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Old 07.01.2015, 19:54
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Countersign UK passport application please!

Hello lovely English Forum-ers!

Looking for a British expat here in canton Vaud, of a recognised profession (accountant, dentist, lawyer, nurse etc) who would be willing to countersign the passport application for our baby daughter who was born in October, verifying the true likeness between her passport picture, and her!

We still don't have her passport pictures taken, so this is a long shot just to see if there are any lovely Brits between Lausanne (where our office is) and Montreux (where we live) who would be willing to help.

The passport office advised that the process would take considerably longer if the counter-signer (ie our Doctor etc) was not of British citizenship.

And we still need to have her birth certificate or "communication d'une naissance" translated as well.

Thanks all!

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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

Is this list of recognized professions still really enforced? Last time I renewed my passport, I seem to remember it was countersigned by a localization project manager...

Mine is up for renewal again later this year and I don't think I know any British bankers, lawyers or other "respectable" people .
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

Oh but you do, LOL.
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Old 07.01.2015, 20:14
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Is this list of recognized professions still really enforced? Last time I renewed my passport, I seem to remember it was countersigned by a localization project manager...
No, and in fact it never was. It was only ever intended as an example, and dates back to when "the professions" were very limited in number.

So in practice, any British work colleague would do, and indeed this is what we've done in the past, for friend's kids etc.
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Oh but you do, LOL.
I'd forgotten about the little private bank you run in your spare time ;-)
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Hello lovely English Forum-ers!

Looking for a British expat here in canton Vaud, of a recognised profession (accountant, dentist, lawyer, nurse etc) who would be willing to countersign the passport application for our baby daughter who was born in October, verifying the true likeness between her passport picture, and her!

We still don't have her passport pictures taken, so this is a long shot just to see if there are any lovely Brits between Lausanne (where our office is) and Montreux (where we live) who would be willing to help.

The passport office advised that the process would take considerably longer if the counter-signer (ie our Doctor etc) was not of British citizenship.

And we still need to have her birth certificate or "communication d'une naissance" translated as well.

Thanks all!
You think anybodies are going to really check ?

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Is this list of recognized professions still really enforced? Last time I renewed my passport, I seem to remember it was countersigned by a localization project manager...

Mine is up for renewal again later this year and I don't think I know any British bankers, lawyers or other "respectable" people .
And you don't need to get yours countersigned in any case. ( unless your appearance has changed significantly since your last one which I seriously doubt)
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

They do. I signed my friends and I had a call few weeks later regarding my profession and to confirm some details.
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I'd forgotten about the little private bank you run in your spare time ;-)
no no, didn't mean me
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

OP isn't there a requirement that the counter signatory has known the parent/s of the new born for a certain period of time - something like 2 years? There certainly used to be this requirement.

And yes, I too have been telephoned to ask about how long I have known the person and why I knew them.
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They do. I signed my friends and I had a call few weeks later regarding my profession and to confirm some details.
I had a call once as well to confirm some details. They're not as rigid about who can actually act as a counter signatory as they were many years ago but they do still do checks occasionally.

As for the OP she's not going to get anywhere on here unless there just happens to be somebody who has known either her or her husband personally for at least two years.
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

I thought so too- OH has been phoned before too (when he used to countersign for patients)- but not sure what the rule is for newborns- difficult to know them for 2+ years, lol.
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I thought so too- OH has been phoned before too (when he used to countersign for patients)- but not sure what the rule is for newborns- difficult to know them for 2+ years, lol.
When my newborn was newborn (7 yrs ago) the rule was that the counter signatory must have known one of the parents for the required time - then 2 years. So unless this has changed, this is the rule.
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I thought so too- OH has been phoned before too (when he used to countersign for patients)- but not sure what the rule is for newborns- difficult to know them for 2+ years, lol.
The counter signatory has to have known at least one of the parents for two years or more. It's the same for any child not just newborns.

Lol there seems to an echo in here at the moment. Great minds in perfect harmony eh ecb?

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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

It can also be a Swiss citizen who has known you for 2 years. Luckily I know a lot of bank officers.
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

If you’re applying from outside the UK, they must have a current British, Irish or other EU, US or Commonwealth passport. But your application will be processed more quickly if they have a British or Irish passport.

I spoke to the passport office about the above instructions and they told me that it had to be one of the above, a friend of mine who is a swiss lawyer would not be suitable! I could hardly believe my ears but yes, the entire process took 5 months. Incompetence that would be hard to beat.
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And you don't need to get yours countersigned in any case. ( unless your appearance has changed significantly since your last one which I seriously doubt)
I would love to say that I have changed significantly for the better, but sadly it's not the case ;-)

Good to know that I don't need to get it countersigned though. And this thread has been a useful reminder that I need to start the procedure.
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Re: Countersign UK passport application please!

Thanks all. We are new to Switzerland - have only been here a year and a half, so the 2 years is out in any case.
As we have our own online business we don't meet many expats on a day to day basis and never seem to come across many Brits here. Although in saying that, we do have a Brit neighbour so will try and reach him to be the good samaritan!
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And we still need to have her birth certificate or "communication d'une naissance" translated as well.
I just saw this bit. Why do you need to get her birth certificate translated?
Did you not get the international version of the birth certificate when you registered her?
If not just ask for one now. It will cost less to get another certificate than it will to get a translation.
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Hello lovely English Forum-ers!

Looking for a British expat here in canton Vaud, of a recognised profession (accountant, dentist, lawyer, nurse etc) who would be willing to countersign the passport application for our baby daughter who was born in October, verifying the true likeness between her passport picture, and her!

We still don't have her passport pictures taken, so this is a long shot just to see if there are any lovely Brits between Lausanne (where our office is) and Montreux (where we live) who would be willing to help.

The passport office advised that the process would take considerably longer if the counter-signer (ie our Doctor etc) was not of British citizenship.

And we still need to have her birth certificate or "communication d'une naissance" translated as well.

Thanks all!
hi

Seems you have had some odd replies by the forum.

If I understand you right is that you require by your post, is someone with British Citizenship, who holds a position such as of a recognised profession accountant, dentist, lawyer, nurse etc to verify the likeness of your child to a photograph that you have yet to take. In all good faith of your post I presume you to mean the photograph will be taken in front of that person & for cost sake they are in Vaud?

So I reach out to people in Vaud if you know a British Citizen who is a legal person to reply either here or by pm!

I do sympathise with the OP as last year I had a different document in UK to be countersigned for my signature, one example was given as my banker; however my banker for internal reasons not allowed. In the end found a legal person through questioning my banker no far away, cost £5 plus a box of chocolates voluntary on my side to the receptionist after.
Life can seem so hard sometimes for a simply question & yes there is a Legal Term for such in UK, but it escapes me, but I suppose there is something similiar word in Switzerland. Just in your case they also need to be UK Citizen.

I would suggest if you do not get answer here, then ask at the UK Embassy that I believe is in Berne, if they could let you know someone in Vaud?

By the way, congrations on the birth of your child & hope all goes well.

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