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F.A.Q. s (Frequently Asked Questions)


1. What does Passport Rush do?
2. Why do I need a passport?
3. Why do I need a visa?
4. I have a US passport – why do I need a visa?
5. What can I do if an emergency situation requires me to travel to a foreign country and I need a passport or visa?
6. How quickly can I get a passport?
7. How long will by passport be valid?
8. What do I do if my passport has not expired but I have run out of blank visa pages in my passport?
9. Why is a full blank visa page necessary in my passport?
10. If my passport is lost or stolen while I am traveling, what do I do?
11. Does a minor need a passport?
12. Will it be a problem if the name on my passport does not match the name on my ticket?
13. Why do I need a visa for some countries and not others and how would I find out if a specific country requires one?
14. What is the difference between a business visa and a tourist visa?
15. Do I have to send Passport Rush my actual passport if a visa is required?
16. What differentiates a single entry from a multiple-entry visa?
17. Can the picture in my passport be used for the visa application?
18. Can I fax my passport or visa application to you for processing?
19. Can you describe the fees charged?
20. Why should I get my passport through Passport Rush?
21. What are the government's turnaround times?
22. Can I call a Passport Office directly?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What does Passport Rush do?  q

Passport Rush offers assistance with getting all manner of travel documentation. Passport Rush assists corporate travel departments, individuals, and travel agents, allowing them to meet travel deadlines. Without our assistance, it can take 6-10 weeks or more to process a passport, whereas we can expedite a passport or visa in as little as in 24 hours from when we receive your materials.

 

 

2. Why do I need a passport?  q

You need a passport as proof of citizenship and as a travel document issued by the government of a your native or adopted country.

 

 

3. Why do I need a visa?  q

Some nations require a visa, usually stamped into the traveler’s passport, as permission for a traveler to enter into that country for a specific purpose. The most common purposes for needing a visa include conducting business, attending a conference, trade show or symposium, tourism, establishing temporary or permanent residency or going to. Each sovereign nation has very distinct guidelines and procedures that a traveler must follow when applying for the appropriate visa category.

 

 

4. I have a US passport – why do I need a visa?  q

A US passport does not automatically permit entry into every country without a visa. Because of negotiated reciprocal visa waivers and long-standing diplomatic relations, many countries allow US passport holders to enter without a visa, however many countries that do not.

 

 

5. What can I do if an emergency situation requires me to travel to a foreign country and I need a passport or visa?  q

All government offices and all consulates and embassies are closed on weekends and in the evenings. If you lost your US passport and need a new one, or if you need an emergency travel visa, follow our passport instructions, gather ALL the required documents and deliver them in person or FedEx all the documents to our nearest Passport Rush office (Contact Us) the next business day.

 

 

6. How quickly can I get a passport?  q

Passport Rush always expedites a passport within a very quick stated time, usually within two days. US Passport Agencies will rush the process for an additional fee. Please note: if departure is in less than 10 days, or if departure is in two or three weeks and foreign visas are required, you must substantiate the requirement with plane tickets, travel itinerary or proof of confirmed reservations.

 

 

7. How long will by passport be valid?  q

Most US passports issued to adults (over 18 years at the time of issuance) are valid for 10 years unless restricted to a specific period of validity. For individuals under the age of 18, passports are valid for only 5 years. Nationality determines the validity of non-US passports.

 

 

8. What do I do if my passport has not expired but I have run out of blank visa pages in my passport?  q

Call Passport Rush to obtain a list of the required documents and forms. If you are a US citizen, submit your passport to Passport Rush for the addition of extra pages, which will be affixed by the US State Department in your current passport.

 

 

9. Why is a full blank visa page necessary in my passport?  q

Countries require that visa stamps be placed on pages specifically marked for them that do not contain any other stamps. US passports have Amendment pages at the back that are specifically designated by the US State Department for changes and endorsements to a passport after initial issuance, however, most countries generally do not recognize the usability of these pages for visas.

 

 

10. If my passport is lost or stolen while I am traveling, what do I do?  q

Passport Rush offers a Protection Plan. We provide you with specific instructions as well as important numbers so you can speak directly with someone who can help you. U.S. Embassies and Consulates are a phone call away, and with the Plan you are assured free transmission of all the forms and applications you need. This necessity for any international traveler lasts for the lifetime of your passport so it is always there when you need it most.

 

 

11. Does a minor need a passport?  q

The US Government requires a separate passport for each traveler. Other nations have their own rules. You can find that information by calling or writing to the embassy or consulate of the country in question.

 

 

12. Will it be a problem if the name on my passport does not match the name on my ticket?  q

If your travel documents and travel tickets have different names you may be denied boarding. One of the major reasons is security.

