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How long to renew a Canadian passport in Seoul?

 
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Enigma



Joined: 20 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:18 am    Post subject: How long to renew a Canadian passport in Seoul? Reply with quote

I've found the threads on here about how to renew my passport, but I haven't seen anything on how long it takes. I'd like to take a trip to Borneo at the end of August, but I don't want to book it unless I'm pretty confident the Canadian Embassy can get me a new passport in time.
So, for those of you who have renewed your passport here recently, how long did it take after you submitted all your paperwork?

Thanks
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steveohan



Joined: 24 Apr 2005
Location: Seoul, South Korea

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i did mine in march. the lady told me about 15 business days but it was done sooner than that...that is assuming that all your paperwork is completed correctly.
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Daejeon

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

while slightly on topic. What are standards for a guarantor. I mean can I use a Korean lawyer or doctor if I am applying in Korea?
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skconqueror



Joined: 31 Jul 2005

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

# Processing time: 3 weeks from the date of submission of duly completed applications

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/korea/renewal-en.asp

why wouldn't you check out the embassy web page first?
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Enigma



Joined: 20 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
why wouldn't you check out the embassy web page first?


Because I know there's usually a difference between what the government claims and reality.
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eirrehs



Joined: 04 Sep 2007
Location: korea

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

after getting the new passport do they return the old one?
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enns



Joined: 02 May 2006

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, about 2 weeks.

They do return your old passport.

The guarantor needs to be a professional(lawyer, doctor, priest, etc.) and you need to have known them for 2 years. However, for about 70,000 you can complete a 'lieu of guarantor' form at the embassy.
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Enigma



Joined: 20 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally received my passport today, so I thought I'd post an update on how long it actually took, for any other Canadians needing to renew.
When I submitted my application, they told me at the Embassy that it should be ready in 3 weeks, so I returned in 3 weeks and it was ready. However, they made a mistake (I think someone in Canada made the mistake) and so they had to have Canada issue another new passport. They said they would rush it and that there was probably a 90% chance I'd get it in 1 or 2 weeks. In the end, it took 3 weeks less a day, meaning the total time was 6 weeks less a day since I submitted my complete application.
So my advice would be to submit your application about 2 months in advance if you want to be on the safe side.
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CA-NA-DA-ABC



Joined: 20 Jun 2006

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that Koreans can get their passport in 3 or 4 business days, and if you pay extra money, you can get expedited same-day service Shocked

My sister had to wait 2 months to get her Canadian passport Rolling Eyes
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NightSky



Joined: 19 Apr 2005

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my K-buddy knows someone at the issuing office and got a 10-year validity passport issued the same day he asked for it. and it only cost about 30-40k won.

must be nice!
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Xuanzang



Joined: 10 Apr 2007
Location: Sadang

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NightSky wrote:
my K-buddy knows someone at the issuing office and got a 10-year validity passport issued the same day he asked for it. and it only cost about 30-40k won.

must be nice!


Gotta give their bureaucracy credit where it's deserved. Amazing speed and prices. Gotta love bali bali - but only in these situations.
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