get them by that time? Do they really require it?

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by NasirNNN » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:03 pm

shico wrote:Application Timeline
Passport for: 2 Adult + 1 Child
Application Type: Newly naturalized - first passports
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 03/02/2016
Date application received by IPS: not known
Location of IPS Office involved: not known
Date of return of documents: on 11/02/2016 and 12/02/2016
Date of receipt of interview letter: not yet
Date of Passport Appointment: 17/02/2016
Date of Passport Receipt:12/02/2016 (for the child) - adults TBC

I just booked the interview for me and my wife without receiving any letters - all good, however the guy on the phone said that we should bring them wit us on the day. What if we do not get them by that time? Do they really require it?
I booked appointment without letter the person who book appointment told i don't need to bring letter only need to bring email sent for confirmation of interview.I don't think you need letter asking you to book appointment that is not relevant just print email confirming interview date,time and reference no.

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by techguy007 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:51 pm

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Check & Send or Postal
Date of application: 12/02/2016
Date application received by IPS:
Location of IPS Office involved:
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Oozz » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:44 am

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New after naturalisation
Method of application: Check & Send Postal
Date of application: 12/02/2016
Date application received by IPS:
Location of IPS Office involved:
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by 9876543210 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:02 am

Application Timeline
Passport for: Child (Born in Ireland, parent born in UK)
Application Type: New (Overseas application from Ireland)
Method of application: Online
Date of application: 26/2/2016
Posted supporting documents: Monday 1/2/2016 (Registered post, to Belfast)
Date application received by IPS: Wednesday 3/2/2016 (Royal mail tracking)
Date application received by IPS: Thursday 4/2/2016 Online tracker showed it as received
Counter signatory contacted: Tuesday 9/2/2016 (By post)
The letter had a scanned copy of the photo, and requested some of the details on the application form, and confirmation that the counter signatory had signed the application.
Counter signatory replied: Monday 15/2/2016 (By post)
Date of return of documents: TBD
Date of Passport Dispatched: TBD
Date of Passport Receipt: TBD

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by Mikalai_S » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:23 pm

:D
Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New (Naturalisation)
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 13/02/2016
Date application received by IPS:
Location of IPS Office involved:
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Post by Ianina » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:50 pm

Passport for: Adult First Time
Application Type: New (Naturalised)
Method of application: Check and send
Date of application: 03/02/2016
Date of posting: 04/02/2016 (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Posted to:
Date of receiving the application: 05/02/2016
Date of return of documents: 12/02/2016
Interview letter: ?
Date interview booked: 10/02/2016 [called HMPO on 03002220000 to check status. Was told interview letter is on its way and can book interview now 03002221000 ]
Date of interview: 11/02/2016
Date of SMS received: 12/02/2016
Date of passport receipt: 15/02/2016

im very pleased with the service of Her majesty passport office!!!!!
It was very fast and smooth!!!!
If you in rush just keep calling the office!!!! It will speed up the process!!!!
Good luck everybody!!!!!

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Post by jxn » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:49 am

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First Passport (Naturalized Citizen)
Method of application: Online
Date of application: 09/02/2016
Date application received by IPS: 10/02/2016
Location of IPS Office involved: Belfast
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Post by DK2016 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:31 pm

Passport for: Adult First Time
Application Type: New (Naturalised)
Method of application: Check and send
Date of application: 15/02/2016
Date of posting: 15/02/2016 (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Posted to: HMPO (by Post Office)
Date of receiving the application:
Date of return of documents:
Interview letter:
Date interview booked:
Date of interview:
Date of SMS received:
Date of passport receipt:

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by narendc » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:11 pm

Passport for: Adult First Time
Application Type: New (Naturalised)
Method of application: Check and Send
Date of application: 16/02/2016
Date of posting: 16/02/2016 (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Posted to: HMPO (by Post Office, Manchester)
Date of receiving the application:
Date of return of documents:
Interview letter:
Date interview booked:
Date of interview:
Date of SMS received:
Date of passport receipt:

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Post by Niza_carson » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:09 pm

Passport: Adult
Application Type: First Adult passport
Method of application: Check and Send service
Date of application: 28/01/2016
Date application received by IPS: TBD (Have no idea how to check or track this)
Date of return of documents: 03/02/2016
Date of receipt of interview letter: Was told interview letter was sent 2 weeks ago but I never received one. So I booked an interview without the letter.
Date of Passport interview: 13/02/2016
SMS received: 15/02/2016
Date of Passport Receipt: 17/02/2016

Thank you so much to everyone who has posted their journey on here and helped with guidance throughout this process.

