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The processing time for U.S. visas has been reduced significantly, and is now at its fastest pace since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This positive development means that those with U.S. Passports can travel internationally faster.
What are the processing time changes for US Passports?
The updated processing time for passports is effective December 18, 2023.
- Routine Service: It takes currently 6-8 weeks. This is a significant improvement over the previous duration of seven to ten weeks.
- Expedited service: The time frame has been reduced from 3-5 weeks to 2-3 weeks. Please be aware of the additional $60 charge for this service.
How did the United States speed up processing time?
The improved efficiency in passport processing has been attributed largely to the committed efforts made by passport agency staff, who have worked extra hours in order to meet the varied demand for passports. In the U.S., an unprecedented 24 millions passports have been issued between October 2022 and September 2023.
It’s essential to recognize that passport processing times undergo regular changes throughout the year in response to shifting demand. The period between late winter and summer is usually when passport applications spike. State Department recommends applying in the slower season (generally October to December) to take advantage of faster processing times. This proactive approach can lead to a more streamlined, efficient passport application process.
Who Benefits from Faster Processing?
The faster processing times are significantly beneficial for:
- Last-minute travelers
- Those who want to travel to exotic locations without having to wait in line for passports
- Business travelers who need to travel worldwide quickly
- Remember that these processing times do not include the time required for mailing, so plan your travel ahead of time.
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