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British Passports

Applications and Renewals

If you have a British passport which has already expired or is due to expire or if you think you are eligible to apply for a first time passport, please contact us today. You can renew or replace your British passport at any time. Time left on an existing passport is added to your new one – up to a maximum of 9 months.

Those who were born in the UK or who were born to UK born parents are the largest group of passport applicants, though there are many ways in which one can qualify for a British passport. Visa Box will provide a full and free assessment to determine whether you qualify.

The UK HM Passport Office (where applications are processed and issued) has very strict rules and requirements with regards to British passport applications and often people are not aware of exactly what is required in terms of the relevant supporting documents. This is where we come in. We will assist you with the entire process, from start to finish, including advice and guidance regarding your supporting document requirements and online application process. We can also assist you in acquiring any documents which you don’t already have.

Please note: As of the 1st November 2013 there is a new process when renewing or applying for a new British passport. Applications will no longer be sent to the UK High Commission in Pretoria for processing, but are now sent directly to the UK. Therefore it is vital that you submit the correct supporting documents in with your application to avoid further delays and courier expenses. Visa Box will assist you in this regard.

The processing time for the British passport may vary from 4-8 weeks. You can only renew your British passport if it is maroon/red in colour. If you have a blue or black passport then you would treat this as a new application and therefore the relevant documents must be included.

What about your family?

If the rest of your family do not have British passports or aren’t eligible for British passports, they too will have the right to immigrate with you to the UK, but on family type Settlement visas such as the UK Marriage (spouse) or UK Dependency (child) visas.

If you don’t qualify for a British passport but one of your paternal or maternal grandparents were born in the UK then you can apply for a UK Ancestry visa for you and your family (spouse/partner/child dependents under 18 years old).

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