The service is for applicants who have applied online for permanent residence or qualified person status and require a certified copy of a passport to be sent to the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
It ensures that:
- the current passport of European Economic Area (EEA) applicants who have applied online for permanent residence or qualified person status are copied, certified and forwarded to the Home Office by Royal Mail special delivery
When is the European passport return service offered?
The service is by appointment only:
- Monday: 9 to 11.30am
- Tuesday: 9 to 11.30am
- Wednesday: 9 to 11.30am
- Friday: 9 to 11.30am
Book an appointment
Please ensure that you enter the details (first name and surname) of the person who will attend the appointment. This will help us identify your appointment quicker and get you seen by a Registrar without delay.
What is the cost of the service?
The cost of the service is £15 for each applicant (as shown on the application form). This is payable at the time of booking the appointment.
In addition to the appointment fee there is also a postage fee of all documentation sent to the UKBA by Royal Mail Special Delivery. The postage fee will be payable during the appointment.
Please note that using the service is defined by any documentation, verified or otherwise that is submitted to The UKBA for each applicant (as shown on the application form).
How do I apply for permanent residence or qualified person status?
1. Make an application
2. Attend an appointment within 9 working days from the date of submitting an online application.
3. When using the service applicants should bring:
- a printed copy of your submitted online application
- a completed document checklist
- the current passport used to apply for permanent residence or qualified person status. This will be copied and certified. The original passport will be returned to you. If you dont't have a passport and you are using an ID card, then the original ID card must be submitted with the application. The service does not photocopy or certify ID cards as The Home Office will not accept photocopies of ID cards as valid proof of identity as part of an application
If I use the service will my application be successful?
We do not check application forms or supporting documentation for permanent residence or qualified person status. Using the service does not guarantee that your application will be successful.