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    • Anic
    • By Anic 22nd Jun 09, 9:47 PM
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    Passport Interview - What Questions do they Ask?
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 9:47 PM
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    Passport Interview - What Questions do they Ask? 22nd Jun 09 at 9:47 PM
    My 16 year old son has an interview on Saturday for his first passport (he has never had a child one nor been on either mine or my husbands passports).

    We had a look at the internet to see if he can get an idea of what sort of questions they might ask and the only website we can find is this one.

    Passport Questions

    If he was to go on these sample of questions he would only get three correct

    Does that mean he would fail and not get a passport and have to reapply or is it more simple than that?

    He needs a passport for a job he has a conditional offer for and is panicing that he'll get them all wrong and not only not get the passport but lose the job offer as well.
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  • she grinch
    I had my passport interview 2 weeks ago and being hopeless with numbers I couldn't remember any birth dates fully and as I do not pay the bills (hubby does) I didn't know of any joint credit details and also had one of those senior moments forgetting my driving instructors surname, it came to me a few minutes later (I have worked with him for 2 years and he taught myself and 3 of my daughters to drive!)hahaha. I recieved my passport 2 days later!
    I was simply honest and explained I knew the month but not the year or day of my Dad's birthday and she asked "Do you know if it is the beginnin, middle or end of the month"!
    Tell him not to worry my interview lasted 20 mins but my 19 year old daughter's lasted 10
    Pucker up and kiss it Whoville! - The Grinch
    • Zoetoes
    • By Zoetoes 30th Jul 10, 5:35 PM
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    You should always get your passport before you book any holiday.

    At this time of year applications have previously risen at people get ready for their holidays. So if they say 6 weeks you should allow 6 weeks, if you get it in 4 its a bonus.
    Originally posted by spiro
    I booked the holiday last September so no point wasting a year on the passports.

    On the other hand, I have had almost a year to sort it out!
    If you're going to stalk me, while you're at it can you cut the grass, feed the dog & make sure I've got bread & milk in
    • spiro
    • By spiro 31st Jul 10, 7:21 AM
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    I booked the holiday last September so no point wasting a year on the passports.

    On the other hand, I have had almost a year to sort it out!
    Originally posted by zoeleigh
    You can also renew about 6 months before the passport runs out and they add the remaining time onto your new passport.
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    • Zoetoes
    • By Zoetoes 31st Jul 10, 3:18 PM
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    The woman in the post office said that they select people at random for the interviews and not everyone has them, is this right? Hopefully we might be lucky!
    If you're going to stalk me, while you're at it can you cut the grass, feed the dog & make sure I've got bread & milk in
    • Zoetoes
    • By Zoetoes 31st Jul 10, 3:27 PM
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    The woman in the post office said that they select people at random for the interviews and not everyone has them, is this right? Hopefully we might be lucky!
    Originally posted by zoeleigh
    Just read that ALL first time applicants will be interviewed.

    My son had a child passport so should be ok -
    Who needs to be interviewed?

    Only adults who have never before had a British passport in their own name need to attend an interview.
    If you had your own passport as a child you will not need an interview, as your application is classed as a renewal. If you did not have a passport as a child (or were only ever included on a parentís passport) you will need to attend an interview.
    If you're going to stalk me, while you're at it can you cut the grass, feed the dog & make sure I've got bread & milk in
  • jammin
    It's usually naturalised adult British citizens who are interviewed.
  • NadeyNade
    For anyone still wondering, here is my experience of applying for a first full adult passport...

