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Key Points

  • British passport issuance is experiencing a processing delay time of around ten weeks.


The United Kingdom (UK) government announced that Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is currently experiencing delays in processing passports for applicants who delayed renewing their documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these delays, the government has increased the number of staff at the HMPO, onboarded more delivery companies to ensure documents and passports are delivered on time and increased the availability of fast-track appointments by extending the working hours of seven HMPOs.

What are the Changes?

The government of the UK noted that there is a delay in the processing of passport applications. The government advises that processing times may be delayed to ten weeks, and applicants should account for these delays when applying for a British passport.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Her Majesty’s Passport Office, UK

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