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British Passport: The Price Is Rising To £66  
User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3342 times:

The British Passport Service have announced that a British Passport will now cost £66 which will take it to being the second most expensive passport in the world, after Norway which costs £87 and above the US which costs £54.

The Passport Service claim that no profit has ever been made from the current price of £51 and they intend to keep that the same when the price rises in October.

The £51 is split between £14.51 on anti-fraud initiatives and the processing cost just £14.02. The rest of the funds go to support abroad passport control and passport delivery.

The extra £36 will go towards making the passports 'e-passports' which are promised to make life harder for terrorists and illegal immigrants. The 'e-passport' will be also known as 'Chip & Go' will contain a biometric chip which recognises the holders face trough intricate measurements.

As soon as this new technology is introduced to the pubic you will not receive the hi-tech passport until your old one is due for renewal which will mean that the biometric system will not be fully functional until 2016.

The Home Office say that this is a step forward in the security of Great Britain.

Bradley! Big grin


Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
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User currently offlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 915 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3340 times:

Absoloute rubbish!
Spend the bloody money on exams for those who wish to be a British Citizen. I am fed up with people who have a british passport but dont speak a bloody word of the language! Make them sit exams, learn to write and speak a little english before they arrive.
Now that is money well spent.



Never give up..
User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3340 times:

The government is smart. Its not like its an elastic item.

User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3334 times:

Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 1):
Absoloute rubbish!
Spend the bloody money on exams for those who wish to be a British Citizen. I am fed up with people who have a british passport but dont speak a bloody word of the language! Make them sit exams, learn to write and speak a little english before they arrive.
Now that is money well spent.

I couldnt agree more.

English immigration should work in the same way as the Australian immigration. On a points system depending on your personal atributes for example skills!

Bradley!



Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3328 times:

Quoting BradWray (Reply 3):
English immigration should work in the same way as the Australian immigration

If you want to stay in Belgium, you have to go to classes paid by government and learn at least one of the three official languages here..

Good system.

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3322 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 4):
If you want to stay in Belgium, you have to go to classes paid by government and learn at least one of the three official languages here..

Are you serious?? That's just brilliant! Thumbs up for Belgium!

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3320 times:

66 pound.. pffft.. Australian passports cost close to 80 pound or $193 for a standard adult passport.

User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3313 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 4):
If you want to stay in Belgium, you have to go to classes paid by government and learn at least one of the three official languages here..

Thats a great idea, the number of times Ive had a Dominos or similiar delivered and the driver could not speak english, communicated in grunts and waving - its dreadful.

Ive got nothing against them, but if they expect the British public to accept them more then they have to integrate themselves and that means learning the language.


User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3309 times:

Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 1):
I am fed up with people who have a british passport but dont speak a bloody word of the language! Make them sit exams, learn to write and speak a little english before they arrive.
Now that is money well spent.

Thank you,

to many time on check-in I have been handed a British passport then the holder cant speak a work of English....


User currently offlineSpeedbirdcrew From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3305 times:

Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 1):
Absoloute rubbish!
Spend the bloody money on exams for those who wish to be a British Citizen. I am fed up with people who have a british passport but dont speak a bloody word of the language! Make them sit exams, learn to write and speak a little english before they arrive.
Now that is money well spent.

If you were to take your head out of your copy of the Hate Mail for 5 seconds you would find out that this is actually already happening. It has been since late last year.

http://www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk/

This test has to be completed before becoming a british citizen. It is in English (soon in Welsh, Gaelic, and Scottish(?))

If a candidates level of english isnt up to ESOL entry 3 they are required to take classes to learn english.

There is a test you can try on the BBC News website, I wonder how many British Citizens would actually pass it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3300 times:

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 5):
Quoting LO231 (Reply 4):
If you want to stay in Belgium, you have to go to classes paid by government and learn at least one of the three official languages here..

Are you serious?? That's just brilliant! Thumbs up for Belgium!

I know! My boss is an Indian and brought a cook from India for his household. He never leaves the place, yet to get a work permit (not even nationality, just a work and stay permit for 5 years) he's forced to go to school twice a week to learn Flemish/Dutch...

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3291 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 8):
to many time on check-in I have been handed a British passport then the holder cant speak a work of English....
Good morning Kazzie ??

I have been on a flight from MAN to a European destination and there has been British passport holders on the flight who haven't been able to tell the F/A what they would like from the trolley and have had to point out the item in the magazine.

It is a joke but if the government were to put money into teaching immigrants English free of charge, the tax payers of the country would go mental and not shut up about it.
It is bad enough with everyone going on about immigrants getting free houses, cars and shopping vouchers. This is something that the hard working people of this country shouldn't get up in the morning for! ??

Bradley!

