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Spring Break is fast approaching, have you made your plans? If you’re still searching for the best deal on where to go – here are some ideas inside and outside the U.S. that are kind to your bank account and perfect for the student on a tight budget.

1. Daytona, Florida

With average temps hovering in the low-80’s during Spring Break, Daytona has great weather and cheap hotels in abundance. There is a Big Red Party Bus that travels up and down the beach and is easy to catch either way. The boardwalk, beach, or local clubs are filled with activity and it’s a definite non-stop party scene.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Both North and South Myrtle Beach in South Carolina have white sandy beaches and very affordable hotels. There’s a ton of live music and clubs. Hotels here tend to be even more budget-friendly than in Florida, so it’s worth checking out.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for a Spring Break experience that is anything but tame? This is your destination. South Padre is small but mighty. The island is filled with tons of bars within walking distance and the hotels are very affordable. Most of the accommodations aren’t exactly 4-star but chances are good you won’t be in your room too much anyway.

4. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

None of the above destinations require a passport, this one will. Costa Rica is completely gorgeous and if you love beach time, this is your nirvana. You can swim, whitewater raft, and enjoy zip lining. There’s still time to book a trip and keep the cost down on a round-trip ticket.

5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This is a great destination. Ocho Rios in Jamaica is a very busy port that numerous cruise lines use and it’s not hard to see why this is so. The water is clear, there are jungle mountain ranges and the beaches are pristine. Margaritaville is where the Spring Breakers head to. You can party hard or rent an ATV, horseback ride, or experience their whitewater rivers on a raft canoe or kayak. You will need a passport for entry.

6. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since this is a U.S. territory, you won’t need to worry about breaking out your passport. If you book your flight far enough in advance, you can usually score some great deals on travel to this destination where you will be able to enjoy affordable hotels, pristine beaches, and a jumping nightlife.

7. Cancun, Mexico

It wouldn’t be a list of Spring Break places without the original Mexican paradise destination, Cancun. There are nearly constant parties, bars, live music fests, and very affordable rooms. Shop around for round trip flights and you can probably snap up a great deal. Just pack your bathing suit, sunscreen, and your passport and you’re set!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is a Houston, Texas based company that expedites U.S. passports, travel visas, certified birth certificates and Apostille to make your travel plans go smoothly contact us at 713-874-1420.

Just because you have a notary stamp on your documents doesn’t mean a foreign government will accept them as authentic for your travel visa, work visa or other reason.

That’s why sometimes you will need to have your documents stamped by an Apostille. We can authenticate your travel or work documents to meet the standards required.

The most common types of documents needing an Apostille are certificates of birth and death, marriage licenses, decrees of divorce. Other common types of documents are school transcripts and diplomas. Powers of attorney may also require an Apostille for validity outside the United States.

Find out more here about Apostilles in Houston and get a free quote

Some people feel that one spouse assuming the other’s last name is an old-fashioned and outdated tradition. There are others that want to keep the tradition alive and change their names after saying, “I do.”
Once you make the decision to change your name legally, all your identification documents should match, including your US passport. There is a specific process for changing your name to your new married name.

We put together some tips to make the process even easier if you choose to take your spouse’s name.  We have assisted newlyweds for over 20 years in our Houston office with getting their US  passports re-issued with their new name, and we can help you.

Change your name soon after your marriage.
Many states have time limits for a name change, make sure you know the time allotted in your home state.

Getting a new social security card is simple. Just either take two forms of identification along with a certified copy of your marriage license to your local Social Security office. You can also do it by mail, but you’ll probably want to get a duplicate copy of your marriage license to mail in.

Changing your driver’s license is easy to accomplish. Just make an appearance at your local Department of Motor Vehicles with your certified copy of your marriage license. You will be able to get a new, updated license with your new name on it the same day in most locales.

name changeNow,  let’s talk passport. If you need to change your name, you’re going to need to reapply for your passport. Remember, your travel documents must match your identification or it will put the brakes on your travel.  The TSA will not accept a marriage certificate as proof of a name change.
Normal turnaround time can be four to six weeks, however, you can obtain your passport in far less time, 24-hours if necessary.
Here are the documents you need to get started:

  • One completed application for US passport renewal
  • Two passport photographs
  • Authorization for Texas Tower to act on your behalf
  • Your current US passport (this will be returned)
  • Flight itinerary or rush request
  • Original or certified copy of your marriage certificate

Once you get those documents together – we can do the rest for you!

