Once you’ve submitted your application or renewal, you can track your passport application status online. It is extremely difficult to reach staff at a Regional Passport Agency by phone to ask questions. You can try to set up an appointment through the automated system if you are traveling within 14 days or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks, but the phone system is often overloaded.
A visa is a document issued by foreign customs officials or immigration authorities that permits you to visit a country for a specified period of time. The visa may be a stamp (endorsement) marked on your passport or a certificate appended to your passport. Some countries require that you obtain the visa prior to departure. To do so, you may need to send your passport to the designated embassy and allow time for the visa to be issued and the passport returned to you. Applying for your passport well in advance can be critical since any delay in receiving your passport and required visas could result in cancellation of your study abroad program and loss of funds. Texas State Study Abroad can help determine if you need a visa to study in your country of choice; please contact our office at 512.245.9167 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Be sure to check your destination’s official government immigration office website to determine visa requirements and to see which visa you qualify for.
If you are an International Student currently enrolled at Texas State University, we recommend that you contact the International Office to verify your eligibility for international travel, prior to applying for a study abroad program.