Is your British passport nearing expiration? If so, this article will guide you through the entire process you need to take to renew your UK passport in Canada. The good news is, renewing is easy, and you don’t even need to leave your house to do the process!
These are the simple steps you need to take to renew your British passport in Canada. These tips and advice are based on the guidelines from www.gov.uk.
Step 1. Go to www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport.
Step 2. Click “start now.”
Step 3. When asked if you live in the UK, answer No, then select Canada as your country or territory.
Step 4. Once you’ve read the information provided, hit continue and provide your birthdate.
Step 5. Get a digital passport photo, then upload it.
To get your digital passport photo, you can go to a photography shop or booth that has the option to give you a code with your image. Otherwise, you can upload your photo on an app that generates a code that you can use for your passport renewal application. After entering your photo code, check your photo, then submit it so that it will be directly added to your application.
You can also take your digital photo at home using your smartphone, tablet, or digital camera.
Use plain light-coloured background.
Use natural light if possible. Make sure there are no shadows on your face or behind you.
To reduce shadows from forming in your photo, you may stand 0.5 meters or 1.5 feet away from your background. The one taking your image should be 1.5 meters or 5 feet away from you.
Include your head, shoulders, and upper body.
There’s no need to crop your photo.
Face the camera with eyes open and mouth closed.
Wearing headwear is only allowed if used for religious or medical purposes.
Make sure your eyes are fully visible. Tuck your hair away from your face and eyes.
Wearing glasses is not recommended. However, if you need to keep your glasses on, your eyes should be visible without glare or reflections. You cannot wear any tinted glasses.
Once you’ve taken your photo, upload it. It must be coloured, unaltered, a .jpeg file of at least 50KB to 10MB.
Before proceeding, check the grade of your photo if it meets all the rules or not. If it scores poorly, you may consider choosing another picture.
Determine when your passport was issued and which is your passport issuing authority.
The application will also ask if your passport is lost, stolen, or damaged. Just tick one or answer yes if that is true to your situation.
Determine your nationality as indicated in your British passport.
Situations that would require you to send additional documents: You plan to...
Include a professional or a title on your passport
Apply for a British National Overseas (BNO) passport
Apply for a British Protected Person passport
Change your gender in your passport.
Renew a passport issued for one year or less
Change British nationality status in your passport to a British citizen.
Fill in your application details. If you have changed your name, the application will also instruct you what documents you may need to provide.
Note: If your supporting documents are not in English or Welsh, you need to submit a certified translation with the original document.
Step 6. Answer the questions asked for the application.
Aside from your other general details, the application questionnaire will ask for your Canadian address and contact information. You should also determine if you prefer to be updated via email or text about the progress of your passport renewal.
Note: If you are visually impaired or blind, they can add a braille sticker that reads passport, your name, and passport expiry date to your renewed passport.
Step 7. Check the answers to the application you provide and ensure that everything is accurate. Make necessary changes. If none, click Continue.
Step 8. Pay for your passport renewal.
This is the fee for renewing your passport:
Adult: Standard 34-page passport - $147.79 (86 GBP) | Frequent traveler 50-page passport - $164.98 (96 GBP)
Children: $96.24 (56 GBP)
Plus Courier Fee: $34.13 (19.86 GBP)
You can pay for your passport renewal via Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, ApplePay, and GooglePay. Some prepaid cards are not accepted.
Provide your card details to proceed with the payment
Step 9. Check the box if you agree with the Declaration.
Step 10. Write down and save your application reference number.
This will be used to track your application status, additional documents, and passport delivery.
Step 11. Send your old passport and other additional documents (if it applies) with a strong envelope.
You may check the weight and pay the correct postage. You may send your passport to the exact address provided in the online application process.
Step 12. Get your identity confirmed (if required).
Step 13. Track your application.
Currently, it takes about 52 to 70 calendar days to renew a British passport in Canada.
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