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By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

We're back written on a signThe Department of State (DOS) reportedly faces a backlog of approximately 1.7 million applications as it begins opening passport agencies and centers under Phase One of its reopening plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesperson said that was a "slight increase" over the usual monthly amount and that capacity to handle the backlog is growing.

Passport centers that have reopened recently include:

  • Arkansas
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • National Passport Center (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Western Passport Center
  • Special Issuance Agency (Washington, DC)


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