I missed posting this last week but there is regular interest in the passport status so here is the latest! Good news – the passport processing agencies have done a great job in catching up on the backlog! Here is where we are now.
Progress on Waiting US Passports
Since the passport centers started processing US passports again, a big milestone has been reached. They have now processed over 1 million passports! Last month, the backlog sat at 1.6 million passports so this means they are rapidly closing the gap on those waiting passports!
Remember, they are processing them a first come/first out basis. So, these 1 million passports processed so far would likely cover all of March and possibly much of April. Here is a look at the last three weeks of passport processing:
|Week (Thursday-Wednesday)||Applications Received||Passports Awaiting Issuance||Passports Issued|
|This Week (July 9-15)||124,000||1.31 million||274,000|
|Last Week (July 2-July 8)||112,000||1.43 million||188,000|
|2 Weeks Ago (June 25-July 1)||133,000||1.51 million||236,000|
As you can see, they hit their best week ever last week with 274,000 passports. The previous week of just 188,000 passports was due to the July 4th holiday.
They are able to crank out more passports than in previous weeks, thanks to some passport centers entering Phase Two operations. This means more employees getting through all of these.
Yes, the current number still sits at 1.31 million to go but there have been 369,000 passport applications received in just the last three weeks. With a net positive of 150,000 passports processed last week, things are looking good for passports being mailed out!