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.
Anyone have answers on this?