[Edited 2006-07-26 12:13:09]


Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3285 times:

I applaud the UK! Well done. Now, what you need to do is disallow the non-British grandchildren of British subjects from accessing UK citizenship and special working visas. THAT's how we fight the war on terror!

QFF


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3283 times:

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 9):
It has been since late last year.

As has the citizenship ceremony - an excellent idea imported from the US. I know someone who went through it, and thought it was wonderful.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineSpeedbirdcrew From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3283 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 8):
to many time on check-in I have been handed a British passport then the holder cant speak a work of English....

I hope that you won't be teaching them how to speak english then.

Quoting BradWray (Reply 11):
It is bad enough with everyone going on about immigrants getting free houses, cars and shopping vouchers.

Can you provide me with any concrete examples of anyone being given a free car? As for the vouchers, try fleeing a war coming to somewhere safe being told you can't work and that you are going to be given vouchers to survive on not money but vouchers.


User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3271 times:

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 14):
Can you provide me with any concrete examples of anyone being given a free car?

I cannot give you any concrete example's because which site is going write a full article on an immigrant being given a car but there was a Pakistani family living in London, next door to a freind who got to know these immigrants and they boasted of how great and kind the goverment have, giving them an easy way of living with a free car and a house.

I have heard of many cases exactly the same as that from lots of diffrent people!

Tell me please, how a large family who have just immigrated away from their respective home country can come over to England, afford a house, a large family car, the funds to run a car and the extremely high price of living in the UK without a job...?

Bradley!



Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3269 times:

Will the fastrack fee go up at all? I had to go to Liverpool to sort my brothers out last year and that was £77.50 but done the same day.

I need to do the same this year but for both the brother and sister. Are we going to get ass raped in the process?



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3259 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16):
I need to do the same this year but for both the brother and sister. Are we going to get ass raped in the process?

I dont know anything at this moment about the fastrack process prices, I presume that the price difference between the current passport and the e-passprt will be added.

If I was you I would apply for a new passport now by post as it is cheaper than the fastrack and the drive to Liverpool.

Bradley!



Hamilton: English for 'Alonso's bitch' :D
User currently offlineSpeedbirdcrew From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3255 times:

Quoting BradWray (Reply 15):

When its all based on hearsay and the boasts of some guy i'm disinclined to believe it to be honest.

Whats to say that every single person who comes to this country does not work? Those who aren't allowed to are asylum seekers. Everyone who is here on the correct visa etc is allowed to work.

I'll admit I don't know the full ins and outs of the benefits system as I've never had to sign on. However if there are people who have managed to get that stuff do you really think they are in the majority, the majority of immigrants to this country are here to work and contribute to our economy pay tax towards the health service, eduction etc etc. I for one am glad that people want to come to this country as although there is a rather unfortunate attitude rising here spread by misinformation that all immigrants are asylum seekers who are living off the state that is simply not true.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3249 times:

And some complain in the USA as to what we pay for a Passport! At L66 (about = $122) that is way too expensive considering that you need a passport to leave the country to go anyplace, even to EC countries (except for Rep. of Ireland). Perhaps they want to discourage travel for some dumb reason or find some way to make money off issuing passports to subsidise the agency.

User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 14):
I hope that you won't be teaching them how to speak english then.

I can speak the damn language, Just the typing and spelling i cant  Wink


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3247 times:

I renewed my passport at the start of the year. Strangely my parents renewed at the exact same time, yet my passport appears to be machine readable and theirs is not.

Looks like I got in before the price went up Big grin Should be a long time before I need a biometric one too, thank god.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Yeh the new British passport are crap..

They have a hard back page where the chip is, the pages are now blue with birds all over the place...


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 18):
although there is a rather unfortunate attitude rising here spread by misinformation that all immigrants are asylum seekers who are living off the state that is simply not true.

To be sure!

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 20):
I can speak the damn language, Just the typing and spelling i cant

No you can't! You speak Hemel Hempsteadonian! One, Two, Free, Four....  Wink

Quoting BradWray (Reply 17):
If I was you I would apply for a new passport now by post as it is cheaper than the fastrack and the drive to Liverpool.

