Pakistani passport expired in the UK

edited December 2011 in - Britain and Ireland
Hi ,
I've been living in UK for almost 5 years . I have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. I have a Pakistani passport, and it has been expired for two months, plus I started studying again last year, and I'm a full time student now . I was under the impression that I don't need to renew my passport because I have an indefinite leave to remain in this country . But recently I randomly mentioned to someone that I might need a valid passport. My question is do I have to up date my passport? Is there any other institute ID except passport? I don't want to travel anywhere, Ijust want to make sure I am not creating any trouble for myself.


  • edited 8:36AM
    It's always best practice to have a valid passport as a foreign citizen living abroad. I would recommend renewing your passport at the Pakistani consulate, but making sure you can keep the old passport, which I assume has your valid visa inside of it. Then if you do need to travel or to register for anything that requires you to show valid identification. You can show them the valid passport, and the visa in the old passport. Don't let the consulate take your old passport with your visa in it away. They should just punch holes in it, or do something to make sure that you can't use it again, but they should let you keep it.
  • edited December 2011
    thx . do you know if i can get a loan to apply for British citizenship as I am a full time student and living with indefinite leave from last 5 years in uk. I know i can apply for citizenship but the thing is its bit expensive for me .
  • edited 8:36AM
    Yes, keep your old passport with you and contact the pakistani visa consulate. It will help you a lot. Stephaniek is absolutely right.
  • edited 8:36AM
    thx guys , I already spoke direct with immigration advisory service and they said , I don't need a new passport if I don't want to travel .so its up to me . advisor explain further that all my rights in this country is bcz of indefinite status . I am absolutely fine in side the country but yes if i wan tto go out then i have to up date my passport .
  • Hi I'm in uk since past 5 years and i have indefinite stay but my passport and I D card expired last year. now I want to travel to pakistan. Can i travel with expired passport and will renew from pakistan or do i need new passport to travel
  • Sarashah you cannot travel on an expired passport you need to apply for a new Pakistan passport.

    If you have a UK residence permit showing you have Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must travel with this also. If your Indefinite Leave to Remain visa is the old style and is inside your expired passport you must attach the old passport to the new passport so that British immigration will see imediately you can enter the UK lawfully.

    Your Pakistan shanati card (ID card) must be renewed in Pakistan.
  • thnx for ur help but can i renew my passport without renewing the id card bcoz passport renewal application need copies of id card?
  • After speaking to the Pakistan Consulate today (something you could have done) You need to apply for a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis or NICOP these are issued to facilitate the expatriate Pakistanis. This card is an identification document usable in place of Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or Shanahti Card.

    The information for NICOP and how to apply for one can be found here.
  • Hi there pakistani consulate bradford don't answer the phone I'm trying since one week. i understand your point that i can't travel with expired passport but im sorry I'm still confused about ID card becaus I heard that NICOP card i don't need new passport. My problem is need to travel pakistan emergency but my passport and Id card both expired what shell do first of all. Thnx and looking forward for your help.
  • edited March 1
    I heard that NICOP card i don't need new passport.
    This is not true. You need a passport to be able to travel. You cannot leave the UK without a passport. The NICOP is only valid in Pakistan.

    If you had read the Iink I posted to NADRA you will see you must contact the Bradford Consulate by email You need to contact them, arrange your ID card and then your passport.
  • Hi, i m living in UK from last 4 years. My student visa and my Passport both Expired Now. Which way I can get renew my passport so I can apply for an other Visa Application.
  • You need to attend the Pakistan High Commission in London or a Pakistan Consulate in your area to renew your passport.

    The problem is you are now an overstayer and illegal in the UK as your student visa has expired. You will not be granted another student visa as you are now illegally in the UK. Also you may have difficulty in obtaining a full Pakistani passport as the Pakistan High Commission do not tolerate people remain illegally in the UK. They will provide a travel document for you to return home.

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