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  1. #1
    KKKK is offline Registered User
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    Jun 2006
    Hong Kong


    How long did it take people to get a UK passport for their baby??

    Ideally we would like to take him to England when he is 6 weeks old - are we being unrealistic??

    Is there anyway to fast track the process?? - I am already assuming the answer is NO !!!

    What is the procedure for obtaining the birth certificate/passport??

    Thankyou guys for any help with this


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    Nashua852 is offline Registered User
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    Jan 2008
    Yuen Long, Hong Kong
    Hi Kate,

    We got ours within 10 days.

    All the info is on the HK british consulate website -- a quick google will get you all the info you need.

    You have to download the application form from there as well and your usual fotomax will help you position your LO for the photo. Although it's usually easier to get this done when bab's able to hold his/her head.

    The whole process is relatively painless, although you do need to know someone to countersign the application -- a british citizen of a responsible trade (i.e lawyer, doctor, accountant etc) whom you've known for 2 years or more. They weren't picky with our cosignatory although I know some people who've had trouble securing someone/they've been told their choice wasn't appropriate etc. I think there is an option if you DONT know anyone too. All the info is on the application anyway.

    There is a fast track process -- they can do it for you within a week (or maybe less?) if you note the date of travel.

    hope that helps!

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    falle001 is offline Registered User
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    May 2007
    Discovery Bay

    Quick passports

    We managed to get our passport for bubs in 2 days - but we had to how proof of travel dates to with babies name on for them to rush it through. I think normally they say 10 days, but think that unless they are very busy it is usually back before this. The office is very good and not very busy - think it took us 30 mins to wait and get form in and then about 2 to collect the passport!!

    With the passport photo we had ours done in the photo place in Princes Building (same floor as Olivers). They were really good, took a pic of hubby and baby and then just chopped it down to size - they took quite a few before they took one that they thought was good and the passport office said it was fine.

    We had only been in HK for just over a year and did not have anybody to sign the form here that had known us for 2 years. They said it was fine for someone who had known us for less time to sign it, we just needed to write this in the "other details" section.

    With the birth certificate, the hospital will tell you where to register (in Central it is by Pacific Place) - you need passports, marriage certificate (if you have one) and think maybe birth certificates but not sure. Again it took about half an hour to do and they were really good. A word of warning though - they only process so many births in one day, so when we went to register at 3.30 they had filled there quota and we had to go back the next day!! They usually suggest that you wait 14 days as well, to make sure that the hospital has sent all the documents down.

    We took bubs to Singapore at 5 weeks and that was fine and i was chatting to someone the other day who took their baby back to India at 2 weeks.

    Hope that helps - searching the British Consulate and Birth registration in Hong kong should help you work everything out.

    Good luck
    Em x

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    barbwong_130 is offline Registered User
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    Jun 2003
    Hong Kong
    The counter signer doesn't have to be a British citizen - a commonwealth one will do.

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    Speculator is offline Registered User
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    May 2007
    Sai Kung/Ware, Herts, UK
    We got ours within 7 days last year. A freind who is also a qualified kindergarten teacher counter signed the form and the back of two Passport photos of our baby daughter.

    Although our friend now holds a chinese passport, she previously held a BNO passport and this was good enough according to the interviewer.

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