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Well if you have a lot of $$$ take a quick 15 day trip to Cape Town and you can get it issued in two weeks.   .... otherwise its a very long and painful wait. I'm speculating and hoping it  arrives in January !   

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The thought had actually crossed my mind, but we need both parents at home affairs for under 18, and then we can’t leave the little one behind, so it’s not just $$ for all 4 but taking everyone out of school and work for 2 weeks... not very practical ..

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Don't you guys have US Passports yet ? then you can do Europe without any problem.   

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No, in the queue for N400. Filed in October, 5-year GC anniversary is only end of this month, estimated completion Oct 2019....

 

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Just a quick update on my Passport.

Application submitted at Consulate August 2, 2018

Passport issued in Pretoria December 21, 2018

Received passport from Consulate  January 31, 2019

 

processing Time 182 days ... (6  months) 

 

 

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Glad you received it - mine was about the same duration through LA.  The delay isn't such a big deal if you plan for it, but so many people forget about it until they need it, and realize they sit with an almost expired passport - and then rant about it,  and about the consular staff, when the problem is of their own making!  As you explained after you spoke with them, it isn't in their control.

 

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Glad to hear it’s on the way, Oscar. 

One thing I will rant about is an unexpected closure of the consulate - when they decided to take an entire week off rather than just the 2 public holidays in that week, with no notice on the website or anywhere else. Likely cost Oscar a week of his wait. Cost us the chance to get it all done at the consulate rather than getting fingerprints, notarized statements etc elsewhere. (And yes I did email to ask /check they’d be open, 3 times to 3 different email addresses within the consulate, with no response from any of them. Security guards in the building told us a number of others had also had to be turned away.)

 

 

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Thank you, I was expecting the six month period. I must say, I found the SA Consulate staff most helpful with the process and they did call me to say they had received my passport and were putting it in the mail. Its amazing how quick passports expire our US passports expire next year. its strange to think that we have been here for so long. So just a friendly reminder to all to be very aware of expiry dates. I was a little slow on the mark with renewing mine and the weeks and months can go slipping bye very fast.  

 

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