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I am finally going to become USC on sept 26th :dance: . Now If anyone can help can you tell me what is the fastest way to get a passport and how long does it take?

Thank you!


Helpful Links:

Loto's CR-1/IR-1 Guide

LingChe NVC ShortCut

Igor's List

Our Timeline:

09/26/2008 Became USC

10/13/2008 Got married

USCIS

10/20/2008 I-130 Sent to Chicago lock box

10/21/2008 I-130 Received at Chicago lock box

10/27/2008 I-130 NOA-1 Date

10/29/2008 I-130 Touched

02/09/2009 I-130 Touched

02/10/2009 I-130 Approved!!! YAHHH BABY!!!

Total: 105 Days after NOA1

NVC

02/13/2009 Case Number Assigned

02/18/2009 DS-3032 Generated

02/18/2009 DS-3032 Emailed and Mailed Overnight (generated bar code using Wiki Guide)

02/18/2009 AOS bill mailed from NVC

02/20/2009 DS-3032 Entered in NVC system

02/21/2009 Received AOS bill

02/21/2009 Paid AOS and IV bills online

02/24/2009 Sent AOS and IV packages to NVC

03/10/2009 Case COMPLETE at NVC Finally

Total: 25 Days after case # assigned

Interview Date: 05/13/2009

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I am finally going to become USC on sept 26th :dance: . Now If anyone can help can you tell me what is the fastest way to get a passport and how long does it take?

Thank you!

All the information is here:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Faster is way is to already have airline tickets within two weeks of traveling and go to one of the 13 regional offices. Ours is in no parking anywhere in downtown Chicago in the high rent district, would make a lot more sense to me if they located their office at O'Hare airport, least you can find a place to park. While it only adds 70 miles for us to drive to downtown, adds another 8 hours to the trip moving along at 3-4 mph with constant stop and go driving, too much for a one day trip, but can easily do O-Hare in a day.

So we went for expedient service and paid the extra hundred bucks, maybe a mistake as well, as it was sent out last Monday overnight, but not received to Wednesday morning, they still haven't cashed our check yet. You would think I would wise up and learn something, always got faster service from the DOS and the USCIS by sending applications first class mail, but still taking a chance as we need that certificate of citizenship back for other slow governmental agencies. Like the USCIS, the DOS online status is worthless. So again, we just wait, our city clerk does have an unknown to the public number to call to check on status, if it doesn't come in by next Friday will be calling again.

Just seems these agencies should be setting the example for promptness and good friendly service, but always have been just the opposite. You can't exactly say their prices are cheap or that they keep their promises. Just getting so sick of dealing with these agencies.

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I am finally going to become USC on sept 26th :dance: . Now If anyone can help can you tell me what is the fastest way to get a passport and how long does it take?

Thank you!

All the information is here:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Faster is way is to already have airline tickets within two weeks of traveling and go to one of the 13 regional offices. Ours is in no parking anywhere in downtown Chicago in the high rent district, would make a lot more sense to me if they located their office at O'Hare airport, least you can find a place to park. While it only adds 70 miles for us to drive to downtown, adds another 8 hours to the trip moving along at 3-4 mph with constant stop and go driving, too much for a one day trip, but can easily do O-Hare in a day.

So we went for expedient service and paid the extra hundred bucks, maybe a mistake as well, as it was sent out last Monday overnight, but not received to Wednesday morning, they still haven't cashed our check yet. You would think I would wise up and learn something, always got faster service from the DOS and the USCIS by sending applications first class mail, but still taking a chance as we need that certificate of citizenship back for other slow governmental agencies. Like the USCIS, the DOS online status is worthless. So again, we just wait, our city clerk does have an unknown to the public number to call to check on status, if it doesn't come in by next Friday will be calling again.

Just seems these agencies should be setting the example for promptness and good friendly service, but always have been just the opposite. You can't exactly say their prices are cheap or that they keep their promises. Just getting so sick of dealing with these agencies.

I guess we should cheer up considering the problem from minerals management department case. :angry:

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Does anyone have experience wit direct agency passport filing and do you know if in fact if it is issued in the same day?

Thank you!


Helpful Links:

Loto's CR-1/IR-1 Guide

LingChe NVC ShortCut

Igor's List

Our Timeline:

09/26/2008 Became USC

10/13/2008 Got married

USCIS

10/20/2008 I-130 Sent to Chicago lock box

10/21/2008 I-130 Received at Chicago lock box

10/27/2008 I-130 NOA-1 Date

10/29/2008 I-130 Touched

02/09/2009 I-130 Touched

02/10/2009 I-130 Approved!!! YAHHH BABY!!!

Total: 105 Days after NOA1

NVC

02/13/2009 Case Number Assigned

02/18/2009 DS-3032 Generated

02/18/2009 DS-3032 Emailed and Mailed Overnight (generated bar code using Wiki Guide)

02/18/2009 AOS bill mailed from NVC

02/20/2009 DS-3032 Entered in NVC system

02/21/2009 Received AOS bill

02/21/2009 Paid AOS and IV bills online

02/24/2009 Sent AOS and IV packages to NVC

03/10/2009 Case COMPLETE at NVC Finally

Total: 25 Days after case # assigned

Interview Date: 05/13/2009

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Does anyone have experience wit direct agency passport filing and do you know if in fact if it is issued in the same day?

