…by Anura Guruge
As with any renewal, e.g., my recent NH driver license renewal online, I am sure there are number of variables way beyond our comprehension and knowledge. Of course, as it says up front on the Web site, spikes in renewal volume will certainly slow down things, though I am not sure what causes the spikes (maybe popular travel periods like Christmas).
I have heard that it can take 5 weeks or even longer.
In my case the whole process, from when I shipped out all the documentation from a FedEx office, to when I got the new passport took 25 days; July 26 to August 20, 2012.
The new, ‘electronic’ passport, with an embedded chip to expedite processing when going through suitably equipped immigration facilities (which looks quite snazzy and is a tad smaller than the last one) arrived by DHL — signature required. The passport, as they now repeatedly tell you, came directly from the U.K.
My supporting documentation, including my old passport with the corners cut off, was delivered, signature required, by the Post Office two days later.