 

 

13. Why do I need a visa for some countries and not others and how would I find out if a specific country requires one?  q

Contact any Passport Rush office or check our Visas link at http://www.PassportRush.com/Visas.com for specific information about the country in question. Most visa requirements are based on diplomatic or historical relations and/or treaties of trade and commerce between nations. For example, citizens of former colonies or dependent territories are frequently exempted from visa requirements.

 

 

14. What is the difference between a business visa and a tourist visa?  q

TRAVEL FOR BUSINESS:

A business visa generally permits a traveler to engage in normal business-related activities in the destination country. Each country defines what activities are allowed under their business visa category. For the specifics for the country you will be visiting, call Passport Rush or visit our Web site. Business activities might include the following examples: attending a business seminar or meetings and discussions, participating in a conference or symposium, providing non-technical sales support, gathering market information or conducting short-term research, visiting customers, negotiating and signing contracts, or meeting with government officials.

 

TRAVEL FOR TOURISM:

US citizens traveling as a tourist for short periods of time often do not require a visa to some countries. It may be sufficient in these cases for the traveler to present a valid US passport upon arrival in a non-visa destination as well as a round-trip ticket. Tourist visas are issued specifically for the purpose of travel for pleasure. Many countries that do not require a tourist visa for US citizens do require the completion of an arrival/departure card or tourist card upon arrival in that country. These arrival/departure cards are available through airlines and must be presented to the admitting customs officer. For tourism, a limited period of stay is usually authorized upon arrival.

 

 

15. Do I have to send Passport Rush my actual passport if a visa is required?  q

Yes, a passport needs to be submitted because the visa must be stamped on one of the blank visa pages. However, if traveling to Russia, Russian visas are currently issued on a loose piece of paper and sometimes only a photocopy of the identification pages of your passport, along with other supporting documents, are required. We will advise you on this issue at the time of your application for a visa.

 

 

16. What differentiates a single entry from a multiple-entry visa?  q

This depends on the reciprocal treaties governing visa issuance for each nationality. A visa may allow the traveler to enter at various times or it may permit only one entry before its expiration. Restrictions of time (expiration date of the visa), the nationality of the traveler, or restrictions placed on the total number of days permitted in country during any year govern the number of times that a multiple-entry visa may be used. A single-entry visa may only be used for one entry for the specific purpose for which it was granted.

 

 

17. Can the picture in my passport be used for the visa application?  q

No. The photograph in a passport cannot be used for visa applications. If they are required to obtain a visa, photographs must be attached to the visa application forms and submitted to the issuing country. Most countries will accept passport-type photos taken within the past 3 months in either black and white or color. Digital photos are not usually accepted.

 

 

18. Can I fax my passport or visa application to you for processing?  q

Most countries require the submission of not only the actual passport, but also original photographs and completed application forms with the applicant's original signature, as well as the required supporting documents. These requirements are imposed by sovereign nations in consideration of granting a visa to a particular individual for a specific purpose and requirements vary by country. The signature of the applicant acknowledges that all the information appearing on the application is true and correct. It is also a formal petition to a sovereign nation for the right to enter that country. Therefore faxed documents are not usually accepted.

 

 

19. Can you describe the fees charged?  q

There are three types of fees that may apply, depending on your needs: a. Consulate or embassy fees – to fulfill visa and passport issuance requirements or document authentication /legalization charges. b. State Department fees  c. Passport Rush service fee – separate from the fees charged by the State Department or consular offices, they are for facilitating the issuance of visas, passports, or other documents and services to successfully fulfill each order.

 

 

20. Why should I get my passport through Passport Rush?  q

The government's internal expediting service can take from 4 to 6 weeks or more to get you a passport and this amount of time is NOT guaranteed. It can take can take as long as 8-10 weeks to process your passport. We can expedite the process and get you your travel documents within days, if not quicker.

 

 

21. What are the government's turnaround times?  q

The Department of State, which issues US passports, declares on their web site that regular passport applications are processed and sent out in 25 days and that expedited orders are turned around in less than a week. This, unfortunately, is misinformation. The Department of State's website designers may have been using outdated information when building their passport Information website. The facts are that each year the US Passport Agency issues around 3 million to 6.5 million passports. It is not possible to guarantee personalized attention to applications under those circumstances.

 

 

22. Can I call a Passport Office directly?  q

You now must call a 900 number to contact the government about a passport application and can end up spending more on calls to this number than it would cost to use Passport Rush. While the government cannot guarantee when you'll receive your passport, we guarantee that you will get your passport in time for your trip. This number connects you with the National Passport Information Center this is not where passports are processed the phone rep you speak with can only review the information that has been entered into the Passport Agency's computer system but cannot in effect help you.

 

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