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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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My wife has her interview for IR1 in 1 week. Strangely, she received a packet V a few days ago(which we have already submitted everything except medical - she has already had done). She is reading everything very closely and notices that her passport will expire Aug 8, 2009. That will be more than the 6 months required (she also says her paperwork specifies 8 months, not 6 months like everywhere else I read). She can't possibly renew it that fast. The information she has on renewal is 1 month processsing and is now an e-passport, no longer just using stamps. Anyone know if this is a problem?

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My wife has her interview for IR1 in 1 week. Strangely, she received a packet V a few days ago(which we have already submitted everything except medical - she has already had done). She is reading everything very closely and notices that her passport will expire Aug 8, 2009. That will be more than the 6 months required (she also says her paperwork specifies 8 months, not 6 months like everywhere else I read). She can't possibly renew it that fast. The information she has on renewal is 1 month processsing and is now an e-passport, no longer just using stamps. Anyone know if this is a problem?

What country? In most countries you are able to renew a passport in less than 7 months. It should not be a problem at the interview as there is still more than 6 months before it expires but again it may depend on the country

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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My wife has her interview for IR1 in 1 week. Strangely, she received a packet V a few days ago(which we have already submitted everything except medical - she has already had done). She is reading everything very closely and notices that her passport will expire Aug 8, 2009. That will be more than the 6 months required (she also says her paperwork specifies 8 months, not 6 months like everywhere else I read). She can't possibly renew it that fast. The information she has on renewal is 1 month processsing and is now an e-passport, no longer just using stamps. Anyone know if this is a problem?

What country? In most countries you are able to renew a passport in less than 7 months.

Thailand

Am I misinterpreting this listed requirement?

A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States.

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My wife has her interview for IR1 in 1 week. Strangely, she received a packet V a few days ago(which we have already submitted everything except medical - she has already had done). She is reading everything very closely and notices that her passport will expire Aug 8, 2009. That will be more than the 6 months required (she also says her paperwork specifies 8 months, not 6 months like everywhere else I read). She can't possibly renew it that fast. The information she has on renewal is 1 month processsing and is now an e-passport, no longer just using stamps. Anyone know if this is a problem?

When I had my interview in October 2008, my passport is expiring in August 2009. I sent an email to the US embassy in KL and they advised me to renew my passport before the interview.

I know it will be a hassle to renew my Malaysian passport in the USA, therefore I choose to renew it in KL before my interview. What you can do is call the US embassy in Thailand and ask them what's the best thing to do.

Good luck!


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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Thanks, for the comments. She was able to renew, just abarely in time. She has to go back in 2 days and will be issued a new number or something. I don't know how important this is, the expiration date of your passport can creep up on you with all the time it takes to process and then interview.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Thanks, for the comments. She was able to renew, just abarely in time. She has to go back in 2 days and will be issued a new number or something. I don't know how important this is, the expiration date of your passport can creep up on you with all the time it takes to process and then interview.

That's true :thumbs:

When my Husband had his interview schedule for last February, he noticed his passport was due for renewal in July - so only 5 months validity left on it.

Rather than renew he just went with that and the consular officer offered to just give him a visa valid until the passport expiry date - which is what he received. That was in Montreal though, different consulates may handle that differently.

Basically the visa is valid for activation for 6 months (normally), hence the 6 month validity requirement.

Good luck with the interview!

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My wife has her interview for IR1 in 1 week. Strangely, she received a packet V a few days ago(which we have already submitted everything except medical - she has already had done). She is reading everything very closely and notices that her passport will expire Aug 8, 2009. That will be more than the 6 months required (she also says her paperwork specifies 8 months, not 6 months like everywhere else I read). She can't possibly renew it that fast. The information she has on renewal is 1 month processsing and is now an e-passport, no longer just using stamps. Anyone know if this is a problem?

just go with the passport she has, it's too risky to do any renewals at this point.....i mean things happen and might cause certain delays with the renewal. it's better to have a passport with that much expiration date than go for the interview with no passport at all ( if in case you renew it and does not get to you on time)

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