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*.
ALREADY APPLIED FOR A PASSPORT?
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EXPEDITED SERVICE
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 http://www.travel.state.gov.
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 scams: Passport Scams.com