Another sometimes overlooked area is something you’re probably in at least once a day.  You’ll need to update your name will be your email. This can usually be accomplished in a short and sweet email to everyone on your contact list about your status change.

Update your bank in person, as each financial institution has their own set of guidelines, ask what they need from you to verify the name change ahead of your appointment. Most major credit cards will have a form to fill out and send in with copies of your proof of name change.  Memberships and loyalty programs are other good accounts to remember to update. They usually have basically the same requirements as updating your credit cards.

Those are just the basics for getting your name changed! If you’re a newly wedded, congrats! If you have any questions about your passport and visa for your honeymoon travel, just contact us!

Want to get started on your name change right now? Visit our dedicated US passport name change page. Get more tips and information for all your travel and personal documents on our Facebook page.

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What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel VisaPlanning a trip outside the U.S.? Did you know that makes you part of around five percent of Americans who travel internationally each year? If you’re a first-time traveler overseas, we have some tips to make it easier.

Tip #1 – You will need a passport.
Actually, all signs point to travelers within the United States needing a passport by 2020, but you’re traveling outside the United States now and you will need a passport to exit and enter the U.S. when you return. You will also need to show a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain your passport. Outsource the task of getting a passport and spend your time planning your trip and deciding if you really need to include that 15th pair of shoes. Once you get your passport, it will be good for ten years. When you get your passport photo taken, get a few extra copies. Sometimes random countries will ask you for one at the border or you might need one for a visa (more on visas in a moment).

Tip #2 – Will You Need a Travel Visa?
Not every country requires a travel visa for entry. This is where the process gets extra fun, every country has their own rules, regulations, and process for obtaining a visa for entry. It also usually requires a trip to the consulate or embassy. This is a good task to outsource.

#3 Research Your Destination
In many countries, people in the cities do not drive at all. Public transportation, taxis, private buses, ride-sharing and other ways to get around make even renting a car unnecessary for a lot of destinations. Look up where you’re going and learn the basic customs, hot spots, places to avoid, and whether a Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended to avoid getting sick from the food or water.
Tip #4 Where To Stay
A hotel isn’t your only option. Check out couchsurfing.org or AirBnB.com to get in a local’s home and really get a feel for the place you’re visiting (maybe even make some new friends) get insider tips on cool places to go and save money.
Tip #5 Learn How the Money Works
In the present, if you don’t have a credit card with a chip, ask your card issuer for one and you’ll likely get it. Most chipped cards won’t come with outrageous fees for using it abroad. Ask your credit card issuer what their fees are to avoid surprises on your statement when you get back.

Using a credit card is excellent security against fraudulent transactions. However, not all businesses will take cards so it’s a good idea to carry a little local currency with you.

Figure out the exchange rate ahead of time so you aren’t trying to do constantly calculate prices. For example, if you are in Iceland and you know 600 Krona is roughly equal to five dollars U.S., you can have a rough and ready point of reference for figuring out how much to spend and keep on you.
Tip #6 Avoid Roaming Fees
When you board your flight, switch off your mobile data. WiFi is available pretty much everywhere, use that to upload your travel photo to Instagram instead of your phone’s data and you’ll save money.

Tip #7 Learn a Little of the Local Language
Most places you visit will have people who speak English. However, it is polite to at least learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” and a few other phrases in the local language. You might be met with grins and laughs for trying, but most people are happy to help if you try.

Tip #8 – Know the Basics to Pack
Here is a complete list of the basics you need to pack: a toothbrush, toothpaste, your passport, your phone, and your credit card. Anything else you might want can be acquired where you’re going.

You can make life easier for yourself by packing clean undies for a week if your stay is longer wash them in a sink with whatever soap is handy, and hang up to dry. Wool socks won’t heat up your feet and never gather a smell.

For clothing, dress nice and for the weather (again research your destination) and you won’t need more than two pairs of shoes for most trips.

