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August 27, 2023

US State Department Proposes A New Rule For Third Parties at Interviews

Welcome to another update on US immigration. So, today, we’ve got a few changes coming up with the US State Department. Let’s find out what they are.


So what’s the big news?


According to the latest announcement from the US State Department, they’ve proposed a rule to allow third parties to attend interviews of certain US citizen services.


This could include third parties like interpreters and attorneys.


Where Does This New Rule Apply?


This rule applies if you’re:

  • Applying for US Passport (domestically and internationally)
  • Requesting for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or
  • Requesting for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States


Also, there are other specific services offered by American Citizens Services units at US embassies and consulates abroad that would be included in the rule.


Do you have any opinions on this proposal? The State Department is open to receiving your comments until September 25.

What’s The Reason Behind This Change?


In the past, third parties were allowed to attend certain appointments. However, there haven’t been standardized regulations for such situations. Policies would keep changing from one post to another.

With this new proposal, the State Department intends to deliver more clarity and transparency to the public. This would also secure a clear framework when third parties attend interview appointments.

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