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A research guide that provides a tour through is the official web portal of the United States federal government.

Travel and Immigration

Recreation and Travel Within the U.S.

Recreation and Travel within the U.S.

Find frequently requested government information on recreation activities and traveling in the U.S.


Cars and Driving

Find information on buying, maintaining, and driving cars.

Buying a Car

Find tips on what to do when buying a new or used car.


What's on this page

  • Buy a New Car
  • Buy a Used Car
  • Car Rental and Sharing Services
  • Car Safety Information
  • Lease a Car

 Car Complaints

Find out what to do when you want to complain about a defective car.


What's on this page

  • Complaints about Cars
  • Mandatory Arbitration Clauses


Car Repairs and Auto Insurance

Find tips on getting your automobile repaired and getting car insurance.


What's on this page

  • Auto Insurance
  • Car Repossessions
  • Complaints about Cars
  • Recalled Products
  • Vehicle Repair Shops
  • Warranties


Driving and Road Travel Safety

Stay safe and avoid hassles on the road, whether you're driving, cycling, walking or riding the bus.


What's on this page

  • Safe Driving Tips During Severe Weather
  • Stay Safe on the Road
  • Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety
  • Travel by Bus
  • Avoid Traffic and Road Closures


Outdoor Recreational Activities

Find out about boating, fishing, hunting and other activities.


What's on this page

  • Federal and State Recreational Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hunting


Recreational Areas

How to make camping reservations and buy federal recreation passes. Also beach safety and closures.


What's on this page

  • Find a Recreational Area
  • Federal Recreation Passes
  • Free National Parks Passes for 4th Graders and Their Families
  • Make Camping Reservations
  • Beach Safety and Closures


Safer Travel by Plane, Train, or Cruise Ship

Find safety information, security requirements and helpful tips for traveling by air, rail or sea.


What's on this page

  • Travel by Plane
  • Are You Taking Your Child on a Plane?
  • Travel by Train
  • Taking a Cruise


File a Travel Complaint

Find out how to file a complaint about an airline, travel agency, hotel, or U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


What's on this page

  • Complaints About Travel
  • Complaints about a United States Embassy or Consulate










Visas, Tourists, and Temporary Visitors

Find the answers to common questions about visiting the United States.
Driving in the U.S.
Find safe driving tips, renting a car and important documents needed for driving around the U.S.
What's on this page
  • Foreign Nationals Driving in the United States
  • Car Rental and Car Sharing Services
  • Stay Safe on the Road

Visas for Visitors to the U.S.

Information about immigrant and nonimmigrant visas


What's on this page

  • Apply for a Visa
  • Check the Status of a Visa Application
  • How to Change, Extend, or Renew a U.S. Visa
  • Loss or Theft of a Visa or Arrival/Departure Record


Visitors Living in the U.S.

Know about your duration of stay, the documents you need, and more.


What's on this page

  • Duration of Stay in the U.S.
  • Employment of Foreign Nationals
  • How to Study in the U.S.
  • Travel Documents for Foreign Residents Returning to the U.S.



Immigration and Citizenship

Immigration and Citizenship

Learn about U.S. residency and citizenship requirements and issues.


Citizenship and Green Cards

Learn about issues with citizenship and residency documentation.

Green Cards and Permanent Residence in the U.S.

Learn how to get a green card, become a permanent resident, and other residency issues.


What's on this page

  • Apply for, Renew, or Replace a Green Card
  • Authenticate Documents
  • Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program
  • Sponser a Foreign Spouse, Future Spouse, or Relative
  • Travel Documents for Foreign Residents Returning to the U.S.


How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Learn how to become a citizen of the United States.


What's on this page

  • Become a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization
  • Dual Citizenship or Nationality
  • Establish Citizenship without a Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Citizenship for People Born Abroad or in U.S. Territories


How to Enter the United States

Learn about common procedures for entering the United States.


What's on this page

  • Apply for a VISA
  • Procedures for Entering the United States
  • Refugee and Asylum


Immigration Documents

Apply for, renew, or replace Green Cards and other immigration certificates.


What's on this page

  • Apply for, Renew, or Replace a Green Card
  • Cerificates of Citizenship and Naturalization


Renounce or Lose Your U.S. Citizenship

 You will no longer be an American citizen if you voluntarily give up (renounce) your U.S. citizenship. You might lose your U.S. citizenship in specific cases, including if you:

  • Run for public office in a foreign country (under certain conditions)
  • Enter military service in a foreign country (under certain conditions)
  • Intentionally acquire citizenship in a foreign country EXCEPT if you acquire it through marriage to a foreign national; you may become a dual national instead
  • Commit an act of treason against the United States



Learn more about the deportation process and other related issues.


What's on this page

  • Deportation
  • Locate a Person Held for an Immigration Violation
  • Avoid Deportation if you were brought to the U.S. as a child







U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad

Explore some of the top issues for U.S. Citizens when traveling outside of the country.
Getting or Renewing a U.S. Passport
How to apply, renew, or quickly get a passport.
What's on this page
  • Apply for a Passport
  • Passport Fees
  • Find a Passport Facility or Location
  • Renew a U.S. Passport
  • Get a Passport Quickly
  • Name Change or Correction for a Passport
  • Passports for Minors Under the Age of 18
  • Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport
  • Check the Status of Your Passport
  • Video: A Recipe for Applying in Person for a U.S. Passport


International Travel Issues for Americans

Find helpful resources for Americans traveling outside of the country.


What's on this page

  • Trusted Traveler Programs
  • Americans Driving Outside the United States
  • Currency Exchange
  • Emergency Help for Americans Abroad
  • Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad
  • Travel to U.S. Territories or Freely Associated States
  • Visas for U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad


Issues with Family Outside the U.S.

Find out about authenticating documents, getting married outside the U.S. and children born abroad.


What's on this page

  • Authenticate Documents
  • Childrens' Passport Issuance Alert Program
  • Death of an American Abroad
  • Marriage of an American Citizen Outside the United States
  • U.S. Citizenship for People Born Abroad or in U.S. Territories


U.S. Passport Problems

Find information about lost U.S. passports, denied applications, and more.


What's on this page

  • Check the Status of Your Passport
  • Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program
  • Denial of a U.S. Passport Application
  • Finding Lost or Stolen U.S. Passport
  • Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport

Travel Complaints

See above.