A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Passport and Visa staff is responsible for issuing passports and visas to DOI employees (except BOR and USGS) traveling on official business for the Department of the Interior. Additionally, the staff maintains and stores passports/visas until they are needed. As necessary, the staff communicates with the various embassies and the State Department to ensure the employee has all the necessary documents to successfully complete their travel.
In order to have adequate lead-time for processing passports, we require information 4 - 6 weeks prior to when the passport is needed. The required form (see below) along with two pictures must accompany the application.
In regards to visas, they vary by embassy but most can be processed within two weeks (although visas for Russia take at least a month). We require a signed copy of the DI-1175 when requesting a visa. You may access the form via this website:
The safekeeping memo (see link below) should only be used by those employees that travel frequently – especially to Canada and Mexico. Employees should return their passport to the passport office within two weeks of completing their travel.