And that’s the basics for having a great time on your first jaunt outside the U.S.

letestIf you own a website, you know how enlightening the web stats can be.  Especially the area where you see what keyword phrases people are using to find your site.  The following is a collection of the questions people have asked to find our site as well as questions we’ve received via Twitter, Facebook, and email. Please note the following responses to the questions reflect our company’s turnaround time and may not apply to any other passport or visa agency.

Can I still get U.S. passports from the government site? 
The short answer is yes you can. The more indepth answer is you will wind up waiting an average of 4-7 weeks and you’ll have to submit and follow up on all the paperwork yourself. That’s the beauty of outsourcing that task to us, we do the work for you and we can get your passport as quickly as 24 hours.

My passport expires in 5 months how soon so I have to renew?
Technically, your passport is already expired. Most countries require that you have a full 6 months left on your passport from your departure date of your trip. If your passport has 6 months or less until expiration, it’s time to renew  your passport.

Is it true there are three types of travel visas for Venezuela?
Yes, most countries have a business class and tourism visa for entry to the country. Venezuela also has a work class visa for individuals that will be working in the country.

At what age does a child need a passport to travel?
Even newborns need a passport. Up until the age of 15, younger travelers will need a child passport. After the age of 16, you will apply for an adult passport.

How fast can you get a child’s passport?
Your departure date for your trip needs to be at least 3 days ahead and we can obtain your child’s passport for you on a rush. Normal time service from the U.S. passport agency will take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks on average.

Can I get a birth certificate translated?
Yes, we offer full documentation translation services. Just call us at 713-874-1420, we can help you.

Do I need a passport to go from FL to MN?
At this time, passports are not necessary for travel within the United States from one state to another.

Where on TexasTower.net will I find the Philippines Visa page?
If you’re ready to get your travel visa, just go here to Philippines Visa.

Okay one more, question and we’ll wrap up this session.
What is the best way to renew a U.S. passport?
Outsourcing the acquisition of your passport and visa documents is one of the smartest things you can do. All you have to do is fill out the paperwork, and we do the rest. We can also get your passport must faster than the U.S. passport agency. If you have any questions, just ask one of our trained agents. Texas Tower will work one-on-one with you to make sure the process of obtaining your passport or visa is easy from start to finish.

Traveling to India in the near future and live in the Houston, Texas area? One of the best things you can do to make your trip planning a breeze is to outsource the acquisition of your Indian travel visa to Texas Tower Passport and Visa. We can process both business and tourist visas for travel to India.

You will need to plan ahead to get your India visa. We can process visas in all jurisdictions, however, this is no rush service available for your visa. It can take at least 10 business days and some applications can take up the 3 weeks or more to process.

Individuals who were born in India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka will have additional requirements and will likely need to apply in person at the Indian Embassy or India Visa Outsourcer office. Because of this, we are unable to assist with these persons’ visa applications. Call our offices to talk with an agent if you are unsure, we will be glad to help you.

The formatting of your India visa is very stringent. The embassy has exacting standards and will reject your visa application if your submitted forms do not meet the requirements for approval. Another point to know is when you submit your passport, make sure it is signed and the signature on your forms matches the signature on your passport exactly.

If you need any certified documents such as birth certificates, we can obtain those for you to cut the time for your applications, also we can translate any necessary documents for you.

The India Embassy will charge the following fees for processing your travel visa:
India visa fees for US Citizens
Multiple entry tourist up to 6 months 15+ business days $ 80.00
Multiple entry business up to 12 months 15+ business days $ 180.00
Outside Houston Jurisdiction: add $150

If you’re ready to get your travel visa to India, contact our offices and let one of our agents walk you through the process. We will make it as fast and easy as possible. Start here on our India visa page.

getting peru travel visaBefore you travel to Peru, make sure you have your personal travel docs in order. Leaving from the U.S., you will need both a passport and visa to enter Peru. Here’s an overview of what you will need to get your travel visa.

For business travel only a visa is required. For business or tourism purposes, the maximum stay in Peru is 90 days. Texas Tower can only assist travelers with valid United States passports in obtaining their business travel visas to Peru. All other nationals will need to make a personal appearance at the Peruvian consulate to obtain their travel visas.

If you require an Apostille, we can assist you.

Check your passport and make sure that the expiration date on your passport is more than 6 months from your return date from Peru. If it is less, you will need to also renew your passport at this time,  we can help you with that.

