Wait times for new passports in the US are longer due to pandemic and should be renewed in advance

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  • Wait times for new United States passports are longer due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic
  • There are huge delays in the issuance process at embassies and consulates abroad
  • Applications submitted at this time will likely not be processed until fall

United States delays passports, Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer could have to postpone their plans if they need a new passport or need to renew the one they have, according to information published by the AP news agency and the portal Infobae.

The State Department announced on Wednesday that the wait time for a passport is now between 12 and 18 weeks, even if a person pays to make the process faster. That’s due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused huge delays in the process of issuing passports in the country and in embassies and consulates abroad.

DELAY

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A State Department official said a delay of between 1.5 and 2 million passports means that applications submitted at this time probably won’t be processed until the fall.

Rachel Arndt, assistant undersecretary of state for passport services, said the department will increase its staff, which was reduced by the pandemic, across the United States as restrictions are lifted.

ASK TO DO IT WITH TIME

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But he added that Americans who need to apply for a new passport or a renewal must do so at least six months in advance of the date of their trip, this so as not to generate more delays in their travel plans.

“We really encourage people to apply for or renew their passports at least six months in advance to avoid those last minute problems,” he told reporters, admitting that the effects of the pandemic have hit their protocols hard. Filed Under: United States Delays Passport

HELP AMERICANS ABROAD

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The State and Homeland Security departments have already taken steps to mitigate problems related to Americans abroad with expired passports seeking to return to the country.

The departments announced in May that US citizens who are currently abroad and whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020, will be able to use their documents to re-enter the United States until December 31, 2021. The measure is not applicable to travel in a third country, unless it is a transit stopover. Filed Under: United States Delays Passport

HOW TO GET OR RENEW PASSPORT?

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Even if you do not have a trip scheduled soon, it is always vital to keep your passport up to date, especially if you have family or financial interests outside the United States. According to the website GobiernoUSA.org, these are the steps you must follow when you need to obtain or renew your passport or that of a minor in your family.

Only United States citizens by birth or naturalization can obtain a United States passport. You can renew your valid or expired passport except in one of the following cases: Your passport was issued when you were under 16 years of age; Your passport was issued 15 or more years ago; It is damaged, lost, or stolen; It does not have your current legal name and you do not have a legal document (for example, a marriage license) to prove your name change. Filed Under: United States Delays Passport

United States delays passport: NEW DOCUMENT

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If any of these cases are true, you must apply for a new passport in person using form DS-11. To obtain a passport quickly (two weeks or less) ask if you want the fast service, but keep in mind that it will include additional charges.

Call the National Passport Information Center to make an appointment with a regional passport agency. To use the automated appointment system, available 24 hours a day, call 1-877-487-2778; TDD / TTY: 1-888-874-7793.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SHOW IN YOUR APPOINTMENT?

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At your appointment you will have to present evidence of your need for immediate travel (if you want fast service), pay for an extra amount that implies and bring with you the following requirements listed below for the renewal. Make an appointment online to process your passport (in English).

If you travel within three weeks or more, you can renew by mail and request the expedited service, but with the pandemic, you will have to schedule this step earlier, so that the process does not delay any longer. If you live outside the United States or Canada, contact the nearest US embassy or consulate for more information on all passports applied for from abroad. Filed Under: United States Delays Passport

REQUIREMENTS TO RENEW IT

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Download and complete Form DS-82 (PDF, download Adobe Reader). You also have the option of completing your application online. Do not forget to sign your application: A recent photograph, the cost of the passport, if your passport to be renewed does not have your current name, present a certified copy of your marriage certificate or a court order about your name change.

In addition, you must send your documents through the United States Postal Service, find on the DS-82 form the address of the Passport Services Office to which you must send your documentation. The Passport Services Office will return the documents you submit with your application by post, for example your old passport or documentation about a name change. Filed Under: United States Delays Passport

United States delays passport: EARLY

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They commonly ask that you renew your passport approximately 9 months before the expiration date. Some countries require that your passport be valid after the trip, up to a minimum of 6 more months. Also, some airlines do not allow you to get on the plane if you do not meet this requirement.

If you travel frequently, check the “52 pages” box at the top of your passport application to receive a passport book with more pages. But now with the pandemic and the government’s announcement, you should ask for information about it.

United States delays passport: REPORTS

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For more information, you can contact the National Passport Information Center by calling 1-877-487-2778 (press 2 for Spanish), 1-888-874-7793 (TTY, for the hearing impaired).

This center offers agents available to help you if you have an emergency situation or need a quick process to obtain your passport. If you are abroad, contact a United States embassy.

United States delays passport: FOR MINORS

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Minors must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians when submitting an application, who must also provide the following documents: Proof of paternity: such as the US birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad with the name of the parents, an adoption certificate with the name of the adoptive parents or a court order for the custody or guardianship of the minor.

Proof of paternity: such as the US birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad with the name of the parents, an adoption certificate with the name of the adoptive parents or a court order of custody or guardianship of the minor. Proof of identity of parents or legal guardians: this can be a driver’s license, state, military or federal identification card, naturalization certificate, citizenship certificate, or valid or expired US passport.

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