YV136C From Venezuela, joined Mar 2003, 198 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5252 times:
I had an annoying yet interesting experience today: As some of you may know in some Latin American countries you can get your passport that expires after 5 years, but then you can renew it over and over again until death do you part. This was my case, I was flying to MIA today on VH with the same passport I've always used which has been renewed a few times. The issue is that according to some new US immigration law, you cannot enter the US with a passport that at any given moment had expired for more than 5 years. Big problem for me because my passport expired for the first time back in 1991 and I renewed it in 1997 (6 years there....), and even though it has been renewed until 2007, the passport is no good. So now, I have to get a new passport to travel to the US but my American Visa is still valid EVEN THOUGH it's not on the same passport that I should use. Can anyone please explain this?? Does anybody know what purpose is served by this?
Here in Venezuela you have to almost kill someone to get a new passport, you'd probably have to pay up to US$ 100 to get a new one, so I'm kinda stuck right now.
Poh2 From Venezuela, joined Oct 2003, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5186 times:
I had the same situation when entering MIA this last June. My US visa is in my old passport, yet it didn't seem to be a problem. I just handed the immigration officer both of my passports (the old and the new one) and explained that the visa was still in the old one. It wasn't a problem at all. However, that was in June 2003, so it may have changed since then.
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2325 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5062 times:
just don't get a new passport right now. Wait a bit, the US is coming up with some new security rules all the time to keep terrorists like you and me out. I heard the next rule will be that the paper used for your passport cannot be thicker than 0.3 millimeters
Sorry I cannot be of help, but some of these anti-terrorism rules just insult people's common sense.
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5017 times:
I am doing all the Visa stuff at the moment, here in Germany, to enter US.
To enter the States, by now You need a "new" paasport, which can be read by their computers. It's possible, that when You got Your apssport like 10 years ago or so, it would not be usable for US-immigration. If You have a visa attached to Your passport, Your local authority can detach it and the put it into the new passport, or the embassy of US would do that, but it's possible.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4935 times:
Don't worry, soon the US authorities will require all visitors to be cryogenically frozen, barcoded and shipped in styrofoam containers by Fedex, to avoid possible hijacking. Hey, it works for Maine lobsters...
Cadet93 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4828 times:
I have the same problem with my Brazilian visa in my passport. The visa is in my old passport, which is canceled and the new passport has no visa. So I have to travel with both passports to go into Brazil. It hasn't been a problem, as I have my picture and signature in both passports. But not sure what the US is going to do to people coming into the country like that. I would hope that showing both documents would be sufficient.