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Old Dec 16th 2010, 4:20 pm
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Hi,
I need to apply for a new passport, my old one has been expired since 98...apparantely I need to apply for a first time passport now and need a countersignatory on the forms....I'm having a heart attack as I don't know anyone British here who could sign, I have no one in the UK either except my mum who has Alzheimer's so I can't ask her.

I'm getting so upset as I need to visit my mum very soon, she's going to get to the point of not even knowing who I am and it's breaking my heart, I have to get over there, usually she comes over here to visit....anyone have any advice about what I can do????

Thank you for any help!
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Old Dec 16th 2010, 4:23 pm
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They don't have to be British. Use your doctor, lawyer, bank manager -- anyone you know who has some kind of professional standing. I used my dogs' vet!
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Old Dec 16th 2010, 4:25 pm
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Yes they don't have to be British. We used one of my husband's work colleagues.
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Old Dec 16th 2010, 4:33 pm
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Yes they don't have to be British. We used one of my husband's work colleagues.
I used a Library Director..
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How long were you planning on being back in the UK? You can use your US passport if it's for a short visit.
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They don't have to be British. Use your doctor, lawyer, bank manager -- anyone you know who has some kind of professional standing. I used my dogs' vet!
As though people in "professional" jobs are more trustworthy than everyone else. A piece a classist snobbery that ought to have been done away with a long time ago.
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As though people in "professional" jobs are more trustworthy than everyone else. A piece a classist snobbery that ought to have been done away with a long time ago.
It is definitely an anachronism. Aren't they simply trying (somewhat ineffectually) to get at what in the US is achieved by getting a document notarized?
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It is definitely an anachronism. Aren't they simply trying (somewhat ineffectually) to get at what in the US is achieved by getting a document notarized?
Yep. It was always a strange thing to me. My first passport renewal I had the photos signed by a friend who was a University lecturer. The second time I just asked my boss. I've always stayed away from lawyers and doctors...
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As though people in "professional" jobs are more trustworthy than everyone else. A piece a classist snobbery that ought to have been done away with a long time ago.
Oh do I notice a touch of jealously over those of us deemed worthy enough to countersign passports.
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Old Dec 16th 2010, 9:26 pm
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Oh do I notice a touch of jealously over those of us deemed worthy enough to countersign passports.
You'd have to be a regular of the clink to go ask your local copper though
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Oh do I notice a touch of jealously over those of us deemed worthy enough to countersign passports.
Oh come on! This is America, land of opportunity! I can purchase a Doctor of Divinity diploma, establish a "church", and I'm good to go!!
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Oh come on! This is America, land of opportunity! I can purchase a Doctor of Divinity diploma, establish a "church", and I'm good to go!!
I believe Ian Paisley did that and I wouldn't let him countersign anything of mine.
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