Cuban travel in record numbers a year into reform

Cuban travel in record numbers a year into reform
13, 2014, Berta Soler, leader of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White, poses with her passport outside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, to apply for a U.S. travel visa in Havana, Cuba. Cubans are taking advantage of a travel reform that …
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Extra costs factor into study abroad
Although the process of obtaining appropriate documentation and traveling to unknown places may seem intimidating, students can find information on how to apply for a passport on the U of M's study abroad homepage. Passport applications are also …
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MEPs to slam Malta's plan for EU passports
Even Cyprus, a country that has often attracted investors with the promise of an EU passport, refused Aliyev's request for the document. Aliyev went through great trouble to apply for a Cypriot citizenship, investing millions of euros in real estate there.
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Case of overstaying after expiry of i-94
Under 8 CFR 214.1(a) (3) (i), any foreign national who applies for admission to the U.S. must present a valid passport and valid nonimmigrant visa unless either or both documents have been waived. The foreign national's passport must be valid for a …

What triggers a terrorism arrest?
In fact it has been so easy to buy a cheap plane ticket to Turkey, then cross the porous border, where the Syrian authorities have lost control of key checkpoints and where no visa or passport stamp is involved, that an estimated 1,300 European …
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Federal Indictments
Individual Indicted for False Passport Application Jorge Alberto Ramirez-Ramirez was changed in a single-count indictment with making a false statement in an application for a passport, in violation of 18 United StatesC. § 1542. The maximum penalty …
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Software cuts down time needed for police verification of passports
The Kothrud, Chatushrungi, Yerawada, Warje, Vishrantwadi, Vimannagar and Khadak police stations that have bought the software are making use of it to cut down time spent on every application and reduce the physical effort required in locating the …
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Parcel couriers vs standard postal service

It can be a tough choice when deciding which delivery company to use when sending off a parcel, the Post Office was always the service that everyone looked to and trusted to make sure there delivery arrived reliably and safely, however with a recent decrease of post offices within the country and the unreliability of the standard postal service, the number of people opting for online couriers has increased.

There are many benefits of using parcel couriers; first of all you miss out on those exceedingly long and annoying queues at the local post office, waiting to be called to get your package weighed. With online parcel couriers your parcel is collected straight from your front door, at a time and date arranged by you, this makes the hassle of sending off your packages as stress free as possible, and It makes your day to day life so much easier and simple as you don’t have to worry about what time the post office is open to get your package sent on time.

With parcel delivery companies you can even get your parcel collected from your work address to make it as uncomplicated and stress free as possible. Parcel couriers can also offer collection in the same day if arranged early enough and get it to arrive at its destination the following day. With the advancements in parcel companies, online commerce and online shopping has benefitted greatly as it is now simple and more reliable to get things delivered, it has also made keeping in touch with friends and loved ones a lot easier, as it’s effortless to send them packages or gifts all around the world.

Another benefit of using parcel companies is that you can arrange everything from the comfort of your home computer, so you can sit back relax and let the courier do the hard work for you, and if you still need ease of mind that your package is going to arrive safely and on time you can even track your parcel once it has been collected to see exactly at what stage of the delivery process it is, this can set your mind at ease that your package will arrive safely and on time.

So you can sit back relax and let the courier do everything.

Using online parcel services is easy and there are many sites offering cheap quotes. With parcel courier services you can include insurance, which will give that added relief that even if your package gets damaged or lost, you can claim for full refund for the cost of the item.

With a range of cheap parcel delivery services make sure the Ireland parcel delivery you choose is the best one for you.

India says no US standoff as diplomat returns home

India says no US standoff as diplomat returns home
The U.S. charges against Khobragade will remain pending until she can be brought to court, either through a waiver of immunity or her return to the U.S. without immunity status, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. U.S. prosecutors …

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The Little Engine That Couldn't
13, gingerly providing private information like my real name, my U.S. passport number, and my birth date. CAPTCHA codes are designed to be particularly wiggly on in order thwart scalping software, but I managed to find a legible one after 14 …
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Where to Find a US Passport Office and How to Apply For a US Passport

US passport offices are places you’ve very likely passed by many times, even spent time in, without realizing it. Passport offices, also known as passport processing centers, are designed by the United States Department of State. There are approximately 8,000 throughout the U.S. 

The most commonly known passport offices are the U.S. Post Office, your local library or any number of government agency buildings in your city or town. These designated agencies are allowed to accept passport applications, which must be presented in person in order to obtain a first time passport.  If you’re looking for a passport office, then you’ve probably decided you need a passport and are finding out what’s involved. 

The passport application process can be a bit intimidating, but once you understand what’s needed, it gets easier to understand. First thing is to find that original copy of your Birth Certificate. It has to be original and certified, with that raised seal. Naturalization Certificates or Certificates of Citizenship also are accepted and also must be original. 

Next is the actual application form, called DS-11 “Application for a U.S. Passport”. This is available at any passport office, and can also be downloaded from the United States Department of State website. This form is the key to getting a passport, so fill it out carefully, black ink only and don’t cross out or write over any mistakes, or it will be rejected. It has to be signed in the presence of a passport official, so resist adding your signature until you get to the passport office. 

You’ll also need two passport photos, which have to be 2×2 inches in size and meet strict setting standards. Most passport offices also take passport photos, especially post offices, so pick an office that can take pictures for you. Prices for photos run around $ 10.00 to $ 20.00, but ask to be sure. 

Speaking of price, fees for first time passport applicants are running at this writing about $ 100.00 which is the estimation of the combined fees for the State Department and passport processing office. You’ll also want to buy a strong and durable mailing envelope and send your application by a traceable method, such as certified.  

After everything has been mailed in, it’s about a 3 to 4 week wait if all goes well. Once you receive your passport, you’ll be good for 10 years. Keep it somewhere safe until you’re ready for that next travel adventure. 

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways