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CLOSURES:

May 1 -May Day European consulates closed and China.

May 9 Consulate of Russia is closed.

Holiday-Memorial Day May 29. JIDS as well as Passport Agency and Consulates closed.

United Kingdom will not accept any submissions on May 26, 2017 and is closed on Memorial Day Monday 29th.


IMPORTANT PASSPORT AGENCY NEWS MAY 1, 2017

As of May 1, 2017, the times for submissions has changed at the passport agency.  ALL PASSPORT AGENCY REQUESTS MUST BE advised to us at least the day before you overnight mail to us, so we can advise procedures and times.

Walk-ins must be here by 9AM, our courier leaves at 915am, nothing will be accepted for that day if you arrive after 9am or do not call us to advise you are coming the passport is submitted the following day.


 


April -U.S. CITIZEN MESSAGES Mozambique
New Enforcement of Visa Requirements for Entry

U.S. citizens traveling to Mozambique should be aware of newly enforced entry requirements to obtain a visa in advance of arrival in the country.  With the exception of nationals from a few neighboring countries, all foreigners traveling to the country require a visa.  JIDS can help you obtain the visa.  Call 914-592-2760.

Officially, since 2003 foreigners traveling to Mozambique have been instructed to obtain a visa in advance if they are arriving from a country that has a Mozambique embassy.  Travelers arriving from other countries without Mozambican representation have been able to purchase single-entry visitors’ visas valid for 30 days at the airport or other points of entry for $82.  Unofficially, until recently almost all foreigners have been permitted to purchase these visas on arrival.  The only factor being different from obtaining a visa in advance was that the ‘visto de fronteira’ was $25 more expensive and limited to a single entry.

This is no longer the case.  Foreigners arriving without a visa from a country with a Mozambican mission will likely be denied entry and sent to South Africa or another country on the next available flight.  Many U.S. citizens have recently been denied entry and deported. In practice, even Americans arriving from a country without a Mozambican diplomatic presence are sometimes being denied entry if arriving without a visa.

Travelers to Mozambique should also pay careful attention to other requirements of their visas and be prepared to show any documentation which accompanied their applications.  U.S. citizens have been denied entry for not being able to produce an invitation letter, other requested documentation, or correctly completed arrival forms.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mozambique enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  JIDS can also help you register for the STEP program.

If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.


Kenya Travel Alert

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 6, 2017

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that general elections are scheduled for August 8, 2017. Candidate selection for national and county offices will take place throughout the country in April, followed by nationwide campaigning. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2017.

Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice and even those intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence. As with all large events, there is also the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants and visitors. You should avoid areas of gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any such events.

  • U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.
  • Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Restrictions on traffic circulation, either imposed by the authorities or caused by political rallies, could occur during the elections period.  Please refer to our Security Message dated March 13, 2017 for tips on personal preparedness.

 


PASSPORT AGENCY NEWS :

2017-PHOTOS

CHEST up photos taken have been rejected, and they are giving us new guidelines of shoulders up, Please look at the photos before they are printed at CVS or any other place doing passport photos.  They have rejected many photos from the chest up saying the head is too small.

As of February 1, 2017 we can now offer a new service to travelers who do not have proof of travel and do not intend to travel within at least a months time, and want to expedite the request.  Justin Document fee will be $75.00 to hand deliver the request to the Department of State Passport Agency.  The Passport Agency will charge 170.00 plus return overnight mail fee of $15.45 and the passport can be mailed directly to you.  Call our office if you fit into this category.

As of September 19th -SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS MUST BE PROVIDED ON ALL PASSPORT APPLICATIONS. Customers who do not provide their SSN will experience delays in the processing of their application.  If you cannot provide SSN ,call us 914-592-2760


PASSPORT AGENCY – As of November 1, 2016, NO EYE GLASSES PERMITTED IN PASSPORT PHOTOS.


Vietnam-

Consulate General of Vietnam will now ONLY ISSUE A ONE YEAR MULTIPLE VISA FOR Tourist or Business,  Fee is 200.00, Rush fees still apply as well.


It is Passport Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of State wants you to have a picture perfect passport.

Why is a PASSPORT PHOTO Denied ??

Bad photos are the #1 reason passport applications get held up during the application process. In 2015, we received more than 200,000 unacceptable passport photos! Submitting a passport application with a bad photo will delay processing your application and could interfere with planned travel.

That’s why during the month of September the U.S. Department of State is promoting the #PicturePerfectPassport campaign.

Save yourself the anxiety of delay and make sure you’re not making these mistakes!

1. Glare on glasses

It’s tough not have glare on your glasses

It’s actually more common that you think. Glare can appear even when the camera doesn’t flash. So, it may be easier to take them off. In fact, coming soon, glasses won’t be allowed anymore in passport photos.

2. Too light or too dark

Photos that are too bright or that show shadows on your face will also cause you problems. Your photo needs to be clear, reflecting your true skin tone. Remember, photo filters are good for social media, not your passport photo.

