Is your passport in order?

One of the biggest complaints I hear from employers concerns people who apply for jobs but when offered a position are not ready to deploy overseas.

Company reps say “people are looking for overseas jobs but don’t have the most basic thing they need: a valid passport.”

Job offers have been canceled because of this. Waiting to apply for a passport until you’re contacted by a company is a major mistake mainly because of how long it can take to get one.

Here are some  US State Department figures on passport processing times (as of May 19, 2010):

As of (Wednesday May 19, 2010 ), we are processing routine applications in approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.
As of (Wednesday May 19, 2010 ), we are processing requests for expedited service, that include overnight delivery to and from the Passport Agency, about 2-3 weeks door-to-door*.

Currently, it is taking 5-7 days for applications to be tracked online.  It may take less time if you paid for Expedite Service and sent your application via overnight delivery.


The door-to-door 2-3 week estimated timeframe for receipt of your passport takes into consideration the:

Additional time it may take to receive your passport application at a Passport Agency/Center when you apply for Expedited Passport Processing through a designated Passport Acceptance Facility; and additional time it may take to mail the passport to you.


The home page for the State Department’s Passport Services can be found here:


Ok, you’re offered a job, but don’t have a passport or need a fast renewal.

If you need a passport in a hurry, you might be tempted to use so-called Passport Expeditor companies found online. This is risky for a number of reasons. Here is a warning from the State Department:

Passport Services reminds customers that only Websites ending with the “.gov” suffix are official Government Websites. The Web address of Passport Services is

Many non-Government Websites (e.g., using “.com,” “.org,” or “.net” suffixes) provide legitimate and useful passport-related information and services. Regardless of the content of other Websites, Passport Services does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material posted on Websites other than this one.

Furthermore, a few commercial Websites may try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking that they are official Passport Services” Websites. These Websites may attempt to take credit and/or charge for services (such as the ability to fill-out a passport application online and then, print it) that are otherwise provided free on Passport Services” or another Government Website or for services that you do not receive.


Another resource you should check is this website about such scamsPassport

4 Responses to Is your passport in order?

  1. Tom Williams May 26, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Can you recommend a resume’ service comapny that specializes in LOGCAP resume’s?

  2. DZJeditor May 31, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Please see the post Introducing Guest Blogger Bruce Diggs: Walking the Walk on Paper

  3. Adam August 23, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    When a jobsite asks whether or not you can work in a country what specifies that? I have a current passport but I have no idea if I am able to be employed overseas. What criteria are they looking for? Thank you.

  4. S. Martinez September 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    HI~ I am having a hard time finding a sponsor for my security clearance. I have a US Passport.

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