Saudi Press Roundup — 16 February 2014
In fact women are seeking more such initiatives in order to help them applying for their passports, get travel permission without the interference of others, especially for women who have crossed their 30s, and those who don't have male guardians and … Read more on Arab News
(A UK investor visa requires an initial investment of £1 million for a stay of three years and four months; holders can go on to apply for UK citizenship through normal channels.) … The second passport business tends to attract people with strong … Read more on London Review of Books (subscription)
US Customs: Minnesotans can now apply for driver's licenses used to cross border
St. Paul, MN – Minnesota has joined four other border states in offering its residents enhanced drivers's licenses that can be used as passports for crossing U.S. borders, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said today. By: Forum News Service, Ryan … Read more on WDAZ
Simon Cowell tweets first pictures of baby Eric cuddling his parents
Lauren will apply for a passport for Eric but Simon has vowed his son will have dual US and UK citizenship. On Saturday Simon's former girlfriend Sinitta, who is tipped to be Eric's godmotherr, – tweeted a snap of what Baby Cowell might look like … Read more on Emag.co.uk
Yemeni-Americans cry foul over passport revocations
So it was into the walled and heavily guarded U.S. embassy in Sana'a that Hussein walked with his family in 2012 to apply for his son's passport. Once inside, embassy employees separated Hussein from his family and took him to a small, windowless room, … Read more on Al Jazeera America
How To Get a Passport: U.S. Citizens' Guide To Out Of States Travel
To get a passport for the first time, you must be an American citizen and over the age of 16. To apply for your passport, you must go to http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html and follow steps 1-7. You need to apply for the passport … Read more on TravelersToday
Passports: County clerk's office does those, too
For example, Golden said a family came in to apply for passports for a trip planned for March. Their applications were filled out beforehand, they brought all the necessary documents and even photos of their own. When the photos didn't meet the … Read more on Midland Daily News
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.
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Before you book your next international trip, do yourself a favor and check the expiration date on your passport. US passports are valid for 10 years when issued to adults, but it’s astonishing how quickly that time can fly by. If your passport expires in the next 9 months, you should go ahead and renew it now. Many countries have a “six-month rule,” requiring that your passport be valid for 6 months or longer in order for them to let you in their country. So just because your passport is still technically valid, that doesn’t mean you can necessarily travel with it.
When it comes time to renew, you can take comfort in the fact that you will more than likely be able to avoid a visit to the passport office. As long as all of the statements below apply to you, you can get your passport renewal through the mail, with no need to appear in person:
Your current passport has not been lost, stolen or damaged.
The issue date on your current passport is less than 15 years ago.
You received your current passport after you turned 16.
If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you can document the name change request with a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.
How to Apply by Mail
To apply for your renewal by mail, first fill out passport renewal application form DS-82. Send it in to the address listed on the form, along with your current passport, a check or money order to pay the renewal fees, and the appropriate legal documents to corroborate your name change request, if applicable.
Passport Renewal Fees
Renewal costs depend on whether you want just a passport book, a passport card, or both.
The wallet-sized passport card is a relatively new option. While it’s the cheapest choice at $ 30, it’s only valid for land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. You can’t use it for international air travel at all. A passport book is $ 110, and if you want both, it’ll cost you $ 140.
Once you apply, you’ll wait about 6 weeks if you chose regular processing and about 3 weeks if you chose expedited processing, which is an additional $ 60 charge. If you need to get a passport renewal at the last minute, the Department of State has set up 24 regional passport agency offices across the country where you can do so. You must make an appointment and bring a copy of your itinerary in addition to the documents listed above. You can also use a private passport expediting company to deliver your application to the Department of State on your behalf.
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.
