UK: Passport Processing Delays 

May 3, 2022 Jessie Butchley

Key Points  

  • British passport issuance experiencing a processing delay time of around 10 weeks.  


The government of the United Kingdom (UK) announced that Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is currently experiencing delays in processing passports for applicants who delayed renewing their documents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these delays, the government has increased the number of staff at the HMPO, onboarded more delivery companies in order to ensure documents and passports are delivered on time, and increased the availability of fast-track appointments by extending the working hours of seven HMPOs.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of the UK noted that there is a delay in the processing of passport applications. The government advises that processing times may be delayed to 10 weeks and applicants should account for these delays when applying for a British passport.  

Looking Ahead 

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

About the Author

Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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