Hi all! My passport will expire in January 2018 (in the middle of my job contract ) and I'm wondering how long the process takes and how early I need to start it? I'm also worried that I won't be able to travel around while I wait for my new passport. Is it OK for me to just have a US ID while traveling around to other Schengen countries while I am waiting for it to be processed? I'd be really bummed if I could not move around while waiting for this. Just curious if anyone has been through this and how they recommend I do it. If I would have known I was getting this job earlier I would have taken care of it here in the States but this was a last minute job offer so I had no time Is it best to just mail it in or go to the embassy to make sure I have the paperwork in order? Thanks for any help/advice/suggestions!