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tht Apr 30th 2021 4:28 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by Wh431 (Post 13000917)
ah, what a coincidence. I too have British and german dual nationality.

though my german Reisepass doesnt run out till 2028 but its good to know the procedure.

I think it’s actually a consulate general, I think the embassy is in DC. Not sure where your are in terms of US citizenship, but I also did my
Beibehaltungsgenehmigung
through there before I could apply for USC. I found a lawyer on the Westcoast I used who was much cheaper than the NYC ones I talked to.

Wh431 Apr 30th 2021 5:14 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by tht (Post 13000929)
I think it’s actually a consulate general, I think the embassy is in DC. Not sure where your are in terms of US citizenship, but I also did my
Beibehaltungsgenehmigung
through there before I could apply for USC. I found a lawyer on the Westcoast I used who was much cheaper than the NYC ones I talked to.

i didn’t even know that it’s possible to acquire another nationality (bar another EU one) alongside your german nationality. I thought i would automatically lose my german one, as soon as i natualize as a US citizen.

As for Beibehaltungsgenehmigung, what are the rules for those:

1) who no longer have strong ties left with Germany? And/or
2) Are not born with a dual German & another non-eu nationality?

I already dread the paperwork required for any german document.

Thanks

tht Apr 30th 2021 5:38 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by Wh431 (Post 13000944)
i didn’t even know that it’s possible to acquire another nationality (bar another EU one) alongside your german nationality. I thought i would automatically lose my german one, as soon as i natualize as a US citizen.

As for Beibehaltungsgenehmigung, what are the rules for those:

1) who no longer have strong ties left with Germany? And/or
2) Are not born with a dual German & another non-eu nationality?

I already dread the paperwork required for any german document.

Thanks

I know there was an old yahoo group with DIY’ers but I had a lawyer do it. All the information is in German, and German language skills are a requirement. Maybe because I used the lawyer, but the embassy wanted to speak to me before they submitted it to Germany.

All the rules are pretty complex and often case specific. My own situation with the UK is pretty corner case and only applies to people born in a 4 or 5 year window.

Give the cost of most immigration stuff I thought an investment of $1.5-2k to keep an EU citizenship was worth it. I actually waited on my USC till both my sons were born so they would have all 3 from birth, in case the retention application did not work.

kateinbrooklyn May 1st 2021 12:06 am

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
I recently renewed my daughter's. It took one week from them receiving the paperwork to printing and sending the passport. We received the new passport on Wednesday this week and the old clipped passport back today.

kodokan May 5th 2021 1:09 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
I renewed mine last month; the new one arrived about 10 days later.

I had one of my kids take iPhone snaps of me against a pale grey wall for the photo. When I uploaded it, it was first rated as Fair which it said was due to color or skin tone issues or some such. All I did to fix it was tap the little auto-enhance wizard wand thing to lighten it up a touch, re-uploaded, then the passport site said it was all good to go. It was accepted and used on my passport with no problems.

karenkaren1 May 6th 2021 5:39 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by Wh431 (Post 13000401)
Hi all,

has anyone renewed their UK passport (from US) recently? How long is it taking?

when applying online, i was shown that it may take upto 11 weeks but i am hoping that in reality its sooner than that.

thanks

yes last month. 7 day turnaround. very impressive

TimFountain May 11th 2021 1:17 am

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
Just did mine. Online application completed April 15h, back with me on April 30th.

Wh431 Jun 9th 2021 7:37 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
Update: i was asked by the HMPO to send in my son’s birth certificate along with a parental consent letter, which delayed the whole thing by a month.

Today i ve finally received an email notification that the new Passport is printed and sent by ‘Secure Delivery’. No tracking nr etc is provided.

Any idea how long will it take from this point to actually receive the new Passport?


Pollyana Jun 10th 2021 1:10 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by Wh431 (Post 13015908)
Update: i was asked by the HMPO to send in my son’s birth certificate along with a parental consent letter, which delayed the whole thing by a month.

Today i ve finally received an email notification that the new Passport is printed and sent by ‘Secure Delivery’. No tracking nr etc is provided.

Any idea how long will it take from this point to actually receive the new Passport?

Mine was on its way the day after I got the same email as you. DHL sent an email to say they had picked it up and thats when I was given the tracking number.
Took 5 days to reach me after that, but I'm in Aus not America.

britmama Jun 28th 2021 3:44 am

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
Anyone have any updates on turnaround time as of June 27th? I'm wondering if the post-Covid rush has kicked in and processing times have lengthened now.

I am also a bit stressed out about the photo. I could not for the life of me take one without shadows at home so I ended up going to a professional photography studio. I thought the photo they took looked great, but it was only rated Fair when I uploaded it. I've no idea what they could have done to improve it. In the box that asks why you think you should be allowed to use the photo nonetheless, I just said that it followed every one of their photo rules, but I'm really worried they're going to reject it, and I need it for travel in just a few weeks!

hutchison Jun 28th 2021 1:36 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
if you need it for travel = don't delay. Best advice is make sure you have it before you book travel.
for me, about 25 days door to door, receiving today

Pollyana Jun 28th 2021 10:47 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by britmama (Post 13022768)
Anyone have any updates on turnaround time as of June 27th? I'm wondering if the post-Covid rush has kicked in and processing times have lengthened now.

I am also a bit stressed out about the photo. I could not for the life of me take one without shadows at home so I ended up going to a professional photography studio. I thought the photo they took looked great, but it was only rated Fair when I uploaded it. I've no idea what they could have done to improve it. In the box that asks why you think you should be allowed to use the photo nonetheless, I just said that it followed every one of their photo rules, but I'm really worried they're going to reject it, and I need it for travel in just a few weeks!

You might be OK, I did around 2 dozen and couldn't get better than Fair, although i was following all the rules. I just stated that in the box, and they accepted the one I sent.

ScousePete Jun 29th 2021 12:41 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by britmama (Post 13022768)
Anyone have any updates on turnaround time as of June 27th? I'm wondering if the post-Covid rush has kicked in and processing times have lengthened now.

Here's mine (from Grenada, West Indies)
  • Application submitted 9:12pm on 2 June 2021
  • Application received 9:13pm on 2 June 2021
  • Documents received 1:39pm on 10 June 2021
  • Application being processed 12:19pm on 22 June 2021
  • Application approved 9:22am on 25 June 2021
  • Passport printed and sent 1:34pm on 25 June 2021
I haven't received the passport yet, nor have I received a tracking number from the courier. But life moves slower in the Caribbean!

wtkp0u Aug 5th 2021 11:00 pm

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 
From Chicago, little over three weeks

July 13th Application received
July 20th Old passport received
August 1st Application approved
August 2nd New passport on the way
August 5th New passport received

chawkins99 Aug 6th 2021 12:15 am

Re: Current wait time for UK passport renewal
 

Originally Posted by wtkp0u (Post 13037588)
From Chicago, little over three weeks

July 13th Application received
July 20th Old passport received
August 1st Application approved
August 2nd New passport on the way
August 5th New passport received

30 days here (Florida).

July 5th Application received
July 19th Old passport received
July 29th Application approved
Aug 4th Passport received

Photos were rated poor. One said eyes were closed. 2nd one still rated poor. I stated it was an accurate likeness and it was approved.



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