Price increase for US ‘paper book’

By Christina Michaluk
February 21, 2008

Dallas Morning News/MCT

“When in Rome do as the Romans do.” Well, getting there is half the battle. Passport prices are on the rise, and you can’t forget your student visa to study abroad.

Why is it so expensive to get a passport lately? The prices have taken a rise in the past few months.

If the cost for studying abroad wasn’t expensive enough, now you have to worry about paying a good amount of money for your passport too.

To get a passport costs $100. It can take anywhere from 12-14 weeks to process your passport. but if you’re in a rush it can be as quick as 4 weeks if you expedite it.

It’s going to cost you for not preparing all your travel documents ahead of time. To expedite your passport so you can have it in just a few weeks brings the price up to $160.

If you need to renew your passport the prices have risen from $67 to $75. Either way you are going to be paying more for your passport even if it is just to renew it.

I think that is a bit expensive for a paper book that tells people that you are from the U.S.

I understand that it is important to have a passport to show that you are who you say you are so you can go in and out of a country, but I find the prices to be excessive. Does it really need to be that expensive?

If you need a student visa to study abroad don’t worry it’s not as expensive as your passport. Depending on how long you are staying, you might not even need one. The prices will vary depending on where you are going and how long you plan on staying.

In my case my student visa is much cheaper than my passport. Why is it that student visas are less expensive than passports? If we have to pay more for one wouldn’t you think that we should be paying more to stay in another country for an extended amount of time? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I am not happy about all of the money that I have to put out for my passport and visa, but it will all be worth it in the end. The experiences that you have traveling to different parts of the world will make you forget about the initial cost you put out to travel leaving you only with excitement for the trip that awaits you.

Christina Michaluk

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