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Renewing UK passport during COVID

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My husband's UK passport expires in July.  His application for ROC is currently in process, we applied in September 2019.  The UK passport renewal website says that they're processing applications slower than usual right now due to COVID, and to consider deferring applying so they can help those most in need.  I'd rather apply sooner rather than later so he isn't walking around with an expired passport plus an expired green card (with extension letter, of course).


The website also says that you have to send in your old passport, but it's not clear whether you need to send it in right away, or only once it becomes clear that his new passport is coming very soon? I don't want him to go too long without a passport, particularly in case we end up having to go to an ROC interview eventually.

 

Anyone else in a similar boat? Should we just bite the bullet and apply now?


 

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1/20/2017: Interview (approved!) 

1/27/2017: Visa received 

2/20/2017: POE Philadelphia

3/18/2017: Wedding!

 

 

Adjustment of Status:

 

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5/11/2017:  I-485, I-131, and I-765 packets mailed to Chicago lockbox

5/18/2017: NOA (priority date 5/15/2017)

5/30/2017:  Biometrics completed (walk-in, East Hartford, CT ASC)

8/2017-9/2017: Three service requests and case request to Congresswoman submitted for I-765

10/7/2017:  EAD/AP combo card received (146 days from PD)

12/14/2017: Interview! (214 days from PD)

12/18/2017 Approval notice received with a notice date of 12/14/2017

12/30/2017: GC received (230 days from PD)

 

 

Removal of Conditions:

9/15/2019: ROC window opens

9/16/2019: Packet mailed to Dallas lockbox

9/18/2019: Packet delivered to Dallas lockbox

9/24/2019: Check cashed by USCIS

9/25/2019: Text receipt notice received

9/27/2019: Hard copy NOA received with a notice date of 9/23/2019

10/15/2019: Biometrics appointment letter received (notice dated 10/4/2019) 

10/24/2019: Biometrics completed (East Hartford, CT ASC) 

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Does your husband have another form of ID besides the Passport and expired GC?  If so, then unless you have plans to travel, renew it when it is convenient.

 

Almost every country requires the old passport with the application when you renew, which they return with the new passport.


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He has work IDs and a SSC and such but doesn't drive so no DL. Getting him a state ID was on the to do list when we eventually apply for N400.


 

K1 Process:

 

Spoiler

8/20/2016: I-129F packet mailed
10/20/2016: NOA2

1/20/2017: Interview (approved!) 

1/27/2017: Visa received 

2/20/2017: POE Philadelphia

3/18/2017: Wedding!

 

 

Adjustment of Status:

 

Spoiler

 

5/11/2017:  I-485, I-131, and I-765 packets mailed to Chicago lockbox

5/18/2017: NOA (priority date 5/15/2017)

5/30/2017:  Biometrics completed (walk-in, East Hartford, CT ASC)

8/2017-9/2017: Three service requests and case request to Congresswoman submitted for I-765

10/7/2017:  EAD/AP combo card received (146 days from PD)

12/14/2017: Interview! (214 days from PD)

12/18/2017 Approval notice received with a notice date of 12/14/2017

12/30/2017: GC received (230 days from PD)

 

 

Removal of Conditions:

9/15/2019: ROC window opens

9/16/2019: Packet mailed to Dallas lockbox

9/18/2019: Packet delivered to Dallas lockbox

9/24/2019: Check cashed by USCIS

9/25/2019: Text receipt notice received

9/27/2019: Hard copy NOA received with a notice date of 9/23/2019

10/15/2019: Biometrics appointment letter received (notice dated 10/4/2019) 

10/24/2019: Biometrics completed (East Hartford, CT ASC) 

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3 hours ago, Hawksquill said:

My husband's UK passport expires in July.  His application for ROC is currently in process, we applied in September 2019.  The UK passport renewal website says that they're processing applications slower than usual right now due to COVID, and to consider deferring applying so they can help those most in need.  I'd rather apply sooner rather than later so he isn't walking around with an expired passport plus an expired green card (with extension letter, of course).


The website also says that you have to send in your old passport, but it's not clear whether you need to send it in right away, or only once it becomes clear that his new passport is coming very soon? I don't want him to go too long without a passport, particularly in case we end up having to go to an ROC interview eventually.

 

Anyone else in a similar boat? Should we just bite the bullet and apply now?


You’ll have to send his passport off before they will process. I suggest you get a state ID sooner rather than later. Then do the passport. If you’ve already done biometrics, then you shouldn’t need his passport for a while. Interviews of ROC are very rare. 
 

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20 hours ago, Wuozopo said:


You’ll have to send his passport off before they will process. I suggest you get a state ID sooner rather than later. Then do the passport. If you’ve already done biometrics, then you shouldn’t need his passport for a while. Interviews of ROC are very rare. 
 

Thanks.  Our state has been heavily impacted by COVID so all DMVs are closed for the foreseeable and there doesn't seem a way to get state IDs right now.  Might just have him get a good color copy of the old passport.  We don't go out and about very much and no immediate travel plans obviously so I'm probably being overly concerned. :) 


 

K1 Process:

 

Spoiler

8/20/2016: I-129F packet mailed
10/20/2016: NOA2

1/20/2017: Interview (approved!) 

1/27/2017: Visa received 

2/20/2017: POE Philadelphia

3/18/2017: Wedding!

 

 

Adjustment of Status:

 

Spoiler

 

5/11/2017:  I-485, I-131, and I-765 packets mailed to Chicago lockbox

5/18/2017: NOA (priority date 5/15/2017)

5/30/2017:  Biometrics completed (walk-in, East Hartford, CT ASC)

8/2017-9/2017: Three service requests and case request to Congresswoman submitted for I-765

10/7/2017:  EAD/AP combo card received (146 days from PD)

12/14/2017: Interview! (214 days from PD)

12/18/2017 Approval notice received with a notice date of 12/14/2017

12/30/2017: GC received (230 days from PD)

 

 

Removal of Conditions:

9/15/2019: ROC window opens

9/16/2019: Packet mailed to Dallas lockbox

9/18/2019: Packet delivered to Dallas lockbox

9/24/2019: Check cashed by USCIS

9/25/2019: Text receipt notice received

9/27/2019: Hard copy NOA received with a notice date of 9/23/2019

10/15/2019: Biometrics appointment letter received (notice dated 10/4/2019) 

10/24/2019: Biometrics completed (East Hartford, CT ASC) 

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