The US is set to begin issuing passports on Monday and more than 20,000 applicants have been confirmed.
The US State Department said in a statement that it is “extremely proud of the record-setting numbers of applicants for US passports”.
The department said it would begin processing applications on Monday at 11am local time (07:00 GMT).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that applicants will be issued with the first two-year passport at 10am on Monday.
Applicants are being asked to submit an application for the second US passport, which is due to be issued on Tuesday.
A DHS spokesperson said: “DHS will begin issuing US passports on March 12, 2018.”
The application process is expected to take about a week, and the first wave of US passport applications will be processed by the end of the month.
The number of applications for a US passport is expected in the thousands, with about 2,200 applications received in December.
US President Donald Trump and US President Joe Biden have previously said that the US was considering issuing a number of new passports to allow US citizens to move freely around the world.
The new passport will be the first of its kind.
However, the Trump administration has also said that it may not issue any new passports during its term in office, which ends on 20 January.
US Vice President Mike Pence said in January that the number of visas that were granted would be capped to the number that could be filled on a daily basis, in the US, and would remain capped during the administration of President Donald J Trump.
The administration has previously stated that it would not issue more than 30,000 new visas per year, and that they would remain at the same level.
Under the Trump Administration, visa approvals have been limited to a maximum of 10,000 per year.
The Trump administration said in February that it planned to issue an estimated 2 million new visas during its first six months in office.
A White House official said on Monday that the Trump-Biden Administration would “continue to issue visas and permits as the nation moves forward to its next phase of the Trump Presidency”.
US President-elect Donald Trump arrives for a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, on November 9, 2020.
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