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British Passport

From Her Majesty's Passport Office

Apply for a British Passport 

There are various different types of British passports; a British citizen is entitled to a British passport. Let us help you apply for a British Passport. 

There is a misconception amongst some clients that applying for a british passport after indefinite leave to remain is possible. But it is not, you must be a british citizen by birth, by descent, or through registration or naturalisation, to qualify for a British Passport.

A British passport application is not an “immigration” application, like an application for a visa; it is an administrative application. Other than in rare and exceptional cases, a British citizen is entitled to hold a British citizen passport, and if the applicant can prove that they are indeed a British citizen then they can, generally speaking, expect the application to be successful.  You can apply for British passport using an online form on the website.

Adults and children can apply to HM Passport Agency for a British passport. In most cases the application is made within the UK but in some cases it can be made outside the UK. It sometimes happens, for example, that a child has been born outside the UK and lives outside the UK but one or more parents is a British citizen and the child is also a British citizen and can thus apply for a passport. Such an application is called an application for an overseas British passport, but the passport that is issued is the same as that issued in the UK. 

A British citizen may also be able to apply for a passport renewal or replacement from outside the UK. 

Applying for a British Passport for a child born abroad

We can also identify if children are automatically British following a detailed assessment and subsequently apply for their first British Passport, if eligible.

Applying for a British Passport for a child born abroad is also possible as long as one of the parents are british and are not British by descent themselves.

Requirements for a British Passport Application

Applying for a British Passport after indefinite Leave to Remain is not possible although a lot of people make this enquiry. You need to have British Citizenship before you can apply for a British Passport.

You will need to submit relevant documents to support your British passport application which can vary based on if you are born before or after 1st Jan 1983 and if you were born in or outside the UK. British passport requirements need to be met when you submit your application online or on a paper form. It is important that you apply for british citizenship first if you are not a British Citizen already before you submit British passport application.

Passport applications require qualifying referees or countersignatories. If the application is based on parentage (as with a child’s application) then appropriate evidence of this needs to be submitted with the application. The applicant may also need to prove where they were born. 

The application if made in the UK can be made either online or by post. The application process may involve an “identity interview” with HM Passport Agency. This is so that they can satisfy themselves that the applicant is who they say they are. An overseas British passport application, and especially if it is made by a child, is relatively complex, because there are more aspects to prove.

What we can do for you for a successful British Passport application

We can advise you about the requirements for referees / countersignatories. If the proposed person does not meet the requirements then the application is likely to be unsuccessful. We can also advise you about the other evidential requirements which, in some cases, are onerous. 

Our aim is to submit your application smoothly and in addition provide up to date information at all times. This way you do not need to keep up to date with the HMPO changes.

We remain available during and after the submission of your application and until your British Passport comes through.

We will work hard and diligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.

Contact us to apply for a British Passport

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration Lawyers in London. We can handle your British Passport application. We contact british passport office on your behalf to chase your application and clarify any queries the british passport office might have.

Our clients come from all over the world. So if you are not in London do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world. GSN Immigration has helped clients for UK Visas from all over the world. The country list includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.

We have assisted many clients to apply for a British Passport. We can assist you with a British Passport application too.

Please contact us on or call us. You will discover that we are the right firm for your immigration matter. Speak to an experienced Immigration Lawyer/ Consultant / Adviser to bring your immigration matter to a successful conclusion.

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