U.S. Passports – uscitizenship https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles Just another WordPress site Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:41:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 What You Need to Know About a US Passport Card? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-us-passport-card/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-us-passport-card/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:43:23 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=1160 US passportCitizens of the United States, who look forward to travel to and return from the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and Bermuda, may obtain US passport cards. US citizens may not use passport cards to travel by air and US passport cards may be used only to travel by sea or land. This card is small and not as costly as the US passport book. However, US citizens who seek to travel to those places by air will have to obtain US passport books.

File Form DS-82 to Obtain a US Passport Card

Native US citizens and people who obtained US citizenship, through naturalization, can apply for US passport cards. You will have to go directly in person, to a passport agency to apply for a passport card, if you are applying for the card for the first time. Copies of your US citizenship, birth or naturalization certificates and passport style photos, must accompany your application.

If you already hold a US passport book, you may file an application for a passport card by mail. Similarly, you may file Form DS-82, to renew your US passport, while applying for a passport card. Remember that people who do not have US passport books and who are ineligible to file Form DS-82, by mail, will have to file Form DS-11, in person, to obtain US passport cards.

Validity of US Passport Cards

Similar to the US passport books, US passport cards issued to adults are valid for a ten-year period and the cards issued to children of age 16 and less, are valid for five years. You need to pay $55, if you are filing an application for a US passport card for the first time and $30, if you already hold a US passport. While applying for passport cards for minors, an application fee of $40, must be paid.

Purpose of US Passport Cards

These US passport cards, can be used by the US citizens, as a proof of US citizenship. These cards are beneficial for people who travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, more often. People who hold US passport books may apply for passport renewal and US passport cards at the same time, by filing Form DS-82, by mail.

These cards issued by the US Department of State, contain electronic chips and those chips do not contain your personal information. These chips will only allow the CBP officers to obtain information about you, stored in government databases. Moreover, you need to remember that you cannot use passport cards to travel by air and to travel to other foreign countries. You will have to apply for and obtain US passport books to travel to other countries and to travel by air.

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How Do I Renew My Expired US Passport? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-do-i-renew-my-expired-us-passport/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-do-i-renew-my-expired-us-passport/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:27:35 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=1143 Native Americans and people who obtain US citizenship through naturalization are both eligible for US passports. If you are a US citizen above age 16, you will be issued a US passport valid for ten years and children below age 16, will be granted US passports valid for five years. You will have to renew your passport, if you find that your passport is going to expire. To renew your passport, you need to file Form DS-82, Application for a US Passport by Mail. You may apply for passport renewal by mail and you need not go to a passport agency, to apply for renewal. Though it is possible to renew your passport in person, it is more easier to renew it by mail as your US passport will be mailed to you, after your application for renewal is approved. But remember that you may not be able to travel abroad if your passport expires and it is mandatory to renew your passport before it could expire.

US Passport Renewal by Mail

Applying for passport renewal by mail is an easy process. You can go for passport renewal by mail if your existing US passport is not damaged and if you can attach it with your passport renewal application. You can renew your passport that was issued when you were a minor or if it was granted to you before 15 years.

You can download Form DS-82 and complete it by hand or you can also choose to fill out the online form and then print it. Similarly, you can also get blank passport renewal forms from the local passport agencies or acceptance facilities. You will have to send two passport style photographs along with your passport renewal application and make sure that you submit photographs according to the specifications.

You need to mail the completely filled Form DS-82 along with your expired passport, passport photographs and the required fees. If your name has been changed legally, you will have to attach copies of the court order or your marriage certificate, to prove that you had legally changed your name. You will have to mail the application package to the right filing address and you can find the filing address in the form instructions.

Applying for US Passport Renewal in Person

You can visit a passport agency or an acceptance facility and obtain Form DS-11 or you can download it from the website. You need to complete the form and remember that you must sign the form only at the time of filing it. You must submit few supporting documents and proof of US citizenship, such as your birth certificate, US citizenship certificate, naturalization certificate or your United States driver’s license, along with your application. You will have to take with you, your original documents and copies of the original documents, while you go to the passport acceptance agency, to file your passport renewal application.

