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Old 02-20-2007, 09:58 PM
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Passport Question...

I have two good friends that are traveling for their 25th wedding anniversary. They are set to leave on the 23rd.

Problem is her passport is due to arrive on the 24th!

Does anyone know of any protocol or special Dept. of State contacts that can help this along? The application is currently in process... They are trying to get an appointment to go to the office in Philadelphia, but as per the automated service the next avail. appt. date is the 28th!!

Thought I'd see if anyone here had any suggestions... these are two of the nicest folks I know and I would love to be able to help them,

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Old 02-20-2007, 10:01 PM
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That sucks! I hate to say it but unless they know someone they are stuck.

Can they get a later flight?

That sucks I just sent in for mine, it should arrive the week before I am supposed to leave; fingers crossed!!!
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:07 PM
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Try your Congressperson

I'm not sure how they would handle it if you already have an application in process. I had to get a passport in 48 hours one time. My Congressman (well really his secretary) was able to get an appointment at the Congressional office in DC. I walked in at 8am, was told to visit a museum, and had a passport at 10am. This was 1988. It required being in DC to do it.

I nephew was able to get a lost passport replaced in 24 hours in Philly. There are just a few ( maybe 6 ) of these offices in the country. He had to be there in person.

Now there are many 48 hour services around, but they cost a bit. Check the internet or phone book.

Folks, heads up, I think you now need a passport for Canada and Mexico.

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Old 02-20-2007, 10:17 PM
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They are near Philly... but the darn problem is that the application is already being processed. They need to get the application expedited to one of these "services" (con-artists -- if you ask me...) and then go from there... I think this is going to be a tough one. I'm trying to ring a different friend to see if a Congress-woman I know can help... who the heck knows... I'd hate to see them miss the first leg of their trip on account of this.
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How do they know it will arrive on the 24th?
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:22 PM
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How do they know it will arrive on the 24th?
When you go online and plug a bunch of information into the system that's what it says... she also confirmed it via voice with an live person...

Why? What ya thinking?
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:34 PM
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When I got my kid's passports, they guaranteed to arrive by a certain date, but the passports arrived well before that.

I don't know if this applies in your case because I never spoke to a person live on the phone.
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:37 PM
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This is not a good time to be applying for a passport given the changes which require a passport for travel to Canada or Mexico.
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:46 PM
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Ya... that's what I'm thinkin' -- post 9/11 and now the Canada/Mexico thing...

Congress-woman can't do much for the same reasons. If they can get to D.C. there's a chance for some help... but the problem is the darn thing isn't lost/stolen. If it *WAS* it would be much easier...

I'm looking into a "second" passport type thing I'm reading about... but it don't look too good... The best thing I can hope for them now is it shows up early...

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:39 PM
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Good luck, you are dealing with a Government Agency.

A co-worker of mine paid extra to get his passport expedited but it ended up getting "lost" in the mail and he wasn't able to make his trip. The people at the passport agency were of no help since they claimed that they mailed it out. Keep in mind the postal system is also a Government Agency.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:07 PM
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Sounds like your friends really screwed up big time. You don't book an international trip on short notice then apply for your passports at the last possible minute. The passport application procedure is pretty cut and dry and so are the lead times. I hate to say it, but if they get burned they have nobody to blame but themselves.
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If I were your two friends, I'd simply move the date of the departure for their trip and not chance it.

If they paid a full fare ticket, they shouldn't be any additional fee.

If they have a discounted ticket (like most of us buy), there is usually a service fee to change an itinerary. United Airlines, for example, charges $100.00.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:06 AM
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You don't need a passport to get out of the US - where is their first stop? Any chance they could leave as scheduled and have the passports delivered by courier there?
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Old 02-22-2007, 06:11 AM
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Gotta,

A Pakistani guy I knew, said you could get them in about 3 or 4 days if you told them when you were applying, that there was a death in the family and you needed to be there for a funeral. He claimed it worked every time.

Of course, this was in about 1982 so they may be wise to that dodge now, and certainly things are different after 9/11 and so forth.
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You don't need a passport to get out of the US - where is their first stop? Any chance they could leave as scheduled and have the passports delivered by courier there?
This is not necessarily true, depending on where you are going. If the country of destination requires a passport the airline is required to ensure you have one or they are not to allow you to board the flight you are leaving on.

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