The St Helena Immigration Office would like to inform all St Helena British Overseas Territories citizens of the following change to the British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) passports procedure:
With immediate effect, all BOTC passports will be printed by Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the United Kingdom. This means that all British Overseas Territories citizens will hold a biometric passport that is in line with the latest full British passport, and includes the highest level of internationally recognised security standards.
The process for applying and receiving BOTC passports will remain the same, however because the passport will be printed in the UK it will take longer for applicants to receive the passport on-Island. It is expected that BOTC passports will be available within six to eight weeks of the application being despatched overseas.
Applicants are therefore advised that it is imperative they apply for their passport in good time prior to their proposed travel date. Should a British Overseas Territories citizen require a passport that meets emergency travel criteria, they can apply for a temporary passport which will be issued on-Island and will be valid for one year only.
The new process in relation to BOTC St Helena Full Type passports is as follows:
Applicants will need to complete a BOTC Passport application form and return it to the Immigration Office at Ogborn House, together with all other relevant documentation. Application forms can be obtained from the Immigration Office or the Customer Service Centre at the Post Office.
Payment for the passport will need to be made to the Customer Service Centre, and a copy of the receipt of payment will need to be produced to the Immigration Officials as proof of payment.
The application will be sent to HM Passport Office where the passport will be processed and returned to the Immigration Office on St Helena.
The applicant will be informed when the passport is ready for collection from the Immigration Office.
The cost of a BOTC St Helena Full Type passport is:
Child (under 16 Years of age): £30.00
The cost of the BOTC St Helena Temporary passport is £40.00 for both adults and children, and it should be noted that this passport is valid for one year only.
For further information regarding passport issuing please contact the St Helena Immigration Office on tel: 22626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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27 November 2017