I apologize as this has absolutely nothing to do with Greece, but I need help! I thought who might have the answer? Of course one of those lovely helpful people on the Corfu/Paxos forum! (creep creep)
Does anyone understand the new type passports the ones with the chips in? I am going to need a visa for a holiday and one of the questions on the visa form is "place of issue" of our passports. No where does it say on the passport where they were issued. However it does show "authority IPS" which I have no idea what that means.
I would have asked tripadvisor for some help but I was one of those recently hit with the malicious hackers so I am reluctant to go back on there. Also I understand that I could contact the embassy but apparently they never answer the phone or pretty much answer any other contact!!
The only other answer is to pay someone to help us do the visa's but I still will need the answer to my question as they require it and they are very expensive and I'm not sure of there worth.
So if any of you that have travelled further a field than our beloved Greece I would really appreciate some help on this.
Message posted by WeeMinx on 12 April 2011 at 12:02pm - IP Logged
If I remember rightly years ago when I applied for past passports it was from Peterborough and I think this was on the passport where as this latest passport does not say. I really can't remember where I applied for this one from, I can only ASSUME it was Peterborough. Or is the answer the UK?? Trouble is time scale for applying for visas leaves no time to get it wrong and I have never had to do one before. It would be helpful if anyone out there as filled one in recently.
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 12 April 2011 at 12:23pm - IP Logged
Helen with the new chip and Pin the IPS Identity and passport service should have all the details stored. You provide your passport number and issuing place you need to clearly put down on the visa form is the UK and they will check against the number and the relevant office and all passport details be provided to them for your visa. With the new chip and pin the issuing office is no longer printed onto the passport I think they are doing all they can to prevent fraudulent passports.
I hope this helps.
Message posted by Dextercat on 12 April 2011 at 2:16pm - IP Logged
On my wife's passport it has, as the place of issue, UK.
Now, mine is the new passport with the chip in it and where mine says place of issue it has IPS.
So, what do the letter IPS refer to?
I believe that is what the initial question is asking.
Both, by the way, are UK issued passports.
Message posted by Dextercat on 12 April 2011 at 2:20pm - IP Logged
We had to get a visa for Kenya a couple of months ago and we just put United Kingdom in the box and it worked fine. My passport has a small bit just above the signature which says 'Authority' and under it it says UKPA which I assume is United Kingdom Peterborough Authority. So all they really need is the UKPA bit.
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 12 April 2011 at 2:52pm - IP Logged
Hi, know you may have this number already, but if not try giving Passport Adviceline a call on: 0300 222 0000. Realise it's not to do with visa's, but sure they'll be able to help with your question regarding where passports are issued. They are pretty good at answering fairly quickly as well. Hope you get it all sorted...
Message posted by shakespearstar on 12 April 2011 at 6:01pm - IP Logged
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