Delays Updated for Passport Services

November 8, 2021 Ian Love

UPDATE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has updated policy guidance on the use of electronic signatures and transmission for Form I-20.  




The new guidance permits designated school officials to sign all signature fields on Form I-20 using either signature software or electronically reproduced copies of the official’s signature. Designated officials can either transmit or email the signed Form I-20 to F and M students using a secure platform, or they can physically sign and mail the form to their students. The updated guidance from ICE only applies to Form I-20.  


Looking Ahead 


Students and officials should contact the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) if they have questions or need additional information.  


The U.S. Department of State has provided updates on delays related to passport services, including expedited and routine services and urgent travel appointments.    


As of Oct. 8, 2021, routine passport services may take up to 14 weeks from the time the application is submitted to the time that the individual receives a new passport. Expedited services may take 10 weeks from when the application is submitted to the time that the applicant receives a new passport.  

The Department of State is offering urgent travel appointments and in-person services at passport centers and agencies, although it cannot guarantee when services are available. Individuals should check the Department’s Passport Agency and Center page for services available at specific locations.  

Looking Ahead  

Updates will be provided on passport services as available.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").        

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.  

About the Author

Ian is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates. His practice focuses on immigrant and nonimmigrant matters for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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