Here we are in the third full week of Phase One of the State Department’s plan to get US passports processed. While there had been over 1.6 million passports waiting during the time they were suspended from processing, the agencies are working their way through them at a good clip now!
US Passport Update – How Many Were Processed in Week Three
There are currently 14 passport facilities open and processing. This does not mean you can go to apply for one at those facilities, expedited passports are still only for life-and-death situations.
But, it does mean they are getting the job done slowly but surely. However, keep in mind that Phase Two could take a little longer than originally thought since some states are seeing the virus numbers go up again.
|Week (Thursday-Wednesday)||Applications Received||Passports Awaiting Issuance||Passports Issued|
|This Week (June 25-July 1)||133,000||1.59 million||236,000|
|Last Week (June 18-24)||134,000||1.61 million||187,000|
|2 Weeks Ago (June 11-17)||120,000||1.72 million||154,000|
That is a strong increase from the previous week with 49,000 additional passports being processed in week three over week two. To go along with that, there were 1,000 fewer new applications received in week three than week two.
They have made a dent into the overall passport number awaiting issuance to get it under the 1.6 million number. Remember, they are a working on a first in, first out process so they should be almost done with the passports received in March.
With a net positive of 103,000 passports processed this past week, it would take about 15 weeks at that pace to get all the passports out. However, they have been increasing the number of issued passports each week and, hopefully, Phase Two will launch at some point. So, there is light at the end of the passport processing tunnel!