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  • Application Status: In Process

    06/24/2020 5:42:28 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 5 replies
    email from State Dept
    Your application is "In Process" which means your form(s) and supporting documents are with the Department of State. We will review your application as our staff return to our agencies and centers as part of our three-phase reopening plan. At this time, we cannot provide an update on when you will receive your passport and the return of your citizenship documents. We plan to offer normal processing times in phase three of our reopening plan. For more information, read our COVID-19 update.
  • Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

    05/05/2020 4:59:22 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 13 replies
    If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S. passport now for international travel, please read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations. If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport. What if...
  • Drivers entering Utah will need to complete an online travel declaration form starting Friday

    04/10/2020 8:11:11 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 76 replies ^ | / Updated: Apr 10, 2020 / 02:12 PM MDT | by: Kaylee DeWitt
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – In coordination with the Utah Department of Transportation, Governor Herbert issued an order Thursday requiring everyone who enters Utah by automobile or by truck by a major roadway to complete a travel declaration form.
  • An Airline Required a Woman to Take a Pregnancy Test to Fly to This U.S. Island[Saipan]

    01/10/2020 12:07:20 PM PST · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 Jan 2020 | Jon Emont
    Japanese citizen Midori Nishida was checking in to a flight in Hong Kong in November to visit her parents on Saipan, a U.S. island in the Pacific, when airline staff made an unusual demand. She had to take a pregnancy test if she wanted to board. Ms. Nishida, 25 years old, was escorted to a public rest room and handed a strip to urinate on. The test was part of the response of one airline, Hong Kong Express Airways, to immigration concerns in Saipan. The island has become a destination for women intending to give birth on U.S. territory, making their babies eligible for...
  • MONEY LAUNDERING - The Real Reason Many Chinese Opt for Birth-Tourism (video)

    04/19/2019 10:19:11 AM PDT · by gaijin · 18 replies
    YouTube, SerpentZA ^ | April 19th, 2019 | Author
    Chinese Birth Tourism: "They're after the Green Card..!" Well, yes, there's that. That's a biggie. And many of them bring in elderly parents, put them on social security, etc. Many after a time will qualify for in-state tuition, etc. Those are absolute incentives. But Winston, a film maker and long-time resident of China, exposes another major incentive Americans remain unaware of: As China tightens up on its citizens using a Social Reliability Index, an increasingly popular punishment weilded by the authorities is limiting the amount of money Chinese people can bring out of the country. With a US passport,...
  • In 2021, US citizens will need a visa to visit Europe

    03/27/2019 7:39:05 PM PDT · by vannrox · 67 replies
    Matador Network ^ | 8MAR19 | Eben Diskin
    Right now, United States passport holders have it pretty easy when it comes to traveling throughout Europe. No special visa is required for stays under 90 days, and no additional paperwork is required — you just show up at the border with your passport. Starting in 2021, however, Americans will need to apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) to visit 26 countries in the Schengen Zone (the UK will still be visa-free).
  • Julian Assange granted new passport by Australia amid ongoing international impasse: Report

    02/21/2019 7:00:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Andrew Blake
    Julian Assange has been issued a new passport by his native Australia, regional media reported Thursday, clearing one of several hurdles keeping the wanted WikiLeaks publisher from exiting the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and returning home.Andrew Todd, an assistant secretary for the Consular and Crisis Management Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, confirmed that the government approved a passport application filed by Mr. Assange in 2018, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.“Mr. Assange does have an Australian passport,” Mr. Todd said during a Senate hearing, the newspaper reported.Mr. Assange, 47, was born in Townsville, Australia, in 1971....
  • Migrant suspected of 542 crimes can't be deported from Germany as he doesn't have PASSPORT

    09/03/2018 2:27:53 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 24 replies
    The Express (UK) ^ | Aug 27, 2018 | TOM PARFITT
    A MIGRANT facing hundreds of criminal investigations cannot be deported from Germany – because officials have no idea where he is from. The man, who came to Germany in 1998 without a passport, claims to be from various North African countries including Algeria and Morocco. He has allegedly been using legal loopholes to stay in Germany despite having a staggering 542 criminal investigations against him. The migrant has been accused of a string of crimes including assault, theft, robbery and buying drugs, local media said. He was recently arrested by police but authorities have clue what the man's name is...
  • Pay Up! IRS Now Sending Tax Delinquents’ Names For Passport Denials

    07/09/2018 2:07:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    This is actually a good news story, but only if you’re a law-abiding, taxpaying American citizen.If, however, you’re among more than a third of a million Americans in a tax delinquent category, well, then this is not a good news story.It seems Congress passed a law three years ago requiring the Internal Revenue Service to cull out Americans who have more than $51,000 in overdue back-tax debts. Then, the IRS sends those names in batches over to the State Department where they file the names to deny those folks new passports or passport renewalsEventually, they may be cancelling existing...
  • Thousands of Americans Will Be Denied a Passport Because of Unpaid Taxes

    07/06/2018 2:55:43 PM PDT · by Theoria · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06 July 2018 | Laura Saunders
    IRS officials provide new details on enforcement of law Congress passed in late 2015 At least 362,000 Americans with overdue tax debts will be denied new or renewed passports if they don’t settle these debts, the Internal Revenue Service says. Recently IRS officials have provided new details on the enforcement of a law Congress passed in late 2015. It requires the IRS and State Department to deny passports or revoke them for taxpayers who have more than $51,000 of overdue tax debt. Enforcement began in February. An IRS spokesman says the 362,000 people are current tax debtors who are affected...
  • How easy is it to get an illegal EU passport? (Very Easy Thanks to Facebook)

    05/18/2018 1:52:02 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/18/2018 | Staff
    The BBC has gone undercover to investigate the illegal trade of EU passports in Turkey. The passports on sale have been bought from refugees who have decided to leave Europe.
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Jailmates: Playboy Models Detained In Mexico

    07/04/2017 12:17:53 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 39 replies ^ | 7/03/17 | Ford Springer
    Three Playboy models are still stuck in Mexico after wrongfully being detained by Mexican authorities who believed the three girls were “working” without a visa at a party for Playboy Music Fest on June 30. (snip) “We came to Mexico to celebrate each other’s company and to gain publicity with our fans by coming to these parties in Meridá and Cancun,” Elaine explained. “Around midnight, immigration came and busted into our party when all of us girls were sitting at our VIP tables enjoying champagne and music. They then rounded us up into a large room and weeded us all...
  • True blue passport REBORN: £500million project will replace EU document post-Brexit

    04/02/2017 9:32:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 3 replies
    Express / ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Apr 2, 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47, Sun, Apr 2, 2017 | By Caroline Wheeler and Camilla Tominey, EXCLUSIVE
    In the week Britain began the formal process of leaving the European Union with the triggering of Article 50, the Home Office put a contract out to tender for the “design, production and personalisation of the UK passport” post-2019. High-level discussions have already taken place with potential bidders to reintroduce the traditional navy design, below, as a backdrop to the iconic gold lion and unicorn royal coat of arms.
  • 'Annoying' anti-cowbell campaigner denied Swiss passport

    01/11/2017 10:52:06 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 21 replies
    The Local (ch) ^ | Jan 9, 2017 | Caroline Bishop
    A Dutch woman has seen her request for Swiss citizenship refused for the second time by local residents who object to her media campaigning against cowbells and other Swiss traditions. A vegan and supporter of animal rights, she gained a reputation in her community of Gipf-Oberfrick, in the canton of Aargau, after campaigning against cowbells, claiming they were damaging to cows’ health.
  • Something is wrong with this picture

    07/05/2016 4:26:04 PM PDT · by vannrox · 10 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | simon black
    The US Passport Act of 1926 is an obscure piece of legislation that was enacted decades ago when the idea of passports starting catching fire around the world. Subsequently absorbed into US Code Title 22, the law was originally intended to authorize and issue passports for US citizens to travel abroad. Several years ago, the law was modified to provide the Secretary of State with the authority to revoke or deny a passport to any US citizen convicted of engaging in immoral acts with minors overseas. Until now, this has been the only instance of excluding a US citizen from...
  • Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship

    06/14/2016 7:08:13 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | June 12, 2016 | Julie Masis
    Tens of thousands of Russian dual nationals are being effectively stripped of their Russian citizenship via a quiet policy of Russian consulates worldwide refusing to renew their passports. Under new regulations the consulates are enforcing, anyone seeking to renew a passport who was not registered as living in Russia on February 6, 1992, will be rejected, even if his or her passport had been renewed on previous occasions. It is unclear just how many people this new policy will affect. But it will certainly apply to thousands of Jews who emigrated from Russia after July 1, 1991 — the date...
  • Australia cancels passport of Queensland teen stuck in Syria

    02/29/2016 6:21:50 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | Ariel Bogle
    An Australian teenager who travelled to Syria has had his passport cancelled by the government, according to his lawyer. Oliver Bridgeman, from Toowoomba in Queensland, was reported missing by his parents in March 2015 after they thought he was spending time in Bali. Instead, the teenager journeyed on to war-torn Syria where his lawyer said he had been engaged in humanitarian work... Immigration Minister Peter Dutton defended the government's decision, telling ABC News those who travel to Syria put Australia's military staff and personnel at risk... The government has the power to cancel an Australian passport when a person "might...
  • Rapper Mos Def due in court for trying to leave South Africa on "World Passport"[Illegal Alien]

    01/20/2016 10:38:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Reuters
    Yasiin Bey, the American rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been charged with violating South Africa's immigration laws after he was arrested last week trying to leave the country on an unrecognised travel document. Bey, who is free on bail, will appear in court on March 8, officials said on Wednesday. The entertainer was arrested on Thursday in Cape Town when he produced a "World Passport" to get on a flight to Ethiopia. The World Passport is a document issued by a non-profit organisation called World Service Authority. South Africa does not recognise it, making it illegal for anyone...
  • No passport, no flight: Driver's licenses from five states will no longer be valid to...

    01/07/2016 1:56:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/06/16 | Alexandra Genova
    No passport, no flight: Driver's licenses from five states will no longer be valid to board a domestic plane under law cracking down on terrorists and criminals accessing fake IDs Fliers from five non-compliant states in America will soon not be able to use their driver's license to board domestic flights. The ruling, which comes under the Real ID Act passed 10 years ago, is down to states not complying to the stricter standards for state-issued IDs given by the government. Fewer than half (22) of the states have complied with the recent law, and while the other states are...