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United States Government - Are you going to apply for an American Passport AND you're out of the country?

United States of America Passport - Complaint
Review by Mario The Great on 2012-02-17
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So here I am. In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. We drove 210 miles to get passports for my children. We go to the Embassy yesterday and patiently wait 1/2 hour in line. Once we get the head of the line, I tell them that we are here to get passports for the children. In broken English, she tells me that we have to have an appointment. I tell her that we drove 210 miles and our children need passports. There was nothing on the State Department website about appointments. She gives me a website, I look it up and sure enough. It's there. In a link only known to people who stand in line and look stupid. So here I am again, in line, waiting to speak with a supervisor again. Oh and since BOTH parents are needed for the passport application, I HAVE to get them here. :) Oh man, I love the USA.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-02-17
Posted by MRM on 2012-02-17:
DOH! How much is gas in Mexico?
Posted by Alain on 2012-02-17:
I usually can come up with an official link to complain to, but this has me completely stumped! I'd best stay away from Colombia, 'cause if I go there, sure as shootin' they aren't going to let me back into the states.
Posted by yoke on 2012-02-17:
If the policy is you need an appointment then they did nothing wrong. Anytime I have gotten a passport it has always been with an appointment.
Posted by Churro on 2012-02-17:
I just applied for a passport for the fifteen year old and there was no appointment necessary. You'd think they'd be able to work you in but eh it is a Friday before a long weekend so I'm sure the "I don't care" flag is flying at full mast.

Good look Mario.
Posted by Inat on 2012-02-17:
"oh man I love the USA" - REALLY? perhaps if it sucks so bad you should just stay in the grand counntry of Mexico. I bet their passport process is soooooo much better
Posted by lexophiliac on 2012-02-17:
Pretty sure Mexico doesn't celebrate our President's Day Churro, so it is safe to say it is just another weekend there.

Ummm...Inat, Mario is going through the passport process in Mexico...
Posted by Inat on 2012-02-17:
nevermind
Posted by Churro on 2012-02-17:
Lexo, I'm pretty sure the employees who work at the US embassy are US government workers ergo get the day off in fact I know they do.

http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/holidays.html
Posted by Inat on 2012-02-17:
yeah! I just reread and hte complaint is about the US gov't. I stand by my original comment!
Posted by lexophiliac on 2012-02-17:
D@mn. I do so hate to be wrong when it feels so right. Headed back to the bar to make sure I don't remember this in the morning.
Posted by clutzycook on 2012-02-17:
Just a quick question, Mario. Why are you trying to get your American passports in Mexico? I'm sure your answer will be perfectly logical, but logic and third trimester of pregnancy don't go together. :)
Posted by spiderman2 on 2012-02-17:
I'm not pregnant at the moment and I was wondering the same thing.

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