GET A FREE PASSPORT!
The URI Office of International Education and Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, are sponsoring a passport giveaway as part of CIEE’s Passport Caravan initiative. The combined commitment will allow 100 URI undergraduate students have their passport application processed for free on March 29th 2017! This event aims to help make an international education experience accessible to more students by reducing the financial barriers to participation. Obtaining a passport is the first step towards an international experience and by eliminating the passport application ($110) and execution ($25) fees we hope to encourage more students to participate on the wide array of global opportunities available our campus community.
Read the information below for details and eligibility requirements.
March 30th Update – The 2017 Passport Caravan has ended. Thanks to everyone for a successful day!
Passport Caravan - Six Steps to Your Passport
- Must be a current URI full-time undergraduate student
- Must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for a U.S. passport
- Students applying for their first passport
Students applying for a passport renewal do not qualify.
3/21/17 Update – We have been granted 15 more passports. Use the application below and apply by 3pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 to be considered!
2/23/17 Update – The application deadline has now passed, we are no longer accepting applications.
Applicants experiencing difficulties e-mailing the form may deliver the application to the URI Office of International Education in person – Mon. – Fri. 9am-3pm
Students eligible for a free passport will be selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Applicants should monitor their e-mail account(s) for official notification as to whether or not they are a recipient.
Notifications will be sent prior to March 5, 2017. The e-mail will provide information on how to schedule an appointment to have individual passport applications processed during March 29th Passport Caravan event.
Students selected to have their passport fees covered by the Passport Caravan program will be required to bring completed U.S. Passport Application form and supporting documentation. The documents below provide information on what must be brought to the event.
For information on how to obtain a passport application form and required supporting documentation review the Required Materials for a Passport Application.
A recent color photograph of the passport applicant must be submitted with the passport application. For information on acceptable photo dimensions and composition, review the Requirements for a Good Passport Photo document.
The Passport Agency/United States Postal Service staff processing applications will have a camera to take passport photos at the Passport Caravan event. The cost of a photo is $15 (subject to change) and must be paid by the passport applicant – cash only. Photographs are not covered by the scholarship.
The Passport Caravan sponsors will do their best to notify applicants of information and updates related to the passport application however, for official regulation and policy details refer to the United States Department of State’s website on the Passports & International Travel.
The Office of International Education staff will offer two OPTIONAL application review days prior to the event. The initiative is assist with the organization of materials and to allow applicants to make photocopies of documents that must be submitted in duplicate on the 29th. The times/dates are:
Tuesday, March 21st from 10am – 3pm
Wednesday, March 22nd from 10am – 3pm
This will be held in the International Center, 37 Lower College Rd.
Once awardees are selected for the free passport have been notified, made an appointment, and completed their passport application, they must attend the Passport Caravan event during their scheduled time between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday, March 29th in Atrium 1 of the Memorial Union.
Passport applicants must appear in person to apply. Plan your schedule accordingly!
Staff from the Boston Passport Agency and United States Postal Service – Bristol Post Office will be on hand to process applications.
Staff from CIEE and the URI Office of International Education will be on hand to provide information on study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities.
The URI Office of International Education would like to thank CIEE for co-sponsoring the Passport Caravan event and providing the grant to cover the expense of 100 passports for eligible URI students.
We would also like to acknowledge the staff from the U.S. Passport Agency – Boston and United States Postal Service – Bristol Post Office for their ongoing support and for helping to make the Passport Caravan possible on the URI Campus.