Some changes in the process for applying to renew or obtain UK passports will likely cause some consternation among the British population in the Cayman Islands.
Prior to this month, UK passport applicants were allowed to send a copy of their passport renewal application rather than the original during hurricane season.
However, according to a statement issued Monday by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, “The UK Passport Office is stopping this practice because of the risk of fraud. Original passports will need to be submitted with passport applications all year round.”
As of 12 August, the British government is centralising its application process and British citizens in Cayman must submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK. British overseas territories passport holders may still submit applications through the Cayman Islands Passport Office.
“These important changes follow a review by the National Audit Office,” the FCO statement noted. “They are designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security and consistency in decision making.”
UK passports can be renewed up to nine months ahead of the expiration date.