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Finally applied for a passport




I've not had a Passport since about 2000, thats soo bloody long to be stuck in this country. Filled in the Online Application for a UK Passport but I don't think it'll all be sorted by June, when I want to go away. I still have to return the form with proofs. Fingers crossed they get a mump on.



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Must say friends of mine who apply for a UK passport, particularly like your case usually are put through enormous hoops and bureaucracy before they have it in their hands. My friend from Scotland however needed to put in much less effort when he had his passport renewed. As far as I know he could do that online and then had to ship his passport or something like that. I'd hate to ship my passport however. I've just had mine renewed at the Canadian Consulate General in Dubai in March, and that was pretty effortless compared to previous times, as Canada has simplified their renewal procedures since the last time I applied. Previously, even for a renewal, I had to prove that I am who I am with complicated procedures that involved authentication by another Canadian professional (medical doctor, accountant, etc) who had to have known me at least five years.
deanhills on Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:07 pm
I'm playing with the idea of getting my passport. I've basically got the form filled out. I think I'll need to get my pictures redone, which is fine by me because I wasn't a huge fan of the short hair. It could come in handy if I ever make that trip to England to meet my mom's pen pal. Not to mention the renewal process doesn't seem nearly as complicated or drawn out, so once I get it it's just a matter of maintaining it.
TheGremlyn on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:25 pm
I got mine last month ! Planning to go to Malaysia.
andro_king on Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:56 am
I have a UK passport and my sister has Canadian one. We live in Canada and renewed at the same time, I received my passport before she did! 6 weeks ahead of her in fact.
TheLimey on Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:24 pm
deanhills wrote:
Must say friends of mine who apply for a UK passport, particularly like your case usually are put through enormous hoops and bureaucracy before they have it in their hands. My friend from Scotland however needed to put in much less effort when he had his passport renewed.

Your friend from Scotland would have had to put as much effort into it as anyone from any other area of the UK - Wales, Northern Ireland, England. The UK Passport agency has exactly the same rules for Scots as it has for the English, Welsh or Northern Irish.

If your Scottish mate is making out anything different then he/she is simply telling you lies. They carry UK/British passports, not Scottish ones.
It would be typical of many Scots I know who try to indicate that they are somehow not Brits under British 'federal' government, they remain Brits right now even if they hate it to be the case, and at least until their referendum next year which has now for the first time ever opened 16 & 17 year old votes into the process, so desperate is the Scottish National Party to gain independence.
watersoul on Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:08 am
Easy now <watersoul>, I don't know if I'd assume <deanhills'> contact is attempting to deceive, but I get it. ho ho. There's still a lot of anti-British (possibly just anti-English?) sentiment among some Scots isn't there, but I hope its based on superficial political differences and that they the ppl will vote to maintain the unity.
As for the Passport thing, it would be a lot easier if I were 'renewing' my UK Pass but yeh, I'm not renewing... I lost it yrs ago, so long ago I dont remember how or where. It could well involve some hoop jumping. I had to register it missing/stolen in order to get a police code before (blah blah woof woof)... but I gave up. Guess those British passports are worth quite a bit on the black market, I bet its similar in most countries, if you're a donkey like me and take yr passport out on the piss (getting wasted).

<b>Ultimately, thanks all of you for the replies, great reading! Interesting info.</b>
vicar013 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:24 am
Haha, sorry vicar, I'm actually a Welshman who lives in England, but there are loads of Scot's here who seem to think they are not British. I like my UK passport, it reminds me that if I turned left or right at the beach and just carried on walking the coast I'd eventually get back to the same place, without leaving my country. I hope Scotland chooses to stay British.

Good luck with a speedy and hassle free passport issue though. It's the one piece of picture ID I have, and the only one I think is important.
I'm still using my battered old pink paper driving licence with an address on it which I haven't lived at for years. A traffic cop laughed at it when I was pulled over a few months ago, saying he hadn't seen one for years. He also said technically he should nick me for the failure to advise my current address (1000 fine) but carried on laughing that the legal costs would be a waste of tax payer money. I was insured in a taxed & roadworthy car which I could drive legally, he was happy enough with that Laughing
watersoul on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:19 am



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