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    Renewing a UK passport question.

    Knowing how picky they are over these new biometric pics, do you think it would be safe to send two different pairs, taken by two different photographers?

    One of each is vouched for by the same countersignatory and I've provided my rationale in the 'Notes' section of the application.

    I'm due to EMS on Thursday, so any advice will be much appreciated, thanks.
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    I took my own pictures and printed them out on the computer so they can't be that fussy.
    I was careful to get the size exact as I had been warned about that.

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    I don't think you are allowed to smile. Hair must be clear of the face also.

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    Just follow the simple instructions. They don't want or need 'two sets by different photographers'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Just follow the simple instructions. They don't want or need 'two sets by different photographers'.
    I just want to play it safe, mate. Time is of the essence!

    Can you see them rejecting the application just because I send through two different sets?

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    I would. but I dont work there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    Just follow the simple instructions.
    It might be a 1000 page form but most of it is easy, and the pics bit is very clear

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Prick
    Can you see them rejecting the application just because I send through two different sets?
    They won't reject them if they meet the requirements and if you are unsure then why not.

    Had a mate have his photo rejected because he was not looking "straight" and they could only see one of his ears.

    I found the new kiosks to be pretty good (the ones with the circles to position the eyes) to get a picture the correct size.

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    Just send the one load. They're not too fussy. I know someone who bullshitted the counter signatories details and signature. They will probably send your application back if you baffle them with 2 loads of photos and ask which photo do you pre.
    Keep it simple

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    I've got a few spare ones from the last time I renewed my passport, These will be ok as they issued me with a passport using them

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    Certainly for applications in person, one does not need to have new photos for a UK passport renewal, unless one has changed one's appearance (eg shaven off all one's body hair)

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    I have a couple left over from my last application that was accepted if you want to use them?
    If you go to a decent Kodak shop they have a book of what the requirement is for different countries, different visa etc, can't go wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ghost Of The Moog
    Certainly for applications in person, one does not need to have new photos for a UK passport renewal
    why is that? they always state that the pic should not be more than 6 months old

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ghost Of The Moog
    one does not need to have new photos for a UK passport renewal,
    ...oh boy is your advise wrong. The most current and up to date IS required. Do NOT fuck with UK border control, bad advise will get you on the next flight home. Remember they have the power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Prick View Post
    Knowing how picky they are over these new biometric pics, do you think it would be safe to send two different pairs, taken by two different photographers?

    One of each is vouched for by the same countersignatory and I've provided my rationale in the 'Notes' section of the application.

    I'm due to EMS on Thursday, so any advice will be much appreciated, thanks.

    The British embassy or consulate will give you the exact dimensions of what the photo must be and all the other regulations . They are very strict . From chin to top of head must be between an exact measurement , forgot the actual size , but a millimeter too big or small and it will get rejected . Background must be white and various other regulations .
    Get the info from the embassy.

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    The embassy won't give you any info, too busy pissing it up. However if you google renew UK passport and go to the correct website you'll find all the forms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    The embassy won't give you any info, too busy pissing it up. However if you google renew UK passport and go to the correct website you'll find all the forms.
    Try the consulate in Chiang Mai . They give you all the forms required and check the filled out forms for you before you send them off

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    the beautiful secretary from before married the consul

    this new one is quite nice

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    they are right picky ok, even if you send two lots they get uppity as they only want 1 set and make sure its just as the booklet says ,not too much shoulder ,no smile , no this no that , i took me 4 trips to get it approved at the Post Office.
    wording on the back of ONLY 1 photo has to be right.
    the new PPs are total rubbish quality ,cheap and nasty looking with 2 photos in the PP one clear and 1 hazy to make them harder to forge .
    its hard to get all the paperwork correct .

    you need fresh photos or they will see from the old one that you havent aged at all.
    its a very tricky business to do them now so take care
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    Well, it's been 2 weeks now since they received my app., so fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chingching
    you need fresh photos or they will see from the old one that you havent aged at all. its a very tricky business to do them now so take care
    you just go to a photo shop and they know all the rules and regs

    no problem with mine, although they did say I looked a bit too hansum

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    Top tip: look for shops that have the embassy photo guidelines taped to walls!

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    sent my renewal form off to hong kong 2 weeks ago, used EMS, cost 400 baht, able to track it over the 4 days it took to get there

    filled in the debit form to take the money from my natwest bank in u.k. and a copy of passport so no risk, if it didn't get there could do it all over again

    the fee, 152 quid, taken out of my account a week ago so presume it has gone thru o.k. waiting for new passport to return in the next 2 weeks

    pics were easy, just follow the guide on the site, whole thing was much easier than i thought, cheers

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    Although, they take the money from your account on application , they dont take the money when the application is successful .
    You could mail the HK Embassy and ask them how the application is going .
    I worked out that if my Passport application was rejected , it would have cost me over 25 000 baht in overstay fines and further passport application costs.
    Thankfully, it all went through OK and took about three weeks from application to receiving it back in my hand

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    Money is bagged when app is accepted.

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