How to apply for travel documents in the uk

You can apply for a document to travel outside the UK if you’re not British and cannot use or get a passport from your country.

It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before you book your travel, check travel advice to find out if:

  • the country you want to visit will accept a travel document
  • you need a visa to enter the country you want to visit
  • coronavirus travel restrictions will affect your journey

If you are a key worker or have a compassionate reason for travelling

The Home Office will try to prioritise your application if you’re a key worker or need a travel document urgently for a compassionate reason.

You’ll need to provide evidence of one of the following:

  • you are seriously ill
  • a family member or friend is seriously ill or has died
  • you need to travel abroad for medical treatment that cannot be delayed, or you are the carer of someone who does
  • you are a key worker – for example, a doctor, nurse or school teacher

If you have already applied

It is taking longer than usual to return supporting documents because of coronavirus.

If you changed address after you submitted your application, contact the Home Office immediately to let them know. If you do not, your documents may be sent to the wrong address.

Email the Home Office travel document enquiries team with ‘Change of address’ and your name in the subject line.

Eligibility

You can only get a Home Office travel document if you live in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • you have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person
  • you have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you’re settled here permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

You’ll also need an up-to-date Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (unless you’re applying for a one-way document).

Types of travel documents

There are 4 different types you can apply for, depending on your status.

Type of travel document Adult fee Child (15 or under) fee Fee if born before 1 September 1929
Refugee status Convention travel document £75 £49 £0
Stateless Stateless person’s document £75 £49 £0
You want to leave and not come back One-way document (also known as an IS137) £75 £49 £75
Refused a passport by your own national authorities Certificate of travel £280 £141 £280

You will not get a refund if you withdraw your application or if it is refused.

To apply you need to:

  • complete the online form
  • send supporting documents by post

It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Send supporting documents by post

You must send evidence to show you’ve formally applied for and been unreasonably refused a passport by authorities in your country, unless you have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person.

You’ll be told what address to use in the online application.

Send original documents except if you need to submit your BRP – send a copy instead.

If you need to leave home to prepare and send your supporting documents, follow coronavirus restrictions. Your application will be held until you can supply supporting documents safely.

If you are a key worker or have a compassionate reason for travelling

If you urgently need a travel document and want the Home Office to prioritise your application, send additional supporting evidence by email.

If you are applying as a key worker, attach a scan or photo of a document that proves you’re a key worker.

If you are applying for compassionate reasons, attach a scan or photo of a letter confirming the reason for your travel. The letter must:

  • be from a doctor or hospital
  • be on headed paper
  • be in English, or be accompanied by a certified translation
  • include your name
  • include, where relevant, the name of the sick or dead person and their relationship to you

You can send a death certificate but it must be accompanied by one of these letters.

Where to send your supporting email

Send your email with supporting evidence to the Home Office travel document enquiries team.

Put ‘New application enquiry – urgent compassionate case’ and your name in the subject line.

You can apply online.

It costs £100 to apply for an emergency travel document. The fee is not refundable. You can pay online as part of your application. If you do not, you’ll be asked to pay over the phone.

You might need to attend an appointment at your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate after you apply online. You’ll be told after you’ve submitted your application whether you need an appointment.

You’ll need to give a contact telephone number and email address as part of your application.

How long it will take

Your emergency travel document will normally be ready 2 working days after you apply. It may take longer because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It can also take longer, for example if you have:

  • applied for a child under 16
  • not paid or given the right supporting documents
  • not given enough or correct information

You’ll be told after you’ve applied how and when you’ll get your emergency travel document.

Apply on behalf of someone else

You can apply for an emergency travel document and book an appointment for someone else if they’re a British citizen or British national (overseas). They might have to attend an appointment and they must collect their emergency travel document in person.

If you apply for a child under 16, they’ll need to attend an appointment. Both parents should go with them if possible. If neither parent can attend, they’ll need to send a signed consent letter.

You must report a lost or stolen travel document to the police and to UK Visas and Immigration, even if you do not want a replacement.

