Passport & Visa FAQs

What Should I do with old passport?

At this general faq section you will find general passport we will be listing questions and answers for question that are not in any of the other section such as passport renewal faq and new passport faq.

The following contains information about applying in person when obtaining your first United States passport. To find out more information about additional passport-related issues, consult either the FAQ section or the “Search” bar at the top of the screen.

Blank Visa Page – How to add visa pages to a passport book

QUESTION:   I am traveling to China on an emergency and I have one blank visa page in my passport book. Is that good enough for my travel?   ANSWER:   We...

Visa Pages – How many blank passport visa pages can I travel with?

QUESTION:   My upcoming trip is to Spain. I would like to know how many blank passport visa pages I should have in my passport before going to Spain with my...

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Is it true that my passport is only valid for 5 years?

Question:Is it true that my passport is only valid for 5 years? I got it when I was 15 years old and I would like to know when I should...

How can I renew a child’s minor passport?

Growing up isn't easy. Hundreds of times a week do we receive frantic inquiries regarding children outgrowing their child passports expiration dates. For applicants trying to figure out if they...

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I applied for my passport 10 years ago and it is now expired. I will travel to Europe in the summer and would like to know how I can renew my passport.

Well to begin with, you are on the right track with getting your passport renewed before going Europe. There will be various ways in which you can renew your passport,...

Traveling Abroad – How do I apply for a passport before traveling abroad?

QUESTION: I have never been outside the US. before. I have a trip plan to Spain and I want to know how to apply for a passport before traveling abroad?  ...

Is there any way that I can be provided with a list of Passport Application Acceptance Facilities?

Question:Is there any way that I can be provided with a list of Passport Application Acceptance Facilities? I would like to know which facilities I live closest too. A passport...

How Long Does It Take to Get a Passport?

How long does it take to get a passport? Usually, depends on many factors such as what type of passport you are applying? Did you had a loss or stolen...

How long does a passport application take to process?

Question:I am in sort of a rush. How long does a passport application take to process? Will it be longer than a month and a half? If so, I may...

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Do I need a to get a passport?

All U.S. citizen needs to obtain a valid passport in order to enter and re-enter the United States.

What is a Passport?

A passport is a document that is required by the United States Department of State for all American citizens to travel abroad. The only exceptions to this rule are when...

Is there any way that I can be provided with a list of Passport Application Acceptance Facilities?

Question:Is there any way that I can be provided with a list of Passport Application Acceptance Facilities? I would like to know which facilities I live closest too. A passport...

How long is a passport valid?

A passport is valid for 5 years for children, and 10 years for adults. Some country have a 6 months validation rules as all travelers need to have more than...

Where to Find Passport Acceptance Facilities?

Where to Find  Passport Acceptance Facilities? I live in Arkansas and I would like to know where the closest facility is so I can apply for my passport. A passport...

What Happens if You Change Your Name?

In the event of a name change, you will have to apply in person if you cannot provide legal documentation regarding that name change.

What’s the Difference Between a Passport and a Visa?

If you're getting ready to go on a big international trip, the first thing that you'll always want to do is make sure that your travel documents are in order....

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I am looking to apply for an immigrant visa. Where do I find information to obtain an immigrant visa?

If a traveler will be immigrating to the United States for purposes that are more permanent than temporary, then an immigrant visa may be for them. With an immigrant visa,...

Are the Fraud Prevention and Detection fees mandatory when applying for my L-1 Blanket Visa?

Any applicant who is the primary applicant of a blanket L-1 visa petition will need to pay the Fraud Prevention fees and Detection fees. The amount will be determined by...

What are the criteria for a family member to sponsor a relative overseas for a work visa?

Since your relative will be applying for a work visa, your circumstances will be a little different. An applicant that is applying for a work visa will need to be...

How Would I be Able to Obtain Multiple Visas?

If you wish to apply for multiple visas, you should complete as fully as possible one DS-160 visa application form and pay for that one visa application form thus allowing...

I have a non-immigrant visa while my friend has an immigrant visa. What are the differences between immigrant vs non-immigrant visa?

Currently, there are 2 different types of visas that are available for United States Immigration Services; they are immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. An applicant’s intentions for immigrating to the...

I possess a US passport and a Canadian passport. Which passport would be recommended for my flight to the US?

Since you have both a United States Passport and a Canadian passport, this means you have dual citizenship. Since you will be traveling to the United States and possess a...

What is a I-20 form used for? I think I might need one but I am not completely sure what its purpose is. Please assist me on more information about the I-20.

When the form I-20 is granted, it is granted to a student that was admitted into a degree-granting program at a college or at a university. After being granted a...

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Process to Apply For A Lost United States Passport

QUESTION:   My brother lost his passport and I want him to come visit me in Austria. So, how can I advise him on getting a new passport to replace the...

My Lost Passport – What must I do if I loss my passport?

  QUESTION:   I am almost certain that I left my passport in a cab but the driver says that there was no passport inside. What is recommended to do in...

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Traveling Abroad – How do I apply for a passport before traveling abroad?

