UK TRAVELLERS, who are applying for their own passport for the first time, will soon have to attend an interview as part of the application process. A total of 69 offices across the UK are opening to deal with all adult first-time applicants, including those whose names were previously on their parents’ travel documents. Anyone living in a remote area of Britain will be interviewed via a secure webcam link.
People making new applications will need to call the Identity and Passport Service 24-hour advice line, in order to make an interview appointment at their chosen new office. It is claimed the interviews will be conducted in a “friendly and non-threatening manner” and will last between 10 and 20 minutes. Applicants will be asked to confirm facts about themselves and the IPS will provide interpreters if necessary, while for those aged 16 or 17, a parent must be present.