New Passport Agency Opens in Buffalo

Posted by Jim Theis
October 18, 2010
A New Passport Agency Opens in Buffalo, NY

About the Author: Jim Theis serves in the Bureau of Consular Affairs as the Director of the Buffalo Passport Agency.

Foreign Service Officers usually spend their careers traveling the world with occasional tours in Washington, D.C. However, I've been given a special assignment: Director of Passport Services' newest passport facility in Buffalo, New York. After adventures in places as far-flung as El Salvador and Romania, I find it a real honor to come to Buffalo. And, as a native of South Dakota, I'm ready for some cold weather.

As Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy said at today's opening ceremony, the Buffalo Passport Agency will provide greater convenience and service for communities throughout Western New York, including on-site issuance to customers with emergency travel. Western New York has a history of cross-border commerce with Canada and includes some of our busiest border crossings. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security reported that more than four million Americans traveled from Canada to the United States at ports of entry in Buffalo in Fiscal Year 2009. This newest passport agency is well-suited to facilitate travel and trade between the two countries.

The Buffalo Passport Agency, which has created more than 25 new jobs, was one of several passport facilities made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- the "federal stimulus" bill. This Agency and others slated to open over the next year are key elements in the Department's overall efforts to facilitate international travel.

More than 101 million Americans have U.S. passports -- about one-third of our population. And with the opening of the Buffalo Passport Agency, our 24th domestic passport facility, we hope to make travel simpler and easier for even more U.S. citizens in Buffalo and the surrounding region.

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Marewan o.
October 18, 2010

Marewan O.H. in Iraq writes:

hello dear sir...
i am from iraq and i want to come to amireca to complet my stady in high education i'm graduated in universty salahadin in arbil then how can i come to amireca so tell a true way for come to your country . thank you for help . have a nice day.

DipNote Bloggers reply: Please visit for comprehensive information about U.S. visas.

Phong L.
California, USA
October 18, 2010

Phong L. in California writes:

I hear there will be another Passport Agency opening in San Diego. Are the vacancies for this location available yet?

Robert D.
Minnesota, USA
October 19, 2010

Robert D. in Minnesota writes:

Congratulations to Jim and the whole team at the Buffalo Passport Agency! I'm sure the people of western New York are pleased to have a passport agency in their community. All the best as you start up operations and begin serving your customers. Go PPT/BU!

October 19, 2010

Omer H.M. in Sudan writes:

i want this to bee free for every body man and woman from all the world with out any

Diane O.
Nevada, USA
November 4, 2010

Diane O. in Nevada writes:

If someone took the Passport Specialist test for this job at the Buffalo Location would they have been contacted already?
Or is more hiring upcoming?

Indiana, USA
November 22, 2010

Gary in Indiana writes:

I really think that having more passport agency is a great way to engage American citizens into global travellings. And this will certainly create more oppoturnities for American people to go aboard and really know the world better. However, while people are calling to cut government costs, is it really worth to have a passport agency for certain area? Will it be more money-saving to have a new way to apply for passport, for example, via internet?


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