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Old 16-07-2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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Passport Application Forms in UK

Ok, applying for an adult passport for our son, we read the SA Home Affairs pages where it says:

"Form BI-9 to be fully completed. For legal reasons, this form cannot be downloaded. Send an A4 stamped self address envelope to: The Consul, South African High Commission, Home Affairs Consular Section, 15 Whitehall, SW1A 2DD to obtain the form or alternatively, forms can be collected during our opening hours.
The purpose of this form is for record purposes only. It is used for the taking of your fingerprints and the subsequent comparison to confirm your identity. It is therefore not used to apply for a "First issue for an identity card" as indicated on the top of the form. Those applicants submitting an application by post must ensure that the form is accompanied by the "Annexure to BI-9" form."


Duly sent off a request. Reply came back with skew photostats of the normal application form (downloadable anyway) and the document regarding not applying for UK citizenship. No "Form BI-9".

Anyone with similar experience? My thoughts were that maybe the fingerprints are already on record and someone was clever enough to not include the form. A more realistic situation is probably that they got it wrong. Next step a trip up to London to COLLECT the damn thing?
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Old 18-07-2006, 09:23 AM   #2
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Anyone with similar experience? My thoughts were that maybe the fingerprints are already on record and someone was clever enough to not include the form. A more realistic situation is probably that they got it wrong. Next step a trip up to London to COLLECT the damn thing?
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Somebody has made a mistake. We have been here for 11 years now, and as a family of 5 have had numerous dealings with SA house, apart from one occasion, they have always been able to deal with our matters well. (although the queue at SA house is frustrating)

Suggest you either send another letter or try contacting them by phone (although this can be frustrating) don't e-mail as this is not a form of communication that works.

Alternatively, get all of the info you require, make a trip to London, get the forms and fill them in whilst queuing and do it all there, you will need to do this for the fingerprints anyway as it is difficult to get it done anywhere else in the UK.
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Old 24-07-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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Mcamp - success.

Sent a second request, with another self-addressed envelope stamped 1st Class. Week later it arrived. Now for the tricky bit - wonder of they've sorted out the shortage of passport blanks (without the old SA crest) yet? We'll see....
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Old 08-11-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
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Just some feedback on this:-

1. Following initial hassle with forms, followed instructions religiously. 20 Quid for fingerprints from Wiltshire cops, proper photos, filled in forms and re-checked everything a couple of times.
2. Sent off package recorded delivery to SA Consulate, received prompt acknowledgement. Told that four months was the norm for processing time, and that I should not make enquiries unless the time had expired. This was early August.
3. End of October, received postcard saying passport had arrived. Now to collect - thi scan apparently also be done by sending a self-addressed recorded delivery envelope and the old passport.

Barring any problem with the collection, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. So, if you're renewing an SA passport from UK, seems it can be achieved by post without a London visit. Just make sure you give it plenty of time.

I'll post again once the passport is (hopefully) in hand. Hold thumbs.
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Good news, just make sure you go at the right time, I assume they still collect passports in the afternoon. It does pay to go 15 to 20 minutes early, and queue outside the door, as this can save you quite a bit of time.
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Old 18-11-2006, 08:19 PM   #6
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Final update - passport collected with no hassle other than the standard SA "Staatsdiens" attitude, but with new faces. Nothing changes - big effort for just doing their job. So it can all be requested successfully by post : just leave ample time, like four months.

Interesting fact - the green mamba still has the old RSA coat of arms. Remember the fuss about this last year? Somebody back in the early 90's must have placed one huge advance order.
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