USPS lost my passport. What now?
June 3, 2014 7:56 AM Subscribe
Somehow the USPS has lost my passport, which was mailed from NYC to Boston. What are my next steps?
So I recently applied for a Belarussian tourist visa at the Belarussian consulate in NYC, with my Indian passport. The visa was granted, but they required a further week for processing, so I provided them with a self-addressed USPS envelope, with tracking, so that they could send the passport to my apartment in Boston.
A week or so later, we saw that the package had entered the USPS tracking system, and then a day or so later, it was in Boston.
Unfortunately at that point, it took a random detour to Indianapolis (!), where it stayed, getting pinged around from one sorting center to another. The last I heard of it was on Memorial Day, where it was tracked as leaving a particular Indianapolis shipping center.
Today I called USPS, and they say they will open a case within the next 24 hours, and then the case worker I am assigned will investigate the case within the next 72 hours from that. What are my chances here? Has anyone had similar happen to them? Did you get your package in the end? Should I start the 2-3 week process to get a new Indian passport right away? I have a trip planned to Montreal on July 4th (I have a green card, so don't need a Canadian visa thankfully, but I will still likely need to show my passport at the border) and a two week trip to Belarus planned starting July 14th, for which I will need both my passport and a Belarus visa. Any advice for me?