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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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What to do if you lose your passport

A U.S. Passport allows people to travel internationally for business and pleasure. However, on very rare occasions, you may find that your passport has become lost or stolen. This may seem scary, because leaving your house without your drivers license is one thing, but being in a foreign country without any proof of identification can make a person feel lost. Luckily, there are contingencies in place in case of such an unfortunate event.

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Passport Processing Time

How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?

Travel – both for business and recreational reasons, is on the rise, and there is no better reason to have a U.S. Passport. In addition to being able to hop on a plane overseas, Federal Legislation has made it so that even road trips to Canada and Mexico require a traveler to present a Passport at the border.

Getting a U.S. Passport can be …

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Passports for Children and Infants

If you want to travel between the U.S. and another country, then you will need a passport. This includes children under the age of 18 and the rules for these minors are a bit different and more difficult than for those people applying who are over 18.

Proof of parents or guardian is needed

If your children need a passport, then both parents now have to apply for one at the same time …

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Temporary Passport

A temporary passport is an emergency way to re-enter the United States without having the person’s original passport in hand. This is only used when a US citizen reports their passport as lost or stolen while traveling abroad. They must obtain a replacement in person by visiting the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. It cannot be obtained online or through the mail. The US Embassy or Consulate cannot guarantee a temporary passport since there are a number of factors that they must go through.

Most of …

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Check Your Passport Application Status

Checking your passport application status is a great way to keep track of where you are at. Today with the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), many citizens who get stuck in another country, or are planning to leave the country only to find that you cannot find your own passport are going to need to use the options available to check that status of an application. US Citizens used to be able to return back home from Canada, Mexico and most of …

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Need a Passport?

Are you planning a vacation this season?  If you plan to leave the United States you will most likely require a passport to do so.  Passport offices are staffed with fully trained helpful individuals who can help you to ensure you have all of your documentation in order to get your new passport request processed.  Obtaining a new passport can take six or eight weeks in some cases so it’s important that you find …

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Expediting a Passport

Expediting Your Passport

If your vacation or business trip is creeping up on you faster than you thought and you still do not have your new passport you might be looking for information on expediting a passport application.  A regular passport application can take anywhere between one and two months or more if you have had problems with your paperwork.  When you start expediting your passport application the first thing you will have to do is get all of your paperwork together and meet with a …

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Expedited Passport Replacement

Expedited Passport Replacement Services

Has your passport been lost, stolen, or damaged?  Maybe your passport is just filled up with your travels.  If you are looking for a passport replacement for your full, lost, missing, or damaged passport there is good news.  You can get your passport replacement easily and in some cases quickly as well.  Replacement passports are handled in much the same way as passport renewals.  There are any number of reasons that you might need a passport replacement, maybe yours was stolen or …

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Expedited Passport Renewal

Fast Passport Renewal

Is your passport expiring soon?  Has it already expired?  If you are looking for passport renewal services there are a few things you’ll need to do.  You are going to need a new updated passport photo, you’ll need a new renewal form filled out, you’ll need your old passport, finally you’ll need a passport office to submit all of this information to.

Your passport renewal photo if you do not …

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