A1 Visas office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST.
We are at 362 Fifth Avenue, Suite #902, New York, New York 10001. Please visit the contact us page for directions to our office.
You do not need to make an appointment to visit our office. However, you are encouraged to call us before you come to avoid any wait time.
To check your order status, please log in to the “A1 Visa client portal” with your registered email address and password, and you can check the current order status and order history.
Log in to the “A1 Visa client portal” to view and download your invoice.
You can view your customized checklist of documents in your A1 Visas client portal once you place an order and make the payment online.
Once you place an order online, please check your registered email for the login information. It takes less than 15 minutes to receive the login information. Please call our office if you haven’t received the information after 15 minutes.
We accept Cash, Checks, and major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
A1 Immigration Services d/b/a A1 Passport Visa Services is a private company not affiliated with the government. The service fees are the charges to expedite your visa and passport.
A1 Visas cannot guarantee that a visa will be issued by the embassy or consulate to which you have submitted your application. If your visa is not approved, we will contact you to discuss the next steps.
We strongly recommend using FedEx, UPS, or other traceable delivery methods. Alternatively, you can submit your documents in-person at our NYC office.
A visa is an official travel document that allows you to enter a foreign country and leave or stay in a country for a specific period. The most common visa types are tourist, student, work, and transit visas.
A visa is either a stamp or a sticker glued into your passport. Your visa sticker usually includes your name, passport number, place of birth, type of visa, number of entries, and visa validity. A stamped visa only has the destination, visa validity, and start date of the visa.
You will need a visa when the foreign country you intend to travel to does not have a visa policy agreement with your home country. It is a travel authorization required to travel to a foreign country.
Apply for a travel visa with A1 is an easy 4-step process:
To apply for a travel visa, you will need a valid passport. The visa sticker or the visa stamp carries your passport number, which identifies that you are the rightful owner of the visa.
Each country has a different processing time for various visas. Use our “Quick Check Visa Tool” to learn more.
Transit requirements vary from country to country. Many countries do not require a visa if you are in transit; however, visit our Travel Visas section to see if you need a transit visa to your destination country.
Most country visa applications are approved or denied without an interview. Some country consulates require the applicant to submit their application in person to verify the applicant’s identity and to conduct a formal interview. Please note A1 Visas will not be able to assist you in submitting your visa application to the consulates that require the applicant to be present in person. However, A1 Visas can help you complete the application form and gather all the supporting documents to ensure we leave no room for visa denial.
Some countries require you to submit proof of vaccination to get a visa. Our travel specialist will guide you with the requirements if needed.
You need to have a valid passport to apply for a visa. Most countries require the passport to be valid for six months or 180 days from the start of the travel date. Talk to our travel specialist about the passport validity requirements.
Visa requirements vary from country to country. A1 Visas travel specialist will understand your purpose of travel and assist you by providing a customized checklist of documents you need to support your application, ensuring you have a successful application.
An eVisa is an official document issued digitally by the foreign country you intend to travel to and is linked to your passport number.
It is advisable to apply at least 48 hours before your travel date.
Apply for an eVisa with A1 is an easy 4-step process:
The processing time varies from country to country and the type of eVisa you are applying for. Each country has its own processing time for approval of the eVisa. Some countries approve in a few hours, and for others, it might take more than 24 hours.
Although it’s not necessary, it is highly advisable to print the eVisa on plain blank white paper and carry it with you at all times during your stay.
If your eVisa is damaged, you can reprint the eVisa emailed to the email address on file or log in to your A1 client portal to access the eVisa copy.
Yes, you need a valid passport to apply for an eVisa. Typically your passport needs to be valid for six months from the start of your travel date. Please check with our travel specialists to ensure the correct requirement.
The eVisa is a digitally issued visa. It does need any blank pages in your passport.
eVisas are usually valid for 30 days. But, the validity varies from country to country and the type of eVisa you are applying for. Use our “Quick Check Visa Tool” to learn about eVisa validity.
In normal circumstances, you cannot extend an eVisa.But check with the consulate/embassy of the country you are traveling to.
A passport is an official travel document issued by one’s country to verify the holder's identity and nationality for international travel.
An adult passport ( 16 years and older) is valid for 10 years, and a child passport is valid for 5 years (newborn to 15 years old).
Yes. A newborn needs a passport to travel internationally.
Yes. With proper documentation, we can assist you with changing the name on the passport. Please select Passport Name Change service above.
There is no age requirement to apply for a passport. Even a newborn can apply for a passport.
We can help expedite the passport in little as one day. But every passport service type has different processing times. Please check with our travel specialist for more information on processing times.
A passport card is an alternative to the state-issued id that you can use in place of a passport at land and sea entry points in the United States. However, you cannot travel internationally on a Passport Card. To apply, select Passport Card services.
As of January 2016, you can no longer add extra blank pages to the passport. You must renew your passport if you have no more blank pages in the passport.
You can log on to your A1 client portal to check the status of your expedited passport renewal or call us to get the status of your order.
Yes, when you submit your application for passport renewal, you are also asked to submit the old passport. The old passport is returned but has no validity. our passport number changes every time you renew your passport.
No. You do not need to update your passport. The biodata pages only include your name, passport number, nationality, date and place of birth, sex, and the passport’s date of issue and date of expiry. There is no address mentioned on your passport.
Yes. Unlike the previous years, you can now renew your British Passport in the US without the need to travel to the home country.
Renewing your British passport using A1 Visas is a simple 4-step process.
Typically it takes 3 to 4 weeks for British passport renewal in the US.
