August 18, 2021 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm #2001101Shlepper78Participant
With the current passport backlog; for people who need their passport and it’s stuck in the system, check out passport.us. orgAugust 18, 2021 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #2001170GadolhadorahParticipant
In virtually all cases, the so-called “expediting services” will be unable to move your applications faster in the Covid era. Instead of the pre-Covid wait time of 6 to 8 weeks to get a passport, I read a story recently that the time is now closer to 3-4 months with nearly a 2 million application backlog. I believe that those with a life-or-death emergency can still contact the passport office and then will need to provide proof of the emergency (aka death certificate or letter from a hospital) along with copies of their airline reservations to initiate an emergency application. Even then, it will take several business days to process and issue, assuming your documentation is legit. I would be very suspect of any “service” claiming they can move you to the front of the line and get you a new or renewed passport faster than you could on your own.
P.S. If you contact your Congressman or Senator’s office they might have some ability to help in a true emergency. Attending your nephew’s chassanah in EY or joining the NaNaNachmanites in Uman for Rosh Hashanah are not considered emergencies.August 18, 2021 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #2001173ujmParticipant
No one can expedite currently.August 18, 2021 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm #2001181Shlepper78Participant
It’s not a traditional expediting service. It’s a non conventional way of expediting that they are able to pull off, especially for now. Indeed there’s no guarantee in these times, but their method works right now.August 18, 2021 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm #2001180BaltimoreMavenParticipant
We had ours within the expedited time frame and in some cases much quicker. 4 weeks or less.August 19, 2021 1:18 am at 1:18 am #2001226Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
If you’re offered an unconventional product, you need to check whether it is legal and ethical before using itAugust 20, 2021 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm #2001590ronfromnjParticipant
Regarding why they stopped expedited passports, the state dept website states the following:
We are making this change to address the problem of third parties booking appointments online using automated programs, or bots, and then selling these appointments to customers with urgent travel needs.
In other words, the third-party agents that help clients procure expedited passports are the ones that are responsible for the current situation. And of course they’re now standing by ready to help.August 20, 2021 8:20 pm at 8:20 pm #2001630Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
US State has hard time expediting visas for Afghan contractors in Kabul, is your emergency more than that?
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