US Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks

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If you're planning to travel internationally and need a new passport or renewal make sure to allow for enough time.

Something to keep in mind is that many countries also require that a passport be valid for six months after your planned departure date from their country and some also require that you have two to three blank pages in your passport.


 
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On my fourth passport with 9 years left on the current one. With my age, that will quite likely take care of me.
 

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Sent my old passport in April 1st and got it back in late May. So about 7 weeks for me. I also recently went to the state OMV office and upgraded my driver's license to a "Real ID."
 

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My daughters came back in only a matter of 2-3 weeks (May/2021), we did my son’s a couple of weeks ago, they predicted November arrival. Geez…. Who knows?!???
 

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I’m good for another seven years, by then will probably be too dang old to go anywhere.
 

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I should be in the Bahamas right now. Was planning to go with my girlfriend and her two kids. The kids needed passports. We applied months ago, but there was a last minute problem with one of the kid’s applications. We spent about a week trying to get it sorted out. Holding on the phone for many hours. Calling congressmen. In the end still no passport. The agency is totally overwhelmed.
 

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I'm in Delaware and got my Global Entry renewed online last year. My neighbor had to drive to Newark Int'l. Airport for his to renew. No more renewals by Zoom interviews or at Philly airport..
 

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Jerome..........thanks for the heads up info. It is especially important for hunters to be aware of the 6 months and blank pages rules. While The two US Embassies with which I am most familiar, haven't done a day's work in the last 15 months. They have milked the Covid crisis like a Holstein Cow. Staying home, pocketing their pay, but processing no applications. It is no wonder things have fallen behind. That shouldn't affect the USA, where in DC all the Govt. workers are hard charging self starters....but it has had a big impact on international visitors to the USA. I have encouraged two friends that want to hunt Africa with me in 22 to apply now.....................FWB
 

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