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How about this? I have a cousin in Argentina who needed a visa to travel to the US. A pompous low-level US bureaucrat refused to issue the visa because in her passport photo, her hair was styled differently (but not radically so).
 

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We are having trouble getting Visas to China. Why? Because the company we are going through does not have final itineraries with our names printed on the itinerary. We are supposed to leave in two weeks. Our documents we received to apply for the visa said we needed to provide our itinerary - and three others we are going with got their Visas at the same Consulate with the exact same documents and had no problems. We are using CIBT and paying hundreds for the privilege and they can't get the Visa issued. We told them if they don't have our Visas by Wednesday we are coming into the city and getting all the paperwork and going to the Consulate ourselves.

Its all about who you get to examine the papers apparently
 

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How about this? I have a cousin in Argentina who needed a visa to travel to the US. A pompous low-level US bureaucrat refused to issue the visa because in her passport photo, her hair was styled differently (but not radically so).
Ridiculous! Can she go back again and hope for some help from a real person? OR ... just put her hair back the way it was in the photo. No point in trying to get the first guy to do his job, just move on up the beanstalk. This kind of thing is SO annoying.
 

jsn55

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We are having trouble getting Visas to China. Why? Because the company we are going through does not have final itineraries with our names printed on the itinerary. We are supposed to leave in two weeks. Our documents we received to apply for the visa said we needed to provide our itinerary - and three others we are going with got their Visas at the same Consulate with the exact same documents and had no problems. We are using CIBT and paying hundreds for the privilege and they can't get the Visa issued. We told them if they don't have our Visas by Wednesday we are coming into the city and getting all the paperwork and going to the Consulate ourselves.

Its all about who you get to examine the papers apparently
Why aren't your names printed on the itinerary? I'm confused.
 
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Ridiculous! Can she go back again and hope for some help from a real person? OR ... just put her hair back the way it was in the photo. No point in trying to get the first guy to do his job, just move on up the beanstalk. This kind of thing is SO annoying.
She changed her hairstyle back (just a matter of wearing it behind her ears, rather than in front). No point in arguing with a self-important idiot who, unfortunately, has the power to make your life difficult. And she was afraid to go over his head and complicate matters (kind of like arguing with the TSA). She got the visa after the re-style.
 

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This made me decide today to get get an early driver license renewal and a new picture. My license was set to renew Mar 2018 had picture of me with long brown hair to my shoulders. My post -chemo hair is about 3/4 inch long with about 1/2 of it silver grey and I was worried TSA would not like the change. Passport photo long brown hair also.
 
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This made me decide today to get get an early driver license renewal and a new picture. My license was set to renew Mar 2018 had picture of me with long brown hair to my shoulders. My post -chemo hair is about 3/4 inch long with about 1/2 of it silver grey and I was worried TSA would not like the change. Passport photo long brown hair also.
When your hair grows back, time for another photo.
 

jsn55

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This made me decide today to get get an early driver license renewal and a new picture. My license was set to renew Mar 2018 had picture of me with long brown hair to my shoulders. My post -chemo hair is about 3/4 inch long with about 1/2 of it silver grey and I was worried TSA would not like the change. Passport photo long brown hair also.
Oh, I'm sorry, but this is too funny! Striped hair - what are they gonna do about that???? What a dilemma you have.
 

mmb

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Oh - ahahaha, no stripes! Silver grey hair is pretty evenly disbursed throughout, with bright spots at tips. Almost like you would get at hair salon if getting highlights.
Hair will have to look much different to go get another license anytime soon. This one doesn’t expire until March 2026.
 
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