Indian Passport is issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in India through a network of about 37 Passport offices across the country and almost 180 embassies and consulates located abroad.
To reduce the complexity in the process, MEA has announced new passport rules in India. Some of the major changes have already been implemented and others come into effect soon. Below are some Passport rules which are planned to be implemented in India within the next few years.
- Change in Passport color for ECR:
Right now, the Indian Passport is issued in three different colors. Color Red is issued for Diplomats, White color is given for Government officials and the Blue color is provided for all normal Passport holders who are applying under both ECR Passport (Emigration Check Required) and ECNR Passport (Emigration Check Not Required).
Red Passport is ‘Type D’ as D stands for Diplomatic Passport. White Passport is ‘Type S’ as S stands for Service. The color blue is for ‘Type-P’ as P stands for Personal Passport. Soon, the color for Normal Passport under the ECR category is going to be changed to ‘Orange’ from Blue color, to make it easily identifiable during the immigration checks.
- Removing parents name:
There is a proposal for the removal of the parent’s name on the last page of the Passport. In some cases, such as the Passport for kids of single parents or estranged parents, their names are no more mentioned in the Passport. However, it’s still unclear if the parent’s names are actually required during the processing of the passport application.
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- Including residential information in the Passports last page:
As per the recent update, MEA is working on excluding the applicant’s residential address on the last page of the Passport. This is to make sure not to reveal the extra details of the applicant than what is required in the current passport. Passports issued till now have a barcode that gives more information to the immigration officials upon scanning.
Already issued passports with residential addresses printed on the last page remain the same until the expiry date. But for the upcoming passports, the residential address is stored in the government database but not shown in the passport.
- Changing physical Police verification online:
Till now the Police verification is done offline, but going forward CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems project) will be associated with MEA to take the whole process of police verification online. This measure is taken by the government to expedite the process and complete the verification in less time.
New Passport Rules which are in effect:
There are other new Passport rules which have been proposed and implemented, thus they are already in effect right now.
- The birth certificate is no more mandatory:
Previously it was mandatory to submit the applicant’s birth certificate in the Passport office during verification. But now, instead of birth certificate, other documents such as Aadhar card, pan card, voter Id, matriculation certificate, driving license, etc on which the date of birth of the applicant is mentioned can be submitted.
- Post Police verification is done for an ordinary passport :
Earlier post police verification is done only for the files coming under tatkal schemes. But recently it has been changed to ordinary passports as well. Normal passport applications can be processed under a post police verification basis without any extra charges.
In this case, police verification is done after the issuance of the passport to the applicant. So even in normal mode, the applicant can complete the whole process within 20-30 days or even before based on the applicant’s location.
Here too, completing the police verification is compulsory as the applicant should not neglect the police verification process once he/she receives a passport in hand. Without this verification, the passport becomes unauthorized and cannot be used for travel purposes.
In case of incomplete verification, the status will be shown as pending in the database, thereby imposing a huge penalty on the applicant.
- Reduction of Annexures:
Recently only 9 annexures (A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and Authority letter) are available in the list which is to be submitted as per the passport category, the applicant has chosen for. Previously, there were almost 15 annexures, among them some are removed completely and others are merged to reduce the trouble of collating the documents.
- Attestation is not required for Annexures:
Earlier, annexures are accepted only after the attestation done by the higher authorities such as Magistrate, Notary, etc. But now the annexures are accepted inside the Passport office with self-declaration provided by the applicant. This change has reduced the burden on the applicant to roam around the places for getting an attestation from the higher officials.
- Urgent passports for Government employees:
If any Government employee couldn’t get the ‘No Objection Certificate(NOC)’ from the concerned employer, then, in that case, a self-declaration form has to be submitted to get a tatkal passport / urgent passport. In that self-declaration form, the applicant has to clearly mention that the current employer is already intimated with the letter about the details of the passport applied by the employee.
Normally for issuing a Passport to the Government/ Statutory body/Public sector employees, Identity certificate (Annexure A), No objection certificate (Annexure G) and Prior Intimation Letter (Annexure H) are required as additional documents along with the application form.
- Divorced / Married individuals:
The marriage certificate is no longer considered as mandatory for married individuals. Applicants are not asked to provide Annexure K (which is an affidavit provided by the married individuals). Even spouse name is also not asked during the process due to the change in communal norms along with the implementation of new rules.
- Name of any legal guardian / Parent:
Recently, for applying for a Passport, one of the parent’s names or legal guardian’s name is sufficient. This implemented change has made the process easy for orphans or children with single parents.
Also, spiritually oriented individuals such as sadhus or sanyasi can give their spiritual leader name as local guardian in the Passport without providing the actual biological parent name
Thus as the years pass by, with the introduction of new rules by the Government, the Passport application process is becoming much simpler than before. Now you can easily get the Passport in 3 simple steps from authorized Passport agency such as SmotPro.
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