Passports and Visas
CIBT, The Global Visa and Passport Professionals, is Yale’s preferred vendor for foreign visas applications. You may reach them by phone at 1-800-577-2428 or by the link on our website below. To enjoy a 48% discount on the application fee, please reference our Yale account number 40634
Only foreign nationals with residency status in countries where CIBT has a local office may use their visa service. Those countries are currently: US, Canada, UK, Switzerland, France, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Benelux, and Germany. Please click on the CIBT Offices link below to see a map of specific locations.
For any other questions and/or requests for assistance on visas from foreign nationalists residing in countries where CIBT does not have offices, travelers will need to contact a local visa service or the closest Consulate in their respective country.
Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors is also recommended as an optional service provider. Please contact Kurt Olson at 203-642-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors
20 N Main Street
Norwalk , CT 06854
All persons, including US citizens, will need passports to re-enter the United States by air from the Caribbean , Mexico , Bermuda or Canada.
U.S. citizens returning from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will not need to show passports.
Authorities expect a significant increase in passport requests due to the rule change, so travelers without valid passports are encouraged to allow plenty of time to obtain them. It typically takes about six weeks to get a passport after applying, or two weeks for more expensive, expedited service through the Passport Services Office.
Please click on the links below to find out how to apply, and to access more information.
|Why get a passport now?
The wait time - currently up to six weeks - could increase as the number of applications grown
Now there is a "rush option" for an extra fee, but high volume could affect availability
Gain travel flexibility ... the ability to visit countries worldwide
|How to get your passport
First passport? Here's how to apply >>
Find an office near you >>
Need to renew: See mail-in info >>
You can also call the U.S. National Passport Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778).
|Who does the new law affect?
U.S. citizens traveling to Canada , Mexico , the Caribbean , Bermuda and Panama
Citizens of Canada , Mexico and Bermuda , who will need a passport for U.S. entry for the first time
See details from the U.S. Department of State >>
VISA Information Sheet
Unlike a passport, which is issued by one’s home country, a visa (if required) is issued by the country one intends to visit. It is an official endorsement inserted into one’s passport authorizing the bearer to enter or leave, and travel in or through, a specific country or region.
The Travel Department has arranged for CIBT to service the passport and visa needs of the Yale community. These special rates can be accessed by calling CIBT at 1.800.577.2428 and referencing the Yale account number 40634; or you may log in here.
From the web site above you can:
- Status check- request status of up to 5 travelers at a time
- Quick Check for U.S. citizens - determine up front whether or not a visa is required.
- Business, Tourist, Transit, and Short-Term Work Visas
- on-US and US Passport Processing
Other CIBT Services
- Confirming e-mail feature- be sure to put e-mail address on submission form to receive automatic confirmation of receipt of materials and tracking number when documents are ready to be returned.
- Services for Russian invitations, Australian ETA’s, and document authentications.
- Global Phoneworks-1-800-556-0530
- Overseas processing offices in the U.K. , France , Germany , the Netherlands , and Australia.
Please take advantage of these special rates.
CIBT is currently pricing standard visa requests at 20% below the cost of our existing visa provider. Any questions may be directed to Marcia Kaplan, Travel Coordinator, at 432-9011.
Visas Quick Check for U.S. Citizens
Click here to check the table to see if your destination country requires U.S. Citizens to obtain a visa. Please note: A passport is now required to return to the United States from abroad.
The Most Overlooked Visa Requirements for the Most Popular Destinations
Why Should You Stick with the Sticker?
Emergency Contact Information
The Department of Transportation requires that U.S. airlines obtain emergency contact information from U.S. citizens traveling internationally. Emergency contacts do not have to be relatives and all information is kept confidential. All US Airways international customers flying between the U.S. and Canada , the Caribbean and Europe must provide this information.
This form will be distributed at check-in or in-flight returning to the U.S. , and must be completed by all persons except:
- U.S. citizens
- Returning resident aliens
- Aliens with immigrant visas
- Canadian citizens visiting or in transit
For more information on filling out the I-94/I-94W, visit the U.S. Customs & Border Protection web site.
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