In June, me and the wife took a trip to Davao intending to renew her Immigration I Card which we have to do every 5 years! We had 4 copies of every document we thought we would need in order to get the I Card! Great we had everything we needed so I thought but unfortunately she had forgotten that her Passport was in fact out of date! Wow, What a mistake. We were told that she required the new Passport before she would be issued her new I card!
We went back home and set too finding how was the new process to get a new Passport from England as over the last few years there had been several different ways to achieve the goal of a new Passport! I used to be done in Manila but when I had to get my last Passport I had to do it via Hong Kong, now, all UK Passports have to come from the UK!
I went onto the UK Government Webb Site and was very surprised indeed as to the simplicity of the system! It was a several page site with just 2 or 3 questions per page all in a sensible order which I found weird on a government document of any form. It took me and the wife about 30 minutes to fill in all the required data and when it was all finished we had to pay for the New Passport via plastic, the cost was 107 Pounds. After the payment, we were given the address where we had to send the old Passport. No other documents were required but I sent Copies of our Marriage Certificate and Ellie’s Birth Certificate anyway to be sure.
The next day we went to send it to UK via Courier but were disappointed with DHL as they wanted p2,600 for the small package. Ellie told the DHL Lady that the cost was expensive but the DHL Lady just said that we should go and find a cheaper service if we did not like the price! Ignorant B—h.
We checked LBC and their cost was p 2,400 so we went along to the Post Office and their Express Mail Service cost just p 1,400 so that’s the one we chose. This service was like the courier service where you can track your package on line very easily! we were very happy with this service and will recommend it to anyone! Even the normal mail overseas is fine, at this time I am doing my State Pension using this method!
On the 11th of July, a DHL vehicle pulled in delivering the new Passport, the round trip starting with Phil Post took exactly 4 weeks which to me was a very good time! The next move is to go back to Davao and apply once again for the new I Card of my Dear, I hope that is no problem but I am sure that there will be a fine or two involved! Her passport was dated 4th July so its an easy date to remember and the data page is at the front, not at the back like it used to be!
My Passport will be due for renewal in 2020 so I wonder what changes there will be to the system by that time!