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What You Need to Know About a US Passport ? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-us-passport/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-us-passport/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:55:41 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=1073 United States passports are granted only to the citizens of the United States, by the US Department of State. A US citizen who seeks to travel abroad must hold a valid US passport and this US passport is also an international identification document.

Applying for a US Passport

If you are a native US citizen or if you had become a naturalized US citizen, you may file Form DS-11, Application for a US passport, to get a US passport. You will have to complete the application by hand and submit your application along with the required fees to the acceptance agent. You will have to submit few documents along with your application to prove that you are a US citizen. You may submit copies of your birth certificate, if you were born in the United States or your certificate of naturalization, if you had obtained US citizenship through naturalization. You will also be required to present copies of your driver’s license, government ID or your military ID. You must pay the current passport fees and submit a passport style photograph, along with your passport application.

Lost or Stolen Passport

You will have to report using Form DS-64, Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport, if you had misplaced your US passport or if it was stolen. Similarly to replace your passport, you will have to go to a passport agency and submit the completely filled Form DS-11, Application for a US Passport and Form DS-64, Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport. Your lost passport will be considered invalid, as soon as you report the loss of your passport. You will then be granted a new passport.

Passports for Children

If you wish to travel abroad with your child below age 16, you will have to obtain a US passport for your child. To apply for a US passport for your child, you and your spouse along with your child must go in person to the passport agency and file Form DS-11, Application for a US Passport. Evidence of US citizenship and relationship must be submitted along with the application for a US passport.

US Passport Renewal

You may renew your US passport by mail, if your passport is in good condition and if you can send it by mail along with your passport renewal application. You can apply for passport renewal by mail if you had obtained your passport when you were a minor or if your passport is more than 15 years old. If you are applying for renewal for some other reason, you will have to go in person to file an application to renew your US passport.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the US Passport https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-us-passport/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-us-passport/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:33:45 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/ US PassportWhat is a US Passport?

A US passport is an international photo identity travel document which is granted to US citizens and non-US citizens who have become citizens of the United States through naturalization. A US passport holder is allowed to travel outside the United States and will also be protected by the US government while traveling outside the United States. US passports are issued to the US citizens by the US Department of State. A US passport which is issued to an individual is the property of the American government.

Why should I hold a valid US passport?

If you are a US citizen, you can apply for and get a US passport. You must hold a valid US passport while you travel outside the United States and while you re-enter the United States from abroad. You must carry with you this identification document while you travel to foreign countries.

How do I obtain an application for a US passport?

You can download an application for a US passport online. Paper version of the application forms are available in local post offices and municipal offices.

What is the validity period of my US passport?

A US passport is commonly issued with a validity period of ten years. If you were below the age of 15, at the time of obtaining a US passport, your passport will be valid for five years.

When should I file an application to renew my passport?

You must renew your passport nine months before its date of expiration. Make sure that you hold a valid passport while you travel abroad, as many countries require you to travel with a US passport that is valid for at least six months. You can also apply to renew your expired passport by mail.

What to I do if my passport is damaged?

You must apply for a new passport, if your existing passport is damaged. While applying to replace your damaged passport, you must submit your damaged passport, and Form DS-11 along with citizenship documents such as your birth or naturalization certificates.

What is an Electronic or E-Passport?

An E-passport is similar to a traditional passport. It varies from a traditional passport in that its back cover contains a small chip. That integrated circuit contains all the details about the passport holder, displayed on the passport, a biometric identifier, a specific chip identification number and a digital signature.

What is the general processing time for a US passport?

Processing times vary and the routine applications are processed within 4-6 weeks from the date of the application. Requests for expedited services are being processed within 2 -3 weeks. Similarly, the fee also varies based on the type of passport you require.

How do I apply for a name change on my US passport due to marriage or divorce?

To change your name or other data on your passport, you must file Form DS-5504, Application for a US Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement. You must submit your existing passport, court order to demonstrate your legal name change and a passport photo along with your application.

