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Passport for an Adopted Child
Passport for an Adopted Child

Obtaining a Passport for an Adopted Child

As involved as the adoption process is already, it may seem overwhelming to have to consider obtaining another legal document for your child. However, the process for obtaining a passport for your adopted child is relatively straightforward. If your child was adopted overseas, he or she is automatically eligible for United States Citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. As such, your child does not have to wait for US Citizenship and Immigration Services to mail a Certificate …

Passport Denial
Passport Denial

Why Was My Passport Denied?

Traveling abroad affords people the opportunity to see the rest of the world and experience things that aren’t available domestically. In order to travel internationally, American citizens will need a passport that grants them access to other countries and also allows them to come back to the U.S. Applying for a passport isn’t as much difficult as it is tedious. In some cases, people are even denied a passport, making the process even more complicated. Here are some reasons that passports …

Fake, Stolen and Black Market Passports
Fake, Stolen and Black Market Passports

When screening airport passports, security agents perform a number of activities at the same time. While scanning over the ID on the documentation, they also monitor the crowd for anything out of the ordinary, in addition to ensuring that the line of passengers continues moving smoothly. Agents see a wide range of passengers in respect to age, gender and appearance. Many may not appear exactly as the photo on the passport.

While …

Electronic Passports
Electronic Passports

What is an Electronic Passport?

Travel is something that is regulated by the governments of all nations, and it’s easy to see why that is. No country wants to let criminals and other questionable individuals cross into their borders. The only way for somebody to be admitted is to show proper identification with a passport. Passports are official documents that provide the name, nationality, date of birth, and other personal details of the owner, and as of August 2007, all issued passports are of the electronic …

Passport Denial and Revocation
Passport Denial and Revocation

The Rules and Regulations: Passport Denial and Revocation

One of the many rights granted by U.S. citizenship is the right to hold a U.S. passport. The U.S. passport allows U.S. citizens and nationals to lawfully travel internationally from and to the United States, and is a valid travel document for Americans to almost anywhere in the world. There are, however, circumstances under which an individual may be denied a passport, or have his/her passport revoked. It is important to understand the regulations around possible passport restrictions …

Renewing an Expired Passport
Renewing an Expired Passport

Steps to Renew an Expired Passport

Renewing a U.S. passport is relatively easy if the passport is still in effect, and usually not too much harder if the passport is expired.

In many instances, the passports can be renewed by mail, while at other time passport holders will need to apply in person.

The U.S. Department of State issues passports for American citizens who want to travel abroad. As most countries require passports to be good for three to six months, or longer, after the traveler leaves …

International Driving Permits
International Driving Permits

Travelers overseas can enjoy the open road by getting an International Driving Permit. The International Driving Permit is a document which translates your current driver’s license into a standardized format. The document is also translated into the country’s language so that foreign officials can understand what types of vehicles and restriction you have on your license. The permit is translated into German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and the Scandinavian languages making it easier for motorists and local law enforcement to bridge the communication …

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Tons of Americans travel internationally each year and do not have any problems. However, U.S. embassies and consulates are forced to help almost 190,000 Americans every year who have suffered from crime, accident, and sickness while overseas. In other cases, an emergency might have taken place back home and family members might need to let the traveler know. If an emergency happens, or if any problems arise while traveling internationally, the closest U.S. embassy is often the only source for help …

Passport with a Felony Conviction
Passport with a Felony Conviction

International Travel for Convicted Felons

Millions of people travel internationally every year. However, anyone who has been convicted of a felony may not be able to leave the country as easily as non convicts can. Though there are rules and restrictions regarding the international travel of convicted felons, they are still almost always eligible to receive a U.S. passport. There are some exceptions to the rule though, including anyone convicted of international drug trafficking. Other actions that could keep a felon from obtaining a U.S. passport …

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a new requirement for travelers in the U.S. and Canada to show a passport or similar identity document that shows their citizenship when coming into the U.S.

