Soon passport will not be used as address proof

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Even under the blue passports are two sections - those who require an emigration check (ECR) and those who do not (ECNR).

It is reported that Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the ministry, has purportedly confirmed that the change could happen when the "next series" of passports is being issued.

Nashik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.

The decision is based on the recommendations of a three-member Committee comprising officials of the Ministries of External Affairs and Women and Child Development. At present, most passports (expect for diplomats and government officials) have a blue cover.

Apart from this, the ministry is also mulling changing colour of some passports of a specific category.

The new passports will not carry the last page containing details of residence and parents name.

Passports are, and have been for a while now, considered to be the ultimate proof of address and residency.

The Ministry examined the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents and decided that the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed.

Besides, since the time of its conception, Indian passport has also been used as a valid address proof, which is accepted anywhere and everywhere, across the country. Since 2012, all passports have had a barcode, and by scanning this, the information can be accessed by immigration officials.

New passports for citizens who have Emigration Check Required (ECR) status will have orange cover jackets, instead of the traditional dark blue. As has dependably been the situation when new series is issued, every single existing worldwide ID will stay substantial till their expiry date. "Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page", said Kumar.

ECR passport holders require clearance from the Protector General of Emigrants to go overseas in order to prevent exploitation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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