It is taking longer than usual to process replacements because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can only replace your document if you’re in the UK.

You may be asked to confirm your identity and immigration status with biometric data before you can get your new document.

Report and replace your travel document in the UK

You’ll need either:

  • a police report and crime reference if you’ve reported the loss of your document
  • details of where and when you last had your travel document

You can apply online for a new document.

Read the guidance if you need help with your application.

Get help to apply online

  • do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device
  • do not have internet access

You can only use this service if you’re applying in the UK.

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Report your lost or stolen travel document overseas

You need to report your lost or stolen document to the nearest UK visa application centre.

You’ll need either:

  • the police report if you’ve reported the document lost stolen
  • details of where and when you last had your travel document

You may have to give your fingerprints to confirm your identity.

You may have to apply for a visa if you want to return to the UK. You’ll get a temporary travel document if you’re allowed to return.

Step by step guide on applying for a UK visa

Wide ranges of people visit the United Kingdom every year under different purposes as for sightseeing, studying, or even working. Despite that the nationals of many Western countries, in particular of the European countries, can enter the United Kingdom visa-free, the rest of world citizens are very likely to need a visa in order to be permitted to step in the United Kingdom.

The UK visa allows you to enter the country, whether it is through the sea, land or air. The possession of a visa means that you have fulfilled the requirements that the particular visa has.

This detailed article will help you understand the UK visa application process and procedures you need to go through in order to obtain a visa to the United Kingdom.

UK Visa Application Process

The UK visa application process and service you need to use in order to apply for a UK visa depends mostly on the visa type you need to apply for. If you are applying for a UK tourist or short stay visa you can start your application here.

For every other type of visa, you will have to use the online Visa4UK service, including study and work visas. If you are applying for the first time you will have to create an account. If you already have an account, just sign in and fill the areas with the required information.

To apply for UK visa you must go through these simple steps:

  1. Find out if you need a UK visa.
  2. Chose the right UK visa type.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Collect the required documents for a UK visa application.
  5. Schedule a UK visa appointment.
  6. Attend the UK visa interview.

Find out if you need a UK visa

You may be exempt from the UK visa requirement, depending on your nationality. You will not have to apply for a UK visa prior to your trip to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, if you are:

  • An EEA citizen.
  • A Swiss citizen.
  • A Commonwealth citizen.

Check the list of nationals that need a UK visa for more information in this regard.

If you realize that you need a visa, then you can proceed with the other steps!

Choose the right UK visa type

Most of the application process for a British visa, including the visa requirements, depends on your purpose of visiting the UK. Your purpose of travel to the UK determines what type of visa you need, which can be one of the following:

  • UK Tourist Visa – for all those who wish to enter the UK to visit friends or family members, for holidays, business, private medical treatment, to get married, etc.
  • UK Transit Visa – for those who need to pass through the UK in transit to another country.
  • UK Work Visa – for all those who wish to engage in paid activity in the UK.
  • UK Study Visa – for all those who wish to travel to the UK to enroll at a study course/university. If your study is short-term you ought to apply for a UK short-term study visa. Whereas, if you need long-term permission to stay in the UK, you have to apply for a Tier 4 Visa.
  • Other visas – which include visas to set a business in the UK, visas to join a family member living in the UK

Complete the online application form

Usually, the UK visa online application form contains questions on personal information as:

  • your name & surname.
  • nationality.
  • country of residence.
  • marital status.
  • personal number.
  • passport number.
  • reason for wishing to enter the UK.
  • other information about your application.

If the information in the application form doesn’t comply with the information in the other required documents, your application will be rejected!.

Collect the required documents

As a part of your UK visa application, you should submit some mandatory required documents to support your case.

Schedule a UK visa appointment

After making the appointment online, print the email confirming the details of your appointment, and take it with you to the UK visa application center you have chosen to attend, together with the required documents.

The documents required in the original must be submitted in original. Make sure that the documents are as required because sometimes even a little mistake can cause a lot of trouble. Please note that the appointment must be made in your name, not in someone else’s.

