To apply for a British passport, you must first hold British nationality (citizenship). Establishing if a person has British citizenship already or whether they can naturalise or register as a British citizen is particularly important because of the implications it has for a person’s immigration status in the UK.
If you are applying for your first British passport, you should expect to have to attend an interview at an Identity and Passport Service (IPS) office and answers questions to verify your identity. In some cases, they may need to take extra time to assess your application, including confirming details you have given and contacting your countersignature
Nationality law can be complex. We always advise that specialist advice should be taken if matters are not straightforward. Our expert immigration lawyers can assist you with all aspects of your British passport application.
In our experience, we would allow 6 weeks between submitting your passport application and receiving your passport which will allow you to travel. There are certain fast-tracked services available, however, they are not available for new passport applications, only renewals and replacements.
Since the UK voted to leave the EU, there has been no change to UK immigration rules affecting EU citizens’ eligibility to apply for British citizenship or a British passport.
You must be aware that this may change as part of any new immigration policy following the UK’s formal exit from Europe.
Due to this uncertainty, many eligible EEA nationals are securing their status in the UK now through naturalisation and permanent residence.