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Urgent! Help! PSAC Strike and Canadian Passport

Old Oct 13th 2004, 7:11 am
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Default Urgent! Help! PSAC Strike and Canadian Passport

Hello - this is potentially an emergency for me, so if you can help, I
would be very grateful.

I am a Canadian Citizen living in the United States with an I-485
pending (green card applicant awaiting adjustment of status). My
Canadian passport expired this month, and in September, I sent in my
application for a new one. The application required my old passport
and my birth certificate (no photocopies accepted). Now the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has gone on strike as of Tuesday,
Oct. 13. This strike affects the Canadian Passport Office and service
has been disrupted. I am scheduled to travel out of the U.S. on
November 4, and do not know if my new passport and old birth
certificate will be returned to me by then. I do have valid Advanced
Parole documents (I-131) and a valid EAD card with my photo and
thumbprint.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can travel and still be
able to return to the U.S. without problems at the border? Are there
any other forms of ID that would be valid for entry into the U.S.?

Thank you very much in advance.
at
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 9:06 am
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Default Re: Urgent! Help! PSAC Strike and Canadian Passport

Originally Posted by Tl
Hello - this is potentially an emergency for me, so if you can help, I
would be very grateful.

I am a Canadian Citizen living in the United States with an I-485
pending (green card applicant awaiting adjustment of status). My
Canadian passport expired this month, and in September, I sent in my
application for a new one. The application required my old passport
and my birth certificate (no photocopies accepted). Now the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has gone on strike as of Tuesday,
Oct. 13. This strike affects the Canadian Passport Office and service
has been disrupted. I am scheduled to travel out of the U.S. on
November 4, and do not know if my new passport and old birth
certificate will be returned to me by then. I do have valid Advanced
Parole documents (I-131) and a valid EAD card with my photo and
thumbprint.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can travel and still be
able to return to the U.S. without problems at the border? Are there
any other forms of ID that would be valid for entry into the U.S.?

Thank you very much in advance.
at
Where are you going to travel to?

If you're going to Canada and back, then you only need the valid I-512 advance parole letter. You don't need the passport.

If you are going to the eastern hemisphere then you need a passport to get into other countries.
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Old Oct 13th 2004, 12:33 pm
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Default Re: Urgent! Help! PSAC Strike and Canadian Passport

Try your Consulate here in the states. While they do not issue passports they might be able to get you emergency travel documentation which will help you in lieu of a passport.

Having to obtain a Canadian passport while you are a resident of the US is a b**ch and does take time. However, I'm surprised you haven't received yours before the strike. Even though my husband had to use the Quebec office and they are notoriously slow, he received his new passport along with the cancelled old one and the original bc back inside of two weeks of sending it.

Rete

Originally Posted by Tl
Hello - this is potentially an emergency for me, so if you can help, I
would be very grateful.

I am a Canadian Citizen living in the United States with an I-485
pending (green card applicant awaiting adjustment of status). My
Canadian passport expired this month, and in September, I sent in my
application for a new one. The application required my old passport
and my birth certificate (no photocopies accepted). Now the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has gone on strike as of Tuesday,
Oct. 13. This strike affects the Canadian Passport Office and service
has been disrupted. I am scheduled to travel out of the U.S. on
November 4, and do not know if my new passport and old birth
certificate will be returned to me by then. I do have valid Advanced
Parole documents (I-131) and a valid EAD card with my photo and
thumbprint.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can travel and still be
able to return to the U.S. without problems at the border? Are there
any other forms of ID that would be valid for entry into the U.S.?

Thank you very much in advance.
at
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Old Oct 14th 2004, 2:26 am
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Default Re: Urgent! Help! PSAC Strike and Canadian Passport

    >
    > Try your Consulate here in the states. While they do not issue
    > passports they might be able to get you emergency travel documentation
    > which will help you in lieu of a passport.
    >
    > Having to obtain a Canadian passport while you are a resident of the US
    > is a b**ch and does take time. However, I'm surprised you haven't
    > received yours before the strike. Even though my husband had to use the
    > Quebec office and they are notoriously slow, he received his new
    > passport along with the cancelled old one and the original bc back
    > inside of two weeks of sending it.
    >
    > Rete

Thanks Rete,
I too sent my application to the Quebec office on Sept. 20. by
courier. Not sure why it is taking longer than you husband's
application did. I need the passport by November 1, so hopefully the
strike will end soon. I am contacting the Consulate today to see what
else can be done.
Appreciate the advice,
at
 

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