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Eligibility Requirements For The US Passport

Dec 15 , 2023

The US passport holds considerable global influence due to its extensive visa-free access to numerous countries, making it one of the most powerful passports worldwide. This travel document is exclusively designated for U.S. citizens and non-citizen nationals (the latter category is subject to specific requests and is granted only in exceptional cases).

The US authorities maintain stringent standards in passport issuance, ensuring adherence to application, production, and delivery procedures consistently throughout the year. Nevertheless, the processing times for this document may vary depending on the season in which you submit your application.

The application for a US passport can only be submitted in person by the passport holder or the legal guardian (in the case of a minor passport holder) at a designated passport acceptance office. Some of these instances require an appointment or have specific working hours.


Steps Before Acquiring a US Passport

Before applying for an American passport, consider completing the following steps to ensure a smooth and efficient application process:

  • Fill in the DS-11 passport application form, which will be handed in printed form at the corresponding office. This type of form is only available in English and must be completed in English.

There are two options for this:

  • Fill it in online (in English) and then print it out.
  • Download and fill it in by hand

Note: Do not sign Form DS-11 until instructed to do so by the agent who will see you in person.

Personal documents to be provided:

  • An original document of proof of citizenship (and a photocopy of both sides)
  • An identity document with a photo (and a photocopy of both sides)

You must also deliver:

  • Passport photograph
  • Payment of passport processing fee

Once you have completed these steps, you can apply for your passport. Find a passport application acceptance office, by entering your postcode in the search bar you will be directed to a list of the nearest offices.


What is Exactly a Fast-track Passport?


In some cases, you can get a passport faster. This type of passport can only be applied for in exceptional cases, whether it is an emergency (life or death), an urgency or if you pay a higher fee ($60 plus postage) for expedited processing.

You can follow the verification steps of your application online, so you are kept up to date on the progress of your application.


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