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State Department wants to make it harder to get a passport

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The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information. According to the proposed form, “failure to provide the… (www.consumertraveler.com) 기타...

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Topper1
W S Webb 0
now obama can't get a passport.
kb9uwu
har har har! way to show your intelligence, Mr. Webb.
andrewderr
Note to self: Don't let the passport expire again.
dbaker
FTA "It seems likely that only some, not all, applicants will be required to fill out the new questionnaire, but no criteria have been made public for determining who will be subjected to these additional new written interrogatories. "
chris13
I don't remember 90% of that stuff, and a lot of my former supervisors are don't work at those companies, and some of those companies don't exist now. Good grief.
louisjames
lou nagy 0
***IS THIS A 'BELATED' APRIL FOOL'S JOKE, OR WHAT!!
THE US STATE DEPT "ONLY MAKES THEMSELVES LOOK BAD"
IS THIS WHY WE PAY THEM THE "BIG BUCKS"!!
REALLY ABSURD FOR EVEN THINKING ABOUT THIS; THAT GUY
SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED LONG AGO, FOR TAKEING THE TIME/MONEY
SPENT IN EVEN PROPOSING THIS.... ONLY IN AMERICA!!
THANKS
Dubslow
Dubslow 0
Aside from issues that Mr. Bryant pointed out, much of that information is confidential anyways, and may not be accessible or divulgible by the applicant. That form violates the privacy of many people besides the applicant.
rwf1001
HOW THE HELL ARE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO GET A PASSPORT IN THAT FORMAT....I COULDN'T REMEMBER ALL THE CRAP ON THAT QUESTIONAIRE EVEN IF I WANTED TO. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID I HAVE A 'PHOTOGRAPHIC' MEMORY...BUT THAT'S FOR STUFF THAT IS CURRENT. The State Department better think LONG AND HARD before implementing this.
xmacfly
I am convinced someone with nothing to do dreams up these atrocities. The worst part is you are paying him to come up with this, and paying again to process the passport. It never ends does it?
WS WEBB is a moron!
rwf1001
I agree Allen.......especially with the last sentence.
amy34685
I e-mailed the State Dept. to oppose DS-5513. I received an auto-reply stating that this would not replace the existing application, and would only apply to an estimated one half of 1% of the total number of applicants, specifically directed at those with questionable evidence of birth.

I currently have a valid US passport and original birth certificate, but am more concerned with the validation from outside countries' passports trying to get INTO the US!

To oppose this proposed legislation, simply e-mail: <GarciaAA@state.gov>
regarding DS-5513.
rwf1001
I emailed the State Department with my own opposition to this new Passport Bill. I don't know if one or two people opposing it will do any good, but the more people that do go against it, maybe it'll make those idiots in Washington to think twice!
dstugan
It looks to me that it is easier to become the President of the US than get a passport . But than....
ljbowdish
This is totally ridiculous. Mr Winslow makes valid points. Unfortunately, I let my passport expire, but I'm getting it renewed before this becomes policy.
leewhitmore
As Hannah comments after the article - "According to my father, who works for the State Dept, they are using that form only for applicants that cannot produce conventional proof that they are American citizens (e.g., a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or previous US passport). This is irregardless of where you were born; it is simply for people who do not have the other typical documentation.

Please PLEASE make sure you have all the facts before you scare people like this."
LUT606
If you think all that BS is beyond belief, you should spend some time in Europe. The EU (or EC, whatever they have chosen to call it this week) has two large buildings full of nowehere men dreaming up ideas to justify their existance and create employment for fellow nowhere men.
rwf1001
Lee-as my earlier post states, I emailed the State Dept about this passport fiasco, and surprisingly got an almost immediate response, and the emailer stated exactly what Hannah stated. That being said, it eases the frustration in my mind a tad, but it still doesn't make it any easier.

David-Your comment about the EU's "passport practice"sounds a tad like what the U.S.'s Department of Homeland Security is doing with the Gitmo 'detainees'!



Cheerio!
bgai
We assist people in applying for Visas for the US. That Dept of State on-line form typically takes about an hour to fill out because it constantly times out, losing entered data even when you take recommended saving steps. They farm out data entry design and implementation to large software companies that seemingly don't field test their resulting product. I'm hopeful this will succeed, we need the business. In my case, I don't think I know my actual address from 20 years ago. This may have an effect of preventing new voters. Wow, all kinds of fun in these times. I feel soo safe.
amy34685
To oppose this proposed legislation, simply e-mail: <GarciaAA@state.gov>
regarding DS-5513.

BEFORE MONDAY! :)
worldtraveler777
What a load of crap. The State Dept needs todo their job better. Thats what we get for having Hillary in there.
OldDogLearning
If you can't come up with an expired passport, birth certificate, naturalization record, how would you prove you are eligible for a passport? The form would be tough to fill out, although there is nothing to say you simply forgot every such detail. I would be most amazed if the State Department would reject an applicant who cannot remember everything.

Have worked as a US Consular Officer in South America, dealing with applications for immigrant visas, I found that applicants could come up with proof of eligibility when asked. In my early years, some were refugees from Nazi Germany who really had lost most normal IDs. We still worked with them to help them qualify through other means. At the same time we had to weed out people with fake documents who knew they were not eligible and resorted to fraud to try and obtain recency in the US.
I feel that the State Department will do the same for those applying for a passport and will use due diligence to reveal fraudulent applications, as they should.
pilot7
The parasite nonproductive morons who wrote this destructive crap should be fired, and black listed from holding a government job...
jrfly182
hell with h STATE Department. we should g to civil war. and give them the gun.

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