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Benefits of Having a US Passport https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/2012/07/benefits-of-having-a-us-passport/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/2012/07/benefits-of-having-a-us-passport/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:44:40 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?p=595 Benefits of a US PassportThe US passport is considered to be a valuable legal document. A US citizen is issued a US passport by the US Department of State. A passport is generally considered as a photo identity document. A US passport is an identity document which contains your name, photograph, date of birth and other information about you, that is needed to confirm your identity. Only the citizens of the United States are issued US passports. An individual who is a US citizen by birth or a naturalized US citizen is eligible for a US passport. Obtaining and possessing a US passport has various benefits.

Valid Photo Identification Document

A US passport is a valid photo identification document. It serves as a proof of your age and your name. This legal document may be used for many purposes. A US passport is an excellent form of legal identification while boarding flights and while traveling. While applying for loans in America, the loan application may require a proof of US citizenship to determine whether the applicant is eligible for such a loan. In such circumstances, a US passport will establish the eligibility of the applicant.

Convenient to Travel Around the World

A US passport will manage all your international travel concerns. A US citizen who possesses a valid US passport can travel hassle free around the United States and also re-enter the country. You may be able to travel and enter into various countries around the world with a US passport. Though many countries require certain other documents, such as birth certificate, driver’s license and other documents, a passport will take care of all such requirements.

Travel Without a Visa

There are certain countries that allow the US citizens to travel through the visa waiver program, which does not require the traveler to obtain a visa. The visa waiver program is generally an agreement between the United States and other countries, based on certain security and counter terrorism standards. More than 100 countries allow Americans with a US passport to travel without a visa. But the United States allows the citizens of only 36 countries to travel to the United States without a visa.

A US passport holder can stay in the United Kingdom, Tunisia and certain other countries for a long period of time and these countries allow the US passport holders to stay for a period of six months, without a visa. Countries such as France and Canada allow the US passport holders to stay for 3 months without a visa. There are some countries that allow the US passport holders to stay for up to 30 days, without a visa.

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Getting a US Passport https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/getting-a-us-passport/ Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:05:30 +0000 http://seo-articles.dcis.net/usc/articles/ A passport, an internationally recognized travel document, verifies the identity and nationality of the person holding it. A valid US passport is needed to enter and leave most foreign countries. The US Department of State is the sole authority that grants, issues, or verifies US passports.

If you are 16 years old or older when the passport is issued, the passport is valid for 10 years. Whereas if you are 15 years old or younger when the passport is issued, the passport is valid only for 5 years.

You can apply for a passport at over 9,000 facilities available nationwide and these include many Federal, state, and probate courts, post offices, a few public libraries, county and municipal offices.

For urgent cases, there are 13 additional regional passport agencies and one Gateway City Agency designated to serve individuals traveling within 14 days, or who need foreign visas for travel. In such cases, appointments are required.

First time applicants have to apply for their US passport in person.

You also must apply in person if:

  • your passport expired and is not in your possession
  • your passport expired and was issued more than 15 years ago
  • your previous passport was issued when you were under the age of 16
  • you have a current US passport and that is lost or stolen

In addition, applicants under the age of 14 should appear in person, and be able to provide legal consent of their parents or legal guardians. The minor must either be accompanied by both the guardians, or one guardian who can provide the other guardian’s notarized statement of consent, or one guardian who can submit evidence of sole authority to apply.

Application for Passport In Person

You must use form DS-11 if:

  • you have never had a US passport
  • you are under age 16
  • your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • your most recent passport was lost or stolen

Form DS-82, Application for Passport By Mail is used to renew a previously issued US passport by mail at anytime OR in person at a Regional Passport Agency if you are traveling internationally, or need your passport for foreign visas within 14 days.

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen US Passport

It is very important to report a lost or stolen passport as soon as possible. You should report it before you can apply for a new one. To do this, you have to fill out form DS-64, Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport. Submitting this form will result in the invalidation of your passport, making it unusable for travel. Once a passport is reported lost or stolen, it cannot be re-validated.

You must also fill out a new passport application. Complete form DS-11, Application for Passport as you would if you were applying for a new passport. Form DS-64 should be submitted along with the DS-11 and brought with you when you go in person to apply for a new passport if your previous passport has been lost or stolen.