This UK Applicant Resource Download is intended for South Africa residents of All ages
- are British citizens by birth in the United Kingdom and who want to apply for or
renew their UK passport;
- were born outside the United Kingdom to a British parent and wants to know if they
qualify for British Citizenship, and therefore are entitled to a UK passport;
- are British Nationals Overseas with close connection to Hong Kong;
- are British citizens that want to renew or apply for their first UK passport;
- have had their UK passport lost or stolen;
- hold a UK passport and need to have their name or photograph changed.
This UK Applicant Resource Download contains the following:
- Information on what the requirements are to expedite your UK Passport
- Information on how to obtain a first or replacement UK passport, including a required
- UK passport call center support
- Information on who qualifies for UK citizenship (through mother or father, through
birth or naturalization)
- Things to say and not to say at the border
- Parental consent letter examples (if one parent in not present at the time of crossing
- Information on benefits that come along with obtaining British citizenship
- Photo specification for passport photographs
- Government fee information including a credit card payment authorization to make
- Passport interview questions to be prepared for
- Lost or stolen passport support
- Changing your name on a UK passport or citizenship card
- Sample completed application forms (including C1, C2 and LS01)
- A free assessment of your completed UK passport application by one of our staff.
- Useful Links to government websites and emergency services including
Application forms are provided free of charge from government websites. For your
convenience, you may find links to all application forms and guidance notes on our
Useful Links page.
General UK passport tips:
- Check the passport expiry date. Please note that UK passports are valid for ten
years only and a new passport must be obtained upon expiry.
- Make a note of the passport number, date and place of issue (or take a photocopy),
and keep separately in a safe place.
- Write the full details of your next of kin in your passport.
- Leave a photocopy with a friend or relative at home.
- Take a second means of photo-identification with you.
- Keep your passport in the hotel safe and carry a photocopy with you.
- If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, contact the nearest British Embassy,
High Commission or Consulate immediately for advice.
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I’m hesitant to send my original documents by mail. Can I send photocopies of my
The British Embassy must see original documents when you are applying for your
UK passport. Photocopies or notarised copies are not acceptable.
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Once I pay for a UK Applicant Resource Download, will it always be available?
Because our UK Applicant Resource Downloads are downloaded as PDF files, you may
save them to your computer for future use.
What are the benefits of purchasing a UK Applicant Resource Download?
Our UK Applicant Resource Download helps you to obtain a first or renewal UK
passport. There are many rules and regulations that British law requires you to
adhere to, and these requirements are often difficult to make sense of. Most
people do not have the time to make themselves an expert in the nuances of these
regulations just to attain one vital document, nor can they afford to hire an
immigration consultant that will charge hefty service fees. Our full time
researchers have cut out all the excess jargon and assembled the truly necessary
information into an easy to understand application guide, including sample
pre-filled application forms.
Can a passport that was originally issued for 5 years when the child was under
16, be extended for a further 5 years now that they are over 16?
Yes, the passport can be extended as long as it was issued before March 26, 1998
and has been valid for less than 10 years.
If I am 16 or 17, must one of my parents (or legal guardian) sign my application
Yes they must sign the ‘declaration of parent' section. If a legal guardian is
signing, an original court order must be supplied.
Are photos required for the extension of a passport?
Yes, photos are required for the extension of a passport.
Must a child who was born outside of the UK be registered?
No, it is not necessary to register a child who was born outside of the UK. It
is a matter of choice. Nationality is defined by sight of original
marriage/birth etc documentation.
What happens to my valid visa in my expired passport?
If your passport is still valid, you can cross-link your visa to your new
passport. This is not necessary for US, Canadian and Australian visas.
I am concerned about providing personal and credit card information over the
internet. What security measures have you taken to ensure my information is kept
E-Book Resource Center takes the privacy of all its customers very seriously. We
have practices which include the secure storage of personal information and
safeguards against the accidental release of personal information. E-Book
Resource Center uses SSL encryption to transmit sensitive information. All
information submitted is strictly confidential and will not be passed on in any
compliance with Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic
Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA sets out rules for how organizations such as ours
can collect, use and disclose your personal information. Read the full Act at
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Who should sign a child's passport application?
A parent or legal guardian should sign a child’s passport application, as well
as the child if they are 12 to 15 years of age.
Can a child be included on a parent's passport?
Since October 4, 1998, all children must apply for their own passport.
My child is already on my passport, can we still travel?
The change of rules regarding the addition of children to passports does not
affect children already on a parent's or sibling's passport. They can still
travel until the passport expires or until they choose to apply for their own
When only one parent is accompanying minor children to the UK is it necessary to
carry a letter of consent from the other parent?
There is no legal requirement to do so but it may be helpful to have such a
letter available in case a problem should arise. We have included a template for
this type of letter within the UK Applicant Resource Downloads.
Do I need to have my application countersigned if it is a straightforward
If your passport was issued in the last 10 years, it is not normally necessary
to have your application countersigned unless your appearance has noticeably
Who should I ask to countersign my application if I have been in Canada or the
US for less than 2 years?
