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Announcements : Passport Services COVID-19 Update

Announcement: Passport Services COVID-19 Update

The US Dept of State is slowing resuming passport services. As of September 28, they have resumed expedited service.

COVID-19 Service Disruption Alert

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as of September 28, the U.S. Department of State has resumed expedited services. Learn more on their COVID-19 Update page and their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Passport clipartExpected Passport Processing Times

As of September 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has resumed expedited passport processing. Expedited service had been suspended in late March, leaving life-and-death emergency appointments and a vague notion that routine processing was available but significantly delayed.

As of October 1, 2020, here are suggested processing times:

  • Routine: 10-12 weeks
  • Expedited: 4-6 weeks

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What you should do if you need to order a passport in order to study abroad:

  1. Contact your nearest passport acceptance facility/ies on whether services are available and to schedule.
  2. Get organized:
    1. Gather required documents (e.g. proof of citizenship, passport application, etc.)
    2. Follow updates and read FAQs on the U.S. Department of State page on Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19.
  3. Reach out to your Study Abroad advisor or your Study Abroad provider if you cannot meet a passport deadline.