Registering for British citizenship by descent: do they return the documents? Also: cutting a check in foreign currency?
(Yeah, this is about an obscure a question as you can get. Perfect for AskMeFi.)
I'm planning to file the paperwork to register as a (dual with my U.S. birth citizenship) British citizen by descent via my mother, under this law
This process has come
here, but nobody seems to have said what actually happens after you file. Can someone with experience in the process tell me?
Particularly: do they return your documents? The application requires one to send in originals of one's passport (presumably, the passport from one's birth country), as well as one's mother's birth certificate and an expired passport for her. All of those documents are obnoxious to replace, and I'd really like to get them back.
If so, how long does it take them to return the documents? Does it take until the application is processed? (How long is that, anyway?)
Relatedly, does anyone know how I actually get a check cut in pounds from the U.S.? I'd like to purchase pounds now (while the exchange rate is relatively favorable) and then cut the check in a couple months when I get around to filing. My credit union doesn't do foreign currency trades. Can I just get pounds in cash, and then take them to a bank to have them cut a check in pounds at some point in the future?