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Electronic Passport
The proposed U.S. Electronic Passport is the same as a regular usa passport with the addition of a small integrated circuit (computer chip) embedded in the back cover. The chip will securely store the same data visually displayed on the photo page of the passport, and will additionally include a digital photograph. .Passports without chips will still be valid for the full extent of their validity period.

Issuing Authority
USA passport is provided by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Passport Services/Customer Service, which designates many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township, and municipal government offices to accept passport applications on its behalf.

To Report a Lost or Stolen Passport:
Fill in as much of the passport information as you can and answer all the other questions in detail. Submit the form to;

U.S. Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Passport Fees
Age 16 and older : The passport fee is $55. The security surcharge is $12. The execution fee is $30. The total is $97.
Under Age 16 : The passport fee is $40. The security surcharge is $12. The execution fee is $30. The total is $82.

New Application for a U.S. Passport
To obtain a passport usa for the first time, you need to go in person to one of 7,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license.


Important steps to remember :

1 - Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.

2 - Review the visa wait times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide

3 - Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most usa visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process

Temporary Visitors to the U.S.
Most Canadian citizens and many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can come to the U.S. without a visa if they meet certain requirements. Starting October 26, 2004, visa waiver travelers from ALL 27 Visa Waiver Program countries must present either a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa, otherwise a U.S. visa is required . Visa Types There are more than 20 nonimmigrant usa tourist visa types for people traveling to the United States temporarily. There are many more types of immigrant visas for those coming to live permanently in the U.S. The type of Visa you need is determined by the purpose of your intended travel

Alphabetical List of Non-immigrant Classifications and visa for USA

  • Aliens in Transit (C)
  • Crewmen (D)
  • Exchange Visitors (J)
  • Fiance(e) of US citizen (K)
  • Foreign Government Officials (A)
  • Foreign Government Officials to International Organizations (G)
  • Foreign Media Representatives (I)
  • International Cultural Exchange Visitors (Q)
  • Intra-Company Transferee (L)
  • NAFTA (TN)
  • Religious Workers (R)
  • Second Preference Beneficiaries (V)
  • Students (F) (academic)
  • Students (M) (vocational & language)
  • Temporary Workers (H)
  • Temporary Workers (O) (exceptional or outstanding ability)
  • Transit Without Visas (TWOV)
  • Treaty Traders and Investors (E)
  • Victims of Certain Crimes (U)
  • Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons (T)
  • Visa Waiver Program (B)
  • Visitors (B) (business/pleasure)
  • Witness/Informant (S)
  • Workers (P) (athletes and entertainers)
  • Family Based Immigration (green cards)
  • Employment Based Immigration (green cards)
  • Investor Based Immigration (green cards)

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