3. Photo is not recent

Your passport photo needs to have been taken within 6 months of submitting your passport photo. We verify that the photo looks like you. So, save your old photos for throw-back Thursdays.

4. Image size

Selfies are a bad idea when it comes to passport photos. Photos that are taken too close or too far away will be rejected. For help, use our smart photo tool.

5. Low quality image or paper

Photo is blurry, grainy, pixelated, or printed on the wrong paper. Photos should be high resolution and not damaged.


6/2016-Consulate General of Saudi

Mandatory Insurance on Non US Visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia cost varies per nationality and is paid directly to outsource agency upon application by JIDS on your behalf.


June 2016-PASSPORT AGENCY NEWS

SECOND DUPLICATE PASSPORT – The Validity of a second passport is now 4 years instead of two years.  The requirements remain the same.


Saudi Arabia-New procedure 2016 – Business letter needs to be notarized


5/26/2016  Right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel. Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel. Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).

Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight.

Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. Travelers may also check with their state’s driver’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.

 


passportworldIf your passport has been lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to help protect yourself against identity theft and to prevent someone else from using the passport.

Report Your Lost or Stolen Passport Online
You may now electronically submit form DS-64 to report your passport lost or stolen!

Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport – Submit DS-64 Online

 

Canada


Entry requirements for NON US Citizens even with  a US RESIDENCY GREEN CARD:

Important Notice

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Call JIDS if you would like assistance obtaining this visa.


PASSPORT NEWS :

If you have a United States passport expiring any time in 2016, the State Department has a message for you: Renew it now.

The department anticipates a surge in passport demand throughout this year, and officials hope to avoid a crush that could leave some Americans fuming in frustration with no passport in hand on the day they planned to travel outside the country.

Officials are expecting a flood of renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007. The latter was the year when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect, for the first time requiring passports for Americans returning by air from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. As millions of citizens scrambled to apply for their first passports, backlogs swelled and many were stranded.

“We were overwhelmed then, and we are not going to be overwhelmed again,” said Michele Bond, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, who oversees passports. She has been on a campaign to cajole Americans into renewing early.

Credit James Nieves/The New York Times
There has also been an uptick, officials said, in first-time applications from Americans in states that have not yet complied with the Real ID Act, which sets stricter standards for driver’s licenses and other identity cards. Many people seem to have a mistaken belief that a deadline is imminent after which they will not be able to present licenses from those states for flights within the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security recently clarified the deadline: Jan. 22, 2018. As of that date, residents of states that still have not complied with Real ID will have to show an alternative, approved form of identification, such as a passport.

For now there is no hurry for travelers in the five states and a territory that have not complied so far — Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and American Samoa — if they are not planning to go abroad. But some are rushing to get passports anyway (travel.state.gov), adding to congestion in the system.

State Department officials say another reason to renew soon is that many countries are now enforcing a requirement for at least six months’ validity on a United States passport. The department has experienced an increase in frantic calls from Americans who were denied entry at foreign airports and borders because their passports had less than six months to go.

Officials said they expected to issue more than 17 million new passports and renewals this year, about 1.5 million more than in 2015.


JIDS New procedure:

As of Monday Nov. 30, 2015 copies of all your documents sent to JIDS for processing must be enclosed or a $10.00 copy fee will apply.


GET A PASSPORT if you do not have one,for domestic travel as well as international.
Homeland Security Issues New ID Requirements for New Yorkers—and Thousands of Others—Heading to the Airport
by Daniel McCarthy /

Customers from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, or American Samoa, head’s up. Travelers from those locations soon will be out of luck if they try to travel using a driver’s license as ID.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, driver’s licenses from the four states and Samoa do not comply with the minimum standards of the federal Real ID system.

The system was created by an act of Congress following recommendations from the 9/11 Commission that the Federal Government should “set standards of the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” DHS will begin enforcing its final phase, allowing only travelers from compliant states to use their driver’s licenses as ID for domestic air travel, in 2016. New York and Minnesota had obtained a federal extension for implementing the Real ID system, but it will expire on Jan. 19.

The Act requires that all state IDs issued after Dec. 1, 1964, comply with the REAL ID system, under which the issuing state’s DMV records must include social security numbers, photographs, and home addresses of drivers.

While New York does offer enhanced licenses, which the state believes makes it compliant with the law, it does not require that its residents get one. According to a story in today’s Newsday in New York, 11.5 million driver licenses are active in the state, and only 800,000—just 6.9%—are enhanced.

New Hampshire has a separate problem with the Act, as state law there does not require the DMV to store social security numbers. Meanwhile, New Hampshire law doesn’t require a photograph to be stored at the DMV or a home address be printed on the license, two things that the Real ID law requires.

