NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ItsEasy.com, a leading provider of passport and visa expediting services founded by visionary David Alwadish in 1976, today announces the launch of the first-ever passport renewal app.
With the 10-year anniversary of the Western Hemisphere Initiative passed in 2007, requiring Americans to have a passport for air travel to and from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, the U.S. State Department expects to have approximately 16 million passport renewals in 2016 and 20 million in 2017—an unprecedented amount. With the ItsEasy app, U.S. passport holders will have the power and convenience of facilitating their passport renewal process at their fingertips at any location – at home, at work, anywhere – with their iPhone/IPad.
"This is truly an exciting time for ItsEasy. We've been working on this app for quite some time; perfecting it, adding new components to it and bettering it in general. I wanted to create an app that allowed U.S. passport holders to renew their passport with ease from their iPhone in a beneficial, secure, and easy way," said David Alwadish, CEO and President of ItsEasy.com. "This is truly an app that all passport holders should have downloaded for free on their iPhones, and soon on Androids. The app is more than a passport renewal app and includes other features such as passport photos, visa requirements, an emergency info button (for travelers who lose their passport or visa while in another country), and a passport renewal reminder feature that will remind users via email to renew their passport nine months before their passport expires."
The free for download ItsEasy Passport Renewal App is safe, secure, confidential, user friendly and is based upon the company's exceptional 37-year reputation. The two primary features of the app include the ability of users to easily renew their passport and their ability to take passport photos which are then reviewed and approved by qualified ItsEasy passport professionals. Travelers in need of only photos have the option to have their passport photos printed by ItsEasy and delivered by first class or overnight mail, or have them emailed electronically to be printed by the user.
When using the app, prior to the applicant's passport renewal order being completed, and in addition to the Department of State's passport fee, ItsEasy charges an honest fee of $29.95 for their services, which includes a trackable priority United States Postal Service shipping label, passport photos, the correct forms and order status updates. This fee is so minimal and courteously priced for what is provided to the customer, that if a passport holder chose not to use the ItsEasy app, the incremental savings would be barely negligible after their actual costs for photos and shipping.
Users are provided with the choice of two renewal processing time frames – standard and expedited.
Once the order is completed through the app, ItsEasy will instantly email the customer the correct passport application to be printed and completed, a simple checklist and a secure trackable USPS priority shipping label to send the documents into ItsEasy for reviewing and processing. The professionals at ItsEasy will then deliver all necessary documents to the U.S. Department of State, who issues all passports and passport cards.
Alwadish added, "Why wouldn't you want an app that saves you precious time and money? Between buying the envelope, postage, passport photos and running around for the errand, if the value of the users' time saved is factored in then the savings would grow exponentially! We are providing you with peace of mind with government approved and regulated experts handling the entire process—including pre-checking of documents, printing the photos, writing the check and gathering what you'd have to go buy yourself—you're in safe hands and we are able to advise you every step of the way. I can confidently say that you'll be aware of where your application is at all times."
In addition to the 10-year anniversary of the Western Hemisphere Initiative approaching, creating the passport renewal surge, the U.S. Department of State also recently announced the elimination of visa page inserts for U.S. passports beginning this year. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. However, now, applicants in need of additional pages in their passports will have to obtain a renewal—making this app even more relevant for U.S. travelers.
For more information on ItsEasy, the new app and other services, visit the website at https://www.itseasy.com/ or call 1-866-ITS-EASY.
Founded in 1976 by David Alwadish, ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services is a US Government registered passport and visa expediting company. As a leading provider and one of the oldest services in the industry, ItsEasy has some of the longest established relationships with contacts in the US and foreign governments, providing clients with unprecedented services. ItsEasy offers often imitated technology including real time order tracking, on-line chat services, automated email updating, fully dynamic web site feeding off the most up-to-date requirement changes and the highest levels of digital security available. Additionally, ItsEasy has recently launched the first-ever passport photo and renewal app. Based in New York City with service centers in Boston, Washington, DC, Houston and Denver and with additional processing centers located in key cities.