A person may need to have a current, original passport to enable submission of a valid Home Office application. There are however other reasons why such a document may be required including:
- Needing a valid passport for identity purposes, for example in order to register to marry or in order to undertake a relevant English test;
- needing to travel urgently.
The home office may have retained the passport following a refusal decision- a question might then arise as regards under what power the home office can do so. Where the home office have retained a passport and are not willing to return the original document, are they able to send a certified copy of the document instead?