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What should I do about my fast track interview for a passport?

Asked by trickface (2336points) July 5th, 2010

I have an interview on Thursday for fast track service to get a UK passport but I have a problem. On the form I need my parents details etc. which I do have but they were born outside the UK. (I was born in the UK) I don’t have the relevant documents to support their nationality at the time of my birth: so, what is the best course of action? Should I go to the appointment with the information and tell them that I do not have that information or should I just put that I am no longer in touch with them so cannot access any information?

If I were to put ‘unknown’ on my passport, would this mean I could not go for a fast track passport? I need this by The start of August, so I need to make sure it all goes smoothly. I know since I’m an adult they shouldn’t ask me about my parents if I do not know about them, but in that case will I need birth certificates and such?

What experiences has anyone had with fast track if you put ‘unknown’ on the form?

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Coloma's avatar

I have not had this particular experience, but..surely there is a way to inquire via a phone call prior to your appt.

Often postmasters are very knowledgable about passport requirements, maybe try your local postmaster.

If you are an adult I don’t see how this could be an issue.

You simply provide their birthplaces, date of birth and full names, that is all that is usually required.

Which is already on your reg. copy of your birth cert.

Good luck!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

As long as your birth certificate lists the country you were born in and you are still a legal citizen, then there shouldn’t be a problem. It would be best if you called the office and asked them before you go into the appt.

JLeslie's avatar

In America this would be a non-issue, only your birth or citizenship would matter. Do you think you need your parents documents because that is what you think, and or assume or does it literally list it as a requirement on your documents.

JLeslie's avatar

By the way I am pretty sure the two people who answered above are Americans also, so they would not be aware of your laws. Correct me if I am wrong @Coloma and @Pied_Pfeffer

Coloma's avatar


Yes, I am an true…not familiar with certain international law.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@JLeslie You are correct that I am from the USA and applied our rules to the UK. All I did was look at a copy of my fiancé‘s birth certificate, which lists where he and his parents were born. I didn’t do the homework assignment well. And the OP doesn’t mention if there is even a birth certificate in hand. A sincere thank-you for pointing this out.

Here is a link to one web-site that might be of assistance.

So, depending upon many factors, you may sail through or get held up. I still advise that you call the office before the appointment. That way, if you need time to gather more information, you can reschedule it, if needed.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The passport interviewe people do not mess about. They will have done some serious research into you and your life before hand (and it can be quite scary how personal and in detail some of the questions are). If you put something on the passport form which is false (ie that you don’t know your parents country of birth when in fact you do) they will find this out. This may then put you in a very awkward situation.

I think the best thing to do would be call the passport advice line and ask them what to do. I’m pretty sure this is not the first time this sort of thing will have happened.

Also bear in mind that if this is your first UK passport you can not fast track it.

JLeslie's avatar

@Lightlyseared why do they care where your parents are from?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Were you born after December 31, 1982?

Examining staff should take particular care when dealing with applications for
children. In particular, attention should be paid to the date of birth and national
status of the child’s parents, many parents are themselves born after
31.12.1982 (See also Children).

Under the provisions of Section 1(1) British Nationality Act 1981, those born
after 31 December 1982 in the UK had to be born to a parent who was a
British Citizen or settled in the UK at the time of the birth to become a British
Citizen by birth in the UK (Otherwise then by Descent – OTBD). (See also

Where the parents are born after 31 December 1982, the examiner should be
satisfied that the parent was also a British Citizen at the time of the child’s
birth. This can be done by reference to the parent’s passport details or by
reference to the grandparent’s place of birth, or immigration status at the time
of the parent’s birth (see also Children).

First time applications for passports
Applicants born in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of
Man, must submit:
• A birth (or adoption) certificate showing their full name and place or
country of birth; and,
• if applicable, a marriage certificate (or divorce decree) to confirm the
change of name from that shown on the birth or adoption certificate.
• Applicants born on or after 1 January 1983 must supply a full birth
certificate showing details of their parentage.

Applicants born outside the United Kingdom or Overseas
Territory before 1st January 1983 will need to submit
• A birth certificate showing the names of both parents;
• the marriage certificate of their parents;
• their father’s birth certificate or passport on which the applicant entered
the United Kingdom (please see above for the policy when documents
are non existent for those born abroad who are British Citizens by
descent and the appropriateness of challenging UKBA decisions).

Applicants born outside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle
of Man after 31 December 1982 must submit:
• A birth certificate showing the names of both parents; and one of the
Mother born United Kingdom: Mother’s birth certificate.
Father born United Kingdom: (a) Father’s birth certificate and,
(b) the marriage certificate of the applicant’s parents (unless applicant born on or after
01/07/2006 where the parents are not required to be married in order for the father to pass on his status).
Neither parent born United Kingdom: Either: (a) mother’s naturalisation or registration documents (as proof British citizenship has been derived otherwise than by descent); or,
(b) similar evidence for the father and his marriage certificate (unless applicant born on or after 01/07/2006 as explained above).

trickface's avatar

Hi, this was my girlfriend’s question. She’s British but her parents are Indian and she doesn’t know all their details, it’s her 2nd adult passport now so she was just worried this would hold her back from getting the new passport. However she is just replacing a lost passport and has all the details on that, as well as SOME information on her parents. We’re confident she’ll be okay to get her passport in the 4 weeks until we depart on our first holiday together!

Thanks a lot for your effort in answering, it was a big help for us :) Fluther wins as always.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

My British bloke had is passport renewed this year, and it was a simple process, but his parents are from England. Have her call the hotline on the link I posted if you want the correct answer.

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