New US Passport/Consular Fees

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  1. miketown
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    Heard on NPR this morning. Among them...

    Add pages to your passport... $0 -> $82
    Renounce citizenship- $0 -> $450

    Looking at the Travel.State site, it looks like the "add pages" fee is already effective.
     
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    It costs money to renounce your citizenship? :eek: Kind of like an early termination fee?
     
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    These fees are at least a year old. They were announced in early 2010 and went into effect later that year or very early 2011. I paid them in May when I got new pages.

    It sounds like the new rates are being made permanent and that maybe they were just on a trial basis or something, but the new rates have very much been in force at least a year now.
     
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    Got me thinking, what will happen if someone didnt pay the fee?
     
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    deportation? :D
     
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    to US? :confused:
     
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    You continue to owe taxes on your world income as you retain your citizenship. Isn't that the main reason to renounce?
     
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    I think that is not the case if you are paying taxes in a country with which there is a tax treaty. But then I am not a tax expert
     
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    Of course having also paid the $82 tax on new pages last year, I've acquired another half a dozen US entry stamps on the first page of my passport when they've got 40 some odd clean pages to pick from.
     
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    Get Global Entry; that takes care of getting the passport cluttered up with all those US entry stamps. Actually makes me wonder -- what's the purpose of the entry stamp given that GE members don't get them. The computer should know when and where I entered no matter what.
     
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    Yeah - figure since UA is going to pay for it I'll see how that pans out. My current plan for GE is whichever comes first - UA pays or trusted traveler comes to ORD and I pay.
     
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    +1. Global Entry makes life easier to enter USA plus saves Passport pages ;)
     
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    Do you have an Amex Platinum card? It reimburses GE fee.
     
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    No I haven't gotten one of those. I don't do that many overseas trips a year (half a dozen tops), so, I haven't really had an impetus to get GE. I've got no problem paying for it but I figure at this point there's no sense doing that if UA decides to reimburse me for it somehow before I have a real need for it.
     
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    I think if you enter USA even once per year the GE is worth it IMHO. However, in your case, you might just wait for United to cover this fee.
     
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    I think the kettles like to have their passports stamped as a souvenir. Also, if you even need to prove the dates you were i the USA, for example to keep a green car or to use the income earned abroad tax exclusion, the passport stamp could be considered definitive.
     
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    I, for sure, would not want to stand few hours in line for a such souvenir.
     
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    Me too, but kettles must be used to standing in lines when they travel. Better a line for CBP than for TSA.
     
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    I just hate waiting in lines all together. TSA or CBP or anything else does not matter to me If there is a way to skip a line, I will try to find it.
     
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    Yeah, the infrequent traveler probably doesn't have a problem with their passport pages filling up.

    Not sure about the stamp being a proof of anything (in some cases), since CBP don't stamp the passport when you leave the country and EU countries don't necessarily (usually?) stamp EU passports upon arrival.

    But if I could just find the right reader, I could probably get all that information out of the chip that they secretly implanted in my head a few years back :D
     
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    This is a priceless ;) example of the horrifying nature of how our government monitors its costs:

    "In addition to the increase in the application fee, the department will now charge $82 — up from nothing — to add new pages to a U.S. passport. It says the fee is needed to offset the cost of the pages, the time spent affixing the pages into the passport book, endorsing the passport and performing a quality-control check."

    I bet that any of us could develop a service model that could do all of the above for less than $5 per passport! Heck, when I had pages added in-person, the whole process took about 5 minutes.
     

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