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Expedited Passport Renewal in a Foreign Country

by Abby
(New Jersey)

Question: If I'm already in a foreign country and need to extend the validity of my passport, can I claim it lost and apply for one that has a 10-year validity?

My daughter is in Israel. Her flight home is on June 20. She is arranging to go on a program that goes beyond her passport's expiration date. The embassy will not give her a visa unless her passport is valid beyond the end point of the program (August of next year). The program will not enroll her on time (July, next month) unless she has a visa. If she comes home without the visa, (which we all want, because she has been there for a year and we, the family, would like to be together before she goes back) she will not be able to start the program on time.

1. Should she claim the passport is lost, and pay expedited fees to get it replaced PROVIDED that the new expiration date WILL BE 10 YEARS AS IT SHOULD FOR AN ADULT, or

2. try to renew her current passport. Or is that a bad idea, since it will take too long?

Answer: Expedited Service is not available at U.S. embassies and consulates in foreign countries although processing normally takes less time than it does when applying in the United States. In the case of Israel, processing of passport applications is currently taking 3 to 4 weeks.

The only way to get a passport faster is to prove a legitimate emergency. However, the passport that would be issued would be a limited-validity passport. That is, the passport would only have a validity of 1 year.

As far as we know, there is no way for your daughter to obtain a new, full-validity passport prior to her departure date.

Since we do not know the details of the program, it is difficult to make any recommendations. Your daughter can obtain a passport as fast as the same day after arriving in the United States by employing the services of a registered expediter. Maybe she could complete the process for the program she is interested in by either mailing her renewed passport via FedEx to the necessary embassy in Israel or completing the process through the country's embassy in the United States. Click the link below for more information about the expediting service.

Expedited Passport Renewal

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