Attend the UK visa interview

When you attend the UK visa application center, you will need to provide your biometric information, which includes a photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints.

Every applicant who is submitting a visa application must attend the visa application center in person, including children. Applicants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

UK Visa Application Denial

Pay attention to the whole application process, since even small mistakes can lead to the rejection of your application by the UK Home Office. Some of the main reasons for visa rejection are:

  • Missing Documents.
  • Applying for the wrong type of visa.
  • Failure to prove you have the financial means to support your stay in the UK.
  • Fraudulent documents.
  • You have overstayed on a previous trip.
  • Criminal history.

How to Appeal Against the UK Visa Denial?

If your UK visa application is rejected, when you receive the answer on your application you will also be notified on the reasons behind it. If you think that this decision has not been taken justly, then you can appeal it.

  • Fill in Form IAFT-2, which is an appeal form
  • Submit it to the UK Immigration and Asylum Chamber
  • This body will send the documents will be forwarded to the relevant authorities
  • A new decision will be taken and communicated to the applicant in writing

If the decision is not changed, you can file a new application by correcting the previous mistakes.

Can I Extend my UK Visa?

Extending your UK visa while in the UK is possible. However, the process differs depending on the visa
type you hold. If you are in the UK on a standard visitor visa, you will be eligible to apply for a visa
extension as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months.

Applicants from the USA

To apply for a UK visa from USA there are some specific procedures that you must go through. Although US citizens do not need to apply for a UK visitor visa, they must apply for visas in the Points Based System.

How to apply for travel documents in the ukIs the Convention Travel Document the right one? Or is it the Certificate of Travel?

There can be some confusion for non-British individuals and families as to what document they can apply for if they wish to travel outside of the UK (and cannot get a passport from their birth country).

Let’s first discuss what types of documents exist.

At time of writing, there are four different types of travel documents that an individual can apply for, depending on which category they fall under.

This is shown in the table below.

Refugee Stateless You want to leave and not come back Refused a passport by your own national authorities
Convention travel document Stateless person’s document One-way document (also known as an IS137) Certificate of travel

Eligibility and Minimum Criteria

To be eligible for one of the above, you will need to be in the UK and to meet one of the criteria below:

  • you have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person
  • you have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you’re settled here permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

You must show that you’ve formally applied for and been unreasonably refused a passport by authorities in your country, unless you have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person.

Fees payable to the Home Office

Assuming you were born after 1929, you will need to pay the following amounts for each document. This is a fee collected by the Home Office and must be paid upon application:

Type Adult Fee Child Fee (15 or under)
Convention Travel Document £72 £46
Stateless person’s document £72 £46
One way Document (IS137) £72 £46
Certificate of travel £267 £134

How to apply for a travel document

How to apply for travel documents in the ukIndividuals will need to fill the TD112 BRP form and then send it to the Home Office with accompanying documents. This can be filled in online or sent via post if it’s a new document or if your existing document has expired.

You will need to have received your biometric residence permit (BRP) which should be up to date. If you are applying for a one-way document (IS137), then you will not need to obtain a BRP.

Please note that some countries will not accept a travel document if there are less than 6 months left on the ‘leave to remain’ date. Please check with the relevant country to ensure you are able to travel.

Family applications to travel

If you are applying as a family, then you can send all the applications in one envelope and they will be dealt with at the same time. Bear in mind that you must include separate applications and there are no discounts for family applications.

We can help you get the right document

Our OISC registered colleagues can help you to make an application for a travel document and if needed, challenge decisions by way of appeal.

We do charge for the travel document service, but we are definitely the lowest when it comes to a paid service.

We assist by doing the following:

  • Pre-advise you over the phone or in person if our service is right for you
  • Ensure that we can undertake your case. If we cannot, then we will tell you at the beginning
  • Asking the relevant questions to understand your specific case
  • Gather the right documents needed
  • Advise you of the possible outcomes
  • Complete the application on your behalf
  • Submit the application to the right department at the Home Office
  • Chase up with the right departments to get an outcome as soon as possible
  • Provide follow up advice and offer relevant services once a decision has been made

Immigration solicitor services at a fraction of the cost

We can offer the same service as immigration solicitors for a travel document but at a much cheaper price. We do this by focussing our service online and by not having a high street presence. Naturally, solicitors are very expensive and charge accordingly.

