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Now comes the most important part applying for the passport. I have my oath on 4/20/2012. I have flight ticket reserved for 5/6/2012 to goto Caribbean. Can I ask for the expedited passport since I have the ticket booked and with in 2 weeks from the Oath Date?

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Yes, that should be possible, of course, you cannot apply until after your taken the Oath, but once you have done that you will be pay through the nose for expediated service :)

How much more it will cost for the expedited service? How long does it take for the regular processing of the passport?

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How much more it will cost for the expedited service? How long does it take for the regular processing of the passport?

Find all the info in the U.S. Department of State, here the link for Expedite:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/hurry/hurry_831.html


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Find all the info in the U.S. Department of State, here the link for Expedite:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/hurry/hurry_831.html

I thought if we goto to regional passport office they process it on the same day. I believe there is one in Boston I can goto.

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Yep, you should be able to get a same-day or 24h passport. The extra fee should be the same as expedited; i.e., $60 on top of the regular fees.

That is not bad. I'll call Boston office and make appointment so I can go there right after my Oath Ceremony. Besides the Naturalization Certificate, Drivers License is there any thing else I have to take with me when I goto Passport Office?

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That is not bad. I'll call Boston office and make appointment so I can go there right after my Oath Ceremony. Besides the Naturalization Certificate, Drivers License is there any thing else I have to take with me when I goto Passport Office?

Yes.

1 passport photo, the filled out form, and a check.

And don't even think about just applying for a passport book. You absolutely need to get a passport card as well. The extra cost is $25 if applied at the same time, and it will come 2 or 3 weeks later, but you need to have another document proving that you are a U.S. citizen in case something happens to your passport book, whether it gets stolen, lost, or damaged. The one thing you don't want to do is to take your Certificate of Naturalization out of the bank safe again once you put it in there. That document is irreplaceable, literally.


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Make an appointment first - some offices require it and no walk-ins are accepted.

Also, take with you your ticket or itinerary to prove that you are actually travelling.


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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.

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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

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Yes.

1 passport photo, the filled out form, and a check.

And don't even think about just applying for a passport book. You absolutely need to get a passport card as well. The extra cost is $25 if applied at the same time, and it will come 2 or 3 weeks later, but you need to have another document proving that you are a U.S. citizen in case something happens to your passport book, whether it gets stolen, lost, or damaged. The one thing you don't want to do is to take your Certificate of Naturalization out of the bank safe again once you put it in there. That document is irreplaceable, literally.

Thanks Brother Hesekel. I am planning on applying for both Passport and Passport Card. It is worth it to carry it around as a proof of USC. In some of the Border states they can stop and check for the proof.

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Thanks Brother Hesekel. I am planning on applying for both Passport and Passport Card. It is worth it to carry it around as a proof of USC. In some of the Border states they can stop and check for the proof.

In your case might be handy since you're Indian but it is not strictly necessary. Some border patrol officers don't see the difference between Eastern Indians and Hispanics. My wife (also Indian) always carries her government work ID around her neck when she goes through check points. She doesn't carry her passport on her and does not have a passport card. No trouble.

Depends on how often you end up going to places like Southern AZ where they indeed have border patrol checks on major highways.

In your case I would take it as it allows you to cross the border with Canada.


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02-22-2012-- (00): documents sent

02-23-2012-- (01): NOA date

02-27-2012-- (05): check cashed

03-02-2012-- (09): bio appointment notice sent, bio date 03-15 (23)

03-05-2012-- (12): bio notice received

03-06-2012-- (13): early bio

03-12-2012-- (19): in line for interview scheduling

03-21-2012-- (28): scheduled for interview

03-28-2012-- (35): interview notice received

05-02-2012-- (70): interview. Rec. for Approval!

05-16-2012-- (84): in line for oath scheduling

06-19-2012-(118): scheduled for oath

06-21-2012-(120): oath letter received

07-06-2012-(135): oath

Passport application timeline

07-10-2012-- (00): application sent (card+book/routine service)

07-17-2012-- (07): application status online

07-26-2012-- (16): application on hold (name too long)

07-28-2012-- (18): RFI Tucson passport center (proposed shortened name) letter received

07-30-2012-- (20): reply sent to Tucson passport center

08-18-2012-- (39): passport book received

08-21-2012-- (42): passport card received

08-21-2012-- (42): CON received

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