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How to Apply for British Passport

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Becoming a British citizen is no easy task, but the wait is definitely worth it. Not only do you get a lifestyle of your dreams, but you also get to live in a stable society and travel with a British passport unhindered throughout the world. Once you are a British citizen, the next step is automatically to apply for a British passport to enjoy British passport benefits. The passport is a booklet which signifies your UK citizenship when you travel abroad. You have to follow a few steps in order to get your passport. There are a few additional checks for those applying for a new passport compared to earlier times. The British passport is one of the strongest passports in the world when you travel. British passport holders can travel to a whopping 170+ countries visa-free. Now that you know all the advantages of holding a British passport, Here's a look at the requirements before you apply for British passport.

British passport Requirements

Remember, the first requirement is that you must have British nationality in order to apply for British passport. Those born in the UK need to send their birth or adoption certificate. In case you have recently acquired British citizenship, you'll need the following

  • Your naturalisation or registration certificate
  • The passport you used to come into the UK
  • A filled-in UK Passport Application form
  • You also need a digital photo to apply for your passport online or 2 identical printed photos in the case of applying on paper.
  • A countersignatory is needed for your passport and print photo to confirm your identity
Who can apply for a British passport?
  • British citizen
  • British overseas citizen
  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British national (overseas)
  • British protected person
  • British subject
How to submit the British passport application form?

You can apply for British passport online here. When you fill your form online, you get interactive help to fill it accurately.

You can also pick up a British passport application form from your local Post Office and then fill it and apply by post in the pre-printed envelope which comes with the form. You can find all information about your passport application form at the Passport Adviceline.

The British Citizenship Passport Application can also be sent by the Post Office Check and Send service. Your application is less likely to be rejected if you use Check and Send service. This is very popular and is used by many applicants and comes at just an extra £9.75.

Interview Process

Once you apply for British passport online or submit the British passport application in the paper form, you will be asked to attend an interview to confirm your identity at the HM Passport Office.

The interview is the best way for them to validate your identity before you receive your British passport. It usually lasts about 30 minutes and you are asked questions claiming your identity. After confirming your background and identity, your application will be processed further. As all the process is cleared smoothly, you’ll receive your new passport by courier or recorded delivery.

When will you get your UK passport?

Once you've applied, it takes around 6 weeks to get your passport. All your documents will be mailed back to you once your application is complete.

British Passport Application Cost

A standard UK passport costs £75.50 when you apply online for the first time and it costs £85 to apply in person at a Post Office.

Once you follow the above steps, you should be ready to receive your shiny British passport and get set to travel the world as a proud British passport holder and enjoy the British passport benefits.

Renewal of British Passport

You may need to renew or replace your passport for the following reasons.

  • If it’s expired or will expire soon
  • If it's stolen or damaged or you lose your passport
  • Change passport details

It takes up to 3 weeks to renew and get your passport. The new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail. You can renew it in 2 ways:
  • You can renew it online for £75.50.
  • You can get a paper application form by:
    • Going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service
    • Calling Passport Adviceline
The above methods cost £85.

For all additional clarifications, check out the British passport official page.

Latest Updates

In case you are now travelling to the UK after Brexit, you might be plagued by doubts on the validity of your passport and the immigration process. To apply for british Passport after Brexit, you have to keep some important points in mind. Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. Yet, the UK could still leave with no deal in case the withdrawal agreement is not approved by the end of a transition period or 31 January 2020.

Visiting the UK after Brexit

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel short time to the UK after Brexit without needing a visa but they will be required to show a valid passport or a national identity card.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal
  • For Eu, EEA and Swiss citizens, there will be no change in what you need to enter the UK until at least 2021. You can enter the UK with a passport which expires in less than 6 months.
  • If you have started living in the UK before 31 December 2020 and have status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll be able to use your EEA national identity card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025. You can check out the latest update details here.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal
  • Irish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK like before. As mentioned earlier, EU, EEA and Swiss students can travel short term without a visa.

In either cases, citizens of countries apart from EU, EEA and Switzerland should find out if you need to apply for a visa from here.

British Passport holder rules after Brexit to travel to Europe

Check the following details before you travel.

  • The date your passport was issued
  • The date your passport expires
  • Date of travel

You should have a minimum of 6 months left in your passport(child and adult) to travel most countries in Europe except Ireland. (In case you have renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, all extra months up to a period of 9 months will be added to the new passport's expiry date.)

Even if your passport has more than 6 months for expiry, it should not be more than 10 years old. To be on the safe side, check if you need to renew your UK passport by using the government’s Passport Checker online.

In case of renewal, you can Apply for the UK Passport online here.
https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit