Useful Guide To Passport Application
To begin with, the Western hemisphere Travel Initiative of 2007 requires that any person travelling to the United States from any country in the world must hold and show a valid passport before they are allowed to enter the country.
If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you may find it harder than you thought. This is due to the first time experience in submitting documents and filling of forms.Having said that, it is important to always remember that the process of getting a passport is not supposed to give you unnecessary pressure or confusion. You can use the following tips wisely and get the passport a lot easier than you thought.
The first thing to do is to ensure that you have the correct document to be used for the application of the passport. This is crucial because the three forms available for filling are similar yet they are used for different needs of the applicant. You will find out that there is a form for new passport application, for lost passport and then there is another one for passport renewal. The form that is supposed to be filled by applicants who need a new passport is referred to as Form DS-11. The form can easily be downloaded from the US Department of State website which is more convenient as compared to the past days where one needed to travel to the passport office to get the form. Once the form has been downloaded you can fill it using a biro pen or even still you could fill the form before printing it. You can then submit the completed form together with the necessary documents for routine processing or have it undergo expedition. Routine processing is generally suited for you if you do not plan to use your passport for travelling within ten weeks from the time of application. This is the case because of the fact that routine processing of passport can have the job done in a span of about four to six weeks. If you want to use your passport in a month’s time you might want to apply for your passport through the expedition.
If you want the process of passport application to be faster, you will have to spend more.This is the reason why expedition of passports needs more money than the routine application of passports.
In order to get the passport on time and conveniently use it, you should by all means possible plan to apply for passport ahead of time. It can also be a good idea to consider applying for the children’s passport even if you do not plan to travel with them.