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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 12 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Applying For Uk Travel Documents

UK residents who do not have a passport – or who cannot use their passport for travel – may apply for UK travel documents to enable them to pass through international borders. There are a number of different UK travel documents – to be eligible for most of them UK residents will have to have permission to be in the UK for at least six months.

Different Types of Travel Documents

There are four different types of UK travel documents for which UK residents may apply:
  • Convention travel document – for use by refugees;
  • Stateless person’s document;
  • A one-way document – the IS 137;
  • A certificate of travel.

Applying for UK Travel Documents

Applications are made to the UK Border Agency using form TD 112. The UK Border Agency states that it is its aim to process 70% of applications within four weeks. However, applications could take much longer than this and applicants are told not to contact the Agency to enquire about an application unless 14 weeks have passed since the application was sent in. Applications for replacement travel documents can take a long time because the UK Border Agency may have to make extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the application.

Applications for children must be made on a separate form. Children under the age of 16 may apply for a children’s travel document which attracts a lower application fee.

A fee must be paid for all applications. The adult fee for a certificate of travel is £210 and the child fee is £130. For the three other travel documents the adult fee is £72 and the child fee is £46. In most cases the same fee will have to be paid in order to replace a lost or stolen travel document.

Convention Travel Document

This document is for use by UK residents who have official refugee status in accordance with the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. A UK resident who can show that they are in the UK with permission and have refugee status will almost certainly be provided with a Convention travel document unless to do so would pose a threat to national security in the UK.

Convention travel documents are valid for 10 years in the case of permanent residents and up to five years for temporary residents depending on the length of time they are permitted to stay in the UK.

Stateless Person’s Document

This document is for use by people who are officially recognised as stateless under the terms of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Applicants in this category will have to support their application with evidence confirming that they are stateless. A stateless person is someone who is recognised as not having the rights and obligations of a national of any country.

Stateless person’s documents are valid for 10 years when provided to permanent residents and up to five years in the case of temporary residents.

One-way Document

As its name suggests this document is only for use by people permanently leaving the UK and is only valid for one journey.

Certificate of Travel

The certificate of travel is the new name for the document previously known as a certificate of identity. This document is for use by UK residents who are neither refugees nor stateless but whose own countries have officially, and unreasonably, refused to provide them with a passport. Not all countries recognise certificates of travel and they cannot be used for travel to the holder’s own country.

Certificates of travel are usually valid for five years for permanent residents. For temporary residents the validity of the certificate of travel will match the length of time for which they have permission to remain in the UK.

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Hi.I lost convention travel document in uk can i report it online to home office?
Mori - 12-Jan-17 @ 5:17 PM
recently i got bio-metric and i want to travel to EU and which travel do I have to apply for? Is it Convention Travel Document? & thank you in advance! please reply
Lucky - 9-Jan-17 @ 4:17 PM
I have indefinite leave to remain that we got when me and my siblings came to reunite with my mum who was a refugee . I have a biometric card that I use as an ID , I was wondering if I can travel with it . If not which passport can I apply for and how much will it cost me. My siblings are all in university but struggling to get help from student finance as thier passports expired do they need a biometric card to apply for a travel document to use for ID .
Bee - 9-Jan-17 @ 2:28 PM
I have ( ILR ) refugee state and I applied for travel certificate but later I realised that I should applied for convention travel document . My question: Should I contact them or automatically convention travel document will be issued for me . Please anyone help
Taher - 11-Dec-16 @ 9:20 PM
I am travel documentholder. anybody know visa processing time for prement residency. (after 5 years). Is there any issue with srilanka!!!!
Raj - 10-Dec-16 @ 1:33 PM
Hi every one. actually me and my wife are refugee and we have permison leave to remain, our baby was born a few month ago and we decide to get travel document for him, but we don't have any information about how to get first baby taravel document and the cost of it. If any body have information about that please tell us . thanks
farshid - 7-Dec-16 @ 11:03 PM
Can you please tell me the list of visa free countries for refugee travel document holder.
Adi - 16-Nov-16 @ 7:32 PM
Hello Iam hopping to get some answers in regards to gaining a travel document.I have settlement biometric resistant card and I am an Iranian I have applyed for a travel document 2 times and was told that I would have to contact the embacy or Iran in London to get a passport from them I have since sent them emails and have not apples I called and they asked for ID card from Iran and I have lived here for over 10 years so I don't have any document from Iran at all and without having these documents they not able to issue me with anything. It the home office don't understand what can I do as I really want a travel document and meet all the criteria they ask for thanks
Abdullah - 10-Nov-16 @ 11:09 AM
Hi. I have obtained refugee convention travel documents. Can I visit abroad without visa? If yes, which countries can I visit apart from my home country. Thanks
Raj - 4-Nov-16 @ 11:19 PM
Sam - Your Question:
I apply for travel document and now it's more than 6 month and I didn't receive it I contact my solicter he says we can't do any thing what I should do now

Our Response:
According to gov.uk, the travel documents section (TDS) receives many applications from people who do not qualify for HOTDs. If an application falls outside the published policy, and there are no exceptional circumstances to allow TDS to issue an HOTD, TDS caseworkers will refuse the application. There is no right of appeal against the decision to refuse an HOTD application. An applicant or their representative can write to TDS to ask them to reconsider their case if they feel that TDS unfairly refused their application or did not consider it properly. TDS executive officers (EOs) usually consider reconsideration requests. However,TDS can only reconsider each refused application once. If an EO upholds the refusal decision, and the applicant still does not accept the refusal they must make a new application.
AboutImmigration - 31-Oct-16 @ 9:54 AM
I apply for travel document and now it's more than 6 month and I didn't receiveitI contact my solicterhe says we can't do any thing what I should do now
Sam - 30-Oct-16 @ 12:03 AM
Hi, I'm a British citizen, and live in London a year ago I met and Egyptian in Egypt, since then I've had our son, I want him to come over here so we can start our family, we are not married and I'm not on over 18,000 a year to qualify for him to come over on a spouse visa. What else can I do.
Jai - 25-Oct-16 @ 10:14 PM
Saman - Your Question:
Hi I was applied for cerficat travel decoment more then 3 months its over 70 working days anyone can give me contact numbers please?

