How much faster is it to renew a US passport in person, compared to renewing by mail?
Unless you’re applying at a regional passport agency (which requires payment of the expedited processing fee), the processing times are generally the same.Current processing times can be found here.And, really, if your current passport was issued to you when you were over 16, in the last 15 years, and it’s not damaged in any way, you don’t need to submit your application in person. Just fill out the DS-82, attach some new photos, and toss it in an envelope with your current passport and the correct payment, and you’ll be good to go.
My name & my parent’s name including surname changed in 2003. My passport is issued before 2003. How do I change my name & my parent's name in my passport?
From Change or Correct a PassportName ChangesIf your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), and a color passport photo. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-5504, orPrint Form DS-5504 and complete by hand.More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82, orPrint Form DS-82 and complete by hand.More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11, orPrint Form DS-11 and complete by hand.You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.If you have begun using a different name but cannot legally document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate, then:Submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11, orPrint Form DS-11 and complete by hand.You must also present a valid ID issued in the name you currently use.You may also need to provide secondary identification evidence that you have been using the name for at least 5 years, if your ID is less than 5 years old.
My passport is going to expire next month. What are the steps to renew my passport?
Submit a U.S. Passport Application by Mail (from within the United States):Read and understand Steps 1 - 6 before leaving this page.Fill Out Form DS-82: Application For A U.S. Passport by MailSubmit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or cardSubmit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changedPay the Applicable FeeProvide One Passport PhotoMail application1. Fill Out Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by MailPrint Form DS-82 and complete by hand, orUse our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82.2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or cardWhen submitting a U.S. passport book and/or card with the DS-82, please verify that the document was issued at age 16 or older and issued within the past 15 years. Your old passport book and/or card will be returned to you by mail and may come in a separate mailing from your new passport.3. Submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changedIf the name you are currently using differs from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order showing the change of name. Generally the documents will be returned to you, and if so they will arrive by mail. 4. Pay the Applicable FeePlease see Passport Fees for a listing of current passport fees. The $25 Execution Fee is not required with the Form DS-82.Enclose the fee in the form of a personal check or money order. Make checks payable to "U.S. Department of State." The full name and date of birth of the applicant must be typed or printed on the front of the check.Do not send Cash. We are not responsible for cash sent through the mail. Expedite Service: For an additional fee, you may request expedited service. Please include this fee in your payment. Expedited service is only available in the United States. It is recommended that you use overnight delivery when submitting the application. Please include the appropriate overnight delivery fees with your payment. Passports cannot be mailed overnight to Canada.Please note - You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site. The Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future.5. Provide One Passport PhotoTo avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and is properly submitted with your application.When attaching your passport photo to Form DS-82, be sure you:Staple the photo to the application. Use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible.Do not bend the photo.6. Mail applicationTHIS APPLIES ONLY TO APPLICANTS RESIDING IN THE U.S. For Instructions on Applying for a U.S. passport from outside the United States, please click here. The mailing address is different for Expedite Service Requests and Routine Service Requests. Expedite Service: Write "EXPEDITE" clearly on the outside of the mailing envelope and mail the completed application to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90955 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955 Routine Service: Mail the completed application to: National Passport Processing Center Post Office Box 90155 Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155 When mailing your passport application:It is strongly recommended that you mail your passport application and personal documents in an envelope large enough to fit the application without folding. Please do not use a standard letter-size #10 (4 1/8" x 9 1/2") envelope. This will help to protect the contents of your mailing from the elements throughout the delivery process.We strongly encourage you to mail your passport application and any personal documents using a trackable delivery method.
Is it okay to pay visa fees before filling out the DS-160 form?
No you can’t make visa fee before submitting the DS-160, because once you submit the DS-160 form, it send a email to you with submission confirmation number which is important to synch the payments under your application. Bother how will they ever know who paid for which application.
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does provide all the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative. You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions: How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Answers to frequently asked questions: - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave. - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave. - Soldiers do not need permission to get married. - Soldiers emails are in this format: firstname.lastname@example.org Caution-mailto: email@example.com anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account. - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses. - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles. - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind. - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops. - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country. Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you. We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual. For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles: This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Use caution with social networking Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ . The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056. If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not. If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is: Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357 In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately. Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)
How much will be the fee to fill out the XAT form?
The XAT Registration fee is Rs. 1700(late fee Rs. 2000). This is had increased from last year.If you want to apply for XLRI programmes then pay additional Rs.300 (late fee Rs. 500)The last date for registration is 30th Nov 2018. The exam is on 6th Jan 2019.All the best