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VSU Passport Day

Published date: November 15, 2012

In observation of International Education Week 2013 (November 12-16), the Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education will join the Student Government Association, the Department of Student Activities, and the VSU 1-Card Office to sponsor “VSU PASSPORT DAY” on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Foster Hall 210.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to complete the entire application process for a new or renewed U.S. Passport.  Officials from the U.S. Passport Office in Washington, D.C., will be on campus to accept the required documents and fees necessary to complete the application process.  A U.S. Passport is now required for travel across any of America’s borders by every citizen—from infants to the elderly.  VSU PASSPORT DAY offers the convenience of applying for either the Passport Book or the Passport Card (or both!) right on campus. Individual processing of each application is expected to take about 10 minutes.  The VSU 1-Card Office will provide passport service for applicants who wish to purchase passport photos on site. 

An adult U.S. Passport Book, which may be used for travel by land, sea, or air, costs $135 and is valid for ten years.  The U.S. Passport Card—about the size of a driver’s license—is valid for entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The U.S. Passport Card for adults costs $55 and is also valid for ten years.  However, only the U.S. Passport Book can be used for international travel by air.  Both the U.S. Passport Book and Card can also be purchased for minors (under age 16) and are valid for five years ($120/Book and $40/Card).  More information about U.S. Passports can be found at the U.S. Department of State web site: http://travel/state/gov

Internationalization surveys conducted by the International Education Advisory Council (IEAC) last year revealed that 37% of 1103 VSU students surveyed owned a valid U.S. passport; only 15% of 153 faculty surveyed owned a valid U.S. passport.  During the next two weeks, VSU study abroad alumni will be available at an information booth in Foster Hall from NOON to 3:00 PM on November 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 13, and 14 to assist students, faculty and staff with pre-scheduling appointments for VSU PASSPORT DAY (November 15).    Passport appointments can be easily scheduled by also contacting the Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education, located in Trinkle Hall 205 (Phone: 804-524-8347).   

Requests for appointments can also be made by emailing rjarratt@vsu.edu.  Early bird appointments (by November 5) are encouraged. 

International Education Week (IEW) was established jointly by the U.S. Departments of State and Education in 2000 and is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.  The initiative promotes international understanding and international educational exchange by encouraging programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. 

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For more information contact: Maxine Sample, Ph.D., Professor of English and Director of International Education msample@vsu.edu
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