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Post by DK2016 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:54 pm

Ianina wrote:Passport for: Adult First Time
Application Type: New (Naturalised)
Method of application: Check and send
Date of application: 03/02/2016
Date of posting: 04/02/2016 (Royal Mail Special Delivery)
Posted to:
Date of receiving the application: 05/02/2016
Date of return of documents: 12/02/2016
Interview letter: ?
Date interview booked: 10/02/2016 [called HMPO on 03002220000 to check status. Was told interview letter is on its way and can book interview now 03002221000 ]
Date of interview: 11/02/2016
Date of SMS received: 12/02/2016
Date of passport receipt: 15/02/2016

im very pleased with the service of Her majesty passport office!!!!!
It was very fast and smooth!!!!
If you in rush just keep calling the office!!!! It will speed up the process!!!!
Good luck everybody!!!!!
Hi - Can someone please let me know how to get "Date of receiving the application:??" when using passport check&send service?

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by balasinor.bristol » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:27 pm

Hello to all members,

Thank you very much for sharing your timeline

applied on the 9/02/2016
Received by HMPO 10/02/2016 (Check & Send)
Documents Received 15/02/2016

Called them today for interview the lady was humble and told me to wait for the letter.

Reading this forum seems you either receive the letter very late or not at all so was just thinking if anybody can shed some light when i can exactly call them to book the interview?

Thank you all

Sunny

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Post by deo » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:47 pm

deo wrote:pplication Timeline
Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First passport
Method of application: Check & Send
Date of application: 03/02/16
Date application received by IPS: 04/02/16
Location of IPS Office involved: Glasgow
Date of return of documents: 11/02/2016
Date of receipt of interview letter: 17/02/2016 booked my interview without the letter. Gave them post office's barcode as referrence.
Date of Passport Appointment: 11/02/2016
SMS: 12/02/2016
Date of Passport Receipt: 17/02/2016
My passport was printed on 12/02/2016 and ready for DX courier to collect but they uplifted it on 16/02/2016. Any way I got it today. A big thanks to this forum and its contributors. I have learned a lot from it. All the best and good luck for those who are waiting for their passports. Thanks a lot again

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Post by raja935 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:10 pm

Passport Application Timeline
Passport for: Adult
Application Type: First passport
Method of application: Online
Date of application: 16/02/16
Date of posting Documents: 17/02/2016
Date application received by IPS:
Date of return of documents:
Date of receipt of interview letter:
Date of Passport Appointment:
Date of SMS received:
Date of Passport Receipt:

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Post by brynsadler » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:27 am

Passport for: Adult
Application Type: New
Method of application: Postal
Date of application:9-2-16
Date application received by IPS:10-2-16
Location of IPS Office involved:Newport
Date of return of documents:17-2-16
Date of receipt of interview letter:waiting
Date of Passport Appointment: 18-2-16 (never received the interview letter, booked Interview without the letter)
Date of Passport Receipt:waiting

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Re: British Passport application processing timelines (only)

Post by 9876543210 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:49 am

Application Timeline
Passport for: Child (Born in Ireland, parent born in UK)
Application Type: New (Overseas application from Ireland)
Method of application: Online
Date of application: 26/2/2016
Posted supporting documents: Monday 1/2/2016 (Registered post, to Belfast)
Date application received by IPS: Wednesday 3/2/2016 (Royal mail tracking)
Date application received by IPS: Thursday 4/2/2016 Online tracker showed it as received
Counter signatory contacted: Tuesday 9/2/2016 (By post)
The letter had a scanned copy of the photo, and requested some of the details on the application form, and confirmation that the counter signatory had signed the application.
Counter signatory replied: Monday 15/2/2016 (By registered post from Dublin)
Counter signatory reply delivered to Belfast: Thursday 18/2/2016 (Letter took a detour via London)
Date of return of documents: TBD
Date of Passport Dispatched: TBD
Date of Passport Receipt: TBD

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