Wonder if any of you who have had to renew have come accross a similar problem. I did not renew our passports in the uk as worried about losing visa stamp etc - silly I know in hindsight. I have printed off the form for both mine and my daughters renewal passport and when reading the supporting information notice that the countersignature has to be a british national we have knownfor 2 years who is a lawyer, doctor, teacher etc - if not a british national an australian citizen of a similar standing. The only people we know (as we have only been here 3 months) have been here 5 years but do not hold such qualifications. He owns a business and his qualification is in the building trade. I have been back on the website and very helpfully there is no way of enquiring about this except via telephone. The telephone line is charged at either $3 per minute for the info line or a flat fee of $9 if you call the passport enquiry line. Just thought before I hang on the line for ages and rack up a huge bill someone might be able to help. I know a teacher here, but have only known her for 2 months and I don't think she would be prepared to say she had know me for longer- not that I want to do that as they probably check up. Considering all the identification processes you go through to get the visa stamp you would think renewing the passport would be easy!
We aren't planning on going back to visit yet but want to make sure we have passports valid incase something happens in the uk that means we have to return.
Would be grateful for any help in this.