We can't afford to wait up to a month and Liverpool is only a 70mile round trip from my house.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Quoting Speedbirdcrew (Reply 18):
Whats to say that every single person who comes to this country does not work? Those who aren't allowed to are asylum seekers. Everyone who is here on the correct visa etc is allowed to work

Like this poor lad. Ridiculous.

http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/View...px?SectionID=516&ArticleID=1625802



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
25 BradWray : It is all hear say but for those that do come straight over and get a job and lives in England like every other normal English citizen dose, fair pla
26 Banco : At the last survey, immigrants contributed more per capita to the national economy than the indigenous population. It is, and always has been, a net
27 Speedbirdcrew : I would say that is a very small minority. Its like the number of people who think that every single person who has immigrated to this country or is
28 Post contains images BradWray : As you said, it is a very small minority. If more immigrants do come into England with the same thoughts of that minority then that 'small' minority
29 Post contains images Daleaholic : Luckily for me I managed to get my 'Biometric' passport in June for £55
30 Post contains images MANYQB : Unless you have 'our' Home Office!! I wouldn't expect them to track anyone down... even if standing in front of them holding a sign saying I am an il
31 Post contains images TuRbUleNc3 : Spot on! ,some have even said openly they come for the benefits as its an easy way to a better life. Spot on! It isnt ethnic minority anymore, its et
32 L410Turbolet : What is the purpose of this biometric passport nonsense - other than jumping the bandwagon of American post-Sept.11 paranoia and opportunity for the g
33 Sonic99 : Well for one, it's still too easy to make dupes even with holographic images present or whatnot and some passports are simply a very convenient metho
34 Post contains images MANYQB : Actually, this is a certainly true of some of the bus drivers now where I live. Legal Polish immigrants are driving many of the local company's route
35 N229NW : He said "per capita." That means "per person,"--in other words that each one of them on average puts more into the economy than the average British-b
36 777236ER : You yourself can't even grasp basic grammatical concepts. Apostrophes? Correct use of sentences? Apostrophes, capital letters... Apostrophe? Apostrop
37 Manni : You might want to be a bit more specific here. Because this is certainly not a general rule, and might well depend on the nationality of the applican
38 Post contains images Levent : My exact thoughts. Although they will probably say "Oh, it's just because I was in a hurry" or something similar. My partner, who is English, also ha
39 BHXFAOTIPYYC : Good deal. If you renew your UK passport at the Embassy in Lisbon it now costs EUR 142 / GBP100.
40 L410Turbolet : Well, that was the case even BEFORE this biometric Orwellian BS, wasn't it? The real stupid thing is that you should check your passport before every
41 BradWray : Who gives a flying fuck if we do not use apostrophes in our sentences. This is not an English exam and we are not here to impress anybody on our lite
42 Myt332 : It's obvious he is being pedantic here to prove a point and it's one I understand at least. It's quite hypocritical for us to demand all immigrants t
43 Post contains images A340600 : YES!!!!!!!!!!!! I got in just before and thus I wont be recieving an electric piece of crap until near the end of the old fashioned type!
44 Post contains images TuRbUleNc3 : Quite right, hence the reason i can't be arsed replying to him. Congratulations
45 777236ER : Question marks too, apparently - is that a question? You've repeatedly complained about the poor standards of English that 'immigrants' have, without
46 CXA330300 : My opinion: Immigrants should learn the local language. But, The English, Aussies, New Zealanders, and Americans should get a f***ing move on and lear
47 Post contains images 777236ER : Please note that I was being ironic when I wrote: Why did no one pick up on it? [Edited 2006-08-01 12:18:48]
48 Myt332 : They thought it was right?
49 TuRbUleNc3 : I write proper english as and where needed, where it matters, which is not here. Oh yeah, where did i put about me demanding they speak good english?
50 777236ER : Oh, I see. So there are now caveats regarding when 'proper' English is required? If correct English is not required when debating English (!), then w
51 TuRbUleNc3 : No i just want you to show me a frigging part where i complained about them not being able to speak english, as you have started this with me for a r
52 777236ER : OK, answer this: do you think the issue of immigrants not speaking fluent English is an important one?
53 TuRbUleNc3 : Fluent imo isnt really needed, an understanding and able to communicate is an important issue though. If i was going to live in spain, i wouldnt drea
54 Post contains links and images L410Turbolet : Two interesting articles about "biometric" passports: Electronic passports being introduced in the U.S. and other countries have a major vulnerability
55 Levent : From the forum rules: - Check your spelling!
56 BotsCom : I don't know why the people in there, don't simply rise and protest. I'm amazed at how expensive country it is. The transport, the food, everything. I
57 Post contains images JJJ : Well, for a start they make more money
58 BotsCom : More than an African yes, far more. No contest. But they living standard is same with Germany or France. But Transport and housing, basic stables, ar
59 Captaingomes : It's pretty sad how this thread has turned into an immigrant-bashing event. I always shake my head when non-immigrant families complain about how immi
60 Post contains images Myt332 : Stop using me as an example!
61 Post contains images Captaingomes : You'd make a perfect immigrant! Just please, don't move to Canada
62 Myt332 : Cool, will do. We can share the condominium! Lower prices overall.
63 Captaingomes : idiot f i l l e r
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