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Why You Should Renew Your Passport Now

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Feb 11, 2016 1:20:37 PM



According to officials at the US State Department, 2016 and 2017 will be extremely busy for the Passport Office. The number of passport renewals is expected to exceed 2015's numbers by more than 1.5 million requests. Why such a drastic increase you wonder? The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is much of the reason for the increased demand. This Department of Homeland Security initiative, enacted in January 2007 began requiring that US travelers to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda, obtain and show a valid passport to gain entry to these countries. This influx of new passports issued in 2006 and 2007 will be approaching expiration after the standard 10 year passport term in the coming year. 

What does this mean for you?

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High-Tech Visas Under Debate Regarding Immigration

Posted by washingtonexp on Apr 10, 2013 8:48:00 AM

Immigration is a critical subject currently, as the white house pursues to reach a deal that satisfies all sides. One of the issues that has risen within the debate are high-tech visas. It appears it is now rising many concerns, as even senators make their responses to the visa topic.

Fox News reported yesterday that senators are debating over whether to increase visa accessibility to high-tech workers. Also, the dispute is over how to discipline companies that train these workers in the US, then send them back overseas to continue working. Senator Dick Durbin is one of the main senators involved. Senator Durbin has taken the lead on issues, such as firms that outsource overseas and wage increases for higher-skilled foreign workers with H-1B Visas. High-tech officials feel Senator Durbin's fight risks punishing companies that have nothing to do with the foreign worker abuse he is pursuing to end.

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Best Beaches To Travel For 2013

Posted by washingtonexp on Mar 7, 2013 9:00:00 AM

We are already in March and the Summer is almost upon us. This is the time where most people around the world take time out of their busy schedule and take a much needed vacation.

There is no point in waiting to start planning your beautiful, long-awaited vacation. The time is now to set in motion your trip of a lifetime. One of the favorite places to travel for a vacation is no other than the beach. With crystal clear waters, bright blue skies and brown sand beneath your feet, the beach provides an atmosphere perfect for relaxation and fun. Below are a few of the top beaches to visit in 2013.

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Britain To Offer Same-Day Visa To Indian Businessmen And Students

Posted by washingtonexp on Feb 27, 2013 10:31:27 AM

Getting a visa ordinarily could take some time receive, however, countries are pursuing to make the visa process faster and faster. Britain is one of them and has even announced they will offer visas in the same day.

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Canada Set To Launch Start-Up Visas To Draw Entrepreneur Immigrants

Posted by washingtonexp on Feb 6, 2013 9:38:28 AM

As an immigrant entrepreneur, having the opportunity to start a business is one of the most highly-developed countries in the world like Canada can be rewarding. The country is now set the launch start-up visas to help their overall economy thrive.

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TSA Removing Non-Privacy Body Scanners From Airports Nationwide

Posted by washingtonexp on Jan 22, 2013 8:54:55 AM

TSA has pursued continual security improvements since 9/11 to keep travelers safe. However, many people have felt some security measures like the use of graphic airport body scanners, violates privacy and goes a little too far. As of later this year, TSA is going to change that.

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Will New Mexico Be Required Passport To Fly Domestically?

Posted by washingtonexp on Dec 26, 2012 10:40:09 AM

It may sound foreign for a resident of the US to be required to have a passport domestically, however, it may very well be the case in the state of New Mexico. It is becoming a reality for many of their residents that in 2013 this could happen.

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Great Tips For Holiday Travel!

Posted by washingtonexp on Dec 6, 2012 9:09:49 AM

The holiday season is here and people are gearing up to visit their beloved families and friends. This is the time in which we tend to travel the most. Thanksgiving was already projected by AAA to increase for the fourth consecutive year in the US. Traveling will increase as Christmas and New Year's Day approaches.

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Best Places To Travel In December

Posted by washingtonexp on Nov 26, 2012 2:29:26 PM

The holiday season is beautiful and is here once again. Thanksgiving and Christmas are considered by many the best time of the year. People receive their fill of gifts, laughs and the simple things, like enjoying those around us that mean the most. But there are also some great places to travel during December to make this the best holiday season ever.

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Philippines Announces Faster Visa Processing For Tourist Extensions

Posted by washingtonexp on Nov 13, 2012 8:26:22 AM

Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the historic town of Vigan are just a few of the tourist attractions the Philippines has to offer. The Philippines is a beautiful country to behold. It has over 7,100 islands to choose from, which are full of rich lands and tropical climates. Tourism is important there, and the country's government desires for it to grow.

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