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I have an international flight leaving early Tuesday morning. The visa agency has had my passport and application for more than 3 weeks, but due to problems with the photograph and embassy closures they will not be able to get my visa until Monday afternoon. The agency has offered to same-day deliver the visa as soon as they pick it up from the embassy. It's possible that if they can get my passport to FedEx or UPS by 3PM Monday, that it will arrive in the evening by 9PM. But should I call the airline and prepare for the possibility that my visa won't arrive in time? Or is it possible to arrange my visa to be sent to the layover airport (ORD) on Tuesday?

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I called the airline (AA) and they said because it's an award flight (purchased with miles) that I can change the flight for free. But the only available flight at the same award price is a month away. I can change any time before the flight, so I'll wait until monday evening and hope my visa arrives. –  Reed G. Law May 3 at 22:12
    
I can find the relevant postage delivery times from FedEx, UPS, and USPS, but there still remains the uncertainty of whether it will processed in time and delivered according to the carrier's guarantee. –  Reed G. Law May 5 at 14:13
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What ended up happening? –  Nate Eldredge Nov 16 at 16:29
    
The visa agency was kind enough to same-day deliver the passport at their own expense and it arrived on time the night before my flight. I figured in the worst case I would have to pay a penalty for changing the flight at the last minute. –  Reed G. Law Nov 17 at 2:26
    
Just as a FYI, the airline will not care if your visa did not arrive on time. They would only be concerned about your fare restrictions (ie, cancellation fees, rebooking, etc.). As far as the airline is concerned, as long as it looks like you have a visa, they will accept you for boarding. They need to do this check due to penalties on airlines if they transport passengers that are then rejected entry due to missing/expired documents. –  Burhan Khalid Nov 17 at 9:57

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