Category Archives: Passport services

dont-let-your-travel-plans-hit-a-brick-wallIf you need non-English documents translated to facilitate your passport or travel documents, let us help!  We offer full translation services to our clients to or from any language.
The reason is many governments require that travel documents such as your passport are translated for easy processing.

Our translations are accepted by the USCIS and other U.S. agencies.

Certain countries will require that your police report, medical records, or work history are translated in both English as well as the native language. If you lack these translations, your travel visa or work permit can be denied.

If you would like a quote, just call our offices to get an estimate for the cost of your translation of your travel documents.

Contact us today to get started : (713) 874-1420

Love nature? Love to dive? Dominica needs to be a destination for you. This beautiful country has rain forests, mountains to explore, and over 40 spectacular dive sites. This little jewel in the Caribbean is a definite bucket list addition for travel buffs.

November through May are the peak months for tourists to visit. You can often score better deals on hotels during the off months, however, the offseason includes Atlantic hurricane season from June through October, and it includes a rainy season.

United States citizens traveling to Dominica do not need a travel visa for entry for tourist or business purposes. You will need an up-to-date passport.
If your passport does not have blank pages, you can no longer add them. You will need to renew the passport.

We can help you if you need to add pages or renew your passport. Expedited services are available.

Trip Advisor has a great overview of where to stay and what to do in Dominica.

India

Individuals planning a trip to India will find along with your passport, you need a travel visa for entry to the country. There are business and tourist class travel visas required, depending on the nature of your trip.  Here are some common questions about getting your visa to India.

Can Texas Tower process visas in all jurisdictions?
Yes! However if you are within the jurisdiction of Houston, we do charge an extra fee. You can read more about that here.

What is the average processing time for an Indian visa?
You will need to allow 10-business-days once the application has been submitted by us.  Some applications can take 3 weeks to process.

Chittorgarh-Fort1Is there a way to get rush service?
Due to the detailed nature of the visa process, there is no rush service available. The standards for acquiring a travel visa from the Embassy are very exacting and something as small as the signature on your passport not matching the signature on your visa application exactly can result in your visa application being denied.

May I get the visa upon arrival in India?
Although many countries let you obtain your visa upon arrival, India currently does not.

I was born in India, can you process my travel visa require for India?
Unfortunately, we may not be able to help you. You will most likely need to apply at the Embassy in person if you born in India, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka.

What will I need for a travel visa to India for business?
Here is everything you will need, including links to forms.
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What documents do I need to get a tourist travel visa for India?
Just like the business visa for India, we have put together a handy list for everything you need to make application for your visa a breeze.
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If you have a question about getting your passport or visa to India, call our office at 713-874-1420 or  just send your question to @txtpassportvisa on Twitter or Texas Tower on Facebook.

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Liberia is a beautiful coastal country.  The following are some of the most common questions asked about traveling to Liberia.

What types of travel visas are necessary for United States citizens traveling to Liberia?
Visas for either tourism and business-type travel are required to enter the country.

Where can I find out the latest travel warnings for Liberia?
The best place to find up-to-date information regarding any travel warnings issued for Liberia is the U.S. Department of State located here.

What documents do I need to provide to Texas Tower to get a Liberian travel visa?
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Yes, you will need to be able to show proof of a recent vaccination for Yellow Fever.

How many blank visa pages are needed?
Liberia will require one blank visa page to stamp on entry. If you need to add pages, it will now require renewing your passport.

If you have any questions about traveling to Liberia or need help obtaining your travel visa, talk to us at 713-874-1420. Our staff is ready to assist you.

 

 

 

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Before a trip overseas, one of the things you don’t have to do is spend time renewing your passport. Using a passport expediting service, you simply pay a fee and let the agency do the work for you.

Going through the Passport Office or Post Office for renewing your passport can average 4-8 weeks.

Utilizing a passport service like Texas Tower will lower the time to 1-12 days and if you need to expedite service, they can turn around your passport renewal in 24 hours.

Issues Won’t Stop the Process
Another difference in how your paperwork is handled. If there are any issues with your paperwork, the passport agency will deny your application and return your paperwork. From there, you will have to start over from square one. Texas Tower  will work with you to quickly resolve any issues.

Isn’t it expensive to use an outside service?
Not really. There are fees on top of the existing government fees for this service, but our company works for you, one-on-one, to get your passport and travel docs. It saves a lot of time , and isn’t your time worth it? Our passport pages have the fees listed for each type of service to keep the process as transparent as possible. Just choose the type of passport service you need and you can see the total cost.

The process for getting your passport online is simple: 
1-Fill out your paperwork for the type of service you want.
2- Send to Texas Tower with your completed order form.
3-Receive your new passport!

You have plenty to do before you go on an international trip, gathering paperwork and waiting for your passport renewal doesn’t have to be one of those tasks.

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If you’ve been putting off renewing your passport because you don’t want to deal with chasing the paperwork or standing in the long lines, it’s time to consider outsourcing the task. You can fill out the documentation you need to renew your passport, send it into us and get your passport back much faster than using the U.S. Passport Agency. Here are some of the most common questions and answers we get regarding passports.

Can I just apply for a new passport online?
Yes and no. You can do much of the documentation you need online but you will have to print your forms and send them to Texas Tower. We created a passport renewal checklist to follow for passport renewal that makes it easy to get your documents gathered and sent so you can get your passport renewed quickly.