Can I get free assistance for my document applications?

Yes, of course. You can complete the travel document yourself if you are confident of filling in the application.

There is no need for you to pay solicitors or third-party services like ourselves to complete this task.

You can also ask the Red Cross to help you with the Convention Travel Document which is offered free of charge, but please note that they have long waiting times.

For further reading on what travel documents are suitable for you, please visit the Home Office guide.

Current Home Office Travel Document waiting time

If you have already done your biometrics, the current travel document processing time is 7 weeks .

While this timeframe is subject to change at any time, it is correct as of

Anyone can apply for an Emergency Travel Document if one needs to travel urgently while your application for a UK passport renewal is being processed but has not been received yet.

Your local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate where you reside can issue an Emergency Travel Document. This document will allow you to travel abroad up to a maximum of 5 countries and will cover your return to the country you apply from, where you reside.

You will need to apply in person at the local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate where you live. They will check to see if you are eligible to apply for an Emergency Travel Document. If it is approved, you may get the document the same day or a few days later in the event of more information being required.

If approved, your Emergency Travel Document will only be valid for the specific travelling plans you supply at the time of application.

The following will be needed:

  • Full details of your travel plans.
  • Two recent identical photos.
  • Your expired/valid UK passport or a copy.
  • Completed Emergency Travel Document Application Form – available from your local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
  • A police report if passport is lost or stolen.

Please click on the following link for more information regarding an emergency travel document: https://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document

General/Original Supporting Documents

HER MAJESTY’s PASSPORT OFFICE only accepts original versions as supporting documents or replacement documents (birth, adoption, marriage, death, divorce decrees). NO photocopies or laminated documents will be accepted.

Documents that aren’t in English – including documents showing an address – must be fully translated by a professional translator.

Original will be returned after examination.

UK Passport application interviews became compulsory for first time adult applications. Interviews are done at a local Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country where the first-time adult applicant lives. Interviews are randomly chosen. Not all applicants will be called in for an interview.

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If you have not been given refugee status in the UK and have not been recognised as a stateless person, you may be able to apply for a certificate of travel, which will give you permission to travel abroad and return to the UK. You must first prove that you have been formally and unreasonably refused a passport by the authorities of the country of which you are a national.

You cannot apply for a certificate of travel if you have been recognised as a refugee in the UK.

Except in exceptional circumstances, you cannot use a Home Office certificate of travel to travel to your country of origin, or to the country from which you sought asylum.

Some countries do not accept certificates of travel as valid travel documents, so you should check with the authorities of the country you wish to visit before you apply. At present, countries that do not accept it include:

Austria | Belgium | Denmark | France | Germany | Greece | Iceland | Italy | Luxembourg | the Netherlands | Portugal | South Africa | Spain | Switzerland

You must have permission to stay in the UK for at least 6 months from the date when you make your application. This is because other countries may not accept your certificate if your permission to return to the UK will expire in less than 6 months. If your current permission will expire in less than 6 months, you must apply to extend your stay before you can apply for a travel document.

A certificate of travel issued to an adult will usually be valid for up to 5 years if you have permission to stay in the UK permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). If you have temporary permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘limited leave to remain’), your certificate of travel will usually be valid for the same period as your permission to stay in the UK.

Children cannot be named on the travel document of their parent or guardian. A certificate of travel issued to a child will usually be valid for up to 5 years if the child has permission to stay in the UK permanently. If the child has temporary permission to stay in the UK, the certificate of travel will usually be valid for the same period as their permission to stay in the UK.

Certificates of identity

Until 17 March 2008, the certificate of travel was called the ‘certificate of identity’ and was coloured brown. However, the validity and criteria for issuing the document were the same. If you currently hold a brown certificate of identity, you can use it until it expires.

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