Thank you!

Does anyone have experience wit direct agency passport filing and do you know if in fact if it is issued in the same day?

Thank you!

For direct office service, have to make an appointment and show proof of traveling within two weeks of your application.

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Does anyone have experience wit direct agency passport filing and do you know if in fact if it is issued in the same day?

Thank you!

Congrats on your citizenship. :yes:

You would need to bring paid receipt of your travel ticket along with all required documents for passport. Most of time it is easy to get an appointment in a same day and they would issue a passport within few hours.

My cousin called about 8:00 in the morning for appointment at Philadelphia passport office, he got appointment at 10:00 am and by 1 pm he had passport in his hand. But, this was a renewal of passport.

Since you are applying for first time, I don't know if it would take more time. I assume Dept. of State already have your necessary information as you just got your citizenship and it should take same time.

Good luck. :thumbs:


USCIS

02/01/2008 : Mailed I-130 to Chicago Lock Box via Priority Mail

02/04/2008 : I-130 reached Chicago 2:18 AM

02/19/2008 : NOA1

02/20/2008 : $355 check cashed

02/25/2008 : Case available to view online

08/26/2008 : Email: Case will transfer to CSC

08/27/2008 : Notice Sent: Case will transfer to CSC

09/04/2008 : Email: Case arrived and pending at CSC

09/05/2008 : Touch

09/08/2008 : Touch

09/23/2008 : Approved !!! (217 days | 31 weeks) from NOA 1 (235 days | 33 weeks) from file

09/24/2008 : Touch

NVC

09/29/2008 : NVC received Case & Case # assigned

10/03/2008 : DS-3032 & I-864 Fee bill generated

10/04/2008 : E-mail for Choice of Agent sent

10/09/2008 : I-864 Fee bill instruction received in mail

10/09/2008 : I-864 Fee bill ($70) submitted online

10/10/2008 : I-864 Fee bill shows status "PAID"

10/14/2008 : I-864EZ Package sent via priority mail

10/16/2008 : I-864EZ Package reached NVC

10/16/2008 : E-mail for Choice of Agent accepted. (12 days)

10/16/2008 : IV Fee bill ($400) submitted online

10/17/2008 : IV Fee bill accepted

11/13/2008 : DS-230 Package mailed to NVC (Had to wait for PCC)

11/18/2008 : DS-230 Package reached NVC

11/21/2008 : Case Complete (53 days | 7 Weeks) at NVC

Consulate

01/06/2009 : Medical

01/27/2009 : Interview (361 days | 51 weeks) from file

02/09/2009 : POE (Newark)

02/21/2009 : SSN Received

02/25/2009 : Welcome Letter Received

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Only 13 such agencies that give one day service with 5 on the east coast:

BOSTON, CONNECTICUT, MIAMI, NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON D. C.

and 3 on the west coast.

LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE

1 really on the far west coat,

HONOLULU

2 on the deep south gulf coast

HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS

Leaving one very huge empty space in the middle of this very large country filled by

CHICAGO and COLORADO Passport Agencies.

Chicago is the closest to us with the only way to get there is by private automobile, there is no other way, well could walk, and is located smack in the middle of downtown that is the world's largest NO PARKING zone. But what about people living in North Dakota, Kentucky, Michigan, or Ohio, they are also served by Chicago! The Department of State can talk about one day service, but to whom? More than likely have to travel further to one of these passport agencies, than to your planned travel destination. And the price of airline fares, hotels, and even car gas is now astronomical. Not to mention the time you have to take off from work to get there.

While some of you may live across the street from these agencies, a huge segment of the population does not. Very poor coverage in the USA for these agencies. On the other hand there is over 9,000 passport acceptance facilities. We even have two of them in our stinking little town located dead in the middle of nowhere. These people are qualified by the DOS to take your oath with your application, but are not qualified to look at your certificate of citizenship, make sure it's genuine, make a copy of it, and send that off. Wonder what idiot government guy made that rule?

In like manner, there are six times more USCIS field offices scattered across the USA, but that sure leaves huge gaps in between, many of us have to travel great distances to the nearest field offices. And this is one heck of a big country with a 55 mph speed limit, if you can drive that fast, more likely 2-3 mph as the interstate infrastructure was never improved in the last 50 years. While my car can get far excess of 35 mpg doing 80 miles per hour, can't even get 1 mpg when blocked in a traffic jam. So we have even more idiots saying to even lower the interstate speed limit more.

And to have the USCIS notify you to come in for an interview, only to ask for a piece of paper you didn't bring because they refuse to tell you what the interview is for only to make another trip is extremely inconsiderate of them. What an ordeal they put us through and they provided new meaning to the word, inconsiderate.

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