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Hi,

My wife is a Canadian national and currently living in the UK on a 2.5 year flr(M) spouse visa, which expires on 31st August this year (2 weeks time).

We realised my wife's Canadian passport was due to expire in January 2018, so we sent off for a new one from the Canadian embassy on the 8th of July. We have still not received the new passport which is starting to worry us as we are running out of time to post off our new application form.

Is there anything we can do to explain the situation or apply without the passport?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Paragraph 34(6)(c)(vii) of the rules sets out that an applicant can provide a good reason beyond their control why they cannot provide any proof of identity. Reasons may include the following (this list is not exhaustive):

• there is no longer a functioning national authority to approach and provide a new document, or because there is no Embassy or consular service in the UK
• there is a national authority to apply for a document but they have run out of documents
the applicant has made an application for a replacement document but the issuing authority was not able to provide it before the application was made
• the applicant cannot obtain a document for reasons of national or personal security
• the national authority has unreasonably refused to provide a document, for example: o if the national authority will only provide a passport if they apply in person but there is no provision to apply in person in the UK o if the national authority puts unreasonable barriers in place for the applicant

Paragraph 34(6) of the Rules states that you can ask the applicant to provide alternative satisfactory evidence of their identity and nationality. For example this could be a:

• birth certificate • driving licence • national health card • national service document
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...967/Applications-for-leave-to-remain-v1.0.pdf

So if necessary, enclose a covering letter why you cannot submit your passport, and send in alternative evidence.
 
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