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I am intending to renew my UK passport in Bangkok and have made an appointment for early March. As well as photos and original passport I am required to bring a so called residency document.

 

The guidance document states:

 

Please provide one of the following:
• visa or resident permit (or colour photocopy)
• tax record eg a letter from a tax authority
• educational record eg school report
• employment record eg official letter from your employer
• letter sent to you from a central, regional or local government department
• medical/health card
• voter’s card
• immigration documents.

 

I intend to use my OA visa which I have recently extended. However the original visa has expired. Does anyone know if this is likely to be a problem ? Should I bring a copy of the extension also ?

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You are required to provide evidence of your address.

 

HMPO are quite flexible and will accept - for example - a wife/partner signing a copy of their passport/ID and stating that you live with them at XYZ address. Rental agreements have also been used.

 

Don’t forget the color photocopies of every page in the old passport.

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2 minutes ago, Jip99 said:

You are required to provide evidence of your address.

 

HMPO are quite flexible and will accept - for example - a wife/partner signing a copy of their passport/ID and stating that you live with them at XYZ address. Rental agreements have also been used.

 

Don’t forget the color photocopies of every page in the old passport.

You may well be right but I can't see on the guidance where it states that you need to provide evidence of address. It just says I need to provide one of the following which I pasted in from the notes. And the first item on the list is "visa or resident permit (or colour photocopy)"

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Make sure you arrive early as the elevators are busy and it's hard to find the correct floor.  The building is really nice inside.

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1 hour ago, britishjohn said:

I intend to use my OA visa which I have recently extended. However the original visa has expired. Does anyone know if this is likely to be a problem ? Should I bring a copy of the extension also ?

The important thing is that whatever doc you provide should be no older than 12 months. So that would clearly rule out your original OA visa. And your current extension of stay stamp will already be among the existing passport copies which you will be providing in any event.

 

Might not the latest statement from your occupational pension provider back in the UK do the trick? Or even the policy document for the 400k/40k health insurance policy you presumably had to take out prior to your latest extension based on an original OA visa (assuming that this states your address in anglicised format, of course)?

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9 hours ago, britishjohn said:

You may well be right but I can't see on the guidance where it states that you need to provide evidence of address. It just says I need to provide one of the following which I pasted in from the notes. And the first item on the list is "visa or resident permit (or colour photocopy)"


See header at top of Table A.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-passport-supporting-documents-group-2

 

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564956/OS_Guidance_G2_10.16.pdf

 

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Well it says "one document as evidence of name and address and/or residency dated within the last year."  The word OR suggests to me that proof of address isn't necessarily required.

Furthermore it does list a visa as one of the documents which is accepted. My visa doesn't show my address.

 

 

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10 hours ago, OJAS said:

The important thing is that whatever doc you provide should be no older than 12 months. So that would clearly rule out your original OA visa. And your current extension of stay stamp will already be among the existing passport copies which you will be providing in any event.

 

Might not the latest statement from your occupational pension provider back in the UK do the trick? Or even the policy document for the 400k/40k health insurance policy you presumably had to take out prior to your latest extension based on an original OA visa (assuming that this states your address in anglicised format, of course)?

I don't have a UK pension, I do have the health insurance documents you referred to however that doesn't appear on the list of accepted documents so I assume that's of no use. Like wise utility bills or leases are not mentioned.

I do have an undated copy document from HMRC which shows my UK national insurance number and also has my Thai address. No idea if that's any good.

 

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3 minutes ago, Jip99 said:

 

 

I am sorry but I can't make it any easier for you....... LOOK at the top of the form where it says AND address evidence.

 

It is quite clear.

No need to apologize. We just see things differently, and I don't think it is clear.

It says "name and address and/OR residency evidence". Residency evidence doesn't necessarily mean address.

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Just use a visa agent, 11000 baht i believe, yes you are paying well over the top but you dont have the hassle of two trips to Bangkok, no hangin about, and all your docs are checked and translated if neccessary. I suppose it depends on what price you put on that.

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I did mine in Novemeber ... 

My rental contract is in Thai ... so I just downloaded a contract from the internet, filled it in and got the landlord to sign it.

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31 minutes ago, britishjohn said:

I don't have a UK pension, I do have the health insurance documents you referred to however that doesn't appear on the list of accepted documents so I assume that's of no use. Like wise utility bills or leases are not mentioned.

I do have an undated copy document from HMRC which shows my UK national insurance number and also has my Thai address. No idea if that's any good.

 

As @Jip99 has already pointed out, HMPO do appear to be pretty flexible in what docs would be acceptable. Might be worth your while contacting them if you had nothing else other than your health insurance docs to offer and your mind needed to be set at rest on this whole matter - please click on link below for details as you could go about doing this over the phone or online:-

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office/contact/passport-advice-and-complaints

 

Doubt whether your undated HMRC doc would do the trick, though. Incidentally, do you file annual tax returns with them? If so, then their documentation relating to your latest return would be ideal for this purpose.

 

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Just now, OJAS said:

As @Jip99 has already pointed out, HMPO do appear to be pretty flexible in what docs would be acceptable. Might be worth your while contacting them if you had nothing else other than your health insurance docs to offer and your mind needed to be set at rest on this whole matter - please click on link below for details as you could go about doing this over the phone or online:-

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office/contact/passport-advice-and-complaints

 

Well I do have a lease and Thai bank statements but since none of those items are mentioned in their list I assumed they would not be acceptable.

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Cut out the middleman

Just send your passport to a friend or relative in the UK.

They can forward it on to Liverpool and then back to you in Thailand

Your only cost will be a bit of postage each way and the 75 quid renewal.

You can do the whole thing online (inc pics) and no docs are required.

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