View Full Version : sending the consulate my passport?

January 6th, 2006, 14:20
i haven't been on itil in a while, and i just read in another thread that you need to send your passport to the consulate a couple of months before departure, and you won't get it back until departure time. assuming i get accepted, this presents a huge problem for me. i will be in china and korea from may 9-28, and then i'm doing a 3 week eurotrip in june. will these trips get in the way of jet (or will jet get in the way of these trips)? :smt009

January 6th, 2006, 14:30
The only way you'll know is by phoning your embassy and asking them. Getting the visa can take a while and they need your passport for that, so it may be a problem.

January 7th, 2006, 21:15
I had the same problem- I was on a family vacation to the UK when they wanted our passports, and since I kind of wanted to get back into the US when the trip was over, that wasn't really feasible. I gave the embassy a call, and they said it wasn't a problem; they told me to send the passport via FedEx to them once I was back in the country, which I did. If you leave near enough to the place where you'll be interviewing, you might be able to just drop it off by hand when you get back.

Basically, what Dob said- you'll have to call the consulate and let them know what's up, but they've probably dealt with these issues before and won't be too fazed (at least, assuming you're not going to be getting back from your trip only a day or two before leaving for Japan).

January 7th, 2006, 22:01
Actually, if I recall correctly, when I worked in Japan before JET, it only took about 3 days for the Japanese Embassy in London to process my working visa, so you'll probably be okay.

January 7th, 2006, 22:43
i'll be back home about a month before the departure date, so hopefully everything will be ok. thanks for the replies!!