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September 1, 2020

Passport Interviews – What questions do they ask?

For all 1st time applicants it is necessary to have an interview either at a Passport Office location or over Skype due to COVID-19. The interview is to ensure the passport is being issued to the correct person and to establish your identity.

Below is some information about a passport interview and also some common questions that are asked?

How long does a passport interview last?
On average the interview is 20-30 minutes.

Where does the interview take place?
The interview will take place at the nearest passport office to where you live. There are over 50 passport interview offices in the UK and one in most major cities and towns around the UK so you should not have to travel more than one hour.

Can I fail the passport interview?
The passport interview is not a pass/fail test environment. The purpose is just to prove that you are who you say you are and they are not set to try and trick you. The questions they will ask are all likely to be ones that you know.

Will I get my passport after the interview?
No, your passport will not be issued at this stage. You will hear from the passport office at a later date to see if your application is approved.

What questions will I be asked at a Passport Interview
Your Name:
State your full name
Spell your name
State any name changes, including your maiden name

Your address:
State your address
Confirm your current residence
State previous residences
State your postal code
Describe your property
State the number of bedrooms in your house
State how long you’ve lived at your residence
State whether you own or rent

Questions about your bills:
State your gas/electric supplier
State your car insurance provider
State your telephone company
State your bank and how long you’ve been with the bank
State any additional accounts you might hold

Questions regarding your partner/husband/wife:
When did she/he move to the UK?
What work does he/she do?
Where did you meet?
Where did you get married?
How long have you been married?

Questions regarding your children
State whether you have children
State how many children you have, if any
State their birth dates
State their age
State the schools they go to

Questions about your parents
Provide their names
Provide their birth dates
State whether they are British citizens
State their residence
State the number of siblings you have

Questions regarding yourself:
When did you first come to the UK?
What do you do?
Where do you work?
How long have you been working?

Questions regarding your naturalisation:
When were you naturalised?
How many people attended the ceremony?
Where did the ceremony take place?

Questions regarding your previous nationality and passport:
What are you going to do with your previous passport?
Where was it issued?

Questions regarding the signatory (the referee who signed your application):
What is his or her profession?
What is his/her name?
How do you know him/her?
Where does she/he work?

We hope this gives you some idea about the questions you get asked at a passport interview. If you have had a passport interview and received any different questions please comment below.

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