Which form is the correct one for renewing a passport?
The usual form for renewing a passport is Form DS-82 is used for passport renewals. Depending on your situation, additional forms may be required.

How  Close to the expiration date of my passport do I need to renew?
Some international destinations will require that your passport has more than 6 months before the expiration date at the completion of your trip.

I changed my name, do I have to renew my passport?
If your name has legally changed due to marriage, divorce, or other reason , and you have updated your state-issued identification- you’re going to need to renew and change your name on your passport and travel documents. The name on your passport much match your other identification or it can halt your travel plans.

I got my passport at 14 and it’s now expiring.  How do I renew this passport?
You will most likely need to apply for a new (adult) passport.

I understand that a passport photo needs to have a plain background, can I just take a selfie?
You can take your own photographs for your passport photo, but there are some requirements you need to meet.
You can’t just snap a selfie for your passport photo. We highly recommend using a professional passport photo service to get your passport photos.
Here are the requirements :
Size : 2×2 inches
Identical images
Must be full color
Frontal face view only with plain white background
No headgear
If you use a hearing aide, hairpiece or wig, – wear them for your photo.
No eyeglasses or sunglasses may be worn for your photo as of November 1st, 2016

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The State Department quoted me a wait time of 6-7 weeks for my passport.I need to leave before then.  Can Texas Tower get it any faster?
You bet we can. Our standard service time is 8-12 working days and if you need an expedited passport, we can get you a 24-hour passport renewal.

What happens to my expired passport? 
Your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new passport.  It’s a good idea to keep your old passport in a safe place as it is one method of showing proof of your U.S. citizenship.

What is the renew passport process?
We streamlined the process so it’s very quick and easy.
1- Gather the documents on the passport renewal checklist.
2- Send to our office with the passport agency fee + service fee.
3- Receive your passport in 8-12 business days or 24 hours for expedited service.

If you have a passport renewal question, contact our offices at 713-874-1420 or on Twitter, we’re ready to answer!

Take a minute and think about your passport, when does it expire? Your passport basically expires six months before the expiration date. U.S. travelers will be unable to travel out of the country.

So what happens if you book a trip out of the country and your passport is within 6 months of expiring? For one, it can put the brakes on your trip.

One woman recounted a tale of being in a Miami airport waiting to board a plane to Cuba when some fellow travelers had passports that expired within the following six months and had their trips canceled right then and there.

It can take 4-7 weeks on average to get your passport from the U.S. Passport Agency, and if you choose to have it expedited, be prepared to still wait another 2-3 weeks.

Using Texas Tower, we can fast-process a U.S. passport renewal. 24 hours from the time you give us your documents, your passport can be in your hand ready to travel with you.

We have a handy list of the documents you need to gather.
First, make sure you meet the requirements to renew your passport. If you don’t meet the requirements, you will need to apply for a new passport.
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Now use the handy list for the documents and items you need to get your passport renewed fast.  All documents must be signed and mailed to us. Unfortunately, you may not scan and email us these documents because the Department of State requires original signatures.  [click to view larger]
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Send your documents to Texas Tower and our trained staff will begin the process to get your passport renewal expedited. Call us today 713-874-1420.

 

Tips for Getting a Burma Myanmar Visa
Once known as Burma, the country of Myanmar requires a visa for United States citizens wishing to enter the country. It also has a few special requirements you do not normally have to meet to obtain a visa.

The maximum stay for either a tourist or business visa is 30-days, Myanmar Tourism Showcase (3 minutes 40 seconds) -- myanmar branding video - YouTube.clipularand this is a visa you cannot obtain upon arrival in the country.  To get your travel visa, just fill out the required paperwork and we can make the visit to the consulate for you.

United States travelers living in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey addresses will need to apply for their visa directly at the Myanmar consulate located in New York City. Texas Tower can do the legwork for you if you live in those cities, but there is an additional $40 service fee.

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Myanmar has had travel warnings issued in the recent past. Especially around elections. Check with the Department of State to get the latest travel warnings at their Myanmar/Burma page.

If you’re curious to get a glimpse of Myanmar before you go, check out this travel video from Myanmar Travel Information:

If you have any questions regarding the acquisition of your Myanmar travel visa, call our office at 713-874-1420, we have someone ready to help you.

How to Change Your Name on Your Passport to Your Married NameJune is often thought of as the month to get married, with that in mind, we’re going to show you how easy it can be to change your name after your wedding.  Many 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 do so.

The good news is there are no wrong answers, whatever a couple mutually decides regarding keeping former names or assuming spousal names, is fine.  We put together some tips to make the process even easier if you choose to take your spouse’s name.

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 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:
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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!

Get more tips and information for all your travel and personal documents on our Facebook page.

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How (1)There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport, ready to get your boarding pass- and your passport name doesn’t match your identification.

Newly married, newly divorced  are among the most common reasons for a name change. If all your identification doesn’t match, you’re not going anywhere until it does.

A good thing to do is either change your name well in advance of your departure or wait until you get back to handle all the name changes. Otherwise, your trip might stall in the security check.

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Photo courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

Here’s all you need to do to get the ball rolling for an updated passport. First make sure you meet the requirements to reapply.

Then gather the following documents and items: (click to view larger)
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Call our offices today at (713) 874-1420 if you need to change the name on your passport and have any questions. A team member can walk you through the process.