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Your passport application: did you send it to the right place?
- British Embassy Washington
- Part of:
- Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, USA, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Bermuda, St Lucia, American Samoa, Aruba, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Maarten, and St Pierre & Miquelon
- 16 October 2015
- Last updated:
- 20 October 2015, see all updates
Get it right, be on your flight! Get it wrong, the wait may be long!
In 2013, regional processing of British passport applications was transferred from Washington D.C. to Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) in the UK and a new on-line system was introduced to help streamline the application process; customers simply complete their application on-line and send a copy of their supporting documentation, with a copy of their application, to HMPO for processing.
British Consul Dean Churm said, “Over the last year, nearly 1000 British passport applications have been incorrectly sent to the British Embassy in Washington. Unfortunately we’ve had to return each one to the sender so that the new application process can be followed which, very often includes new forms, the correct fee, and correct supporting documentations.”
Mr Churm also warned about using Passport Application Agents who promise to process your application quickly “It’s always quicker, cheaper and easier to use the HMPO on-line passport application than a passport agency that promises to get your application for you. They will charge you extra for forms and information that is already provided free of charge, and they have also been known to send applications to the wrong place. Please do not give them your personal information when there is no need for you to do it.”
If you are applying for a new British passport, don’t send your application to the nearest British Embassy or Consulate as it will be returned to you causing additional delay and expense.
Published: 16 October 2015
Updated: 20 October 2015
- Reminder for those applying for British passport renewals.
- First published.
Part of: Anguilla Barbados Belize British Virgin Islands Canada Cayman Islands Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Guyana Jamaica Montserrat Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands USA Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Dominica Grenada Haiti St Kitts and Nevis St Vincent and The Grenadines Suriname Bermuda St Lucia American Samoa Aruba Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba Curaçao Guadeloupe Martinique St Maarten St Pierre & Miquelon