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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

‘Night and day’: Vancouver woman moves to another province to get passport

“It was impossible to get to it in Vancouver without camping at 7 a.m.” [p.m.] the night before or $300. to pay [to $1000]said the BC resident.

A Vancouver woman says she saved big money and time by flying out of state to get her passport renewed.

Instead of waiting overnight at the Metro Vancouver passport office or paying hundreds of dollars to wait in line for it, local food blogger Whitney B. decided to get creative in getting her travel documents.

A Vancouver woman shared a TikTok that shows her flying from Vancouver International Airport to Edmonton with Flair Airlines.

At the beginning of the video, she mentioned that she was able to book a passport appointment in Edmonton the day before the flight. Once that Service was at the Canada Passport Office, it completed the process in under two and a half hours – significantly less time than it takes in Vancouver (if you’re able to see someone on the day you’re in line). .

In addition, round-trip airfare was $87, which is significantly less than the fee charged by frustrated Vancouverites for waiting in line.

local blogger told vancouver is great The experience in Edmonton is “night and day compared to Vancouver” and she was “shocked” to receive her passport so early.

“It was impossible to get to it in Vancouver without camping at 7 a.m.” [p.m.] the night before or $300. to pay [to $1000]Plus, she didn’t have to show proof of travel within 12 to 24 hours as you do at Metro Vancouver offices, she explained.

“They are still busy, I would say, but the security staff and passport staff there were very friendly,” she said.

@twofoodpiggies Going to Edmonton was worth a lot more than going camping in YVR #canadapassport #passport #edmonton #vancouverpassport #flairairlines #passporthack running up that hill (a deal with god) [2018 Remaster] – Kate Bush

Whitney said she stayed with relatives in Edmonton so she didn’t have to book accommodations or worry about flight times.

Passport Canada: Long Passport Office Wait Time

Scores of Metro Vancouverites have shared horror stories about their experiences getting a passport ahead of an upcoming trip.

In early May, ads for “passport line holders” began popping up on online forums such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist Vancouver, and through individual websites. One of the most striking lists was those seeking $800 for an overnight wait service at the Sinclair Center in downtown Vancouver.

The federal government has added a new feature that allows people to check wait times at Service Canada offices nationwide. A note on the page reads: “We are working to deliver passports as quickly as possible. Due to high volumes, processing times are longer than usual.”

Service Canada processed approximately 1.3 million passports between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 – a sharp increase from the approximately 360,000 passports processed in the previous fiscal year.

VIA has contacted Employment and Social Development Canada for comment.

With files from the Canadian Press

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