It takes ten working days to receive your first passport after you have physically submitted your paperwork to the immigration authorities. For all other sorts of applications, at least five working days should suffice. If extra information is required or your application was not completed correctly, your passport may take an eternity to arrive.
In fact, it can take up to six months for your passport to come through. But this happens only if there are problems with the processing of your application - like when a country denies an entry visa to someone who is trying to travel using their passport.
People start filing complaints about long waiting times for passports around the time they're scheduled to be delivered. In fact, since 2008, the Passport Agency in the UK has been delayed every time it has issued more than 10 million passports. The problem is apparently due to a lack of staff to handle all the work that comes in. They hope to fix the issue by adding more offices and hiring more staff members.
In any case, it's important to remember that the longer your passport waits, the more likely it is to get lost or stolen. So even if it doesn't seem like it's going to come anytime soon, wait a few more weeks and then call the agency to make sure everything is okay with your file.
The average time between applying for a passport and receiving it is 11 days.
Please apply for a new passport at least six months before your planned trip. Once your full application is accepted during an interview or money is received for mailed-in applications, it usually takes around three weeks to acquire your passport. It may take longer if your application is incomplete. In some cases, it can take more than one attempt before getting your passport.
What are the requirements for an Australian passport? You must be a citizen of Australia, or have permanent resident status in Australia. If you're a New Zealand citizen, you need to meet additional criteria - see below for details.
You must also appear in person at the Passport Office to apply for your passport. This visit may need to be within five years of when you first enter Australia without a visa, but can be no later than ten years after that date.
Who can apply for an Australian passport? You can apply for an Australian passport if you're a citizen of Australia, or if you have permanent resident status in Australia.
A standard passport application takes around six weeks to process. If you apply for a passport within two to three weeks of your scheduled trip dates, you will have to pay an additional fee to have your passport application expedited; it generally takes around two weeks to expedite a passport application. There is no charge for expediting your passport if you need it done before your trip.
You can speed up the process by using our State Department website. Select the "Expedite Passport Application" option on this page to submit an electronic passport application form. This service is free but requires an electronic signature via email or web browser before your application can be processed further.
It usually takes another two weeks after that before you receive your passport. You can check its status online at Travel. State. Gov.
If your passport expires within six months of your last entry into the United States, you will need to renew it to continue receiving visa waivers. The renewal process takes about ten minutes and costs $110.
People often ask us how they can extend their tourist visa beyond the initial 90 days. The only way to do this is to apply for a work permit.
It takes four to six weeks to receive your passport, or two to three weeks if you pay a fee for expedited processing. You can speed up the process by visiting your local post office or passport office before they close on Friday afternoons and over the Columbus Day weekend.
You can also mail in your application but only those sections of the application that are not completed online can be mailed. These include the photo section, where you will need to send one full-face and one half-face photograph; the non-photo page, which includes the cover page and all other pages with writing on them; and the biographical data page. If possible, we recommend submitting your application as early as possible because many applications are processed in order of receipt.
The cost of a passport is $110 for adults and $85 for children under 16. If you qualify for a passport card, which is available to U.S. citizens living abroad who cannot afford a passport, the fee is $80 for adults and $55 for children.
Routine service can take up to 18 weeks from the time an application is submitted to the time a new passport is issued. The 18-week timeline includes up to 12 weeks for processing and 5 to 6 weeks for front and back end mailing periods. If something goes wrong with your application, such as missing documents or errors on your part, we may be able to process your request more quickly. However, even if your application is approved immediately, it will still take at least 2 weeks before you receive your passport.
You can also visit a passport office with precautions in place. These include limiting the number of people in the room, cleaning the building between visits, and using alternative photo methods (such as Skype Visits).
The best way to avoid delays is to apply in advance for your child this year. Passports usually don't expire until after your child turns 18, so there's no reason not to apply early.
If you haven't applied yet because you're waiting for your child to turn 18, don't worry about it. Just make sure that you submit your application by the end of June so it gets processed in time for your child to start school on August 1st.
And if you want a passport but don't need it right away, consider applying for a speedy passport. These are available in limited quantities and they can take up to six weeks to produce.
6 to 8 weeks is about right. If there are no errors on the form and the accompanying papers are acceptable, you should expect to get your passport in 6 to 8 weeks. Otherwise, you may most likely suffer delays. Those who want their passports quickly might request expedited service. This procedure might take up to three weeks. Expedited services are only available at ten passport offices across the country. You can find the list of these offices here: http://travel.state.gov/passport/services/additional-information/office_map.html.
You must file an application with a local passport office to have your photo taken. They will tell you which department takes care of photos and how to go about it. There is usually some kind of photo fee involved in this process. The fee depends on whether you want a formal photo or not and what type of picture it is. For example, if you need to take a photo of yourself with your laptop computer for your digital photo profile, there might be a charge for that. There could also be charges for taking photos in special lighting conditions, such as low light levels or inside buildings.
The actual time it takes to get a passport varies depending on how busy the office is. The further away from Washington, D.C., the longer it generally takes.