The Chicago Passport Agency requires that all applications submitted by American Visa Service include some proof-of-departure, even if no such travel plans exist.

As of February, 2019 - you must provide a flight itinerary or copy of tickets for any travel in less than 5 days. The letter template below will only work if you are traveling in more than 5 days. For travel in less than 5 days, you MUST present a flight itinerary.

Use the following template for the a letter if you are departing in 9 days or later and do not have an itinerary and change the items in red to fit your situation. If you are traveling for business the letter should be printed on Company letterhead and signed by someone other than the traveler. If the travel is personal, the traveler can sign the letter.

Click HERE for the template


American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.