To see the documents you need to have in order to get your business visa, please visit our Peru Visa page. Note the special requirement for your application to be both signed and fingerprinted. Business travelers will also require an invitation from their host within Peru to qualify for a travel visa.

U.S. passport holders visiting Peru as tourists do not require a travel visa for entry. However the country charges an exit fee at the airport.

Let us help the preparation part of your journey to Peru become fast and easy. Call our office at 713-874-1420 with any questions about your travel to Peru.

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The Internet has made all aspects of travel more convenient. You can search for the best airfare, killer deals on hotels, and even begin the process of getting your passport or travel visa.

But what if you want to deal with a local company? Sometimes, you can increase your comfort level about doing business online  if you know the company has a local office you can go to if you wish. Our services are nationwide, but we have a local Houston, Texas office ready to serve you.

The U.S. passport office is currently running 7+ weeks for passport renewal, and because of the millions of passports expiring that were issued when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect, the number of individuals renewing their passports is expected to only increase as the year goes on.
We can assist you for any of the following services:

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If you have any questions about your passport or visa, don’t hesitate to let us help you. Call 713-874-1420 during regular business hours or email to info@texastower.net and we’ll get right back with you.

Can you believe it’s already July 2018?

One thing we see during the summer months is an increase in new high school grads seeking copies of their birth certificate for college. If you don’t have yours. Now is a good time to order and get your personal paperwork ready to go for college in the Fall!

Personal paperwork isn’t something you think about on a daily basis, there are times you must be able to produce proof of your birth and identity. That’s where having a certified copy of your birth certificate comes in handy. It is not a bad idea to have extra certified copies of your personal papers and put them in a safety deposit box in case there is a loss of your home through fire or an act of nature.

Here are the seven most common reasons people need to produce a copy of a certified birth certificate.

Travel Documents – When obtaining a passport or travel visa, a certified copy of your birth certificate may be required.

Driver’s License– not all states require this, contact your local agency to find out for sure.

School Registration – when registering for school at any age, a birth certificate is commonly requested.

Marriage License – find out the laws in your state, but many states require a certified copy of a birth certificate to issue a marriage license.

Sports Participation – this is primarily required in registration for youth sports, but you will usually need to show a copy of the birth certificate for your child to participate.

Social Security Card – if you need to acquire or change your name on your Social Security card, you may need to furnish a certified birth certificate copy as well as a secondary form of identification.

Don’t get caught without a certified copy of your birth certificate – order online at United States Birth Certificate.

 

This is the time of year when all that hard work in school is paying off with an acceptance to college. This means a fresh start, making new friends, living independently, and maturing as an individual.

Before a new college student can make the leap into their dorm room, they will need to give their new school certain required vital records. We put together a quick list to have handy so your graduate won’t experience any delays.

  • Photo identification
  • Social security card copy
  • Official high school transcripts
  • ACT, SAT or other college approved test scores
  • Immunization and medical records
  • Certificate birth certificate copy

Here’s a breakdown of each type of identification and how to get it:
Photo Identification
Your photo identification may be in the form of a driver’s license or state-issued identification. Some colleges will also accept passport photos, and even a high school photo ID as proof of identity.

Social Security Card
If your graduate doesn’t have a social security card to show, you’ll need to order a replacement copy from your local social security office.

Transcripts
These are simple to obtain. Contact the high school your child graduated from and ask them to send the transcripts directly to the college where your child will be enrolled. If you haven’t made a decision, most high schools will give you the transcripts directly, often there is a small charge.

Test Scores
You will need to send test scores for ACT, SAT, or other tests with most college applications. The process for sending the scores is usually simple. Create an account at the testing organization and then simply ask to have the test scores sent via the web to the college of your choice. If you need the process done on a rush basis, there is often a small fee for expedited service.

Medical Records
Every college has their own unique requirements. Find out what specific forms they need your doctor to fill out. For some colleges, it is as simple as a record of immunizations for the new student.

Birth Certificate
Many colleges will require a certified copy of birth. If you cannot locate or your copy isn’t certified, we can assist you in obtaining a new one from any state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

That’s the basic list you’re going to need document-wise to get into college. If you need help obtaining a birth certificate for your graduate, talk to us!