I have a job interview next month but they need to see either my passport or a full birth certificate to confirm eligibility to work in the UK. I don't have these things. My passport was stolen and I haven't replaced it so all I have is my old one in my maiden name with the corners cut off. Is this good enough to prove anything or will I have to fork out the £100 for a quickie new one? I looked into getting a birth certificate instead but it won't arrive in time.
Phone them and explain, many places would give you an offer that is conditional on you proving your eligibility to work in the UK before starting so that would buy you some time. Maybe offer your last P60 in the mean time?
The expired one should be fine for the moment until you can get a new one. I ask people to provide them when they start in my office and I'll accept an expired one on the proviso that an up date one will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.
Do you have a driving licence? It says country of birth on line 3 on the card, so you could supply that too as a back up.
The interview is on the 19th. The birth certificate thing is odd too. I have had two different ones and I'm not sure how to do the application. The one issued at birth was in my mum's maiden name (I've not actually seen this one but my mum thinks she shouldn't still have a copy) and then there's the one from when my parents married a few years later. I have a short copy of that but I need a full one. I don't know which surname or year to put in to request a new certificate.
I do have a driving licence but it's not on the list of acceptable items that they gave me unfortunately. I think I'll have to ask them about using the expired one with my marriage certificate as proof of name change. I need a new passport at some point anyway I just don't want to have to pay for the premium service.