Latest Regional Passport Agency News

ROC nationals need two IDs to enter UN Geneva office: MOFA
Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) After protesting a denial of entry last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has received a positive response from the United Nations that any Republic of China national can visit the U.N.'s office in Geneva with two …
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Judge orders return of Yemeni immigrant's passport
However, U.S. Magistrate Jacqueline Corley ruled Tuesday that the statement from Omar appeared to be coerced and that the agency had produced no other evidence of any fraud. “The statement was made after he had been detained at the Embassy for …
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Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton
Sanders remains proud of his opposition to the Patriot Act–still supported by Clinton–which authorized mass surveillance by the National Security Agency. So why didn't he point out the hypocrisy of a Cabinet member not trusting the … And she again …
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Latest Obtaining A Passport News

Bail extended for Admiral Bailey
The entertainer, who was christened Glendon Bailey, was arrested and charged on February 23 with two counts of uttering forged documents, two counts of obtaining a passport by false pretence, two counts of possession of forged documents, and a count …
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Haiti – Social : The best and worst passports in Latin America…
For the region of Latin America, Argentina ranks first with a passport that allows travel in 150 countries at no additional procedures for obtaining a visa. Haiti occupies the last position in the region, with a passport that allows travel without a …

UAE firm offers Caribbean passports in return for Ajman villa sales
Such programmes are a draw for overseas investors who often need multiple forms of identification, such as a visa in addition to their home-country passport, to travel to certain parts of the world. Obtaining a Caribbean passport allows them to travel …

Latest Renew Passport Online News

Lack of computer literacy seems to be a stumbling block
“In addition, you will have to return to the department the next day to collect the worker's passport. If you renew online, MyEG delivers the documents to your address,” he said. He added that MyEG had enabled him to bypass runners, who usually charged …
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Senator BLOCKS Ted Cruz bill to seize passports from ISIS fighters who return

Senator BLOCKS Ted Cruz bill to seize passports from ISIS fighters who return
Democrat Mazie Hirono, a freshman senator from Hawaii, objected on the Senate floor when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fast-track his 'Expatriate Terrorists Act.' Cruz bypassed the Senate's committee process in order to rush the …
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DFW becomes only US airport to offer all expedited customs clearance
The programmes implemented by the airport are CBP's global entry-trusted programme, which gives pre-approved passengers the ability to avoid traditional passport lines and paper customs declaration forms while re-entering the country through the airport.
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Applying for a Return Visa

If you are a US Legal permanent resident or a Conditional resident, you are allowed to travel abroad and stay there for a short period of time. However, if you were absent from the US for more than a year, or stayed more than the time allowed on your Re-entry Permit, you have to get a new immigrant visa to enter the US to continue your permanent residence status. If you are carrying a green card and had to stay abroad because of compelling and unavoidable circumstances beyond your control, you can get a Returning resident special immigrant visa that will allow you to get back to the US. If you cannot return to the US within the two-year validity of a Re-entry Permit, you can still get a return visa. Applications for a returning resident (SB-1) visa has to be filed with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Once your return visa application is approved, it is not necessary for an immigrant visa petition to be filed for you. You have to attend interviews and should be able to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa. Not to forget having a medical examination. There is a fee for both visa processing and for medical test. If you are serving the US Armed Forces or a civilian employee of the US Government staying overseas on official purposes, your spouse and child/ren can use their green card to enter the US even if it has expired. It is not necessary for them to apply for a return visa (SB-1) as long as they have not abandoned their permanent resident status.

You should prove that you were in lawful permanent resident status when you left the US and came out with the intention of returning and have no intention of abandoning your status. You should also have strong evidence that your visit was a temporary one and if the stay abroad was extended, it was only because of inevitable situations not under your control for which you were not responsible.

File a completed Form DS-117 (Application to establish Returning Resident Status) at the US Embassy or Consulate. You will be required to submit your Permanent Resident Card and Re-entry Permit (if available) and other supporting documents. After reviewing your application and supporting documents, the Consular Officer will verify if you meet the criteria reserved for SB-1 status and if he approves, you must qualify for an immigrant visa in all other aspects to get a SB-1 visa.

The US Consulate will give you all details regarding further processing of your SB-1 visa and processing differs from each Embassy or Consulate. If the consular officer finds you have abandoned your residence in the US, it may or may not be possible for you to get a non immigrant visa depending on whether you have established a residence in a foreign country.

Qualifying for a return visa is a bit complicated. If you cannot show convincing evidence of compelling ties abroad, you will be left with the only option of applying for an immigrant visa on the same basis and under the same category through which you entered the US earlier.

'No good reason to wait' for return to 10-year passport

'No good reason to wait' for return to 10-year passport
A parliamentary select committee has recommended a return to 10-year passports. New Zealand changed to five-year passports following the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York. New Zealand First has led the call for a cut in passport fees ( 8 April …
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Journalists continue to seek justice, 30 years after the La Penca bombing
Stephen Kinzer, New York Times bureau chief in Managua at the time explains Pastora had fallen out of favor with the CIA, which was funding operations to overthrow the leftist Sandinista-led government. “The CIA was eagerly … A separate investigation …
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Travel tips for a stellar summer vacation
Even without venturing overseas, closer to home hot spots like New York City, Las Vegas and Disney World also report booked-solid hotels and sold-out attractions. “Plan early is my number one tip to … But savings opportunities are still an option …

For Palestine, a Final May Be Just the Start
Because his mother held a United States passport, the family managed to emigrate. “We left … A version of this article appears in print on May 30, 2014, on page B10 of the New York edition with the headline: For Palestine, a Final May Be Just the Start.
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Wife sent Taglianetti text pleading for him to return home

Wife sent Taglianetti text pleading for him to return home
In other testimony Wednesday, James Hickey, a postal clerk from Virginia, testified that he took a passport application from Taglianetti on Monday, Sept. 24. His passport application listed plans to travel to Israel. The clerk testified that the …
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Saudi plans crackdown when visa amnesty ends
Mohammed Al Turkawi, a Syrian activist and former member of the Syrian Coalition Party who lives in Jeddah, told Arab News the Syrian Consulate had refused to renew passports of Syrians who were wanted by security agencies in Syria.
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Parents' legal mess in UAE puts children in trouble
If she does not submit a copy of her renewed visa to her school by November, she would not be promoted to the next grade, or worse, expelled from school. … “I have a paper from the court that states my passport in in their custody as a condition for …