British Passports from the USA | Your Complete Guide.
Are you one of the many British Americans currently living in the USA? If you believe that you may be eligible for a British passport or you need to renew your UK passport, the good news is that with U.K.ABROAD, British passports renewal from USA are easy and stress-free.
Currently, there are over 1.3 million British expats living in the United States and this is no coincidence. The USA has, for many centuries, offered British and foreign nationals an attractive new life with countless opportunities.
Although the USA does not offer its citizens free healthcare as the UK does, it definitely makes up for this in giving its residents the opportunity to build the brightest future they want, as long as they set their minds to it and work hard.
In addition, the USA is a large country with a lot of space for residents to spread out. Houses tend to be bigger and more affordable and education is world class.
British citizens may also retain their UK citizenship, even after having received a Green Card or a US passport. If you have dual US / UK citizenship, make sure that you renew both of your passports whenever needed so that you can reap the benefits of having this very useful dual nationality.
British Passport Renewals from the USA
You don’t have to be based in the UK to be able to apply for your British passport or renew it. The entire process can be done to get your British passports renewal from USA.
Can I renew a British passport in the USA?
Yes, this can be easily done! Click here to start your easy online application.
Unlike years gone by, applying for a new British passport is now done completely online and all you will physically need to send to Her Majesty’s Passport Office is your old passport and the supporting documents. Photos are all done digitally online.
How long does it take to renew British passport in USA?
Generally speaking, it should take from 3 to 4 weeks (renewals) to receive your new UK passport. However, with the current Covid-19 pandemic, you should bank on a few extra weeks in addition to the normal 3 to 4 weeks.
We do not recommend that you make travel arrangements if you have less than 6 months validity on your passport as you run the risk of not being allowed to travel when you reach the airport or go through immigration. Generally speaking, you should start your passport renewal process when you have 8 months left on your current passport.
Can you renew your UK passport while abroad?
Yes, it is possible to renew your UK passport whilst abroad. They only difference is that it will take slightly longer than if you were applying from the UK and there will be an additional cost for the courier fees.
Do I have to send my old UK passport when renewing?
Yes, you do need to send in your old British passport when renewing. Don’t worry, though, because it will be sent back to you in a separate courier to your new passport (in the unlikely event that one of them goes missing).
It is for this reason that we at U.K.ABROAD do not recommend making travel plans if your passport is due for renewal soon. If you need to travel in the near future and your English passport will be expiring soon, you should consider renewing it as soon as possible.
First-time British Passport Applications from the USA
Recent political turbulence in the USA has left a number of US citizens looking at their current circumstances and at what options may be open to them should they choose to leave the US and relocate elsewhere.
How can an American get a British passport?
American citizens are permitted to have dual nationality, which means you can keep your US citizenship and have a UK passport as well.
To apply for a British passport, there are certain criteria that must be met. Click here or contact us to find out if you qualify for a first time British Passport through descent, birth or naturalisation.
Normally, to qualify for a UK passport, you will either need to have been born in the United Kingdom or one or both of your parents must have been born there. A lot also depends on when you and your parents were born and it is not always straightforward to determine if you qualify or not.
Can I apply for my first British passports from USA?
You can apply for a UK passport from anywhere in the world. The only difference is that there may be a delay compared to if you were applying from within the UK and there will be a small additional cost for the couriering of your passport.
Luckily, passport application renewals are now done exclusively online and this means that it is now far more convenient. All you need to do is complete the online forms, have passport photos taken and send in your old passport.
It should be noted that filling in the online forms is very important. Your passport photos must also adhere to the strict standards of Her Majesty’s Passport Office. To avoid any delays due to your application being rejected, U.K.ABROAD can assist you with the process from start to finish and make sure that there are no mistakes with your forms.
All you need to do is fill in our user-friendly forms, and then have your passport photos taken. If you have any questions, we would be glad to assist you.
How quickly can I get my first British passports from the USA?
It all depends on how busy Her Majesty’s Passport Office is at the time of applying. However, a general rule of thumb is that it takes around 4 to 6 weeks to process a first-time British passport.
When traveling, it is always recommended that you have at least 6 months validity left on your passport. Some airlines and some immigration authorities may prevent you from flying if they notice that you have less than 6 months left on your passport or not enough blank pages available for stamps.
Here at U.K.ABROAD, we normally advise our clients to begin the passport renewal process when they have 8 months left of their passports. This is to avoid any potential problems and delays.
To avoid any possible problems or delays with your UK passport application, contact the U.K.ABROAD team here and we can assist you with your entire application and help you to avoid mistakes or an application rejection.
Who is eligible for a British passport?
Whether or not you are eligible for British citizenship all depends on your particular situation. For instance, your eligibility could depend on when and where your parents were born and if both of them are UK citizens or not. It could also depend on whether you yourself were born in the UK or not.
If you were born outside of the UK but one or both of your parents were born in the United Kingdom, then you will be able to apply for a UK passport. In some cases, your birth will have to have been registered with the UK government before you can apply for your British citizenship. However, this also depends on when you were born. U.K.ABROAD offers assistance with British birth registrations.
How much is a first time British passport?
As at November 2020, below are the costs to apply or renew your British passport:
- Adult 34-page Standard Passport: $285.00 (USD)
- Child 34-page Standard Passport: $249.00 (USD)
- Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport: $299.00 (USD)
If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact us on [email protected].
These costs include U.K.ABROAD’s processing fee, consultations and the courier fee. We only use our reputable courier company for your documents to ensure that you receive your passport in good order.
Replacing lost, stolen or damaged British Passports from the USA
How do I replace my lost British passport?
The first step is to report your lost British passport to the local police where you are. You will need to obtain a police report.
You may be required to provide certain supporting documentation or information to obtain a new UK passport and this often causes a bit of a delay in the application process. We therefore recommend that you plan on staying in place for an additional few days so that you can get all the documents you need and have plenty of time to apply for your new passport.
Other than that, the process is more or less the same as if you are applying for or renewing your British passport and the timeframe is also the same.
If you need to travel in the next few days, you will need to apply for an emergency travel document which functions in the same way as a passport.
How quickly can I replace a lost UK passport?
If you do not have imminent travel plans, you won’t need to apply for an emergency travel document and you can apply for a replacement passport.
It will take from 4 to 6 weeks to obtain your new passport. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, it could take longer than this, depending on how busy Her Majesty’s Passport office is at the time.
How do I report a lost UK passport?
This is a 2-step process. If you suspect that your passport was stolen, you will need to notify your local police station and request an original police report.
If you need to travel in the next few weeks, there will not be enough time to apply for and receive a new UK passport. In this case, you will need to apply for an emergency travel document. This application can be done at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your area and it should only take a few working days.
It will need to be accompanied by your complete and intended travel itinerary, along with supporting documents (e.g. your confirmed airline tickets and any hotel reservations). Once received, you will only be able to travel according to the details on your emergency travel document.
British Certificates from the USA
How do I get my British birth certificate from the USA?
Obtaining your British birth certificate is now done entirely online. It is a complex process but U.K.ABROAD can assist you with this process.
All you need to do is complete the easy, online form here, and we will handle the process for you, from start to finish.
In addition to UK birth certificates, U.K.ABROAD can also assist you with obtaining other certificates, such as marriage, death, adoption or civil partnership certificates.
U.K.ABROAD specialises in first time British Passport applications, British Passport renewals, and replacements of lost, stolen or damaged British passports from the USA.