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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-passport-emergencies/index.html

 

strange. makes no sense. 

 

having a passport is essential in my opinion... 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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The rational provided is that international travel is not advised at this time, per the global DOS level 4  travel advisory. Presumably it's to decrease mobility of people, and therefore the virus.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/apply-in-person.html

 

I'm not sure I would call having a passport "essential" (barring emergencies, which is still be serviced). Less than half of all Americans even have one, let alone use one regularly.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Lazybones18 said:

having a passport is essential in my opinion... 

Which is one reason I have two US passports.

 

But I'm not traveling by air right now.

Edited by Paul & Mary

March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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17 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

Which is one reason I have two US passports.

 

But I'm not traveling by air right now.

Lol how do u get 2 USA passports ? 

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1 hour ago, Lazybones18 said:

Lol how do u get 2 USA passports ? 

22 CFR 51.2.B allows additional 4 year passports to be issued.  Typically people that either travel where having certain stamps will disallow you from entering another country.   Think Israel vs Arab countries before Israel went stampless.  My issue is either needing to send my passport out for visa stamps for business or journalism visa and it taking 6 weeks to get back. 

 

Nowadays I use that one for going to the Philippines or other places that are stamp happy.  My 10 year I keep all of my 10 year and "unicorn" visas in.  Back in the days where they put extension pages in, I would go thru a passport book in 3 to 5 years anyhow.

 

Just make sure you enter and leave the US on the same one.   And yes you can have both in Global Entry/ Nexus !


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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9 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

22 CFR 51.2.B allows additional 4 year passports to be issued.  Typically people that either travel where having certain stamps will disallow you from entering another country.   Think Israel vs Arab countries before Israel went stampless.  My issue is either needing to send my passport out for visa stamps for business or journalism visa and it taking 6 weeks to get back. 

 

Nowadays I use that one for going to the Philippines or other places that are stamp happy.  My 10 year I keep all of my 10 year and "unicorn" visas in.  Back in the days where they put extension pages in, I would go thru a passport book in 3 to 5 years anyhow.

 

Just make sure you enter and leave the US on the same one.   And yes you can have both in Global Entry/ Nexus !

This is interesting.  Is there a special form for this?  Do you simply write "requesting second passport due to lengthy visa processing times" (or something to that effect)?

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1 hour ago, ProbeGT said:

This is interesting.  Is there a special form for this?  Do you simply write "requesting second passport due to lengthy visa processing times" (or something to that effect)?

Yes,  essentially that is all that is needed.    This is the actual letter I use:

 

I, xx, am the bearer or valid US Passport number xxx issued on May 24, 2017.

 

In view of the time delay required to obtain Visas for my current (and future) needs and the restrictive entry requirements between certain Middle Eastern Countries, it is impossible for me to obtain all necessary Visas to complete my trips using one passport. I am requesting the issuance of a second passport to facilitate my travel. I understand that this passport will be time limited.

 

Should either passport be lost or stolen, I will report the circumstances immediately to the Passport Agency, or if abroad to the nearest American Embassy or Consulate General. I understand that both passports must be submitted for inspection or cancellation when I request any passport service in the future.

 

I am requesting that my application for passport be expedited, as I will also be required to apply for visas to the following countries:

India

China - Business

Kazakhstan

UAE

Brazil

Nepal

 

In addition I am traveling to Hong Kong, Philippines and Panama.

 

Thank you for the issuance of a second passport.  If there is anything I can do to assist you in the making of this decision, Please call me at xx

 

 

Edited by Paul & Mary

March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Filed: IR-2 Country: Nicaragua
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Posted (edited)
12 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

Yes,  essentially that is all that is needed.    This is the actual letter I use:

 

I, xx, am the bearer or valid US Passport number xxx issued on May 24, 2017.

 

In view of the time delay required to obtain Visas for my current (and future) needs and the restrictive entry requirements between certain Middle Eastern Countries, it is impossible for me to obtain all necessary Visas to complete my trips using one passport. I am requesting the issuance of a second passport to facilitate my travel. I understand that this passport will be time limited.

 

Should either passport be lost or stolen, I will report the circumstances immediately to the Passport Agency, or if abroad to the nearest American Embassy or Consulate General. I understand that both passports must be submitted for inspection or cancellation when I request any passport service in the future.

