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BRITISH PASSPORT Applications From Anguilla and Region to be sent directly to Washington DC - New, Important Arrangements announced.

 Date Posted: July 12, 2009

The Governor’s Office and Anguilla Passport Office have announced important changes which will come into effect shortly affecting those who wish to apply for a full British Citizen passport.

Until now, persons applying for a British Citizen passport have been able to do so through the Passport Office in Liverpool via the Anguilla Passport Office, for first passport issues, or directly with the British High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados, for renewal and replacement passports.

This is about to change.

From 3 August 2009 neither the Anguilla Passport Office nor the British High Commission in Bridgetown will accept applications for British Citizen passports. This change does not affect applications for British Overseas Territories Citizen passports, which will continue to be processed by the Anguilla Passport Office as before.

From 3 August 2009, persons wishing to apply for a full validity British Citizen passport, including first passport issues, should do so by sending their applications by courier or registered post to the UK Passport Service Centre in Washington D.C. This will be the new passport production centre for Anguilla and the region.

The mailing address is:

The UK Passport Service Centre for the Americas and Caribbean

British Embassy
19 Observatory Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20008


You may use a courier company of your choice and at your cost to send your application, but please note that returned passports and documents will arrive from Washington via UPS. The cost of the passport itself will remain the same (currently £124 or $211 for a standard 32-page passport) but an additional charge (currently $21) will be made to cover the cost of returning it via UPS.

The vast majority of applications, which have the correct supporting documentation and payment fee, will be assessed within 10 working days of receipt in Washington. Applicants will need to allow additional time for their applications to transit between Anguilla and Washington, but overall the time taken to process an application will be quicker than the current 6-8 weeks for one sent to the UK for processing.

This change is part of a global initiative to streamline the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s passport operation to make it more cost effective, secure and sustainable.

You can obtain more information, guidance and copies of application forms from www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk  or www.ukinbarbados.fco.gov.uk 



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