Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are delays in application processing times to obtain or renew US passports. At this time, the US Passport Agency is estimating routine processing time to take 8-11 weeks with expedited passport processing is to take 5-7 weeks. In the case that a student also needs a travel/student visa, it is important to obtain a valid passport as early as possible so the student can apply for the visa as well.
For students who already possess a passport, make sure to check the expiration date and ensure the passport is valid at least six months after the end of your travels. (i.e. if a student plans to return from abroad in December 2022, their passport must be valid until at least June 2023). Many countries require this to enter the country.
For non-US-passport holders (including green card holders): These students should check if their passport is expired/expiring soon and refer to their local consulate if a new one is necessary for travel, as they may be experiencing similar delays.
Beyond these reminders, unfortunately LSATravel cannot provide official passport and visa recommendations. Instead, we recommend students connect with their local consulate or passport agency with any passport/visa questions.