New York Times story: Passports are getting more expensive as the economy falters
Posted On July 23, 2021
New York — New York’s New York City is a hotbed of passport applications and travel plans, but the number of residents applying to hold passports has been growing steadily for more than a decade.
New York has more than 4 million residents, including 3.6 million who have passports, according to the city’s office of the mayor.
The mayor’s office says the number is expected to climb to 6 million this year.
The city also has the nation’s highest population of expatriates, with more than 5 million.
It’s an economic force that has propelled New York, with its strong economy, to be the largest city in the United States with an estimated $1.9 trillion in foreign-born residents, according the mayor’s Office of Immigration Policy.
“I think people are going to look at that as an issue,” said Alexei Zhelezny, a former State Department official who works for the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
“We need to do everything possible to ensure that this population can continue to come in, stay here and contribute to our economy.”
In a July 5 report, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported that New York had the largest population of foreign-origin people in the country.
The country’s population growth since the end of World War II has been driven by people who have settled in the U.S. for a number of reasons, including to pursue higher education, work or study abroad.
The U.N. estimates the number will surpass 5 million this decade.
Zhelezny said some of the growing numbers are coming from New York State, which is struggling with a severe housing shortage and is a major hub for people looking to come to the U, such as young professionals looking for jobs in New York.
Some expatriate groups and some members of the New York Police Department have expressed concern that they will be unfairly targeted if they are granted New York licenses to carry firearms.
State Department officials said that a number are applying for licenses under a program that allows applicants to submit applications online to receive an automatic license.
The State Department does not require applicants to have an existing passport or to provide evidence of citizenship.
Officials said they did not see any indication that any applicants had used the program to apply for licenses or sought passports under the New Yorker State Program, which the State Department established in 2015.
A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security said the agency does not monitor or monitor license applications.
Zhaezy said it’s possible that many of the new applicants were not aware of the program.
“The fact that there’s a program, that there are people who are applying and there are licenses being granted, that I think is a little concerning,” he said.
Zimzny, who has been involved in gun control efforts in the city, said there are many ways to ensure New Yorkers can travel, including with a passport.
“If you want to buy a passport, you’re going to have to travel,” Zimzy said.
“You can’t get a New York ID, you can’t buy a ticket on a plane.
You have to go through a passport office.”
But the cost of a New Yorker passport is going up, and Zheleinny said the costs of getting a passport for an expatriated family will continue to grow as the state’s economy continues to deteriorate.
“There is no reason for that,” Zhelesny said.
Some New York residents may be using the New Yorkers State Program as a way to get a quick fix for the $1,000-per-year fees that the state requires to obtain a passport when a New Jersey resident is applying.
The fee is $5 per day, Zheliny said, noting that the fee applies to passport applications from all New York state residents.
He said New Yorkers would need to apply twice for the same passport.
The new license, Zhaesny said, will allow residents to carry a handgun in public, which many are using to defend themselves.
Zhandosny said that while it would be easy for the police to ban all handguns in the state, there are other ways to do it, such a ban on semiautomatic weapons.
The New York license could help with those restrictions.
Zherlezny said he hopes the licensing program encourages people to apply, even if it means they pay a higher price for a passport and that they have to apply multiple times.
“It’s going to be a deterrent,” he predicted.