CHANGES TO PASSPORT SERVICES BY 12/08/2013 FOR BRITISH NATIONALS

The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas.

{IMAGE VIA - theguardian.co.uk} Before 12 August 2013, British nationals living in Barbados and the independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean submitted passport applications to a regional processing hub in Washington, United States.  From 12 August, information on the UK Government website will advise British nationals on the new passport application process.

{IMAGE VIA theguardian.co.uk} Before 12 August 2013, British nationals living in Barbados and the independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean submitted passport applications to a regional processing hub in Washington, United States. From 12 August, information on the UK Government website will advise British nationals on the new passport application process.

From 12 August 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Barbados and the independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean should submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK.

This important change follows reviews by the National Audit Office and is designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security and consistency in decision making.

{IMAGE VIA - telegrah.co.uk} All the information required to make an application will be found at https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports. Applicants will be required to send their applications to the Passport Customer Service Centre in Durham.  There will be no change to processing times.

{IMAGE VIA telegraph.co.uk} All the information required to make an application will be found at https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports. Applicants will be required to send their applications to the Passport Customer Service Centre in Durham. There will be no change to processing times.

All British passports have enhanced sophisticated security features designed to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud.

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