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Old 14.01.2010, 21:48
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I must admit we were rather nervous sending off all our passports for renewal and including the form with the credit card number etc. We needn't have worried, it all came back within ten days via TNT. No worries at all. We were hugely impressed. We had sent it by normal swiss post and the prompt service and return of our new passports back was very pleasing!

Excellent service, it was by far a much better service than we have experienced by the UK passport office!

Darcy
My wife who is English duplicated her UK passport last month. The passport office for UK citizens in Europe is in Paris. It cost around 200chf and was there and back in about one week. Credit cards make it easier but there are more than one method of payment.

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Old 14.01.2010, 21:53
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Hi

If applying for British Citizenship (as a result of family decent) from Switzerland, which consulate / embassy in Switzeland is capable of processing this?

I tried to find this info out on the embassy websites but it was not clear.

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http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/bri...ship/applying/

You can also contact the British Consulate General in Geneva for this, they can help you with the forms and send it to the Home Office. They will charge you a handling fee. I think we paid 110 Chf for them to forward our application. To be honoust, we have been waiting for a long time now to get all things sorted and I wonder what was the benefit of doing it through them....
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Re: Renewal of British Passports

I am applying for a second passport for business reasons, and apparently I can send a certified copy of my passport rather than surrendering my current passport.

Do I need to go to an embassy to get the copy certified, or can it be certified by someone locally?
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Old 20.01.2010, 10:43
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I am applying for a second passport for business reasons, and apparently I can send a certified copy of my passport rather than surrendering my current passport.

Do I need to go to an embassy to get the copy certified, or can it be certified by someone locally?
You just go to the Post Office. They will charge you some francs and copy it for you and stamp it certified.
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Re: Renewal of British Passports

Has anybody tried to apply for a FIRST British passport from Switzerland?
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Has anybody tried to apply for a FIRST British passport from Switzerland?
I am thinking that you have to be interviewed by a representative of Her Majesties Government. That would mean a visit to the embassy, I would think. I am sure that you could google it.

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I checked (google). You will have to visit the embassy and probably have to have an interview.
Here is the link. UK Travel and Transport: Passports Application information

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Has anybody tried to apply for a FIRST British passport from Switzerland?
On what basis would an adult be getting a first passport? By marriage, you must live in marital bliss on the island for 3 years.....so it's a late addition due to birthrights?

For a new-born, it's a doddle. Apparently
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I am thinking that you have to be interviewed by a representative of Her Majesties Government. That would mean a visit to the embassy, I would think. I am sure that you could google it.

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I checked (google). You will have to visit the embassy and probably have to have an interview.
Here is the link. UK Travel and Transport: Passports Application information

Brian.
Looks like I would have to send it to Paris for passports. I wonder if the interview would be in Paris as well!
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On what basis would an adult be getting a first passport? By marriage, you must live in marital bliss on the island for 3 years.....so it's a late addition due to birthrights?

For a new-born, it's a doddle. Apparently
I think you just answered your own question there and just want to know which one applies to me you nosey wee buggar
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I think you just answered your own question there and just want to know which one applies to me you nosey wee buggar
Ah, you want to upgrade your Scotch passport to a British one?

Definitely requires an interview - possibly with a translator
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Old 20.01.2010, 12:38
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Looks like I would have to send it to Paris for passports. I wonder if the interview would be in Paris as well!
I think that you can interview there or in the UK. I can't quite remember, though, as my wife was getting a duplicate passport and doesn't need to interview in that situation.

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Re: Renewal of British Passports

Hi All

Just wanted to know if anyone can help, My daughters passport will be due to renew before we go away this summer, She is 9 years old, just had a quick look at the sight and see she will need her photo countersigned, am i right in reading the person that does this must have a british passport and live in britan, has anyone done this one yet and can help
Thanks dawn
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Just wanted to know if anyone can help, My daughters passport will be due to renew before we go away this summer, She is 9 years old, just had a quick look at the sight and see she will need her photo countersigned, am i right in reading the person that does this must have a british passport and live in britan, has anyone done this one yet and can help
No need for the person to reside in the UK, and the person does not necessarily need to be a UK citizen. See the 'Notes for Form C1' guidance:


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When you have completed the form, someone who has

known you personally for at least two years should complete
and sign Section 10. That person should be a British citizen,
other British national or Commonwealth citizen who is a
Member of Parliament, Justice of the Peace, Minister of
Religion, Bank Officer, Established Civil Servant, or
professionally qualified person, e.g. Lawyer, Engineer,
Doctor, School Teacher, Police Officer or a person of
similar standing. Procedures include a check on the
authenticity of countersignatories.
If you do not know a British national or other Commonwealth
citizen locally with these qualifications, a citizen of the
country in which you are residing may complete and sign the
form, provided he/she has a similar standing in that country
has known you for two years and the Consul considers
his/her signature to be acceptable. A member of your family
should not countersign. (See also


Note 10, ‘Photographs’).


