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Golf888

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apec card expires around Dec 2008.
how early can i renew?

does it take as long as the 1st time to get all countries?
some countries took more than 1+ year....
 

dot

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Golf888 - please let us know what they say. My card will be up for renewal May 2009 (due to passport renewal), so I would be interested to hear what they say.

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Golf888

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here is their answer:-
Unfortunately the clearances that make an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)
valid expire after 3 years. This means that we need you to complete a new application form allowing us to resubmit your details for new clearances.

A new application will go to all economies currently active within the scheme. About 4 months prior to your current expiry will be fine.
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China are now processing quickly, and generally come through within about a month.
 

sully

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dot said:
Golf888 - please let us know what they say. My card will be up for renewal May 2009 (due to passport renewal), so I would be interested to hear what they say.

Dot
Dot, you don't have to renew the card when renew your passport. Just advise them of your new number and your amended APEC card (with original expiry date) will be sent out a few days later. The only real problem is if you have to travel almost immediately after getting your new passport, as happened to me. All I did was to take the old passport with me and the card was accepted in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Mind you these are two places where you hardly even need such a card.
 

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sully said:
Dot, you don't have to renew the card when renew your passport. Just advise them of your new number and your amended APEC card (with original expiry date) will be sent out a few days later. The only real problem is if you have to travel almost immediately after getting your new passport, as happened to me. All I did was to take the old passport with me and the card was accepted in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Mind you these are two places where you hardly even need such a card.
Hey thanks sully. I figured since it was tied to the passport, a new passport wouild mean a new card. It will only buy me 8 months, but thats better that doing both at once...
 

Golf888

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fyi... update...

received letter to renew the card.. that's about 6 months before expiry...
 

sully

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fyi... update...

received letter to renew the card.. that's about 6 months before expiry...
Yes, me too. My card doesn't expire until November but I received a letter last week. I suppose it is a good think to maintain continuity that the process should start now.
 

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i have applied for new card since first one expired. an email came thru asking more information which i promptly replied to. i called canberra today to ask about my application and was told it was being "vetted". have any posters had their renewal application rejected? if so, why?
 

Golf888

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Can't add much...
Heard that it is getting tougher both to get a new card and to renew..... many questions being asked.....
 

Siegfried

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Yes, it is getting more difficult - BMG are obviously cracking down on card issue criteria. My card expired last year, and I got a call following up my renewal application. Lucky for me, I used to work for immigration, so I called a mate, who clued me in. When I called them back to "discuss my application", I was all ready to go with a spiel about how I/my company worked closely with Aus companies to develop / further business opportunities in the APEC region.

Total bollocks of course - The APEC card is all about not having to stand in a line for 45+ minutes when all you want to do is collapse into a taxi, get to a shower and a bed, and fall asleep.

Must say, its been VERY handy in the US, as well as arriving home in BNE at 6am.
 
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