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Best Websites for Embassies, Visas, Passports and Work Permits

Visas, Passports, and Work Permits Abroad

Brazilian Embassy in Rome on Piazza Navona
Brazilian Embassy in Rome on busy Piazza Navona, next to the Palazzo Pamphili.

Getting accurate information about the type of visas or permits you need is an essential part of preparing for a trip or stay abroad. To help you with this task, rather than reinvent the wheel with our directory, we have provided links to the most comprehensive databases of embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions in the U.S. and abroad.

We have also included some of the many companies that provide visa, work permit, and passport services. Before soliciting services from an agency or a consultant, we strongly suggest contacting and or browsing the websites of the respective embassy or consulate to get first-hand information about visa requirements and fees. Some agencies can charge substantial additional costs, especially for expediting the process. For example, if your passport has expired, it is possible to get an expedited renewal if specific criteria are met — with a fee for their time and legwork.

See articles on The Lowdown on Work Permits Abroad and The Visa Challenge for a description of the many available work permits and visas, where information is country-specific and often needs to be provided by your home government.

The Best Embassy and Consulate Websites

Embassies Worldwide offers a database of embassies worldwide.

Embassy Pages is a directory of embassies worldwide. is a list of websites for U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world provided by the U.S. Department of State.

The Electronic Embassy is a database of all foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.

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Best Visa, Passport, and Work Permit Websites

ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services, based in the U.S., offers travel visa processing, online visa application forms and other country information for most countries.

Project Visa offers up-to-date embassy and visa information for countries worldwide.

Travel & Visa Pro provides one-stop expediting passport and visa processing for those coming to the U.S. or going overseas.

The U.S. Department of State provides information and resources to apply and renew your U.S. Passport.

Visa Hunter is a minimalist but rich website providing visa information, job resources, housing, and other information necessary to move to your desired country.

VisaHQ Passport and Visa Services offers user-friendly visa and passport services for almost every nation in the world, and much more in-depth information you need before you go abroad. You can even fill out application for the required forms online! is a UK-based visa and immigration service, provides immigration, visa, and work permit information for many countries worldwide.

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