The U.S. State Department has begun issuing second passports that are valid for four years instead of two.
Background: U.S. citizens can apply for second passports at passport agencies or U.S. embassies or consulates abroad. Issuance of a second passport is not automatic and applicants must provide a justification for the second passport, including because stamps in their passport would bar entry into another country or because their passport has been submitted to a consulate for visa processing.
BAL Analysis: The four-year validity period on second passports is welcome news for travelers who require two passports. Travelers with urgent passport needs may contact their BAL attorney for expedited processing options.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@bal.com.
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