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Old May 20th 2014, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by busybee2 View Post
not everyone goes back to the uk "that" often.......
Yes I agree, but I wonder how many people reading this are kicking themselves for not renewing their passport on their last visit. I didn't know about the service until someone told me and I too was initially skeptical.
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Old May 20th 2014, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by busybee2 View Post
not everyone goes back to the uk "that" often.......
I wish they could understand the stress and trauma it creates. What was wrong with getting it done at the embassy?
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Old May 20th 2014, 9:25 am
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Hi Marshi, I am in the same position. Sent my passport off 6weeks ago, was suppose to be flying out tonight! Every time I call all they say is it is "awaiting examination". I have made a complaint which means some one from the liverpool office has to review my case and contact me within 3 (uk) working days... I honestly believe it is quicker to DHL to a family member in the UK and apply from within, apparently that turn around time is a lot quicker.
My PP arrived in Itally after 9wks. I'm still waiting for the call back.

Apparently, DHLing a passport to a family member for renewal is illegal. I had intended to do that. You must be physically present in the country you apply from.
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I wish they could understand the stress and trauma it creates. What was wrong with getting it done at the embassy?
The story I was told is that its a security thing, although I don't believe it for a minute, in that they didn't want to be sending blank passports across the world because if they fell into the wrong hands etc etc.
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its really slowed down. only took about 2 weeks to do mine 1 year ago
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Hi Marshi, I am in the same position. Sent my passport off 6weeks ago, was suppose to be flying out tonight! Every time I call all they say is it is "awaiting examination". I have made a complaint which means some one from the liverpool office has to review my case and contact me within 3 (uk) working days... I honestly believe it is quicker to DHL to a family member in the UK and apply from within, apparently that turn around time is a lot quicker.
Just gave them a call for the 5th times and they said the application is sent to the examiner on may 7th call back in two weeks see if we have any updates for you..... this is unbelievable.
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Originally Posted by hong_konger View Post
The story I was told is that its a security thing, although I don't believe it for a minute, in that they didn't want to be sending blank passports across the world because if they fell into the wrong hands etc etc.
what i said earlier then.
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Workmate is Italian. Had his renewed in the Italian Embassy in Dubai 3 months ago in 20 minutes from walking through the door to walking out again. Hhhmmm. Does anyone know what the British Embassy actually does for their day job?
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Does anyone know what the British Embassy actually does for their day job?
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Originally Posted by marshi View Post
Just gave them a call for the 5th times and they said the application is sent to the examiner on may 7th call back in two weeks see if we have any updates for you..... this is unbelievable.
Sadly mine has been 'with the examiner' since 17th April..... Still with no movement. Spoke to them today, the progress team again stated 6wks turn around... I wonder what they will say next week??
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Workmate is Italian. Had his renewed in the Italian Embassy in Dubai 3 months ago in 20 minutes from walking through the door to walking out again. Hhhmmm. Does anyone know what the British Embassy actually does for their day job?
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Old May 20th 2014, 3:39 pm
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What was wrong with getting it done at the embassy?
Doing it that way meant sending blank passports around the world. Nobody thought it was much of a security risk until a shipment of 3000 blank passports destined for embassies was stolen in transit near Manchester in 2008.

Logic suggests that if blank passports have a value to criminals, then minimising their movement would make sense. In addition to that, centralising all passport administration in the UK is probably cheaper than increasing the security of shipments around the world.
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Old May 20th 2014, 3:54 pm
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Security threats only for UK???? very interesting that happened near Manchester and not any where in Middle East. It could happen to those blank passports from London to Liverpool couldn't it?

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Old May 21st 2014, 1:33 am
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Doing it that way meant sending blank passports around the world. Nobody thought it was much of a security risk until a shipment of 3000 blank passports destined for embassies was stolen in transit near Manchester in 2008.

Logic suggests that if blank passports have a value to criminals, then minimising their movement would make sense. In addition to that, centralising all passport administration in the UK is probably cheaper than increasing the security of shipments around the world.
Its another example of incompetent authorities using a "sledge hammer to crack a nut" mentality in response to the indiscretions of 0.01% and screwing life up for the 99.99%. Same with the paranoia in banking and air travel !!
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Originally Posted by Norm_uk View Post
My wife is Chinese, she had a new passport within 24 hours - machine readable and everything.

Clearly the British Embassy cannot cope with working 6 hours a day...

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