In Louisiana, though the state’s House voted to adopt federal REAL ID regulations, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed legislation in June, 2014, citing issues with state versus federal rights as the reason. The same problem came up when Minnesota tried to pass laws requiring REAL IDs last April.

Beside the extra cost of obtaining an enhanced license, there are also privacy concerns over the Real ID requirements. Douglas Kidd, the executive director of the National Association of Airline Passengers, told Newsday that while his organization understands the need for extra security “whether the Real ID and the additional personal data associated with it actually provides any real security remains to be seen.”

Debates notwithstanding—and especially with the wait for passports already getting longer—travel agents can help their customers by reminding them that citizens from these four states who were born after Dec. 1, 1964, will no longer be able to board a domestic flight or cruise without a passport. And the sooner they get on line, the better.


VISA NEWS:

Malawi Entry requirements:

  • Effective October 1, 2015 the government of Malawi will require US nationals as well as many other nationalities to apply for a visa for short stays in the country, call JIDS for further details.

PASSPORT AGENCY NEWS:

11/20/15 Americans: Pay Your Taxes—Or Lose Your Passport

Congress is poised to enact a law denying or revoking passports for U.S. citizens who haven’t paid their taxes.

Under a new law expected to take effect in January, the State Department will block Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax debt from receiving new passports and will be allowed to rescind existing passports of people who fall into that category. The list of affected taxpayers will be compiled by the Internal Revenue Service using a threshold of $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes, including penalties and interest, which would be adjusted for inflation.

The rule has been passed in similar versions by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is part of a highway-funding bill, H.R. 22, that is now before a conference committee. Congress is expected to pass it in early December.

U.S. government will be able to deny new passports or revoke ones held by people with serious tax debts

Read more here …


Extra Visa Pages no Longer Issued Effective January 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.

To mitigate the impact on frequent travelers, the Department began issuing 52-page passports to all applicants outside the United States starting October 1, 2014 for no additional cost. Applicants within the United States may choose a 28-page or 52-page book.

Requests for additional 24-page visa inserts will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport

Right now you can still expedite them for $142.00 government fees plus JIDS fees. 

What this means to travelers who have VALID VISAS in the passport :
Some countries allow you to carry both passports, the cancelled one with the valid visas and the current passport. However some countries do not allow this and VISAS must be transferred or you must apply for a new visa in your new current passport.

Get pages added before 2016.


Passport Agency Alert
Ten years ago the US State Department and Homeland Security enforced a new policy making carrying a passport mandatory when travelling in the western hemisphere. Millions of Americans who secured a passport to travel will find themselves in need of a renewal in or around 2016. Those passports are starting to expire and the US Passport Offices are already experiencing processing delays. Check your passports and let us know if we can help you get those passports renewed with our expedited services in as little as 24hrs. Same day appointments are available as well, all with valid proof of travel. Call us 914 – 592 – 2760.


Iraq Travel Warning

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation.  The ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty, including arrest, is extremely limited. Private U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from traveling to Iraq to join in armed conflict. The Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil are open and operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 22, 2015.

Potential Implications for Travel Because of Ebola in Parts of West Africa

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

This Travel Alert will expire on March 15, 2016.

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CLOSURES:

November 26 & 27th JIDS will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

VISA NEWS:

Malawi Entry requirements:

  • Effective October 1, 2015 the government of Malawi will require US nationals as well as many other nationalities to apply for a visa for short stays in the country, call JIDS for further details.

 

PASSPORT AGENCY NEWS:

Adding additional pages in your US passport has been a option for US passport holders when they need more pages to add visas to the book.

Right now you can still expedite them for $142.00 government fees plus JIDS fees. The US Department of State has been talking about discontinuing this and according to a announcement made by Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary of Passport Services at the U.S. State Department next January citizens who run out of visa pages will have to obtain a new passport instead of having additional pages inserted. Two options will be available: either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost.

What this means to travelers who have VALID VISAS in the passport :
Some countries allow you to carry both passports, the cancelled one with the valid visas and the current passport. However some countries do not allow this and VISAS must be transferred or you must apply for a new visa in your new current passport.

Get pages added before 2016 if you are expediting. The official date has not yet been announced.

 

Passport Agency Alert
Ten years ago the US State Department and Homeland Security enforced a new policy making carrying a passport mandatory when travelling in the western hemisphere. Millions of Americans who secured a passport to travel will find themselves in need of a renewal in or around 2016. Those passports are starting to expire and the US Passport Offices are already experiencing processing delays. Check your passports and let us know if we can help you get those passports renewed with our expedited services in as little as 24hrs. Same day appointments are available as well, all with valid proof of travel. Call us 914 – 592 – 2760.

 

Iraq Travel Warning

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation.  The ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty, including arrest, is extremely limited. Private U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from traveling to Iraq to join in armed conflict. The Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil are open and operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 22, 2015.

Potential Implications for Travel Because of Ebola in Parts of West Africa

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

This Travel Alert will expire on March 15, 2016.