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Renewing British Passport from Australia

Old May 9th 2020, 1:04 am
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Originally Posted by scot47 View Post
Letting yoiur passport expire is a problem when it comes to renewal.
It wasn't for me 2 years ago - it was as easy as renewing my Aussie passport
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Old May 15th 2020, 11:44 pm
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Not sure if the question has been answered but thought I'd pop my 2 cents in. We applied for baby Clacfarts first passport a few months ago. We did need a counter signature from a British passport holder but this was done electronically. You give them the email of the person and then when they receive the email from HMRC they input their passport details, name etc. How they know you, how long.

Now as ours was for a baby only a month old at the time the requirement was that they knew the applicants parent(s).

Failing that, im pretty sure you can get a notary to sign it without having to have known them because it's what they do. Hope you manage to sort it
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Old May 16th 2020, 12:28 am
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Originally Posted by Clacfart View Post
Not sure if the question has been answered but thought I'd pop my 2 cents in. We applied for baby Clacfarts first passport a few months ago. We did need a counter signature from a British passport holder but this was done electronically. You give them the email of the person and then when they receive the email from HMRC they input their passport details, name etc. How they know you, how long.
That's remarkably sensible.
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Originally Posted by Clacfart View Post
We did need a counter signature from a British passport holder but this was done electronically.
This is where I have a problem, because the government website also states that the person doing the online confirmation not only needs to be a UK citizen but also needs to be a current UK resident.

Can we still do things offline the old way, because when I do to the official website it doesn't even show me that option at all?
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This is where I have a problem, because the government website also states that the person doing the online confirmation not only needs to be a UK citizen but also needs to be a current UK resident.

Can we still do things offline the old way, because when I do to the official website it doesn't even show me that option at all?
They only need to be a UK resident if you are applying from within the UK.
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Old Oct 27th 2020, 8:39 pm
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They only need to be a UK resident if you are applying from within the UK.
This is marvelous news, and completely unexpected given the website wasn't very helpful. Is this 100% because I don't want to put someone in a very tough and uncomfortable place if they get contacted and have to confirm that they know me, live in the UK, etc.
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This is marvelous news, and completely unexpected given the website wasn't very helpful. Is this 100% because I don't want to put someone in a very tough and uncomfortable place if they get contacted and have to confirm that they know me, live in the UK, etc.
I have rung HMPO previously to confirm. The website is contradictory but you can find the same information here: https://www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications
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Hmm, I was asking about online confirmation but this seems to be all about the old method.
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Hmm, I was asking about online confirmation but this seems to be all about the old method.
The same criteria apply. HMPO acknowledged that the online check instructions were a one size fits all and didn’t apply to overseas applications. If you’re concerned then I would give them a call.
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Thanks BiP, I just had a chat with HMPO and their official line was that if the person doing the confirmation doesn't reside in the UK then they cannot do it online and I need to go the paper route. But as with most dysfunctional institutions that are shoddily (mis)managed, chances are that YMMV would apply here and the HUACA route (albeit this was an online chat...) could have yielded completely different results.

Bit confusing this because I'm not sure whether that means the entire application needs to be done by paper form or just the confirmation. I had my money on the former but it seems that the latter is the case as a link to some sort of paperwork is supposed to eventually show up... during the online application process.
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Turns out that everything can be done online and that only the identity confirmation needs to be done via paper in my case.

The whole setup is kinda cool because the regular photos are no longer needed - instead, the paper confirmation form is generated by the website with a digitised picture that was uploaded earlier. So all you need to do is print out that form and get it signed.
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Old Jan 6th 2021, 9:05 pm
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Hi astera, I'd be interested to know how long it takes to get your new passport once you've sent the old one off. I imagine with Covid and Brexit it will take longer than the normal 4-6 weeks?
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Hi astera, I'd be interested to know how long it takes to get your new passport once you've sent the old one off. I imagine with Covid and Brexit it will take longer than the normal 4-6 weeks?
In 'normal' times mine took less than 2weeks a few years ago
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Thanks BiP, I just had a chat with HMPO and their official line was that if the person doing the confirmation doesn't reside in the UK then they cannot do it online and I need to go the paper route. But as with most dysfunctional institutions that are shoddily (mis)managed, chances are that YMMV would apply here and the HUACA route (albeit this was an online chat...) could have yielded completely different results.

Bit confusing this because I'm not sure whether that means the entire application needs to be done by paper form or just the confirmation. I had my money on the former but it seems that the latter is the case as a link to some sort of paperwork is supposed to eventually show up... during the online application process.
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Turns out that everything can be done online and that only the identity confirmation needs to be done via paper in my case.

The whole setup is kinda cool because the regular photos are no longer needed - instead, the paper confirmation form is generated by the website with a digitised picture that was uploaded earlier. So all you need to do is print out that form and get it signed.
Thanks for the update. They have evidently changed their procedure since I last spoke to them but that’s probably not surprising since it would’ve been well over a year ago now.
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Old Jan 12th 2021, 2:28 pm
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Hi astera, I'd be interested to know how long it takes to get your new passport once you've sent the old one off. I imagine with Covid and Brexit it will take longer than the normal 4-6 weeks?
Hi, no prob, I will let you know how it goes.

I did the online application form last week but only got the ID verification done yesterday (required as the passport is for a child). Straight after that I posted the ID page along with the old passport to the UK via overnight courier delivery and UPS is already showing it as delivered before 10am today (Tuesday).

They should send me a SMS as soon as the new passport ships so I will let you know when that happens. Their website did mention "up to 4 weeks" or something like that but I don't think they are overburdened with applications at a time when people simply won't be travelling for quite some time to come...
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