I submitted an application for UK Permanent Residence as a single EU citizen living and working in UK for more than 5 years. According to Royal Mail tracking, my application has been delivered to Home Office on 19/12/2016. The fee has been deducted from my bank account, so my application is processed. I just didn't receive any confirmation letter from them; shouldn't they have sent it?

My main concern is that I'm due to have a holiday abroad in 27/02/2017 and I would need my passport back as I already bought the plane ticket and I booked the hotel room. Is any chance for my application to be finished by then, or at least to get my passport back?

How can I contact them in order to request my passport back? I thought they make copies of my proof documents and that they send back the originals within 15-20 days, but one month has already passed and nothing has happened.

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    Apparently there is a huge backlog in these applications because of huge post-Brexit volume; I do not, however, know the answer to your question.
    – phoog
    Jan 23, 2017 at 17:04
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    It might be helpful for the OP to report the result. Aug 31, 2017 at 14:13

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You are able to have your documents returned to you (emphasis mine).

Get your visa, immigration or citizenship documents back

You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve sent them with your application but need them urgently.

How you do this depends on whether you applied in the UK or not, and what type of application you’ve made.

You might have to cancel your application - you’ll be told if you have to do this when you ask for your documents back.

If you applied in the UK

Complete the online form to get your documents returned.

You can’t use this form if you’ve applied for asylum or your application has been refused.

You’ll usually get your documents back within 10 working days.

You can get your documents back quicker if you ask for a faster decision on your application. This costs £400, in addition to the application fee you’ve already paid.

  • Thank you Dorothy for your answer (and editing), I applied in the UK so I could use the online form you have sent it, hopefully it will work successfully, I don't want to cancel my application.
    – Zoli
    Jan 24, 2017 at 21:29
  • You're quite welcome; be cautious; as you say, you don't want to cancel the application. Also, you can select the tick mark to accept the answer; thx.
    – Giorgio
    Jan 24, 2017 at 21:33

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