This requirement came into effect in 2007 for air travel and in 2009 for land and sea travel after the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). It was put into place so that security at the border would be better and that the Department of Homeland Security would be …

Passport for a Minor Under 16
Passport for a Minor Under 16

If you have a child under the age of 16 that needs a passport, some of the rules have changed in the past few years. Here is the step by step instruction for filing for a passport for a minor child who is under 16:

DS 11 Form Completion

The first step for anyone, including children under 16 is to fill out a Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport.  Be sure not …

Applying for a Passport Outside the United States
Applying for a Passport Outside the United States

Many US citizens who travel, do business, visit or reside permanently outside of the United States may have the need to renew or replace their current passports at some point or another. However, it is fundamental to be aware that the process of applying for a passport overseas is very different from the process of applying for a passport within the United States. Even though the application forms, requirements, supporting documents and fees are all the same, each individual overseas US embassy or consulate has …

What to Do If You Lose Your Passport
What to Do If You Lose Your Passport

What to do if your U.S. Passport Gets Lost or Stolen

The United States passport is a highly respected passport overseas due to the well established diplomatic and international relations, as well as the effective foreign policies that the United States has with other countries in terms of benefits, foreign aid, imports and exports. The U.S. passport offers its holders visa free travel to many countries around the world with a maximum duration of stay of about 90 days; sufficient time for holiday travel, doing …

Visa Waiver Program
Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program lets the citizens in 36 countries come to the U.S. to visit for up to three months with no need to get a regular visa. It is meant as a way to get more tourism into the U.S. and saves valuable resources for the Department of State from being wasted.

Who can use the Visa Waiver Program?

Any traveler that may be eligible to use a Visa Waiver Program has to also be meet specific eligibility factors. For instance, they must have been …

No-Fee Passports
No-Fee Passports

Applying For a No-Fee Passport

The process of obtaining a passport without paying any fees is possible only for a limited number of individuals who must undergo an application process and show proof of their eligibility in order to be exempt from any fees pertaining to the issuance of the passport. Many of the eligibility requirements are quite stringent in which only a limited number of people can apply and effectively obtain a no-fee passport book. The following people are eligible in order to obtain a …

Changing Your Name on Your Passport
Changing Your Name on Your Passport

If you’ve been trying to find information about changing your name on your passport, the information provided here will help you with this process. Here you will discover how to change your name on your US passport, what will need to be done in case of a marriage or a divorce, and how to successfully use the form DS-5504 for completing this process. After you read the information provided here, you will have a better understanding of how this process works, and what you’ll need …

Passport 6 Month Validity Rule
Passport 6 Month Validity Rule

Understanding the Passport 6 Month Validity Rule

For those that have been wondering about information that pertains to the passport 6 month validity rule, you’ll want to continue reading this post to learn more about what this rule pertains to, and how it can affect you if you plan to travel abroad. Here you’re going to learn more about what this passport rule is, a bit more about the countries that enforce this rule, and how to make sure you are covered regardless of the international …

Biometric Passports
Biometric Passports

With talks of increased security measures for traveling abroad, one cannot help but come across mention of “Biometric Passports” in regard to making international travel safer. With technology and security factors always changing, a biometric passport seems to be the direction that many countries are taking to ensure that the risk of identity theft is kept at a minimum, and also that security measures at departure and destination airports are non-invasive.

What is a Biometric Passport?

Commonly known as an e-Passport in Europe, a Biometric Passport looks …

Applying for a Passport from Outside the US
Applying for a Passport from Outside the US

When applying for a U.S. Passport from outside of the United States, there are a great many procedural similarities, but also a few particulars that set is apart form the usual routine. This article will help to walk you through the necessary steps to get your U.S. Passport if you are in another country.

Get acquainted with your nearest U.S. Embassy & Consulate

The biggest difference in applying for a U.S. Passport outside …

Damaged Passport Replacement
Damaged Passport Replacement

When traveling, it is sometimes difficult to remember where each of your items is hiding. The toothbrush may be in the carry-on; your dress shoes are in the regular luggage; your wallet is in the inside front pocket of your jacket; and you are probably clutching your passport in your hand so that it is visible and at the ready when security asks to see it. However, sometimes your passport has a little mishap and gets damaged. Maybe it fell into a puddle when you …

RFID Chips in Passports
RFID Chips in Passports

Since the requirement by the U.S. Department of State in 2006, all U.S. Passports are now issued with an RFID chip. While this has caused a bit of a stir in the media, and among personal privacy organizations, the RFID chip is here to stay, and it is nowhere near as insidious as people make it out to be.

What is an RFID chip?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are inexpensive to produce, can contain a lot of information for their size, and have become the …