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US Consulate Statement On Passport Code Issue

US Consulate Statement On Passport Code Issue

Noting they are aware of “reports of Bermudians experiencing additional questioning or delays at some international borders,” the U.S. Consulate said it is not due to any changes in U.S. procedures,  but as technical changes in passports issued in the UK “to British Overseas Territory Citizens [BOTC] have made it more difficult for... Read more of this article

BMU Code To Be Added Back In Passports

BMU Code To Be Added Back In Passports

The UK Government has confirmed that “work will shortly commence to return the Bermuda specific BMU code to Bermudian British Overseas Territory Citizen passports in 2024.” A spokesperson said, “This follows the establishment last year of a UK/Bermuda Working Group and successful discussions with a range of stakeholders in that forum. “Further... Read more of this article

Govt: ‘Passport Timeframes Unchanged’

Govt: ‘Passport Timeframes Unchanged’

“His Majesty’s Passport Office recently advised the Ministry that the previously stated passport processing timeframes of 11 weeks will remain unchanged,” the Government said. A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Economy and Labour advises the general public that more than 1,000 Passport Office workers in the UK, who are... Read more of this article

Passport Workers To Go On Strike In UK

Passport Workers To Go On Strike In UK

More than 1,000 Passport Office workers will go on strike for five weeks in the United Kingdom, according to news reports from the UK. A BBC report said, “Members of the Public and Commercial Services union working across England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the action from 3 April to 5 May. Those working in Belfast will strike from 7... Read more of this article

Minister: Faster Times For Passport Processing

Minister: Faster Times For Passport Processing

“The Department of Immigration has made significant improvements to the timelines for processing passports and work permits,” Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward said, explaining that the “passport application process has returned to 11 weeks,” down from “in excess of 20 weeks.” Speaking in the House of Assembly... Read more of this article

UK Govt Will Introduce New Passport Fees

UK Govt Will Introduce New Passport Fees

The UK government will introduce new passport fees for all applications on February 2nd 2023, according to a statement on the official UK Government website. The UK Government website said, “The government will introduce new passport fees for all applications on 2 February 2023, the first time in 5 years that the cost of applying for a passport... Read more of this article

Government Statement On Passport Processing

Government Statement On Passport Processing

The Ministry of Economy and Labour said that “the Department of Immigration continues processing passport applications and endeavours to complete and send them to Her Majesty’s Post Office [HMPO] for printing as soon as possible.” A Government spokesperson said, “The public will recall the July 1, 2022, advisory of Bermuda passport... Read more of this article

OBA: Any Progress On Passport Processing?

OBA: Any Progress On Passport Processing?

“The Government’s inefficiencies are depriving Bermudians of the fundamental right to freedom of movement as promised in the constitution,” OBA MP Jarion Richardson said in regards to passport processing. Mr Richardson — the Deputy Leader of the OBA and Shadow Minister for Labour & the Cabinet — said, “Has Economy... Read more of this article

Update On Bermuda Passport Processing Times

Update On Bermuda Passport Processing Times

“The current processing times have, in some cases, been up to 20 weeks. It is anticipated that with the addition of new staff the process will return 11 weeks,” Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward said in regards to passport processing times. Speaking in the House of Assembly today [July 1] the Minister said, “First and foremost,... Read more of this article

‘No Real Progress On Return Of BMU Codes’

‘No Real Progress On Return Of BMU Codes’

“Sadly still no real progress on the return of BMU codes to Bermuda passports,” Premier David Burt said, adding that “it is unfortunate for Bermudians negatively affected by @GOVUK’s decision to take back passport printing from Overseas Territories that there has been no resolution in 6 years.” The UK took over the printing... Read more of this article

Premier Meets With Lammy, Doughty & Collins

Premier Meets With Lammy, Doughty & Collins

Premier David Burt met with British Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, Shadow Minister for Foreign, Commonwealth + Development Affairs Stephen Doughty and Lord Collins of Highbury to “discuss the return of passport printing to the Bermuda Government.” The UK took over the printing of British Overseas Territories passports back in 2016,... Read more of this article

UK Govt Advises Of Passport Processing Delays

UK Govt Advises Of Passport Processing Delays

The Department of Immigration is advising “that the UK Government has confirmed that individuals attempting to renew their BOTC [Bermuda] passports, acquire initial passports, or have their lost or stolen passports replaced can expect delays of up to 11 weeks.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Department also wishes to highlight that due to... Read more of this article

Passport Processing Delays Of Up To 11 Weeks

Passport Processing Delays Of Up To 11 Weeks

People attempting to renew their Bermuda passports, acquire initial passports, or have their lost or stolen passports replaced “can expect delays up to 11 weeks,” the Government said today. A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Immigration wishes to advise the public that the UK Government has confirmed that individuals... Read more of this article

‘Incredibly Productive Series Of Meetings’ In UK

‘Incredibly Productive Series Of Meetings’ In UK

During a day of meetings in London last week, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines met with the Home Office Minister Seema Kennedy MP to “advance the ongoing discussions around the passport issues Bermudians continue to experience since the printing was assumed by the UK Government,” the Government said. Minister Wayne Caines with... Read more of this article

Ministry Working To Resolve Passport Issue

Ministry Working To Resolve Passport Issue

Some Bermudians continue to experience issues when traveling on a Bermuda passport — which is due to an issue with the electronic coding with the passports which are now issued from the UK – and Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said the Ministry has “given resolving this matter urgent priority.” The Minister said,... Read more of this article

‘Need To Resolve Bermuda’s Passport Issue’

‘Need To Resolve Bermuda’s Passport Issue’

Premier David Burt and Minister Walton Brown met with Her Majesty’s Passport Office in London where they discussed the “urgent need to resolve Bermuda’s passport issue.” A Government spokesperson said, “Earlier today, during the Joint Ministerial Council meetings in London, Premier the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP and Minister for the... Read more of this article