I am advised by the Passport Service that the application referred to was registered with the Passport Service on 5 June this year.
All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act, 2008 (“The Act”). Section 14 of the Act provides, among other things, that for a passport to issue to a child under 18 years of age, the consent of all the child’s guardians must be received by the Passport Service.
Passport applications for children have specific witnessing requirements in respect of establishing the child applicant’s identity and establishing that consent for the issuance of a passport from all the child’s guardians has been granted.
I am advised by the Passport Service that staff at the Embassy through which the application was originally lodged have been in contact with the applicant’s guardians in order clarify the witnessing requirements for their child’s application.
I am further advised that the applicant’s guardians are required to submit original supporting documents in respect of their child’s application. Embassy staff have been in contact with the applicant’s guardians in order to confirm what documents are required for the application to be processed.