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What type of visa does your friend hold and why does UKBA hold his passport? Has he made an application that has not been decided as yet?
My friend has a business visa and he told my they are holding his passport because it expired, they also told him he cant renew his passport till he gets back to his country.(Aust)
They told him he needs to get the money for a ticket home and they will purchase it and put him on the plane with documents to cover his expired passport.
Does this sound like normal practice in this situation ?
As far as him making any applications that havnt been decided, im pretty sure he has not.
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