    I haven't been away since 2005 and previously I was on my mums passport as a child under 16.
    Applied for my first adult passport on Tuesday last week and was told I would need to send the previous passport I was named on and my birth certificate. When I asked at the Post Office they assured me only 10% of applicants get invited for an interview. Baring in mind IPS had proof of who I was through my mums previous passport and my mum and dad's current passport, I was very surprised to receive a letter today telling me I needed to go for an interview. Luckily, I was able to get an interview in 6 days time at the London Elephant & Castle office and was told the interview should take a maximum of 30 minutes. I would say it seems that ALL people who apply for a first passport must now attend an interview.
    I have booked a trip away for the end of September but I was assured that once I have had my interview the passport would be with me within 10 days.
    So based on those calculations, from the day I sent off my application to when I should receive it at the latest, it only takes about 3-4 weeks to receive your passport with an interview, and technically it's still the peak period.
    Hope that helps

    Slightly nervous about my interview as I always fail my telephone banking security questions! Will let you know what I got asked and when the passport actually did arrive (I read it only took 2 days after the interview for one person - fingers crossed)
    • saxonman
    • By saxonman 27th Oct 10, 2:50 PM
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    saxonman
    uk passport
    My daughter as just applied for her first passport she's got her interview next week.
    EVERYONE who applies for a first passport will have to have an interview.
    SAXONMAN
    • Janeyjaz
    • By Janeyjaz 28th Oct 10, 10:44 AM
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    apart from children
    If you are aged 15 years and under - you do not need an interview - if you are an adult (16 up to 80 years of age) and it is your first passport - you have never had you your own passport and post office passports do not count, you need an interview. If you were born before 2.9.1929, you do not need an interview and your passport is free of charge.
    Titch
    • spiro
    • By spiro 28th Oct 10, 12:43 PM
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    Their long term target is to interview 100% of 1st time applicants and 100% of renewals were the applicant has not previously been interviewed. The latter is designed to catch people who got the 1st passport 'illegally'.
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    • Mark Hewitt
    • By Mark Hewitt 28th Oct 10, 2:56 PM
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    My bfriend went 4 1 bout 4 wks ago - they asked him his mobile number, his e:mail addy & his doctors age (as he signed his form) all of which he couldn't ansa!!! he told them he never fones himself so y wud he no his numba, he asked me for his e:mail addy as he only uses it for things like insurance renewal etc and asked the girl interviewing him if she knew how old her doctor was??!!!

    She just smiled and signed it all off! Wot a farce, but he got it so I'm not complaining! Think its more to see if u seem to be the person u say u r.

    Don't worry bout it. U'll b fine
    Originally posted by Wardy
    If he speaks / writes like you probably best if he doesn't get a passport as we don't want the likes of you showing us up abroad.
    • spiro
    • By spiro 29th Oct 10, 6:07 AM
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    spiro
    My bfriend went 4 1 bout 4 wks ago - they asked him his mobile number, his e:mail addy & his doctors age (as he signed his form) all of which he couldn't ansa!!! he told them he never fones himself so y wud he no his numba, he asked me for his e:mail addy as he only uses it for things like insurance renewal etc and asked the girl interviewing him if she knew how old her doctor was??!!!

    She just smiled and signed it all off! Wot a farce, but he got it so I'm not complaining! Think its more to see if u seem to be the person u say u r.

