Join Date: May 2005
Location: Waterloo, Rogers
I saw the announcement on cnn this morning - they said the passport was needed to travel to the various countries implying that it was the foreign powers that have made a change. No mention was made that it is a new US policy requiring a passport to return from those said countries.
I did the online passport version and took it to the local office. The online applicants get priority over those who have the paper version. Indeed, our number was the first one called even though there were about 20 people waiting already.
We were there in early May, got promised a two week delivery, and they arrived separately - one was two weeks to the day and the other the next business day. That was via the regular, ie not rush, fee.