All You Need To Know About Easier Ways Of Applying For Passports
For travellers who wish to enter the United States from any country in the world they the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative demands that you have a valid passport.
If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you may find it harder than you thought. Submitting the documents and filling of the required forms for the first time is what can be a challenge for some people.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 important because there are three similar main forms available for filling and each form serves different purposes. 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. The form in the website can be filled with all the needed details before being printed or it can be downloaded then filled later using a pen. When the complete form has been obtained, it can then be submitted together with the necessary documents for the ordinary routine processing or through 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 because routine processing of passport takes around four to six weeks to be completed. Expedited passports, on the other hand, takes four or fewer weeks to be ready and you might want to use this method if you plan to use the passport in a period of one month from the date of application.
Speeding up the process of passport acquisition needs more resources. That is why you will spend more if you opt for passport expedition and less if you use a routine passport application.
Avoiding last minute rush is a valuable tip due to the convenience that comes with the ability to apply for and get the passport to use on time. It is advisable to also apply for the children’s passports even if you do not have plans to travel with them.