The Department of State announced September 7, 2007 that U.S. passport service has been restored to the standard six to eight week processing time for routine passport applications, and no more than three weeks for expedited service. In fiscal year 2007, the Department has already issued 3.9 million more passports than in fiscal year 2006. The Department plans to expand passport facilities and continue to hire more passport specialists in order to increase production capacity and meet rising passport demand expected in coming years, as passport requirements are extended to land and sea borders.

Advisers who continue to hear of processing time delays beyond these periods can report the delays to NAFSA IssueNet to let NAFSA know of the problem.