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I think I may have a problem with my passport and I wanted to get other peoples view ...
14th August 2008, 08:25 AM #1
Is my passport valid?
I think I may have a problem with my passport and I wanted to get other peoples view on it before I act.
Ok my passport is due to expire on 19th February 2009. I am going away to my honeymoon in Florida, US and leave these shores on 23rd August 2008, and return on 8th Sept 2008.
When I leave here my passport will be less than 6 months to expiry.
Will I get any problems leaving the country? I had a look on the US embassy site and think I might be ok but just need a second opinion.
Consular Affairs U.S. Embassy London...
this site suggests otherwise
just read here as well http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new...iv.html#niv079
saying "Does my British passport have to be valid for six months beyond my date of departure from the United States?
No, if your passport is not valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from the United States, it will not affect your eligibility to travel. The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States. "
Your advice is appreciated on this, I am beginning to sweat.
Last edited by ranj; 14th August 2008 at 08:29 AM.
14th August 2008, 09:16 AM #2
Looking at what you've posted it looks like you'll be ok, however I'd get a contact number for the embassy and give them a call to put your mind at rest.
14th August 2008, 09:44 AM #3
I am afraid they can be funny about passports that have nearly expired in the US. My friend had to renew theirs before they went a few years ago. You need to speak to someone to see how the land lies now definately
14th August 2008, 10:00 AM #4
My parents just came back from their honeymoon in the States and they saw people being turned away at immigration when they arrived. I'd be inclined to renew it anyway, just to be on the safe side. There is no way of being caught out by being given misinformation that way!
14th August 2008, 10:24 AM #5
I'd get it renewed as currently any minor issue U.S. side can turn into hours of pain or worse.
14th August 2008, 11:01 AM #6
Immigration laws at the US is extremely tight. I would renew your passport you don't lose the remaining months you have on it as they add 10 years on top once you renew. I'd rather be safe then sorry.
14th August 2008, 12:31 PM #7
Also the USA are very strict on criminal records (not suggesting you have one of course) but my son has a driving offense that the USA embassy informed us that he will need a visa to enter the states forevermore!
14th August 2008, 12:37 PM #8
What type of motoring offence was it?
Originally Posted by chrbb
14th August 2008, 12:50 PM #9
You do not have much time to renew it, you will probably have to fast-track it.
Its £114 if you go to one of their offices then you get the passport the same day.
Otherwise £97 for the one week counter fast-track service.
Urgent applications - Identity and Passport Service
If you need your passport within two weeks you should call our 24-hour Passport Adviceline 0870 521 0410 (see terms and conditions) to make an appointment at one of our offices. We can offer a Fast Track one week service or a Premium same-day service.
Last edited by somabc; 14th August 2008 at 12:52 PM.
14th August 2008, 02:01 PM #10
A friend of mine "fast-tracked" theirs - only took 8 weeks!!!
Originally Posted by somabc
14th August 2008, 04:29 PM #11
They are having 'problems' over the summer, if I were you I would go down to their office.
Originally Posted by jcollings
Last edited by somabc; 14th August 2008 at 04:52 PM.
14th August 2008, 04:42 PM #12
Personally, I would renew...
Do it by going to a passport office. It's a pain... but better than being turned away when you get there
14th August 2008, 04:57 PM #13
Just remember not to answer yes to any of these questions, particularly the terrorist question. I mean seriously does anyone ever tick yes?
14th August 2008, 05:19 PM #14
I was under the impression that only motoring offences that either led to an arrest or conviction meant you weren't able to travel to the US visa-free....
Originally Posted by wizzard
so presumably a 3 points on the license fixed penalty doesn't qualify as a motoring conviction, but more serious motoring offences such as driving without insurance would mean you had to apply for a vista...maybe someone who knows could clarify.
14th August 2008, 05:30 PM #15
They seem to have changed the form. In the 60's we emigrated; my mother was under the illusion that US immigration officials had a sense of humour. Thus when asked "Are you now, or have you ever been a communist...Do you intend to overthrow the American government" She answered "Of course I do, what do you really think?" or words to the effect. It took a long time to get through, but my father was already on his way to hospital with pneumonia which he came down with on the boat. Bit of a shocking way to start the new life...
Originally Posted by somabc
Seriously, the OPs user name of Ranj may indicate that he/she isn't chalky white, Anglo Saxon, all the way back to the Vikings. If so, I'd be doubly sure your paperwork is squeaky clean. Not that ALL Americans are racist by any stretch, but... The War On Terror does seem to have them in a spin.
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