|A visa is a document showing that
a person is authorized to enter the territory for which it was issued,
subject to permission of an immigration official at the time of actual
|Your physical passport is
required by the consular office at the time the visa application is
made. The visa itself will be stamped or applied to a page in your
physical passport book.
|Certain countries allow visas to
be obtained by particular nationalities upon arrival into that
country. Whenever possible, it is recommended to obtain a visa in
advance of travel to avoid possible delays and complications that are
subject to occur when obtaining a visa on arrival. You may visit
the online visa portal
to determine if a visa is available on arrival.
|Certain countries use consular
jurisdiction when issuing visas. Meaning, based on the state in
which you reside, your visa will be processed through a particular
consulate within the U.S. It is possible for consulates to have
varying requirement s from one jurisdiction to another.
|If record of Immunization of
required the issuance of a visa, this will be listed in G3’s Required
Document Checklist. Often times, certain immunizations will be
recommended for travel to particular countries, but will not be required
for issuance of a visa. For an up to date list of recommended
immunizations visit the CDC's website.
|The pages in the back of a U.S.
passport are used for Amendments and Endorsements made to the passport
by the U.S. Department of State only, and foreign countries will not
place visas on pages marked as such. Pages available for visa
issuance by foreign countries say ‘Visa’ on the top of each page.
|If you are a non-US national who
legally resides in the United States as either a Resident Alien (Green
Card), or valid US visa holder, we can assist with travel outside of the
US requiring a visa.
|Traveling on a Schengen Visa
means that the visa holder can travel to any member countries using one
single visa. This is particularly beneficial for persons who wish to
visit several Schengen countries on the same trip. Visas must be
applied for through the first Schengen country of entry, if multiple
Schengen countries are being visited on a single trip. Schengen
countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, and Poland.
|A Passport Book is a document,
issued by a national government, which certifies, for the purpose of
international travel, the identity and nationality of its holder.
|The U.S. Passport Card can be
used for travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.
The passport card is not valid for any international travel by air.
|A Passport Acceptance Facility is
typically located at a main branch post office or clerk of court.
An authorized agent at the facility will review the passport
applicant’s state issued photo ID, proof of citizenship, and passport
application, and witness the applicant’s signature on the government
form DS-11. To find a facility closest to your location visit
|Certified copies of Birth
Certificates can be ordered by contacting the Department of Vital
Statistics in the state in which you were born. Certified copies
of birth certificates, under most circumstances, can be expedited
through the online services offered by Vital Chek.
|Passports are eligible for
renewal within one year to expiration. It is best to renew a
passport prior to it having six months remaining in validity.
|All U.S. nationals, regardless of age, require their own passport for international travel.
|Yes, as long as the passport is
deemed to be in good condition, the passport agency will cancel the
existing passport and return it along with the newly issued passport.
|No, the U.S. Department of State requires documents with original, ink to paper, signatures for processing
|G3 can process passports for US citizens only. Most
countries require the applicant to apply for passport services directly with the consulate. Contact G3 if you need assistance finding a consulate for your non-US passport service.