 

I am requesting that my application for passport be expedited, as I will also be required to apply for visas to the following countries:

India

China - Business

Kazakhstan

UAE

Brazil

Nepal

 

In addition I am traveling to Hong Kong, Philippines and Panama.

 

Thank you for the issuance of a second passport.  If there is anything I can do to assist you in the making of this decision, Please call me at xx

 

 

I had no idea you can have up to 4 passports. I have only one and considering it's proof of citizenship (I'm naturalized) it's a very important piece of documentation for me. I understand that even an expired passport is proof of citizenship however what if lost mine (that has actually already happened but my husband found it in between the couch cushions 😂)? I think this is very good to know just in case I needed to have a back up. 

 

Also did they ever call you before issuing a second passport? And how long are they valid for? 

Edited by little immigrant


 

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1 minute ago, little immigrant said:

Also did they ever call you before issuing a second passport? 

A decade ago I'd have to wait extra time to get it. But then I started going directly to US Passport office in LA and now the Western Passport Center in Tucson and got ot in a few hours.  I'm told the mail in times are faster now (err if they were open).   Having it as an extra travel document is great!

 

The only issues I have had is making sure I leave and enter the US on the SAME one (I usually don't take both) and that I've updated the airline records.  I also have Hong Kong e-Channel on my 10 year passport and for a few years they would question me if I used the 4 year (Manafort ;) ) passport in the regular visitor lanes.  That seems to be fixed or my file noted.  Ironically Cathay Pacific allows me to list two passports and my Mexican green card.

 

You can have the extra passports listed in Global Entry / Nexus / Sentri too.

 

Next year is my 4 year renewal and it isn't as full since I haven't been flying (oh and working) since the first week of March.  It is very sad . . . and Mary doesn't have any new country stamps, which is one reason she married me :lol:


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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23 minutes ago, stech786 said:

This article was posted on Apr 3rd. Not much meaning now

 

does this mean they will stop issuing visas to stop spread the virus? I know there is a ban in placed

But you’re obviously missing that all regular visa services have been suspended since mid-late March. 


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On 5/20/2020 at 12:48 PM, Paul & Mary said:

Yes,  essentially that is all that is needed.    This is the actual letter I use:

 

I, xx, am the bearer or valid US Passport number xxx issued on May 24, 2017.

 

In view of the time delay required to obtain Visas for my current (and future) needs and the restrictive entry requirements between certain Middle Eastern Countries, it is impossible for me to obtain all necessary Visas to complete my trips using one passport. I am requesting the issuance of a second passport to facilitate my travel. I understand that this passport will be time limited.

 

Should either passport be lost or stolen, I will report the circumstances immediately to the Passport Agency, or if abroad to the nearest American Embassy or Consulate General. I understand that both passports must be submitted for inspection or cancellation when I request any passport service in the future.

 

I am requesting that my application for passport be expedited, as I will also be required to apply for visas to the following countries:

India

China - Business

Kazakhstan

UAE

Brazil

Nepal

 

In addition I am traveling to Hong Kong, Philippines and Panama.

 

Thank you for the issuance of a second passport.  If there is anything I can do to assist you in the making of this decision, Please call me at xx

 

 

Thanks, this is very helpful.  What are the time limitations on the other passport?  5 years?, 1 year?  I have heard a variety of numbers.

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2 minutes ago, ProbeGT said:

Thanks, this is very helpful.  What are the time limitations on the other passport?  5 years?, 1 year?  I have heard a variety of numbers.

It is classified as a limited passport.  I think their policy is upto 4 years.  My reading of the CFR is it can be any length they want. My last few have been 4 years.  I know somewhere along the line I had a two year one.  An official passport and diplomatic passport is 5 years. 

 

Later when you do the 10 year renewal you need to bring in all the expired passports with you.  When I did my last one in 2017 I had four passports with me.  The unexpired 10 year, an unexpired 4 year, and 2 expired passports. 

 

When I request a new short term use one (you mark it as new, not considered a renewal), they have never asked to see the old ones.  Of course I bring them along.

 

Since I have had the extra passport I have always done the transactions in person.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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Posted (edited)

Some countries have super long visa processing times, even for US citizens, and I always wondered how one could travel in such situations.  This is very helpful, thanks!

 

Once you have more than one, do you treat one as your "primary", or do you use whichever works better given your situation? 

Edited by ProbeGT
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