Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
kvngwynth

US Passport Book and Passport Card

5 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

I have been a US Citizen since November 20, 2009. I live in Phoenix, AZ and would love to get my Passport Book and Passport Card. Does anybody on here maybe (hopefully) know on how to obtain both of them in person? Am I correct that I would have to do it in San Fransisco, CA? I do not want to send my original Nauralization Certificate by mail or courier. I rather drop it off in person when applying and pick it up in person along with the new passports. Since the original will be kept by them how can I get a certified copy of my certificate? I have learned the hard way... They never returned my husband's US birth cerificate or somehow it got lost in the mail and never to be seen again. I cannot have that happen to my Naturalization Certificate... Better safe than sorry.


Kevin & Gwyneth

Phoenix - AZ, USA and Jakarta - DKI, Indonesia

click here to go to our website

** 27 November 2003, ENGAGED

FIRST K1 PETITION

** Desember 2003, APVisa paid in full

** January 2004, all translated papers sent from Jakarta to Phoenix

** January 2004, I-129F package sent by APVisa from Chicago to Phoenix

** January 2004, BC translated by BTS, California

** February 2004, BC re-translated by BTS, California

** 28 February 2004, I-129F sent by fedex from Phoenix to ApVisa

** March 2004, I-129F sent by post from APVisa to CSC

** 11 March 2004, NOA1

** 14 August 2004, received RFE (failure to meet in person 2 years prior to filing petition) obvious to us that our 1st petition will be denied.

** 13 November 2004, traveled to Indonesia to meet Gwyneth

** 21 November 2004, returned to USA...hard to leave her behind, but our comittment to marriage and our relationship is strengthened.

** 24 November 2004, received "Denial"

SECOND AND LAST K1 PETITION

** 25 November 2004, starting to prepare 2nd petition now that we have met in person.

** January 2005, I-129F package sent by FedEx to the CSC

** 10 January 2005, I-129F package received by the CSC

** 11 January 2005, NOA1 received, I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY KEVIN, CAN'T WAIT TO BE HOME IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN!**

14 FEBRUARY 2005, NOA2 RECEIVED... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH CSC FOR THE BEST VALENTINE GIFT EVER

~*Kevin R Shugart (USA) & Gwyneth I Wattimena (Indonesia)*~.png

*Let The Spirit Of Love Shine Through Your Eyes From Within Your Heart Onto The One You Love Always*

"always believe in the strength of your love together, give the benefit of the doubt based on mutual trust and pure honesty, never judge and condemn, for no one is perfect yet everyone is special and unique in his or her own way"

#It is in giving without expecting to receive that we will receive more than we ever expected...#

'only the truest of true love is strong and enduring'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been a US Citizen since November 20, 2009. I live in Phoenix, AZ and would love to get my Passport Book and Passport Card. Does anybody on here maybe (hopefully) know on how to obtain both of them in person? Am I correct that I would have to do it in San Fransisco, CA? I do not want to send my original Nauralization Certificate by mail or courier. I rather drop it off in person when applying and pick it up in person along with the new passports. Since the original will be kept by them how can I get a certified copy of my certificate? I have learned the hard way... They never returned my husband's US birth cerificate or somehow it got lost in the mail and never to be seen again. I cannot have that happen to my Naturalization Certificate... Better safe than sorry.

Not sure about the exact details, but start by reading this page and follow the links for the acceptance agencies or Passport Agency

http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html

However, I think you need to give them your naturalization certificate and you will receive it back when they verify it for authenticity... not sure if there are ways around it.

Edited by v333k

N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Something we are all concerned, especially when the DOS does not even trust their own agents to verify in person if your USC certificate. I addressed this issue with our local agent and even asked her why does the DOS trust her in assuring that photo on my wife's certificate looks like my wife in person. How come the DOS doesn't also want my wife in the envelop with her certificate? She can't answer these questions, with all of our laws and procedures, most people are like sheep and obedient obey these, even when led to slaughter.

I considered the risk factor, may or may not lose the certificate, that is a gamble, but the expense to make that trip to the nearest service center that would be for us even more expensive to get that passport in person would be sure money down the drain. Was a good risk in that her certificate was returned, but did tell the agent, if the DOS lost it, would be after her and the DOS to replace it.

I put her certificate in a stiff plastic folder with a cardboard backing, was amazed her passport came back overnight mail in a cardboard envelop that I had to sign for, but her certificate came back three days later in a cheap brown envelop first class mail with no means of tracking it. But they did leave it in my protective covering. Since I have a rural type mail box, installed a larger one so my postman didn't have to fold it and jam it in. It was a relief. The DOS did lose my birth certificate, but that was only eight bucks so do have a bad history with them.

I have to visit Arizona occasionally for business reasons, sounds like I better take my US passport with me so I don't end up in one of your jails.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@ Nick....

"...I have to visit Arizona occasionally for business reasons, sounds like I better take my US passport with me so I don't end up in one of your jails" :lol:

The DOS clearly do not have enough trained people manning the postoffices or some other application receiving spots- Was at my local postoffice on Mar 10 with a letter detailing all the requirements for US passport for my child. The agent at the postoffice said she needed to see only Hubby`s passport (and not his Naturalization certificate)....much to my short-lived delight...March 30th i receive a letter from New Orleans Passport office asking for...wait for it.....child`s foreign passport and green card (ofcourse i had all these documents on Mar 10). I responded fedeximmediately (dont bother checking...lexicon patent pending) with said documents while mentally calculating if i am getting any closer to the $420.00 i would have paid for N600.

