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Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks #260879
07/19/2021 01:52 PM
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Link to Article


If your passport is expiring anytime in the near future, apply very early. This backlog will likely continue to grow.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260880
07/19/2021 02:07 PM
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Thanks for posting. Fortunately, ours don't expire until 2024, so hopefully by then, everyone will have renewed!


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260881
07/19/2021 02:12 PM
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I hope that this doesn't affect anyone's travel. I saw the article and wanted to post it as a reminder for those whose passports might be expiring in the near future.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260899
07/20/2021 04:03 AM
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I'm pretty nervous. I sent my renewal off on July 8, 16 weeks prior to next travel date. I can't even check status for six weeks. I did pay for expedited. Fingers crossed.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: jazzgal] #260900
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Linda, we sent in Ian’s passport for expedited on July 6 and it was already showing up in the system as “in process” by Saturday July 10. We did mail it Priority Overnight and also paid for expedited service and overnight return shipping. Also worried! Our trip is in 12 weeks. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260903
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Not to long ago, a poster said his passport was expiring in December, I had advised that he get the paperwork started now. Some snickered. Not so funny now is it!!


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260904
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One family member initiated their first-time passport in early May and had it in hand by end of May. So, mileage may very.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: dustinbh] #260951
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Originally Posted by dustinbh
Linda, we sent in Ian’s passport for expedited on July 6 and it was already showing up in the system as “in process” by Saturday July 10. We did mail it Priority Overnight and also paid for expedited service and overnight return shipping. Also worried! Our trip is in 12 weeks. Fingers crossed.

Dustin


Good to know. I just checked again and they are now saying in process as of July 13; USPS tracking says it was delivered July 9. Oh well. It's now Hurry Up and Wait. Crossing my fingers for both Ian and me.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: jazzgal] #260957
07/20/2021 05:27 PM
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Linda--best wishes!


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260962
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In Vermont you can get your passport the same day?

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: sxmmartini] #260970
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No, I don't think so.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Carol_Hill] #260981
07/20/2021 08:06 PM
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She might be thinking of going to a Federal Passport Office like I did in Miami for a renewal on an expired passport. But that was years ago for me.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #260985
07/20/2021 08:18 PM
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But, there is no guarantee that they will approve the application. All, and I will say it again, ALL in person appearances at regional State Department offices are by appointment only. Absolutely no walk-ins. If it is travel related, the appointment must be within 3 days of your travel and you must show proof of travel when scheduling your appointment.

** Regional passport agencies are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 72 hours. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.
Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 business days).


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No "nastiness", neither expressed or implied.
Suck-it-up, ButterCup!

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #260991
07/20/2021 09:13 PM
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Yep. Times have definitely changed.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: sxmmartini] #261023
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If you go to St. Albans on Canadian border. Not a busy office. Some people have driven 5-6 hours and stayed overnight.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #261024
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"Quote" command does not seem to be working???

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Bluesfan] #261028
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Originally Posted by Bluesfan
"Quote" command does not seem to be working???


I just did it.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Carol_Hill] #261057
07/21/2021 09:48 PM
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How? Do you just click on "quote"?

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: bdeeley] #261058
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My wife sent in her passport for renewal mid April for our trip in October and has not received it yet. Fortunately she has three more months as the trip is the end of October. When it was submitted we understood it to take 8 to 10 weeks which has passed.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Bluesfan] #261059
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Originally Posted by Bluesfan
How? Do you just click on "quote"?



YES


Facts don't Lie and sometimes the Truth Hurts!
No "nastiness", neither expressed or implied.
Suck-it-up, ButterCup!

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: sxmmartini] #261060
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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Bluesfan] #261075
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Bluesfan--yes, the same as it always has been.


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Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Carol_Hill] #261140
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Not working for me. I rebooted and logged out and back in. Still does not work.

Re: Passport backlog surges to 2.2M as applicants wait up to 24 weeks [Re: Bluesfan] #261143
07/22/2021 05:42 PM
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Dunno. I suspect maybe it's a browser issue. We have not had anyone else complain about it.


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