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Waiting for your passport? Look away now…

Waiting for your passport? Look away now…

Last year, in 2013, the Home Office launched its #beatthepeak campaign to warn holidaymakers to apply early for passports. In the space of a year we’ve gone from a social media campaign showing smoothly oiled machines churning out shiny new passports by the second to leaked photos showing the applications stacked up in meeting rooms.

From this:

Passport production line
How a passport is made by UK Home Office

To this:

Passport application files
Leaked photograph of passport application files at HM Passport Office in Liverpool via The Guardian

 

From this:

To this:

Passport applications stacked in meeting room
Application files at HM Passport Office in Liverpool via The Guardian

Check out the full UK Home Office Flickr album here and a further interview with Sarah Rapson, Director General of UK Visas and Immigration, on how important it is to apply for your passport early here.

Could the cause of this remarkable transformation possibly be staff cuts of 315 personnel — one tenth of the workforce — in recent years?

Colin Yeo
Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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