When traveling internationally, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the start date of your trip. It is a good idea to renew your passport if it has less than 6 months' validity.
You must submit your old and current British passport for passport renewal.
With the constant changes to the passport rules, it is best to call our travel specialist for more information.
Yes! You can now apply for First British Passport from the US. The processing time will be slightly longer.
The first step is to report your lost British passport to your local police. We can file for the lost British Passport upon obtaining the report's copy. To apply, select Lost/Damaged British passport service.
It will take around 4 - 6 weeks to replace a lost British Passport.
To travel internationally, you will need a valid passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months from the start of your trip.
It is always recommended to have a valid Indian Passport during your stay in the US. To apply, select India Passport Renewal.
For adults (15 years & above), the passport is valid for 10 years. For minors (newborn to 14 years), the passport is valid for 5 years.
The valid visas in your expired passport are not canceled during the renewal process. These visas are still valid until their visa expiry date. When you travel, you must carry both your old expired passport with a valid visa and the newly renewed passport.
The first step is to report your lost Indian Passport to the local police where you live. Upon obtaining the report’s copy, you can apply for “Passport Re-Issue.” To apply, select “Lost/Stolen/Damaged Passport.”
The processing time for a passport under the Tatkal scheme is 3 -5 business days. But it can take longer if there is any discrepancy in the application.
Yes, when renewing your Indian Passport in a foreign country, it is vital to prove that you have a valid visa status to reside there.
You may submit your parents or close relatives’ proof of address.
You can submit any/all form the list below as the proof of Indian address.
Global Entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler program that allows preapproved travelers to breeze through the immigration check-in upon their arrival at the airport.
U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for Global Entry Program. Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom are also eligible for Global Entry Program. The process to apply for these citizens is the same as in the United States. However, there are only enrollment centers in Canada, so getting a Global Entry on Arrival is the easiest route for these citizens.
Global Entry provides expedited U.S. customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck benefits. TSA PreCheck offers expedited security screening benefits for flights departing U.S. Airports.
If you are a frequent flier, then Global Entry is worth it.
You can file for an appeal if your Global Entry application is denied. But the reconsideration requests can take time.
Lawful Permanent Residents are non-US citizens with authorization to live and work in the United States permanently. A permanent resident card or “Green Card” is a plastic card with the individual’s biographic information, photo, fingerprint, and the card expiration date.
There are different types of green cards with varying eligibility requirements—family-based green cards, employment green cards, and green cards through marriage.
The cost of the green card depends on the type of green card you are applying for. Please call our office for more information.
It is difficult to determine how long the processing time for a green card will be as the USCIS processing time changes very frequently.
If born outside of the United States, naturalization is a process to become a U.S. citizen.
Yes. You need to have had a Permanent Resident( green card) for atleast five years before applying for US naturalization or three years if you’re filing as a spouse of a U.S. citizen.
On average, it takes about 18 to 24 months to complete the naturalization process and to become a U.S. citizen.
Document authentication is to certify the validity of the signature on a legal document, the authority of the signature on the document, and identify the stamp or seal on the said document.
Common documents that need authentication are:
Legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a document such that it is legally acceptable in a foreign country. Consular/Embassy legalization of documents is required for documents used in countries not part of the Hague Convention.
Few example of documents that require legalization are:
Typically it depends on the type of documents that needs to be legalized. Usually, it takes 3 - 5 days to get the documents legalized.
Notarizing a document adds an extra layer of security by requiring a witness to verify the signer's identity. A witness is a government-authorized person known as a notary public who attests that the signer is not signing under duress and that they are aware of the contents of the document they are signing.
A government-authorized person known as a notary public can notarize the document. Additionally, many bank employees, lawyers, and others in the legal profession can notarize a document. To notarize a document, you need to be commissioned or designated by the state.
A few examples of documents that need notarization are:
Apostille is the legalization of document/s for use under the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The countries participating in The Hague agreed they would accept an apostille from the Secretary of State showing the document's validity.
A few examples of documents that needs apostille are:
A notary is a government-authorized individual that verifies the legal validity of a document’s signatures. Notarization ensures that the document is legally accepted within the U.S.
The power of notarization is at the state level.
An Apostille is a document that verifies that the signatures and seals within a document are legally valid and accepted by the countries participating in The Hague Treaty.
An Apostille is an international certification accepted by the countries participating in The Hague Treaty.
Consular/Embassy legalization of documents is required for documents used in countries not part of the Hague Convention.
Once the order is placed, it takes us less than 15 minutes to process your photos, email you a digital copy, or send them to your nearest Walgreens for pickup.
You can always print off the email we sent or log in to the A1 Client portal to retrieve your photos.
Yes, you can print the photos at home. Be sure to print your passport photos on thin, photo-quality paper.
Yes, you can use an already saved photo. Our experts can convert your saved photo to an acceptable passport photo.
We can surely ship your passport photos for an additional cost.
Our experienced team at A1 Visas will help you determine your photo needs for processing your application.
Since a passport is official, consider dressing up for the photo. We recommend smart- casual clothing. Extravagant outfits or uniforms might cause a photo rejection. Religious clothing, however, is allowed, so if your beliefs require a specific outfit, there shouldn't be any problem.
Sit up or stand up straight, do not hold your head up high, look directly at the camera, and do not blink and shoulders down and back.
No, glasses are not allowed in a US passport photo - neither are prescription glasses or sunglasses unless you have a medical reason that forbids your taking the glasses off. In such a case, a statement by your physician is required.
You can wear lenses if they do not cover any distinguishing marks. They need to be clear-colored lenses.
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