Born in USA (American citizen by birth)
Has USA passport, expiring July 2020
Turned 18 two months ago, thus…
Received last passport when under 18 years old (can’t renew by mail)
Wants to travel to South America in August
Is also a citizen of said South American country (naturalized via parents), and…
Has passport for said South American country valid until 2024
As per the USA State Department website, because he was under 18 when the last USA passport was issued, he cannot renew by mail. However, he can submit the paperwork, fees, & photos to a Passport Acceptance Facility. There are several near him.
Due to Covid-19:
My idea was to use the South American Passport departing & returning. However:USA State Deparment wrote:we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations… if you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport…
^^^ The bold was not mine. That is the State Department's emphasis.USA State Department wrote:U.S. nationals, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport to travel to or from a country other than the United States is not inconsistent with U.S. law.
In person passport processing is currently for life & death situations, as per the USA State Department website.
The family member & his parents, are all aware of the risks of traveling due to Covid-19. I have already recommend the travel does not happen. If we could avoid comments advising against travel, it would be preferred.
So… any ideas?