US to stop enforcing passport book at border
Posted On July 9, 2021
USA TODAY article The Trump administration is seeking to end a rule that requires Americans who arrive in the U.S. on their passports to provide additional information about themselves and the country of birth when making a passport application.
It’s the latest step in the administration’s plan to reduce paperwork, and some worry it could have unintended consequences for Americans.
In response to questions from the Associated Press, the State Department said it will stop enforcing the passport book in mid-March.
The agency is also proposing to stop issuing passport renewals after the April 1 deadline.
But a new Associated Press report on Thursday said that, in fact, that plan is still in the works.
The new report said the State department has been consulting with the American Civil Liberties Union, which has pushed the agency to scrap the passport renewal requirement.
The Associated Press also reported that the State Dept. plans to begin sending passports to foreign nationals at its embassies and consulates by the end of next month.
Under the passport change, those passports would no longer have to be accompanied by other documentation.
The State Department also said that by May 15, passports from citizens and lawful permanent residents who are citizens of countries where the United States has a diplomatic presence would no be required to show additional information.
“We are committed to ensuring the integrity of the visa issuance process for all visitors,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“While this proposal does not eliminate the passport-based passport renewal system, we are committed, with the guidance of our international partners, to moving to an expedited passport system that reduces administrative burdens and increases transparency.”
The Associated Statesman also reported last week that the U’s passport office has been using an automated system to process applications.
The system, called the Integrated Automated Processing System, is a part of the government’s online visa application processing.
The report said that it has been running in some form for at least five years and that applications have been submitted to the system for about 4 million people since July 2016.
But the Associated Statesmann noted that the system is now running in part because of changes to the visa application process, including an uptick in the number of applications filed with the Department of Homeland Security.
The department announced in January that it would begin rolling out an automated process that will process applications for visitors.
The Associated Press