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Thomas, Solicitor
Category: UK Immigration Law
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I have an appointment to apply to extend my spousal settlement visa. I have been asked to produce my wife's uk passport. She is in the USA working on a project. Can she FedEx the passport to me? Any problem if she does this and I produce the passport? Will the immigration office swipe the passport and see she is out of the country? Will this be a problem? And is it illegal for her to FedEx the passport to me? She was unable to travel back to the uk at the time of the appointment.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: UK Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 3 years ago.

What did you actually submit with the application, a copy certified by a UK solicitor or just a copy or nothing?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi - my in person appointment is tomorrow. I will be providing my wife's actual uk passport at the PEO in Liverpool.
Expert:  Thomas replied 3 years ago.

I will have to answer tomorrow morning at 9 bst now I'm afraid.

Expert:  Thomas replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for your patience.

It’s a bit unsual because the spouse is normally in the UK. However, if you have already demonstrated that your wife is required to be out of the country occasionally then they should be understanding.

I would explain clearly what has happened and tell them they can call her if they wish. You should ask them to take a copy of the passport and ask one of their caseworkers or solicitors to certify that the copy is a copy of the original and that they have seen the original.

You should then ask them to return it to you. State that if they require your wife can attend a UK solicitor upon her return and ask them to also certify the passport and that it is photographic evidence of her identity by verifying that she is the person photographed in the passport. State that you can ask the solicitor to write to you thereafter confirming the same and providing the further certified copy so that they can cross check.

If this is an extension application you can also state that they can refer to their previous file on your spouse visa application because they will likely hold a scanned copy of the passport for her when you made the application so can, again, cross check to verify.

I doubt they will reject out of hand for this but you might have some jobs to follow up on afterwards.

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Kind regards,

Expert:  Thomas replied 3 years ago.


I note that you have not rated my answer at "OK Service" (3 stars) or above. This reflects very badly on me and means that I do not receive credit for the time I have taken to answer your question whatsoever.

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I just want to ensure that you are satisfied.

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