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Fast track for child's first passport?

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Does anyone know how to get a first passport quickly? My friend is at risk in an African country: she could get to the UK to get a passport for her son (born there) but obviously he cannot travel without a passport. They cannot get him an emergency travel document. Waiting for a passport using the standard service is too dangerous, and services like priority and fast track are designed to be used only by applicants in the UK.

And yes, an MP is involved but so far has not achieved anything...

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  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,779 Forumite
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    Can she not a get a passport for him in African country where he was born.
  • Wonka_2
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    What's the connection to the UK ? By 'born there' do you mean in that country or in UK ? And if in UK how did he leave UK without a passport ?

    Surely this is a case for the embassy/consulate of the country(s) involved
  • smudge56
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    If she is applying from the uk the child must be in the uk. The first thing they will ask is how he entered the uk.  She cannot circumvent the extra checks from an African country 
  • Voyager2002
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    She is British; her son is therefore British despite being born abroad and has no other nationality. The British embassy has been helpful, but cannot do anything to shorten the (unacceptable) wait for the passport application to be processed.
  • sheramber
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    Surely he has nationality of the country he was born in.

    if the British Embassy / MP can't help I don't think anybody can.


  • smudge56
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    She is British; her son is therefore British despite being born abroad and has no other nationality. The British embassy has been helpful, but cannot do anything to shorten the (unacceptable) wait for the passport application to be processed.
    Overseas applications cannot be fast tracked as there are extra checks that have to be completed.  She will more than likely have to provide pre natal, and post natal records, photographs pre and post birth. Birth certificates. Her nationality certificate, as presumably that’s how she got British citizenship status.  (If she got her status by descent the child will. It be entitled to a British passport as it cannot be passed down through two generations)
    Also, she will probably have to have an interview.
    There is no other way round these checks 
  • Voyager2002
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    smudge56 said:
    She is British; her son is therefore British despite being born abroad and has no other nationality. The British embassy has been helpful, but cannot do anything to shorten the (unacceptable) wait for the passport application to be processed.
    Overseas applications cannot be fast tracked as there are extra checks that have to be completed.  She will more than likely have to provide pre natal, and post natal records, photographs pre and post birth. Birth certificates. Her nationality certificate, as presumably that’s how she got British citizenship status.  (If she got her status by descent the child will. It be entitled to a British passport as it cannot be passed down through two generations)
    Also, she will probably have to have an interview.
    There is no other way round these checks 
    To clarify: there is ample documentation that he is a British citizen. She was born in either the UK or Ireland and has lived in both (holds dual citizenship and can prove it).
  • sheramber
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    smudge56 said:
    She is British; her son is therefore British despite being born abroad and has no other nationality. The British embassy has been helpful, but cannot do anything to shorten the (unacceptable) wait for the passport application to be processed.
    Overseas applications cannot be fast tracked as there are extra checks that have to be completed.  She will more than likely have to provide pre natal, and post natal records, photographs pre and post birth. Birth certificates. Her nationality certificate, as presumably that’s how she got British citizenship status.  (If she got her status by descent the child will. It be entitled to a British passport as it cannot be passed down through two generations)
    Also, she will probably have to have an interview.
    There is no other way round these checks 
    To clarify: there is ample documentation that he is a British citizen. She was born in either the UK or Ireland and has lived in both (holds dual citizenship and can prove it).
    That's good. 

    Then the application will go through  without  a hitch but the usual checks will need to be made and these will take time, unfortunately.
  • smudge56
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    smudge56 said:
    She is British; her son is therefore British despite being born abroad and has no other nationality. The British embassy has been helpful, but cannot do anything to shorten the (unacceptable) wait for the passport application to be processed.
    Overseas applications cannot be fast tracked as there are extra checks that have to be completed.  She will more than likely have to provide pre natal, and post natal records, photographs pre and post birth. Birth certificates. Her nationality certificate, as presumably that’s how she got British citizenship status.  (If she got her status by descent the child will. It be entitled to a British passport as it cannot be passed down through two generations)
    Also, she will probably have to have an interview.
    There is no other way round these checks 
    To clarify: there is ample documentation that he is a British citizen. She was born in either the UK or Ireland and has lived in both (holds dual citizenship and can prove it).
    If a child is born overseas there are always extra checks on the application. If at least one of the parents are not British there would be no claim to British Citizenship.  All these documents mentioned above, and possibly more, must be provided before a passport will be issued.  
  • unforeseen
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    As she is dual citizenship, can't she get an Irish passport for the child? 
    My daughter lives in Spain and married to an Irish man. They found it easier to get an Irish passport for their child than the hassle of getting a UK one. 
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