Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: Passports

Visa and Passport Technological System Issues Addressed

Last week The Department of State announced that they were experiencing technical difficulties with its visa system, which caused many applicants to experience appointment delays and an inability to receive visas. The Bureau of Consular Affairs stated Tuesday that the database which is responsible for these problems has been rebuilt. More than two-thirds of posts… Read More

Your Visa Has Been Approved: How to Get a Driver’s License

If you have a recently approved visa you may wish to apply for a Driver’s License. As a non-immigrant you are eligible to apply for a state Driver’s License or State ID card. Each state has their own regulations, however, so you should familiarize yourself with your specific state’s policies. This information can be found… Read More

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announced Mobile Passport Control App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched Mobile Passport Control (MPC), the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States. MPC will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. This new app was developed as… Read More

SSA Adds Admission Stamp in Unexpired Foreign Passport To List of Primary Evidence of Identity, Updates Policy on New Types of Nonimmigrant Evidence

The Social Security Administration has updated its Program Operations Manual System (POMS), effective April 30, 2013, adding “admission stamp in unexpired foreign passport” to its list of acceptable primary evidence of identity. The updated SSA information, “List of Documents in Priority of Acceptability for Use as Evidence of Identity,” says that this is considered a… Read More

DOS Launches 90-Day Pilot Program Allowing Online Passport Card Applications

On January 24, 2012, the Department of State’s Office of Passport Services launched a 90-day pilot program allowing adult U.S. citizens living in the United States and Canada to apply for a passport card online. Those applying online are not required to mail in their current passport book. The wallet-sized U.S. passport card costs $30… Read More