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A minor change for UK applications

14 November 2013

From 28 October 2013, if you are applying by post for an extension of stay, indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship, you no longer need to provide an original passport from the British or settled person supporting your application - a photocopy of their passport or travel document can be provided instead.


The photocopy must include all pages of the passport, including any blank pages. During the application process, you may be asked to provide the original document. If you fail to provide the requested document within the specified time frame, you risk having your application refused. It is important to note that as main applicant, you still require to submit your own original passport or travel documents as part of your application.


The said change will apply to visa extension and indefinite leave to remain applications submitted by

  • fiancé(e) of a British citizen or settled person;
  • civil partner or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or settled person;
  • spouse of a British citizen or settled person;
  • unmarried partner of a British citizen or settled person;
  • same sex partner of a British citizen or settled person; or
  • child or other dependant relative of a British citizen or settled person.

In addition, it will also apply to application of British citizenship submitted under section 6 (2)

  • spouse of a British citizen;
  • civil partner of a British citizen;
  • child of a British citizen parent.

If you have any questions regarding your application of visa extension, settlement or British nationality, please feel free to contact our team of immigration experts. 


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.