Today i received yet another letter from the passport agency...this one coming after i had rattled the cage by filing an online status check..and would you believe the request now is for Naturalization certificate. Okay! Deep breath!!....Exhale!!!.....dont touch the hair!!!!.....

Once more i comply amidst vivid images of worst case scenarios that both Night shyamalan and Stephen King would applaud.....

(Green Card, Passport, Naturalization Certificate mangled up someplace and a greasy DOS staff smiling mischieviously while picking his teeth)

So i tenderly enclosed hubby`s laminated Cert of Naturalization with a cover letter "humbly pleading" that they return all documents in the enclosed padded envelope that had been prelabeled (and almost stamped but for the images of the greasly DOS staff saying...oh really?)

Now i am thinking perhaps route N600-USCIS may be as swell as Route 66...what with all the DOS RFEs...

Okay so i shall play nice until all documents are safely back in my possession......then the hunt for some supervisor will begin and the Canal street office in NOLA would turn into Complaintville, LA.


K1 Trip

6-23-2006: I-129 mailed

8-31-2006: K1 approved

11-15-2006: K1 Interview: done and visa approved

11-21-2006: K1 visa issued

11-27-2006: JFK as POE: Work authorized stamp on I-94

AOS Mission

12-16-2006: 1-485 + I-765 mailed

1-3-2007: NOA1 received: Notice date 12-28-2006

1-16-2007: Biometrics

1-17-2007: Case transferred to CSC

2-10-2007: I-693 RFE (whatever happened to the panel physician`s medical report?)

4-3-2007: Another I-693 RFE

5-8-2007: Resident Permit Card received Next Stop: February 6, 2009 (I-751)

Removal of Conditional Basis of Residency (Form I-751)

2-6-2009 Mailed Form 1-751:::VSC

2-14-2009 Received I-751 Receipt notice indicating one year extension of conditional residency status

3-6-2009 Biometrics:::::::::::::waiting for VSC

7-7-2009: E-mail notice received: Card production ordered

8-3-2009: 10year Green Card Received in the mail.

Naturalization Application (N-400)

2-16-2010: N-400 sent in..

4-2-2010: Biometrics

5-18-2010: Interview

6-16-2010: Certificate of Nat. received- Masterpiece is a USC!

7-16-2010: U.S Passport in hand

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@ Nick....

"...I have to visit Arizona occasionally for business reasons, sounds like I better take my US passport with me so I don't end up in one of your jails" :lol:

The DOS clearly do not have enough trained people manning the postoffices or some other application receiving spots- Was at my local postoffice on Mar 10 with a letter detailing all the requirements for US passport for my child. The agent at the postoffice said she needed to see only Hubby`s passport (and not his Naturalization certificate)....much to my short-lived delight...March 30th i receive a letter from New Orleans Passport office asking for...wait for it.....child`s foreign passport and green card (ofcourse i had all these documents on Mar 10). I responded fedeximmediately (dont bother checking...lexicon patent pending) with said documents while mentally calculating if i am getting any closer to the $420.00 i would have paid for N600.

Today i received yet another letter from the passport agency...this one coming after i had rattled the cage by filing an online status check..and would you believe the request now is for Naturalization certificate. Okay! Deep breath!!....Exhale!!!.....dont touch the hair!!!!.....

Once more i comply amidst vivid images of worst case scenarios that both Night shyamalan and Stephen King would applaud.....

(Green Card, Passport, Naturalization Certificate mangled up someplace and a greasy DOS staff smiling mischieviously while picking his teeth)

So i tenderly enclosed hubby`s laminated Cert of Naturalization with a cover letter "humbly pleading" that they return all documents in the enclosed padded envelope that had been prelabeled (and almost stamped but for the images of the greasly DOS staff saying...oh really?)

Now i am thinking perhaps route N600-USCIS may be as swell as Route 66...what with all the DOS RFEs...

Okay so i shall play nice until all documents are safely back in my possession......then the hunt for some supervisor will begin and the Canal street office in NOLA would turn into Complaintville, LA.

We were equally concerned about my wife's certificate, her passport did come in from New Orleans shortly after Katrina and maybe it would be soaking wet. The return address for her passport and certificate was identical, why couldn't they have slipped her certificate in the same envelop as her passport? That thick cardboard one I had to sign for. They could have saved first class postage by sticking the certificate in there.

According to the DOS site, had two choices in my small town, city clerk or the post office, city clerk had 20 years of experience, guy at the post office was six months, chose the city clerk. Besides, always a line at the post office, in off tax season, clerks office was deserted.

Not as bad as trying to maintain a foreign passport that we learned we had to do because of the place of birth, only three consulates in the entire USA and have to show up in person. We had to leave at 1:00 AM in the morning, kept us waiting for six hours to hit the Chicago rush hour that took four hours to get from downtown to O'Hare before the traffic finally broke. Was too tired for the other five hours of driving, so had to pay for a motel. When a person leaves their home country to come here, they don't treat you too kindly. And its only good for five years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×