Indians overseas upset over government proposal to scrap PIO & OCI cards

Indians overseas upset over government proposal to scrap PIO & OCI cards
While a PIO card applicant has to be a person of Indian origin who is a citizen of any country, other than Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, China and Nepal; or a person who has held an Indian passport at any time or is the spouse …
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Chiang Rai residents seek passport issuing venues
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Britain likely to hike visa fee from next month
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Longtime Fairbanks couples ride the Canal du Midi

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When they arrived in Seattle's SeaTac Airport for their flight to France, they were told Tim didn't have enough time left on his passport to make the trip and he couldn't board the plane. Luckily, rush same-day passport renewal services are available …
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CORNBREAD AND BUTTERMILK: Nebraska beats Georgia, but a circle is closed
Now, I go back to complete the circle, renewing old acquaintances and even making acquaintances of those I don't remember but must have known. Dick and I have … It was like arriving in Jacksonville, expecting to spend the night, only to find that …
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Comey: Intel review group wrong on court approval for national security letters
U.S. officials were faulted for interviewing Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, then failing to follow up on Russian requests that they investigate him further before the attack. U.S. officials argued that when they … “It was going on before …
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Uri Dromi: Israel is the UN's punching bag

Uri Dromi: Israel is the UN's punching bag
When I was asked by the officer at the passport control at Newark, N.J., airport what was the purpose of my visit, being an Israeli and jet-legged, I mispronounced that long title, which almost got me into trouble. … democratic Israel was in the best …
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North Central College hosts annual International Festival Feb. 9
Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for the opening international flag ceremony with North Central College President Troy D. Hammond and U.S. Rep. … The community groups sponsoring the booths are AFS Greater Chicago, Cambridge-Green Planet, Chicago Passport …
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In Yemen, US Embassy confiscating some passports, ACLU warns
“Increasingly, individuals, especially of Yemeni origin, report that officials at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa have revoked and taken away their U.S. passports,” the advisory said, “sometimes pressuring them to sign confessions they do not understand …
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Winter Olympics: Fear and Hope Abound in Sochi

Winter Olympics: Fear and Hope Abound in Sochi
After passing though passport control we were met by the young volunteer faces of Russia. They welcomed us to Sochi in English and told us they are proud we are here. Hope is written all over them. They have come from every region of Russia, from …
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Two employees at Passport Office arrested over 'irregularities'
GARDAI this evening have arrested two people as part of an investigation into irregularities at the passport office. …. long' affair with Bill Clinton. ACTRESS Liz Hurley has denied media reports she had a year long affair with former US President …
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Get Your Passport Application Ready: September 17 is Passport Day

Have you been meaning to apply for a new passport but been stymied by your local passport office’s inconvenient operating hours? Get your birth certificate and your black ink pen ready: next month, passport agencies and post offices across the country will be celebrating Passport Day in the USA by accepting passport applications on September 17, 2011.

 

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself “So what? Isn’t that what passport offices are supposed to do? What’s the big deal?” Go check your calendar, though, and you’ll see that September 17th is a Saturday. All passport agency offices, which are operated by the Department of State, are generally closed on Saturday, while most post offices have limited Saturday hours and may not be available to accept passport applications.

 

During Passport Day in the USA, it’s much easier for people who work during normal business hours to turn in their passport applications. It’s also an excellent opportunity for parents of children under the age of 16, since both parents need to be at the passport office to give permission for the child to be issued a passport.

 

All twenty-four regional passport agency offices will be open on September 17th to participate. These offices are usually reserved for emergency passport applications only, for US citizens who need a passport for travel within the next two weeks. They are also usually appointment-only. However, for Passport Day, these requirements will be waived. Anyone can apply, whether they have upcoming travel plans or not, and no appointment will be needed. However, the standard processing times of six weeks for regular processing and three weeks for expedited processing will apply to all applications submitted on Passport Day.

If you need an emergency passport, you must make an appointment and apply during the week.

 

In addition, many local passport acceptance facilities, like post offices, libraries and court clerks, will offer extended hours for the holiday as well. To find the nearest participating location where you can submit your passport application, check the Department of State’s website. Also, be sure to research the process of applying for a passport thoroughly beforehand so that you know what documents you need to have, how much money you’ll need and what payment methods are acceptable. Call the National Passport Center at 1-877-487-2778 for clarification if you have any questions. The passport office can’t help you if you don’t have the right documentation!

 

 

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry. 

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