Dear Colleague,

If you are working with students on securing or updating their passports for the CLS Program or other study abroad programs, we wanted to make sure you are aware of increased passport processing times!

As of March 24, routine passport processing takes 10-13 weeks from the time we receive the application; expedited processing ($60 extra) takes 7-9 weeks.

Processing times begin when the application is received by a passport agency and do not include mailing times. The new processing times only apply to applications submitted on or after March 24.

For more information: 

Caitlin Ting
Assistant Manager, Outreach and Selection
Critical Language Scholarship Program

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