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Update: Passport Service Disruptions

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COVID-19 Service Disruption Alert

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20 and updated May 1, the U.S. Department of State has limited U.S. passport operations. Learn more on their COVID-19 Update page and their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Passports

Alert: Coronavirus continues to impact passport operations. According to the U.S. Department of State (May 1, 2020):

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations. If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.

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Advice from the U.S. Department of State:

Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait to apply for or renew your passport or you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and your citizenship evidence documents.

Expedited passport services are suspended as of March 19, 2020.

What you should do if you're impacted:

  1. Get organized:
    1. Gather required documents (e.g. proof of citizenship, passport application, etc.)
    2. Follow updates on the U.S. Department of State page on Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19.
    3. If you need an appointment for a new passport and your chosen passport acceptance facility only takes appointments, schedule the earliest possible appointment slot. Be ready to reschedule if shelter-in-place guidelines are extended beyond your appointment slot.
  2. Reach out to your Study Abroad advisor or your Study Abroad provider if you cannot meet a passport deadline.

 

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