I am wondering if anyone has had to renew their passport part way through the GV process? When we originally applied, I had 3 years validity left. I now have approximately 6 months remaining. The issue is that we have a wedding to attend in Britain mid-July and as Portugal requires 3 months validity on a traveller’s passport, I will not possess an adequate amount of remaining time with my UK passport and thus will be unable to board the plane in London for the return flight.
I also possess a 2nd passport (Canadian) which is still valid, though the GV application is linked to my British one. Our lawyer mentioned that if I need to change passport details before final approval and the issuance of the visas, it could further delay things. We have also been successful with a court summons against AIMA, which could see our visas granted before we have to travel. Needless to say, I am trying to understand my options at this time. Has anyone on NG been in a similar situation? I would be curious to hear if so.
I had to replace my passport after biometric appointment. The old one was stolen in Barcelona airport during my biometric trip.
Before the final approval, SEF asked for a copy of my new passport and final approval came approximately 2 weeks after the submission. It appeared that SEF checked some databases and found my old one marked invalid.
It’s not that easy to get a second British passport, you do need a solid reason. I tried once, on the basis I was living in Asia and my travel often involved applying for several visas, and I got my employer to write a letter of support. However I wasn’t travelling frequently enough to satisfy them. They told me (I applied in person in Hong Kong, when they handled renewals here) that, for example, my existing passport would need to show I’d be travelling to country X one week, at the same time that I needed to be applying for the visa for country Y where I’d be off to the following week. My pilot husband, who uses his passport for work every day, got a second one v easily.
Sure, it basically depends on the agent who handles your application, but like I said it’s possible. In fact if you had applied together with your husband, he could have added you in his employer’s letter as his family member and you would not have to present a letter on your own. I did it this way.