FAQs regarding Visas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What DoD regulation covers visas?
I am a foster parent in the military. The state Social Services Department placed a child in my care by court order, but the custody is retained by the state. The court order is sufficient to have the child entered into DEERS and qualify for the issuance of an ID card. The state has given permission to take the child on the overseas assignment as placement is considered “permanent” even though the child is not adopted. How can I get a passport and visa for the child?
What is Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?

Where can I get more information regarding DoD visa regulation?

DoD 1000.21-R Passport and Passport Agent Services Regulation, April 1997.

I am a foster parent in the military. The state Social Services Department placed a child in my care by court order, but the custody is retained by the state. The court order is sufficient to have the child entered into DEERS and qualify for the issuance of an ID card. The state has given permission to take the child on the overseas assignment as placement is considered “permanent” even though the child is not adopted. How can I get a passport and visa for the child?

In this case, the State Department recommends that you submit the original documentation from the state granting permission to take the child out of the country, as well as any legal documentation pertaining to the case. The Department of State will make a determination after they have reviewed the submitted documents and notify you if anything else is needed.

For more information regarding the Passport and Visa application process click here.

What is Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?

STEP is a free service provided by the United States government to U.S. citizens and nationals who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your trip or overseas residence so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. To sign up for STEP and receive routine information from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate click here .

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