QUESTION: I have never been outside the US. before. I have a trip plan to Spain and I want to know how to apply for a passport before traveling abroad?  ...

Passport Office – Where can I find a passport office?

QUESTION:   I have a question about where I can locate a passport office. Are they relatively hard to find? I live in Ohio and I would like to know where...

Is there a certain time limit that needs to be reached before I can apply for a passport after becoming a US citizen?

We compliment you on becoming a United States Citizen. Since you are a United States citizen, you are able to apply for a United States passport. The information that is...

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Passport Office – Where can I find a passport office?

QUESTION:   I have a question about where I can locate a passport office. Are they relatively hard to find? I live in Ohio and I would like to know where...

Passport Card Versus Passport Book

QUESTION:  I travel a lot to Canada and I was wondering if I should obtain a passport card instead of a passport book. Will the card be less expensive than...

Traveling Abroad – How do I apply for a passport before traveling abroad?

QUESTION: I have never been outside the US. before. I have a trip plan to Spain and I want to know how to apply for a passport before traveling abroad?  ...

How long does a passport application take to process?

Question:I am in sort of a rush. How long does a passport application take to process? Will it be longer than a month and a half? If so, I may...

Process to Apply For A Lost United States Passport

QUESTION:   My brother lost his passport and I want him to come visit me in Austria. So, how can I advise him on getting a new passport to replace the...

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Traveling Abroad – How do I apply for a passport before traveling abroad?

QUESTION: I have never been outside the US. before. I have a trip plan to Spain and I want to know how to apply for a passport before traveling abroad?  ...

Where can the rules that apply to passport photographs found?

Questions:I am becoming a professional photographer and I would like to add to my portfolio some passport photographs. Where can the rules that apply to passport photographs found? Information can...

Passport Office – Where can I find a passport office?

QUESTION:   I have a question about where I can locate a passport office. Are they relatively hard to find? I live in Ohio and I would like to know where...

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Process to Apply For A Lost United States Passport

QUESTION:   My brother lost his passport and I want him to come visit me in Austria. So, how can I advise him on getting a new passport to replace the...

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What are the Benefits if I Obtain a Second Passport?

Question What benefits will I reap if I obtain a second passport? Answer There are a substantial amount of benefits when you obtain a second passport. Firstly, some foreign countries...

After renewing my passport will I be able to keep my old passport?

Questions:I am renewing my passport and I have very fond memories of the places I have traveled. Will I be able to keep my old passport? We oftentimes receive these...

Renewal of expired passport – How does the renewal of an expired passport works?

QUESTION:   I am traveling to Rome in a couple of months and my passport has expired. How does the renewal of expired passport works? Will I be able to renew...

My Current Passport is Stamp with Destinations that I want to Keep. Would I be able to Keep my Current Passport?

Question My passport is stamped with a lot of destinations that I want to keep for memories. Is there any way that I can keep my expired passport that I...

Applied for my passport when I was 19 years old. How long would the passport be valid?

I applied for my passport when I was 19 years old. How long will the passport  be valid? Since you obtained your passport at the age of 19, the passport...

I applied for my passport 10 years ago and it is now expired. I will travel to Europe in the summer and would like to know how I can renew my passport.

Well to begin with, you are on the right track with getting your passport renewed before going Europe. There will be various ways in which you can renew your passport,...

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I possess a US passport and a Canadian passport. Which passport would be recommended for my flight to the US?

Since you have both a United States Passport and a Canadian passport, this means you have dual citizenship. Since you will be traveling to the United States and possess a...

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Passport Card Versus Passport Book

QUESTION:  I travel a lot to Canada and I was wondering if I should obtain a passport card instead of a passport book. Will the card be less expensive than...

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I have been denied my visa under section 214(B) and I would like to know if this would be permanent.

Within Section 214(B) it states “Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for...

What is the Visa Waiver Program?

What is the Visa Waiver Program? This program was spearheaded by  United States Department of State, is an initiative that enables citizens or nationals of certain countries.  This program is...

Am I allowed to be in the US if my Visa expires? My aunt has fallen very ill while I was over here and she can go at any time.

If you have a visa that is going to expire in the United States while you are in the United States, you will not necessarily run into any difficulties. The...

Are indefinite validity visas good forever (Burroughs Visas)? Do they not expire?

A Burroughs Visa did have a validity life of 10 years. It will get stamped into your passport book manually with a lifetime of ten years. Indefinite validity passports, or...

I applied for a visa a little while ago and when it came in it says FNU on it. What does FNU mean?

Every so often we receive this question by visa holders. The terminology FNU is an acronym, whose letters stand for First Name Unknown. When your visa was approved, the name...

Visa Pages – How many blank passport visa pages can I travel with?

QUESTION:   My upcoming trip is to Spain. I would like to know how many blank passport visa pages I should have in my passport before going to Spain with my...

What are the benefits to using the SEVIS system? I would like to use the SEVIS system but want more information about it first.

What are the benefits of using the SEVIS system? The SEVIS is a component of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program or SEVP. They are a part of the National Security Investigations...

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