You should ask a professional person of good standing (doctor, dentist, teacher,
etc) who knows you to countersign your application. Or you can obtain a
countersignature from your previous location.
Are passport application forms included within the UK Applicant Resource
Application forms are provided free of charge from government websites. For your
convenience, below you will find links to download the links to all passport
application forms and guidance notes. These links are found in the UK Applicant
Resource Downloads as well, along with detailed instructions and samples showing
how to correctly fill them out. The UK Passport Application for Adults can be
Guidance Notes. The UK Passport Application for Children can be
Guidance Notes. The UK Passport Application for British National
Overseas Adults can be found at
Guidance Notes. The UK Passport
Application for British National Overseas Children can be found at
Guidance Notes. The Lost or Stolen Passport Notification Form can be found at
What is your refund policy?
If you are not completely satisfied with the UK Applicant Resource Download you
have purchased, we provide a 100% money back guarantee.
Can I hold more than one passport?
The British Government has no objection to dual or multiple citizenships, or to
a person holding passports from more than one country. However, certain other
countries do object so it is advisable to check with the authorities of the
other country concerned.
I have held a UK passport in the past. Does this mean I need to fill out a
You can apply to renew your passport if you still have your last passport and:
it was a standard UK adult ten-year passport or a UK five-year child's passport
issued before you were 16
• it is undamaged
• you do not need to change your
name or national status
You cannot renew your passport if you were previously
included as a child on someone else's passport. In this case you will need to
apply for a first adult passport.
Can my spouse obtain a British passport or citizenship through marriage?
British citizenship cannot be acquired through marriage alone. Your spouse would
have to live in the UK for a continuous period of three years and apply for
naturalisation through the Home Office while still residing there. Once the
naturalisation certificate is obtained, they can then apply for a UK passport.
It is not possible to apply for naturalisation while residing outside the United
I have been told that I do not qualify for British citizenship. Can I appeal
If you feel our interpretation of the law is incorrect then you can seek legal
advice. Copies of the British Nationality Acts can be ordered from Her Majesty's
Stationery Office or from a book shop that specialises in legal documents. The
legislation currently in force is the British Nationality Act 1981.
What do I do if I lose my passport and need one urgently?
Whenever a passport has been lost or stolen, you must fill out the Lost or
Stolen Passport Notification Form. The issuing office will need to verify the
applicant's identity before a replacement can be issued and this can only be
done during normal office hours. When you receive your passport it is always a
good idea to note down or make a photocopy of the passport details and save them
somewhere safe just in case it is lost or stolen.
Why can't I provide my short form birth certificate to support my first passport
The British Embassy needs to confirm your place/town of birth and your parent's
details (if you were included in a parent's passport, for nationality purposes
and in case you were the child of a diplomatic parent). This information is only
shown on a long form birth certificate.
Do I need to send my birth certificate and expired passport?
If you hold a valid passport, a birth certificate is normally not necessary.
Always send an expired or expiring passport if you already have one. The expired
passport and any original documents will be sent back to you once your
application has been processed.
Are church-issued marriage certificates accepted?
Chuch-issued marriage certificates are only accepted for name amendments.
Otherwise, you should supply a full, original civil marriage certificate bearing
a raised seal.
Who do BNO application forms apply to and what important documentation should I
The BNO application forms are only for applicants who have previously held, or
been included on, a BNO passport (Hong Kong connection). You will need to
provide your original PIC.
How long are passports issued to children under 16 valid for?
Child passports are valid for 5 years. Please see 21 below.
How can I obtain an extract (original copy) of my original UK birth/marriage
You may obtain an original copy of your UK birth/marriage certificate from the
General Register Office. Postal Applications can be sent to PO Box 2, Southport,
Merseyside PR8 2JD. You can apply in person at St Catherine's House, 10
Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP and collect certificates on the fourth working day
following your visit or have certificates posted to any address supplied. A
priority service is available by phoning 0151 471 4524 or faxing 0151 471 4368
(UK codes – from USA dial 011 44 151 471 4524/4368). You will need to have a
credit/debit card for this service.
Can the Passport Office add pages to my current passport if it is full?
No, new pages cannot be added to a passport which is full. You must renew your
How do I contact the British Embassy from my country?
For general inquiries or to following up on your UK passport, you may contact
the British High Commission call centres at: Australia: 0011 44 208 082 4726
Credit Card Line (£0.69p per minute, excluding the cost of an international
call). Canada: 0011 44 208 082 4721Credit Card Line (£0.69p per minute + VAT).
New Zealand: 0044 208 082 4727 Credit Card Line (£0.69p per minute, excluding
the cost of an international call). South Africa: 0044 208 082 4743Credit Card
Line (calls will be charged at £0.72 per minute plus VAT) US: 44 208 082
4721(Credit Card Line (£0.72p per minute + VAT).