Passport approvals day and night
Those wanting to apply for passports may do so at the Urban Transformation Centre as the Immigration Office at the Federal Government Office Block B would be closed on Saturdays and Sundays, said Sabah Immigration Department Director Noor Alam … Read more on Daily Express
Avoid long lines; Pick up your passport now for holiday travel
Now is the time to apply for a passport book or card or bring your current one up-to-date. The County offers walk-in passport services at the County Administration Center downtown at 1600 Pacific Highway in Room 402. You can apply for a passport book … Read more on ScoopSanDiego.com
When getting an Australian passport becomes a kafkaesque nightmare
A couple of years back I tried to apply for a passport,and was stalled because my mother, a permanent resident at the time of my birth, only became a citizen a few weeks after it. The justification I was given was that she may have been here illegally … Read more on The Guardian
When issued to an adult over the age of 16, a US passport is valid for 10 years. However, that doesn’t mean that you can wait an entire decade to renew it. In fact, many countries will not let you enter or approve your visa application if you have less than 6 months remaining before your passport expires.
So, when should you apply for your US passport renewal? The Department of State recommends that you send your application in at least 9 months before your passport is due to expire. You can find both the issue date and the expiration date on the second page of your passport, right next to your photo.
Since passport processing usually takes 6 weeks and can sometimes take longer if the Department of State is busy or there is a problem with your application, applying for your US passport renewal 9 months in advance gives you plenty of time to get your new passport without paying extra to expedite it.
Also, keep in mind that passports issued to children aged 15 and under are only valid for 5 years after the issue date. So, if you have a young child, his or her passport will expire before yours does, even if you applied for passports on the same day.
If you’ve waited until the last minute to apply for your US passport renewal, you have a couple of different options that will allow you to get your passport in time.
If you are planning to travel but you still have 3 weeks or longer before your trip, you can simply pay an additional $ 60 to expedite your application, plus fees for overnight delivery to and from the passport office. If you have 14 days or less to go, you can make an appointment to apply for your renewal in person at a Regional Passport Agency office.
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.
'Passport for sale' plan raises concern among EU members
Perhaps the closest comparison with Malta's plan – which awards buyers an EU passport as soon as their application has been approved – can be found in Cyprus, which operates a direct citizenship-by-investment scheme. Introduced this year, it … But … Read more on Financial Times
Best new airport amenities in 2013
U.S. citizens can use these machines – for free – to scan their passports, answer customs declarations questions and cut short the time they need to spend in conversation with a customs officer. The first machines were installed in May at Vancouver … Read more on USA TODAY
Man sentenced to prison in passport fraud case
After that, he used the Iowa identification card and the birth certificate to apply for a U.S. passport in Waterloo. When State Department officials became suspicious and began to investigate the application, he gave them a fake name and date of birth … Read more on Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Apply for your travel passports
The U.S. Department of State offers expedited passport services to U.S. citizens throughout the year. This winter we remind citizens planning international travel of their expedited service options, including families going on vacations for the … Read more on Deming Headlight
Pay a fee to skip the passport queue, under new Home Office plans
“Fees for some premium services will be charged to the airline or port rather than directly to the travellers, although the airline or port may decide to pass on some, or all, of the cost of those services to travellers.” A Home Office spokesman said … Read more on Telegraph.co.uk
Passport application service offered Dec. 28
Passports available include The Passport Book, which is valid for travel by air, sea and land, and The Passport Card, which is wallet size and cannot be used for air travel but is valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S., Canada, Mexico … Read more on Review Times
Enter On-Site's "Resident Passport Ticket to Win" Sweepstakes
"We see Resident Passport as an all-access pass to trouble-free apartment living. It's now easier than ever to pay rent, submit a work order and renew a lease online,” said Summer Palma, marketing manager at On-Site. “We're excited about this extension … Read more on PR Web (press release)
Brittany Murphy's Father Thinks Government Spies Killed Actress; Mother-In-Law …
“Simon did say he was under surveillance. He was detained by the American government because his passport had run out. He said he was followed and beaten up and he was detained for nine days. “Brittany got him out eventually, but from then on they felt … Read more on Radar Online