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PASSPORTS UK –New +Renew +Apply for children


BRITISH PASSPORT SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES.  Since September 2013 there is only one way for expat Britons to do this:
submit all passport applications,  new issue and renewals, adults and children, to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing.   [NOT via the British Embassy website in Washington anymore].  Find all the information needed to complete the passport application process on the ONLY OFFICIAL UK Government website    https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.   Avoid applying for your passport at the last minute.  Any remaining validity on your current passport [up to nine months] will be transferred to your new one.  
If you need further help, please call the official Passport Information Helpline in England on 011 44 (0) 300 222 0000.  [NOTE:  They charge fees for help, usually]. 

NOTE:  If you want to apply for a new UK passport for a baby/child, go to same website and click around to find that section. Ditto if you are American with British parents and want to apply for a UK passport.   Or you were born in UK and want to see if you qualify,  consult that same UK Government website. 

EMERGENCY LAST-MINUTE PASSPORT ONLY:  If you are due to travel to UK in under 10 days you can physically go to the British Consulate General in downtown Miami. They will issue you one.  First, you MUST make an appointment–can’t just show up.  Call their office [305] 400-6400, listen to options and press the Emergency one to speak to somebody.  Explain you need an emergency passport.   

►►  If you are renewing, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received. If you are applying for the first time or  replacing a lost or stolen passport, allow at least six weeks. Your application may take longer if HM Passport Office needs to request further information.

 ►► OR –WANT TO SAVE YOURSELF HASSLE?  Use this passport service to handle it all for you:   UKABROAD offers the following service:  We assist British citizens living in the USA & Canada with their passport applications, offering a comprehensive A – Z service. We assist step-by-step with completion of all British passport application forms. We carefully review your application/s before submitting. We arrange for the shipment of your documents with our registered international courier for delivery to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the United Kingdom. Your new passport & documents are delivered back to you. You are advised of any additional documentation requirements, which may change from time to time.  UKABROAD is an established Miami-based company,  which services all of Florida and 49 other states, as well as Canada.  [NOTE:  I have heard only good reports about this service and personally know the owners–PK, Publisher] FIRST STEP:  Email your passport query to info@ukabroad.net  COMPANY INFO on www.ukabroad.net  


► TRAVEL TIP:   We recommend you download the APP called Mobile Passport and enter your passport details into it.  If you lose your passport, you can show this.  The App is recognised in over 25 USA international airports and cruise ports and allows you to skip US Customs and Immigration [USCIS] lines.  The USCIS invented it, so official!!  

If you live in the USA and have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or whether you can qualify for  a British passport in the first place,  information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/british-passport-eligibility.   QUESTIONS ONLY:  [They do NOT issue passports unless it is a proven emergency].  Phone the British Consulate in Miami [305] 400-6400   

►  URGENT TRAVEL—GET AN EMERGENCY PASSPORT from Miami British Consulate–phone to ask them.
If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should phone the British Consulate in Miami on [305] 400 6400.
In certain circumstances they will issue an Emergency Travel Document, which serves as a temporary UK passport. 

 ► IMPORTANT TIP to be on the safe side :    When mailing back your completed forms and photos,  on the top of page one,  IN RED INK,  write  “Any problems with this application reach me on my cellphone [xxx] xxx-xxxx or my email name@gmail.com  .  That way,  Embassy staff can just reach you quickly/directly rather than physically mailing things back to you and delaying matters for weeks .

►  NEED TO OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR BRITISH BIRTH CERTIFICATE?   OR MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE?    FOR ANY BRITISH CITIZEN you must apply to The UK Government’s General Register Office, where all public records are kept. Records of all births, deaths, marriages in the UK since 1837 are kept at St. Catherine’s House in London. You can go there in person to order a duplicate certificate [for a small fee]:    St. Catherine’s House, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP England or write there.   Their website www.gro.gov.uk  will reveal all the info.    There is an Overseas Department shown on the website too.  Click around and see what you need.   AFTER THAT not before,  if you still have questions about such documents, call the British Consulate in Miami [305] 400-6400.  They do NOT issue any UK replacement documents, but will be able to answer your questions.

►  AMERICAN PASSPORTS—-FOR BRITS WHO HAVE BECOME UK-USA dual nationals and need to obtain an American Passport:    Phone the US Government’s passport info line:   1-877-487-2778 or get passport info and forms from their website www.travel.state.gov 


£   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com   Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.  

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