CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University’s first-ever passport fair will serve as a one-stop shop for students and local residents who want to apply for a passport.
The Study Abroad and Passport Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Student Center’s International Lounge, follows the theme of this year’s International Festival, “One World, One Passport.”
Andrew Carver, executive director of International Affairs, said the fair will give first-time applicants a chance to meet all the requirements to obtain a passport.
“Many folks may not realize that new passport applications must be presented in-person,” Carver said in an email.
SIU has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service for the event, and officials will be on hand to take care of the in-person interview required for application. That part of the process comes with a $25 execution fee, although the Center for International Education will cover the cost for currently enrolled students who present valid student IDs.
The passport application fee, payable by check to the U.S. Department of State, is $110. Those who want to apply must bring two forms of identification, and one must be either a birth certificate with a raised seal or a previous passport.
Official passport photos will be available at the event for a $15 fee, or applicants can bring an official photo they have previously had taken.
The fair will also feature information about SIU’s selection of study abroad programs.
Carver said the event will give residents an opportunity join in the International Food Fair, which will be happening concurrently in the Student Center.
“Our very own late Senator Paul Simon placed great importance on the ability of this country's future leaders to know and understand the broader world,” Carver said. “SIU's Center for International Education embraces the diversity of ideas that our international students bring to SIU as we are committed to expanding our students' global skill sets through study abroad.”
The International Festival begins at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, with the International Parade of Flags.