Any File wrote:
It may be useful to add, on all revelant page like
travel, visa, etc.
a big notice to remeber to check the validity of the passport and to
advise to request it, if needed, as soon as possible.
On 5/23/06, Florence Devouard <anthere(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
The biometric passport is finally available in
Are you speking of the passport whit the digital photo? (actually the
photo is actually a paper photo that is digitalized and printed as
digital photo, not a photo directly taken in digital).
This is what is required to enter in U.S. (who has a visa can use a
passport without the digital photo. Passport iussed before October 26,
2005 may still have not the digital photo, but if the passpart was
renewed after that date, it can not be used without the digital
Biometric passport is a different thing. A passport with a chip inside
in which many personal informations (not only hight, colour of eyes,
but also a photograph and fingerstamps, etc) will be registered.
I finally figured all that stuff.
My passport if from 2003, so is valid to enter the USA.
What is not valid, is my son. I will come with him. He does not have a
passport of course.
A passport offers only two slots for kids; Then, the children area is
covered by plastic and no more kids may be added.
So, I thought that to add my son, I had to have a *new* passport.
What I did not realise at all, is that biometric passport are per
So, the kids can not be added on passports any more, they have their own
Consequently, I can keep my old one, but need a biometric one for my son.
An invitation letter for a baby is probably not gonna be very
convincing, so I do not need that anymore (we'll add a letter to the
request to try to explain the urgency).
What I find funny are the identity picture recommandation.
The background should be neutral (no hands should be visible).
The person head must be a certain size. The person must have eyes
looking in the front (not up, not down, not on the sides). The person
must not be sagging. Not smiling. Eyes should be open, and mouth closed.
Now, just TRY to do that on a baby who is not yet really able to keep
his head straight and sucks two fingers all day long !
:-) You might want to try doing it via photoshop, ie. sit your baby
down somewhere and have someone take a photo of him while you keep his
head still and hands out of his mouth - make him look at the camera by
clicking your fingers, waving a rattle etc. Then you can photoshop
yourself out, plus anything in the background, making it neutral. If
you don't have photoshop, you could use something like the GIMP
<www.gimp.org>. If you can't/don't want to do that yourself, load it
onto Commons, and have someone do it for you :-)
We just want you (and your son) to get to Wikimania - we'll do
anything* for that to happen :-)
* Ok, not "anything" - within reason..