International Institute designated as passport acceptance facility

The U.S. Department of State has designated the Mississippi State University International Institute’s Allen Hall office as a passport acceptance facility.

The International Institute, located at 116 Allen Hall, officially began accepting passport applications March 15. This location is ideal for faculty, staff and students planning international travel who would like to complete their passport applications conveniently between class or while on their lunch break, according to Rick Nader, executive director of MSU’s International Institute.

“Research shows that students who study abroad have brighter futures and better job possibilities, with better pay,” Nader said. “To go abroad, you need a passport. I encourage all students to visit our office and get that process started. We also hope this makes it easier for faculty, staff and their families to get their passports.”

The International Institute’s passport acceptance facility provides passport photography services and application materials. It is open from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To make a passport application appointment, call 662-325-8929 during the facility’s hours of operation. Walk-in customers will be served on a space-available basis. Travelers are encouraged to submit their passport applications far in advance of planned travel to avoid potential problems.

Visit the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website at for more information on application requirements, procedures and fees. Application materials can be downloaded from the State Department’s website or found on-site at the passport acceptance facility.

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James Carskadon | Public Affairs

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