Passport Issues - Anyone Please!

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Found 29th Jul 2008
Hi,
My 18 year old son is coming to Florida, America with us in August (Next Month) The Issue Is:
His passport expires January 2009 (Around 5 months after we leave).
I've heard there has to be atleast 6months before expiry to travel to America.
We can't get a new passport as it will be his first adult passport and it will take too long (As you need to have an interview etc.).
PLEASE can anyone give me any ideas of what I can do. Or will it be OK if he goes with 5months to expiry?

Thanks

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Outside of the EEA you need 6 months left.

There isn't anything you can do.

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emasu;2630647

Outside of the EEA you need 6 months left.There isn't anything you can do.



So nothing at all ?

Can't you book an appointment with the passport office and get one issue on that day? I did a few years ago when I found out my sons passport had run out just before we went on holiday to Crete...

I wouldn't have thought so no... if you go over they I think they can just send you back.

edna_clouds;2630668

Can't you book an appointment with the passport office and get one issue … Can't you book an appointment with the passport office and get one issue on that day? I did a few years ago when I found out my sons passport had run out just before we went on holiday to Crete...



No. First adult passports now require an interview. The process can take up to 6 weeks in peak times like now.

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Don't forget to ring the US immigration to let them know 3 days in advance you are coming

It wont take 5 months to get a new passport im sure 1 month at the most. If you are that worried there is a fast track service which is expensive but alot quicker.

mine was one week out last year of the 6 month period - had to get another passport

emasu;2630647

Outside of the EEA you need 6 months left.There isn't anything you can do.



agreed 6 months has to be left on the passport when you leave

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So i definitely wouldn't beable to go / phone anywhere to say it's five months left - or is there no margin for error?

I am 99% certain you don't need an interview in your sons case.

I was 14 (1997) when I got my first passport and it expired in 2002. I did not ernew it until September of last year and did not need an interview as it counted as a renewel even though it was the first time I had applied as an aduklt.

The interview I am sure is only for people who have yet to ever hold a passport.

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AnotherDave;2630715

I am 99% certain you don't need an interview in your sons case.I was 14 … I am 99% certain you don't need an interview in your sons case.I was 14 (1997) when I got my first passport and it expired in 2002. I did not ernew it until September of last year and did not need an interview as it counted as a renewel even though it was the first time I had applied as an aduklt.The interview I am sure is only for people who have yet to ever hold a passport.



It's probably changed in that time though ?

Pompey-Football;2630708

So i definitely wouldn't beable to go / phone anywhere to say it's five … So i definitely wouldn't beable to go / phone anywhere to say it's five months left - or is there no margin for error?



they are so strict - I go every year and every year my o/h gets pulled in to customss as he went to Nashville with my daughter manyn eyars back and they forgot to take a pice of paper out of his passport when he left, even though we have since lived in the US every time we enter he will get pulled into customs for something they did wrong, we were told there i absolutely nothing that can be done, it is in the system now -
dont know about an interview either - my daughter just renewed to an adult passport - you could check at the post office, they do it all for you and it is quicker for the sake of a few £ or
ring the passport office, costs a fortune and can only ring at certain times and if you need to try and get an appointment, there is NO WAY they will let anyone in with 5 month left on a passport - and good luck

Nope, interview rule was in place before I applied, anyway. Found this. Hope it helps

ips.gov.uk/pas…asp

Who will be interviewed?Only adults who have never previously held a … Who will be interviewed?Only adults who have never previously held a British passport in their own name will need to have an interview. This will not apply to people who held their own passport as a child, but it will apply to those whose names were included in a parent’s passport.



Looks like you should be alright

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AnotherDave;2630746

Nope, interview rule was in place before I applied, anyway. Found this. … Nope, interview rule was in place before I applied, anyway. Found this. Hope it helpshttp://www.ips.gov.uk/passport/interviews-who.aspLooks like you should be alright



Can anyone back this up please ?

Has he had his own child passport before? If so, get a new one.

If he has been on parent's passport - no.

Looks like it's 90 days...

Taken from ]http//ww…tml

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.

If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires.

your main problem is that you can't use the one week service anymore.

but the site definitely says"Who will be interviewed?
Only adults who have never previously held a British passport in their own name will need to have an interview. This will not apply to people who held their own passport as a child, but it will apply to those whose names were included in a parent’s passport.

If you were born on or before 2 September 1929, you may not need to have an identity interview."

so providing he had his own passport then he won't need an interview but it might still not arrive in time. i'd ring the US embassy myself just to make sure that he doesn't need 6 months remaining

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]You will be fine going with his existing passport, for travel to the USA, a UK passport only has to be valid for the duration of your stay. To put your mind at ease ring the US embassy. And he shouldn't need to have an interview when he does renew his passport.

If what t0mm says is true (see post 22), then you should check with the airline you're going with. As it could be that the US will let him in, but the airline won't let him out! I got a passport in a day last year, it cost double the normal cost and you have to make an appointment, you cannot just turn up.[/COLOR]

emasu;2630647

Outside of the EEA you need 6 months left.There isn't anything you can do.



octobergirl;2630699

mine was one week out last year of the 6 month period - had to get … mine was one week out last year of the 6 month period - had to get another passport



octobergirl;2630706

agreed 6 months has to be left on the passport when you leave



[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it varies from country to country, there are now special arrangements between the UK and US[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

chrysha;2630923

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=DarkOrchid]I think it varies from … [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=DarkOrchid]I think it varies from country to country, there are now special arrangements between the UK and US[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


it's EEA rules not UK rules.

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Anyone Else ?

Cheers

Pompey-Football;2631286

Anyone Else ?Cheers


[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Good luck![/COLOR]

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chrysha;2631338

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Good luck![/COLOR]



Thanks

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chrysha;2630923

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it varies … [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I think it varies from country to country, there are now special arrangements between the UK and US[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



Can anyone find reliable information to back this up ?

Thanks

Pompey-Football;2631468

Can anyone find reliable information to back this up ?Thanks


[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]This is what the US embassy website says;
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.

If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires.

[/COLOR]

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chrysha;2631520

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]This is what the US embassy website says;Does my … [COLOR="DarkOrchid"]This is what the US embassy website says;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. If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires. [/COLOR]



Just sending off a few emails and a few phone calls tomorrow morning to confirm all this - But Thank you soo much for your help anyway!

Thanks

my first adult passport just took me 3 weeks fro start to finish, including the interview to recieve...I revieved it last firday, so this isn't really a peak time.

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I had the same problem, 4 weeks out of going away, first adult passport, i just got a form, took pics etc, sent it off and got it back luckily within 4 weeks. I had no interview.

I do not think going to the USA will need passport to be valid for 6 months at all. Since I know UK and Canada have an agreement as long as passport is valid, you can travel. And as someone have quoted already, the same seems to be true with the USA. If you are in doubt, just phone/email to clarify.

:?im sure i read on the form last time i filled mine in you can apply for a extended passport worth asking about gl xx
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