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    A passport takes 6 weeks to process but the deadline is the 27th. I was holding it off as I have a COPY of my birth certificate and thought it would be enough (lost my original)... what do I do?

    also, is 27th (when we need to get our account approved) the absolute deadline or is it the deadline for making an account, etc.?
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    (Original post by PressTabStart)
    A passport takes 6 weeks to process but the deadline is the 27th. I was holding it off as I have a COPY of my birth certificate and thought it would be enough (lost my original)... what do I do?

    also, is 27th (when we need to get our account approved) the absolute deadline or is it the deadline for making an account, etc.?
    If you still live in the place you were born then go to the registry office and pay like £10ish for a replacement original copy, it'll only take them a few days. If you're not still local then it takes longer but it can be done.I think that deadline is to have the money paid to you in time for September, so if it's late then you'll have to self fund yourself for the first month or so. I was in the same position, the passport says up to 6 weeks but I got mine back in just over a week so you have time if you get it all sorted ASAP.
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    The above is right.

    The 6 weeks quoted is a maximum. Mine didn't take anywhere near as long. And we had bank holidays, I had an interview and had to send off some evidence I forgot. Mine was a first passport.
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    What my mum did once when she needed a new passport before a holiday that was a week away was to actually go to the passport office in London. I think she got her passport the same day, or at most a few days later but she had to pay about three times as much as it normally costs and queue for ages. So that might be an option?
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    Do you mean you gave a certified copy of your birth certificate or a photocopy? If it's a certified copy from the registrar it's fine, if it's a photocopy not a chance.
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    (Original post by PressTabStart)
    also, is 27th (when we need to get our account approved) the absolute deadline or is it the deadline for making an account, etc.?
    You can apply for SF up to 9 months after the start of your course. The 27th May is the last date for the submission of your application, where SF will guarantee that your funding will be in place for the start of your course. If you apply after that, you may well still get your funding then, but it can't be guaranteed - it then depends on how busy SF are, how many others apply after 27th May etc.

    So basically, don't panic. Get the document(s) you need as per the advice above and just submit your application as soon as you can.
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    Do you mean you gave a certified copy of your birth certificate or a photocopy? If it's a certified copy from the registrar it's fine, if it's a photocopy not a chance.
    It's the one that says "WARNING: NOT PROOF OF EVIDENCE"
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    Never seen one of those, OK so mine is old and is a certified copy. I lost the original one and paid for a copy from the registry office. Mine says "certified copy of an entry of birth" but it does say at the bottom it is not evidence of the identity of the person presenting it, but that it to be expected.

    As Kilx says, get your documents in order and then apply, you should make it. You cannot beat a passport for proof of ID even if it is an expensive one.
 
 
 
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