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British Citizens to Legalize Passport Cover on NIE Number Application

March 19th, 2009

A few days ago we were informed at the police station that an internal letter has been distributed which states that, from now on, when applying for a NIE number, British citizens must provide a legalized copy of the passport cover along with the page in which the personal details are shown. We were rather curious on why such a requirement was being imposed, as a passport cover provides, at first sight, little or no information.

After doing some research we have discovered the reason: the authorities want to know whether the applicant is a citizen of Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man. Apparently, these Crown dependencies issue a passport which is very similar to the one issued at the United Kingdom, except for the fact the words “European Union” are not present on the cover.

 

 

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Later, we’ve learnt that instead of the cover, the authorities prefer to have a copy of the first page, which together with the information shown on the cover, it also provides the passport number.
  

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As mentioned on the FAQ, the NIE application requirements for EU and non-EU citizens are different. The latter are required to provide some proof on the reasons why they are requesting the NIE number (a private purchase contract, a rental contract, etc).

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  1. David Green
    December 25th, 2010 at 02:25 | #1

    Incorrect. “European Union” does appear on these passports. However, the respective crown territories do also appear on the cover, right above the British coat of arms. People with such passports are British citizens, so they are citizens of the EU as well. British passports issued to British Dependent Territories Citizens for example, people connected to Hong Kong do not have “European Union” on the cover of their passports. Such citizens do not have the right of abode in the UK.