Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi there,

    I am a home student holding a non-UK passport (indefinite leave to remain) so I will need to send in my passport as a proof of identity.
    I was just wondering if sending my passport through the post was a secure way to do it, and I'm worried about the chances of it getting lost etc.

    Please advise!

    Thanks
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    I'm shocked they've asked you to do this!

    Doesn't seem safe at all to me.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by pizzle223)
    I'm shocked they've asked you to do this!

    Doesn't seem safe at all to me.
    well they haven't asked to do this as I haven't completed my online form. I just wanted to know more so that I can (mentally) prepare myself for the worrying lol.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I would try and contact them to ask if it's nessicary or whether a photocopy would do.

    If you have to send the hard copy, then make sure you get industrial envelopes and then celotape round them. Also, if you can get stickers that say Urgent and Fragile then that's always a plus. However, if you're sending your passport round the London/South East area, the post system always gets quite clogged up.

    It shouldn't go missing/get damaged (it just might get a little lost and take a couple extra days getting back to Finance) but if you can get photo evidence of the passport and then it all wrapped up and stuff, you can probably claim the money for a new one if the worst were to happen
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    They won't accept a photocopy if they asked fore the original.

    Send it special delivery so you get proof it arrived.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by yashkaminah)
    I would try and contact them to ask if it's nessicary or whether a photocopy would do.

    If you have to send the hard copy, then make sure you get industrial envelopes and then celotape round them. Also, if you can get stickers that say Urgent and Fragile then that's always a plus. However, if you're sending your passport round the London/South East area, the post system always gets quite clogged up.

    It shouldn't go missing/get damaged (it just might get a little lost and take a couple extra days getting back to Finance) but if you can get photo evidence of the passport and then it all wrapped up and stuff, you can probably claim the money for a new one if the worst were to happen
    (Original post by balotelli12)
    They won't accept a photocopy if they asked fore the original.

    Send it special delivery so you get proof it arrived.
    Thanks both of you.
    Um yeah they will be askng for the hard copy, so I guess I'll have to send it off by special delivery.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    I did it and it was fine, if you're really worried send it via recorded delivery.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    I hate it when people are asked to do this kind of thing. Identity fraud isn't uncommon in this country, and it's not hard to tell when an envelope contains a passport.

    Ask them if they will accept any other forms of ID, or if they can accept photocopies instead of originals (after all, they will probably just photocopy it themselves without inspecting it properly) and if you have to send it just send it Special Delivery
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I had to do this awell but I still find it very strange and risky.

    I sent it recorded and next day in a bubblewrap package blah blah. Dont just stick it in an envelope with a couple of stamps and cross your fingers haha.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I had to do this too unfortunately. Seems really risky to me..but fingers crossed everything turns out fine. I send it off with next special delivery. I've checked the status it says it's been delivered, how long did it take for them to send your passport back to you?
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: April 20, 2013
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Would you like to hibernate through the winter months?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.