Passports: Applications

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd July 2022.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional steps her Department is taking to ensure people receive their passports within published timescales.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Since April 2021, people have been advised to allow up to ten weeks to get their passport. Across the first 6 months of 2022 HMPO processed 97.7% of UK standard applications within 10 weeks.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has added 850 staff since April 2021. This has helped to ensure that more passport applications are being processed than ever before.

Processing capacity will increase further, with an additional 350 staff arriving within the summer.

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