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Passports and immigration

Passports and visa information.

Information about how to obtain passports and visas, and who to contact for immigration and asylum applications.

 

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Passports

The Identity and Passport Service is responsible for issuing UK passports, including:

  • applications for new passports
  • passport renewals
  • lost or stolen passports
  • name changes

All the latest information on how to apply for a passport, how much you need to pay, and the timetable for how long it takes is available on the Directgov website (new window).

Immigration and asylum

The UK Border Agency (new window) considers applications for:

  • permission to work in the UK
  • permission to stay here
  • citizenship
  • refuge and asylum 

Visas

You can apply for a visa by visiting the UK Border Agency Visa Services website (new window).

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