By CMusillo

On July 26, 2023, the Department of State published in the Federal Register new rulemaking that would allow U.S. citizens abroad to be accompanied by an attorney, interpreter, and/or other third party when attending certain appointments at an Embassy or Consulate overseas, such as an appointment for a US passport, to Report of Birth Abroad, to request assistance in locating or assisting U.S. citizens, to request emergency medical assistance, crime victim assistance, amongst other selected services.

The new rule makes it clear that individuals will bear any costs associated with the attendance of an attorney, interpreter, and that the representation or assistance by a third party or attorney does not excuse the applicant’s in-person appearance.

The proposed rule affects 20 CFR parts 50, 51, and 71. Public comments should be submitted by September 24, 2023.