I am asking this on behalf of my wife who is an Uzbek citizen. She has the old non biometric passport which is valid for many more years. Her OVIR visa expired a few months ago. She wants to visit Tashkent in the next few months for just a couple of weeks, or however long it takes to renew the OVIR. I have done some online searching and have found some information, but we need to know if there will be any problems with her using the old passport to leave Tashkent. I understand that renewing it and then getting the OVIR could take weeks or even months. What I have seen online says that the old passport will be valid until the end of 2015, but it is not clear if it is valid for international travel. So my questions are:
1. Will she be able to leave Uzbekistan with the old type of passport and a renewed OVIR?
2. How long does it currently take to renew a passport.
3. The UK embassy web site says that they do not issue passports, but they will announce when they will start. That implies she could renew in the UK. Any more information on that?
4. Is there anyway for her to retain the old (cancelled) passport if she renews it? It will contain visas that she needs.
Thanks to the experts here for any help.