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here, which should help.
AboutImmigration - 19-Oct-16 @ 11:22 AM
Hi I was applied for cerficat travel decoment more then 3 months its over 70 working days anyone can give me contact numbers please?
Saman - 18-Oct-16 @ 2:05 PM
hello, I have lodge an appeal for my flr(fp) since 10 months ago. we have not received any date because the court has a back log. can I apply to the home office after a year for a right to work
blessing - 17-Oct-16 @ 10:47 PM
Dears, I have been living in the UK about 5 years. I am still Asylum Seeker and I didn't get a decision by the Home Office yet. I need to visit my MOM because she is very ill and came to Germany for surgery operation. Kindly someone advise me please, what can I do? Regards,
Ahmad Anas Eva - 15-Oct-16 @ 11:24 PM
If I apply for travel document will I be able to travel to Israel ? Is it allowed to visit there?? Thank you
Jonas - 12-Oct-16 @ 12:50 AM
Hi. Can you advise what is the best approach. I have applied for my ILTR and completed by biometrics on the 13/09/2016. I am due to travel on the 28/10/16. What can I do to get my passport in time?
Ali - 23-Sep-16 @ 2:09 PM
hello pls I'm16 years old who is from somalia know I'm in kenya without parents or guidance I don't have any one to take care of me pls I'm dieing here I don't have anyone to take me to school pls pls pls I need help from people of england pls pls some days I don't have anything to eat some days I don't eat food for the whole day as I don't have anyone to take care of pls pls pls I need help from you people I'm dying here without parent pls pls before anything happen to me assist me you people of england please please and my contact is this +254701001500 please I need help
farhan - 22-Sep-16 @ 5:41 PM
Hi, I have been granted asylum and I wish to know how long it takes to be in possession of the BRP? Thanks. I had my biometrics taken already at the post office...
Delph - 2-Sep-16 @ 9:19 PM
I have a blue passport lookalike UKconvention Travel document just issued to me last month and i have 5 years stay in the uk, as a refuge resident. I want to visit Dubai coz my family lives there. I phoned UAE embassy they said a travel document isnt accepted in dubai, but Home office website says that this document is valid for travel to all countries. The UAE enquiry line didnt give much chance to explain my circumstnces. Should i return my TD and ask for my national passport back, coz atleqst then i can travel with a visa to see my family in Dubai. Or do yiu have soke advice for me? I dont wana be stuck in the UK for next 5 yrs and not see my family, coz my family isnt in a position to come visit me in the UK. Please help.
Jo12jo98 - 2-Sep-16 @ 4:43 PM
My husband and I both South African, have just received ILR and are due to do our UK born son's registration - we would like to travel to South Africa for a holiday and although our son has a South African passport, he has no UK visa. Is there a document which can be used for our son to re-enter the UK or will we need to wait until his UK passport application process is complete? Many thanks.
LF - 28-Aug-16 @ 4:35 PM
Hi everyone, I hope you can help me with this. I am writing to enquire regarding my fiancé's situation. He has had an ILR in the Uk for more than ten years, but he has only recently applied for Naturalisation. We have been advised that it may take more than a year since the Home office is overloaded with applications. HIS CONVENTION TRAVEL DOCUMENT IS EXPIRED. The question is can he issue another travel document or a temporary/ urgent one to travel with internationally while he waits for the decision on the application? We were going to renew his expired one before the naturalisation application but he was advised to go ahead and apply since his travel document renewal might be refused because he is eligible for naturalisation now. It's quite urgent as we're planning to get married abroad soon. Hope you can help, Thanks
S/A - 25-Aug-16 @ 9:19 AM
Hi everyone, hope you will be able to help. Do I need two references to apply for a Certificate of Travel?? Cause I had someone telling me only one professional person is enough.
Mskyande - 8-Aug-16 @ 10:15 PM
Hello, does anyone know if I need a visa to travel to Malta with Uk issued convention travel document
Marie - 5-Aug-16 @ 2:11 PM
A - Your Question:
Hi all,I need the number for UKBA travel documents section. Anyone help me please

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here which may be applicable.
AboutImmigration - 20-Jul-16 @ 2:59 PM
Hi all, I need the number for UKBA travel documents section. Anyone help me please
A - 20-Jul-16 @ 11:00 AM
Iapplied for my travel documents in 2014, so Isent my travel documents which were going to expire after 5 months, they didn't issue me the new one at that time. Now I applied again , UKBA is asking me for the expireone which I already submitted in 2014, if any one can help and advice me, I will really appreciate that. Thanks from all
A - 20-Jul-16 @ 10:58 AM
I applied for travel document 7 months ago ,, I haven't recieved any answer from the home office ,, I called them many times ,, They said : it's still under the process Are there any body to help ?
Eid - 13-Jul-16 @ 4:43 PM
How long is my travel document will be done
Yuzheng - 13-Jul-16 @ 1:37 PM
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