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U.S. Passport Processing Delays Due to Reduced Operations

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. State Department has significantly reduced operations at Regional Passport Agencies and Acceptance Facilities. Effective as of April 10, 2020, Regional Passport Agencies will only accept expedited passport applications from applicants who have a qualified life or death emergency requiring international travel within 72 hours. Applicants will be […]

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Department of State Launches September Passport Awareness Month

The Department of State will celebrate passport awareness month in September with the launch of the #PicturePerfectPassport campaign to improve the quality of passport photos submitted by applicants.  Poor quality photos are the number one reason that passport applications are delayed during the application process. In 2015, more than 200,000 applications were delayed for inadequate […]

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Expired Passports Could Affect Your Visa Status

Your passport must be valid for your entire requested period of stay as a nonimmigrant in the United States. It is important to keep your passport up to date in order to avoid any complications with your visa status. If your passport has expired but your visa is still valid, you can travel to the […]

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Renew Expiring U.S. Passports Now!

The State Department is anticipating a surge in passport demand this year and officials hope to avoid delays for Americans who may not get their passports renewed in time for upcoming travel. The department is expecting more than 17 million new passports and renewals this year, about 1.5 million more than 2015. The Department plans […]

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Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

With school out for the week, many college students and families alike will be looking to escape their winter blues with a trip to a hot, tropical location. If you’re looking to plan an overseas vacation but don’t have a U.S. passport, here is a list of five popular destinations where you won’t need a […]

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Busy Winter Travel Season Expected to Delay Passport Processing Times

With the busy holiday travel season right around the corner, the U.S. Department of State is encouraging U.S. citizens to apply for or renew their U.S. passports now if making plans for winter travel. The DOS is currently experiencing lower average passport processing times than it will once the winter season arrives. Applicants traveling in […]

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How a New Passport Validity Rule Could Ruin Your Vacation

A growing number of Americans have been shocked when their international travel plans were cut short due to a new passport validity rule enacted in many foreign countries. The new rule requires that a traveler’s passport must have six or more months of validity in order to travel to that country. This rule change has […]

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Important Passport Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer now in full swing, many families will begin packing their bags to embark on summer vacation. Some of the top destinations this season include Rome, Paris, London and Greece. Of course, in order to travel abroad one must have a valid passport. Unfortunately, vacations can often have unforeseen complications. Here are some helpful […]

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