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Keep My Passport When Applying

Retain your passport while your visa is processed

Whether for travel, ID or other purposes, it can be helpful to keep hold of your passport during the visa application process.

You will be able to keep your passport while your application is being initially assessed, and only submit your passport once a visa decision has been reached.

To use this service, you must submit a photocopy of your entire passport when you attend your appointment at the visa application centre.

For a small extra cost, your passport can be copied for you at the visa application centre, or you can bring your own copy to be verified against your original passport.

If you choose to bring your own copy, it must meet these standards:

  • A copy of the entire passport in either colour or black and white, on white paper min 60 gsm, photocopied 600 dpi minimum, actual size without any reduction or magnification, and orientated in landscape.

This service is not available to anyone applying for a Super Priority Visa (SPV), Priority Visa (PV)

You can pay for this Service either online or at the visa center using credit or debit Visa or MasterCard. If you choose to pay online, you must bring the printed payment receipt to the center to obtain the service.