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Advance Copy, DOS Final Rule: Third-Party Attendance at Appointments

May 10, 2024 (1 min read)

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/13/2024

"This rule adopts as final the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2023. This final rule provides that private attorneys, interpreters, and other third parties may attend certain appointments at passport agencies and centers and at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas to assist the person requesting services (the applicant/requester). This rule permitting third-party attendance will apply only to appointments in support of an application for a U.S. passport, either domestically or overseas; to appointments related to a request for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or a Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States (CLN); and to other appointments for certain other services offered by American Citizens Services (ACS) units at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas (posts). In addition, this final rule includes technical corrections to clarify who may act as a consular officer for purposes of the Protection and Welfare of Citizens and their Property. DATES: The final rule is effective [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER]."