Passport renewal in Chicago: Can the US stay the same way?

By KEN WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is going through a passport renewal process, the U.S. Department of State said on Monday, as it prepares for the start of the fiscal year that begins on March 9.

The department said the renewal of passports for citizens of 26 countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was expected to be completed by March 15.

The move will ease visa requirements for some travelers, including tourists, and the department is expected to issue more passports.

The renewed passports will allow the United States to remain as a passport exporter, which it has done since the end of World War Two, with the possibility of more travelers being allowed to enter.

The US has been an exporter of passports since the 1980s, but the government has not used that capability since 2009 when it temporarily suspended passport renewals for some people who were already in the country.

In the past year, the government allowed citizens of the 27 countries included in the passport renewal program to stay in the United State without needing a passport.

A new law signed by President Donald Trump and signed by the Democratic-controlled Congress allows some foreigners to stay and work in the US without a visa.

The U.N. General Assembly voted in December to extend visa-free travel for people from Iran, Syria, Sudan and Yemen for another year.

The United States has said it will resume visa-waiver programs, but it will not extend the number of visas it offers to its citizens or its residents.