In certain cases you may be asked to

produce further documentary evidence of identity.




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Old 21.01.2010, 16:00
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Hi All

Just wanted to know if anyone can help, My daughters passport will be due to renew before we go away this summer, She is 9 years old, just had a quick look at the sight and see she will need her photo countersigned, am i right in reading the person that does this must have a british passport and live in britan, has anyone done this one yet and can help
Thanks dawn
Anyone with a commonwealth passport can do it. My wife had a guy from Zimbabwe counter sign her passport photos.
They just want someone who is a professional and has a "paper-trail". Which is why the "Person of similar standing" is important.
The gentleman who signed my wife's photos is upper management at her company, I.E. a professional with credentials (degrees), and that was fine for her application.

It isn't as hard as it might seem. Do Read everything, fill out the forms, then read everything again. If you have any questions call them in Paris. It really is best to have someone else double check your work, item by item.
It is cheaper to call and/or double check than to make a mistake.
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Anyone with a commonwealth passport can do it. My wife had a guy from Zimbabwe counter sign her passport photos.
They just want someone who is a professional and has a "paper-trail". Which is why the "Person of similar standing" is important.
The gentleman who signed my wife's photos is upper management at her company, I.E. a professional with credentials (degrees), and that was fine for her application.

It isn't as hard as it might seem. Do Read everything, fill out the forms, then read everything again. If you have any questions call them in Paris. It really is best to have someone else double check your work, item by item.
It is cheaper to call and/or double check than to make a mistake.
Brian.
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do you all use swisspost to send the passports? Any suggestion as to which courier company is more reliable to use (TNT,DHL,FEDEX)?
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Old 23.01.2010, 13:26
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I used Swiss post and sent it registered mail.

In my capacity as a company director I've countersigned applications. For my own passport, a friend who's an IT worker, not a manager, signed it, and that was fine. ( I asked the British Consul first ).
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I used Swiss post and sent it registered mail.

In my capacity as a company director I've countersigned applications. For my own passport, a friend who's an IT worker, not a manager, signed it, and that was fine. ( I asked the British Consul first ).
Thank you.

As for the 'permanent address' asked on the application form, do people use their swiss addresses? (as opposed to UK permanent addresses).
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Old 23.01.2010, 14:17
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do you all use swisspost to send the passports? Any suggestion as to which courier company is more reliable to use (TNT,DHL,FEDEX)?
Sent the application out Fedex and paid the extra for TNT from Paris. Total time for full turnaround was less than a week.


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Thank you.

As for the 'permanent address' asked on the application form, do people use their swiss addresses? (as opposed to UK permanent addresses).
Yes.


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Re: Renewal of British Passports

Bumping this link up - please click on the petition. It closes on 4th March and only has 700-800 odd signatories up to date!

Please click (that's all that's needed) - Thanks!

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THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL BRITISH IN SWITZERLAND

Passport renewal facilities have recently been withdrawn by the British Foreign office in Switzerland forcing British residents in Switzerland and surrounding France to refer to Paris. We petition Gordon Brown to re-open passport renewal facilities in Geneva thus enabling British citizens to renew their passports without the hassle of referring to Paris. Switzerland appears to be the only European country without such facilities.
If you wish to sign the petition, please click on the link below to confirm your signature:
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/legalrights/ED8rlgD0xoMOBwrC8lBEm0Z
Please pass this on.
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Old 23.01.2010, 14:47
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Bumping this link up - please click on the petition. It closes on 4th March and only has 700-800 odd signatories up to date!

Please click (that's all that's needed) - Thanks!
I am not saying to not sign the petition but Switzerland is not the only country that has to go through Paris. I think that Belgium, Luxembourg and a lot of other countries as well. Germany may have it's own site but that doesn't help us.

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