    Don't worry bout it. U'll b fine
    Originally posted by Wardy
    If you want people to read and reply to your posts please use english and not 'text speak'.
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    • salamjanab
    • By salamjanab 14th Nov 10, 10:54 PM
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    First UK passport application & Interview
    Hi,
    I had to leave my home due to some familial issues. Divorce matters are in the court and I am temporarily staying at my friends place. As I do not live at my permanent address, I do not appear on the Electoral register either.
    I am submitting first UK passport application. What should I put down on section 2?
    All my documents including bank/credit cards are at my actual (permanent) address, which I have redirected to my temporary address.
    If I put down my family home (permanent) address, the chances are that if any of the post gets delivered to that address, I might not get it.
    I have 2 options. I can put down my permanent address in section 2, but on section 8, I put down my office address for any posts; or
    I put down my temporary address in Section 2, explaining on a separate sheet that due to some familial issues I am temporarily staying at my friendís house; however my permanent address is different.....
    Any suggestion?
    Does anyone know questions they normally ask during interview?
    As I am not on Electoral register on any address, what should I say if they highlight this?
    I live in Ealing (west London) and the closest interview centre is in Elephant & Castle, which is not too close (atleast an hour drive). Are there any alternates they may offer?
    Your help will be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
  • amer291
    Passport interview
    Hi my wife went for a passport interview today. The questions they ask are as following.
    About you. Name, DOB, adress etc
    About the person who countersigned forms. Name, age, occupation, how long he/she known u, how know u.
    Parents details. Name, DOB, birth place.
    Account. How many accounts and credit cards u have, how long you had them.
    About husband or wife. DOB.
    How many Adults live at the same adress. Names.
    Where did u go for nationality ceremony if.
    How did u send the forms and what supporting documents did u send.
    Then they will make you sighn and say they are satisfied with the information u have given and say you should receive your passport after 4 days.
    Hope this helps you....
    Last edited by amer291; 18-07-2011 at 11:27 AM.
    • photome
    • By photome 15th Jul 11, 7:08 AM
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    photome
    Hi my wife went for a passport interview today. The questions they ask are as following.
    About you. Name, DOB, adress etc
    About the person who countersigned forms. Name, age, occupation, how long he/she known u, how know u.
    Parents details. Name, DOB, birth place.
    Account. How many accounts and credit cards u have, how long you had them.
    About husband or wife. DOB.
    How many Adults live at the same adress. Names.
    Where did u go for nationality ceremony if.
    How did u send the forms and what supporting documents did u send.
    Then they will make you sighn and say they are satisfied with the information u have given and say you should receive your passport after 4 days.
    Hope this helps you....)
    Originally posted by amer291

    I hope the OP wasnt holding their breath for an answer, if they did they wouldnt need a passport now! the OP was 2 years ago
    • farmeruk
    • By farmeruk 15th Jul 11, 11:02 AM
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    farmeruk
    Me and wife were asked about parents and where and when they where born.
  • ChelleC
    I've just booked an appointment for tomorrow. I'm a nervous wreck about it as I'm rubbish at remembering things like numbers, no way do I know my bank numbers!. Neither can I remember many details about my deceased Mother! Why should I have to know dates of her marriages, divorces and widowhoods?, I hope they don't ask!

    I reckon they just want to check my photo because I look foreign, it's strange how 4 other people who I know, in the same city, who have applied for a first passport this year haven't had to have an interview!

    If they can't tell that you're a British citizen with all the valuable documents you send them, then it's pretty poor!

    Another thing is, thank goodness I held onto my marriage certificate, they are usually destroyed by the solicitor at the divorce, the passport people no longer accept a degree absolute as proof of name change fron single to married!, so how would I have managed?

    I'm annoyed with the whole thing, it's not as if it will stop one insane terrorist coming here and illegal immigrants would just come in a lorry avoiding paying £80+ and all the rotten paperwork!, it is just causing stress and upset to bonafide citizens!

    It's not as if I am going abroad, fat chance of affording that with all these fees, no I just need it for ID. We live in a terrible world where nobody trusts anybody any more, how did it come to this?
    • dc scotland
    • By dc scotland 11th Aug 11, 12:56 PM
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    dc scotland
    ChelleC, you may be worrying unnecessarily. You will mainly be asked to confirm facts about yourself, which someone trying to steal your identity is perhaps unlikely to be able to do.

    Take a look at this page, it tells you who needs to be interviewed and why:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/Applicationinformation/DG_174153
  • ash_ali
    British Passport Interview Question
    I had interview for my first british passport interview. they asked me following questions.
    1. What is my full name?
    2. Spell out my full name?
    2. Which address did IPS sent you back your document
    3. which method you used to send passport application
    5. on electoral sheet, who else is registered in that house
    6. how long have you lived at your current address? where did you live before?
    Bank detail.
    who do you bank with at this address
    who do you mortagage
    who do you laon
    credit card issuer
    Parents details
    My mother name, her date of birth and place of birth
    my father name, his date of birth and place of birth
    their marraige date?
    my countersignatury
    his name, profession,

    All the questions were from application form you sent for passport
    i hope this helped. you recieve passport next day of your interview
  • annasoper
    They also ask you you back account number sometimes. So memorise that. x
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