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Probably lost passport and visa

Hi,

So, thought would never happen to me.

-Applied for the visa in the US embassy (me and my wife have indian passports)
-They asked to submit a resume (please take your resume with you, just in case)
-This Thursday (Aug 11) US embassy replied to my email saying that they have sent my wife's passport and mine will be in mail Aug 11 evening. I had given them a 5 chf stamped envelope.
-I wait friday and saturday, nothing. I do not have a tracking number, so could not even check it out.
-Sadly, I was stupid enough to buy the flight tickets as my Conference is on Tuesday. The ticket is for Tuesday Aug 16.
-Called the emergency line in US embassy today (saturday). They say that they can only help me Monday with the tracking number.
-This is going to be a long a grueling weekend.

Poll: What are the chances that the Swiss post (A-post, 5 chf, registered post) is lost ?
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Old 13.08.2011, 11:57
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Relax, you'll get it. Might even be today (Saturday)...
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Relax, you'll get it. Might even be today (Saturday)...
Thank you for the kind words. Sadly, I personally went to the post-office and checked out all A-priority mails. The lady was kind enough to look at them for me. So, definitely not getting it today
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Old 13.08.2011, 12:16
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Re: Probably lost passport and visa

I don't know what the odds are, but I would bet they are close to nil.
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Re: Probably lost passport and visa

I think you will be ok. I have sent a lot by registered post and whilst have had several disappointments with registered mail not being delivered overseas (so much so I have given up using post for foreign countries - and they always went missing AFTER successfully leaving Switzerland) have never had one envelope go missing within country.

You said they did not post it until the evening of the 11th - therefore quite likely missing the cut-off for delivery on Friday 12th. Einschreiben mailings are never delivered on a Saturday (as far as I know because many are for businesses who are not there to sign for them) so I am not surprised you've not received it yet but would be surprised if you don't receive it on Monday.

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Re: Probably lost passport and visa

I don't think they would be lost, the worst could have happened is that they would have been sent back to the US embassy, this have happened with my wife with her passport which was sent back to the Brazilian Consulate because the Post office said they were couldn't reach her in home 2 times.
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Re: Probably lost passport and visa

Be sure somebody is ready for the mail box when the postman arrives. If you don't answer the bell he will leave you a note to collect it from the local post office the next day.

I used to work for the US Embassy Visa section in Bern, they were extremely difficult and always covered their backsides when they made a mistake. I suspect they forgot it and it caught Friday's post.

I have lived here over 20 years, and I have never heard of the Swiss post losing anything! We lost a parcel for 2 days once as the label had rubbed off the plastic box, but it turned up in lost + found in Bern where we claimed it.
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Re: Probably lost passport and visa

Update----

After numerous emails and several phone calls, I finally got the tracking number... Flight is tomorrow early morning. Letters have been posted Thursday evening and Friday evening.

Called the Swiss-post track and trace to expedite the delivery if possible. Fingers crossed
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After numerous emails and several phone calls, I finally got the tracking number... Flight is tomorrow early morning. Letters have been posted Thursday evening and Friday evening.

Called the Swiss-post track and trace to expedite the delivery if possible. Fingers crossed
I'll cross my fingers for you
Calm down you gonna get it.
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