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I am wondering if anyone has any recent experience in getting a new passport while in the US.

From the passport canada web site they are saying that the current processing time is up to 9 weeks (45 business days), and I am wondering if anyone knows how accurate this is.

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Probably pretty accurate, I send mine in a month ago and haven't heard anything since. My parents checked it out for me before and said it was so swamped that it was expected to take up to 3 months or so...


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Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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I've read of people camping out at passport offices just trying to get a new passport in the past month or two, and they'll stand there all day and not get in! They go back day after day until they get to the front of the line.

I imagine the mail-in isn't going to be much better. A bit more comfortable perhaps, but not any quicker!


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I'm not sure about how long it takes from the US. I went to the Passpost office in Winnipeg to get my passport renewed on February 1st, waited there for just about 4 hours. The office opened @ 8am, and I arrived at about 8:15am. The security guard said that people were arriving daily at 6:00am to wait until the office opened. I received my brand new passport on February 21st in the mail... about 3 weeks, not bad.

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I went on February 1st in Montreal. Told them I had a travel date mid-march.

I recieved my passport on Tuesday the 6th of March :)


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I-129f Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 151 days)

02/08/2008 : Interview (Approved!)

02/18/2008 : Visa in Hand :D

02/26/2008 : Moved to Colorado

I-751 Lifting of Conditions

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06/04/2010 : Mailed packet via UPS

06/07/2010 : Receipt for I-751

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The passport situation in Canada is an absolute nightmare! what the website says is correct!

The passport office is getting 20.000 applications a day! They had to hire 200 people to help

out with the back load!

I live on Vancouver Island...people are lining up at the Victoria Passport office from midnight

on...get this...Passport applicants are paying Victoria's homeless people anywhere from

$100 to $300 to stand in line for them until the Passport office opens at 8:30 am then switch

places. One of my clients was standing in line and somebody offered her $300 to sell her

spot in line! That's how desperate the situation is!!!

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Ya, I read that online!! Damn I wish Iwas back in Victoria, couild make a few extra $$, lolOf course there are enough homelless that one would have to fight off, especially that grumpy guy in the wheelchair!!!


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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