To see our website filtered by a specific destination, select the country: You are viewing content related to . To view a specific destination, . To view a specific destination, click here

Passport Processing Times in the US Have Returned to Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Casey January 3, 2024 (Updated January 3, 2024) 2 min. read

The processing times for U.S. passports have significantly reduced, now at their quickest pace since before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This positive development translates to a faster path for international travel for those holding U.S. passports.

What Are the Processing Time Changes for US Passports?

Effective December 18, 2023, the updated processing times for passports are as follows:

  1. Routine Service: Currently, it takes 6-8 weeks, a notable improvement from the previous duration of 7-10 weeks.
  2. Expedited Service: Now shortened to 2-3 weeks, down from the earlier timeframe of 3-5 weeks. Please be aware that this service incurs an additional $60 fee.

How Did the United States Speed Up Processing Time?

The enhanced efficiency in passport processing is largely attributed to the committed efforts of passport agency staff who have gone above and beyond by putting in extra hours to meet the varying demand for passports. Noteworthy is the fact that an unprecedented 24 million passports were issued in the U.S. from October 2022 to September 2023.

It’s essential to recognize that passport processing times undergo regular changes throughout the year in response to shifting demand. Typically, the period from late winter to summer witnesses a surge in passport applications. To take advantage of potentially quicker processing times, the State Department advises applying during the slower season, generally spanning from October to December. This proactive approach can result in a more streamlined and efficient passport application experience.

Who Are the Faster Processing Times Beneficial For?

The faster processing times are significantly beneficial for:

Do You Need Help Applying for a US Passport in 2024?

If so, Contact VisaPlace today. All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for VisaPlace, an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

Ready for the next step? Book your 1 on 1 consultation now or call us at 1-877-296-0874.

Have a Question related to your Immigration Needs?

Click here to fill out the FREE Immigration Assessment form below and get a response within 24 hours to see if you’re eligible.

The assessment form should take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. We will get back to you within one business day to let you know if we can help.

Daren Saldanha Avatar

Daren Saldanha

Great preliminary consultation meeting with Manasi. She offered good immigration options keeping my requirements in mind and answered any queries I could think of. Would definitely consider going ahead with her for my immigration needs.

Tanisha Merchant Avatar

Tanisha Merchant

I had an incredibly easy and convenient experience at VisaPlace! Mansi, who assisted me, was extremely friendly and patient. She provided immediate solutions and was exceptionally kind. Immigration issues can be very challenging, but Mansi made me feel understood and supported, sharing in my struggle and making the process much easier for me. I highly recommend this place!

Douglas Avatar


VisaPlace is truly a one-stop shop for all things related to visas, work permits, and anything having to do with immigration. It’s so nice having to deal with only one team at one firm for all the paperwork and government requirements. Convenient!

Marilyn T. Avatar

Marilyn T.

I give VisaPlace the top possible rating for their commitment to my case! Their service was incredible. They were very attentive to me. The fees were about average. Overall, I rate them quite highly.

Sandra Avatar


VisaPlace is a super impressive operation. Amazing service. Many experts on staff with a huge knowledge of the law. They broke everything down for me and made the whole process easy to understand. I have nothing but good things to day about them.

Mark Collen Avatar

Mark Collen

My initial call was much more informative and helpful than I had imagined it could be. It’s a daunting task to undertake moving to another country, and it was very useful to be able to discuss it with someone who is clear thinking, capable, articulate as well as patient. Well worth it!

Yash Patel Avatar

Yash Patel

I recently booked an appointment for immigration consultancy through VisaPlace, and I am thoroughly impressed with their service. Anis Doba, who assisted me over the phone, was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. He made the entire process smooth and efficient, demonstrating a high level of professionalism and customer care.

Anis patiently answered all my questions, provided clear information, and ensured I understood the next steps. His friendly demeanor and thorough knowledge significantly alleviated my concerns and made me feel confident about the consultancy process.

I highly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking immigration consultancy. Their staff, especially Anis Doba, exemplifies excellent customer service and expertise. Thank you, VisaPlace, for a great experience!