New Passport Rules In India 2018

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has recently announced new passport rules in India for the year 2018. The MEA or the Foreign Ministry is a government agency, which is in charge of carrying out the foreign relations in India. The major changes that are already in effect and a few that will soon come into effect are listed below.

New Passport Rules In India For 2018

The committee is all set to bring new rules this year and will come into effect from June 2018. Here is an overview of the proposed passport changes in 2018:

  1. Passport’s last page will not include residential information

  2. According to the recent updates, the MEA is planning to eliminate printing the last page of the passport. The residential information of the person will not be printed but will remain in the government database.

    Since 2012, passports have a clear barcode, which upon scanning gives the details to the immigration officials. It is a measure taken to not to reveal much information than required. However, the existing passports will be the same until the expiry date.

  3. Colour of the passport might change

  4. Currently, the passports in India are issued in three different colours:

    • “Red” for the diplomats
    • “White” for the government officials
    • “Blue” for two categories of citizens: ECR (Emigration Check Required) and ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required)

    Instead of blue, the ECR type will soon have passports issued in orange colour so that it makes it efficient and easy during the immigration checks.

  5. Parents name will not be printed

  6. According to the proposed changes, even the parent's name will not be printed on the last page of the passport. The MEA has been assessing submissions that in case of “names of estranged mother/father” and “kids of single parents” need not be printed on the passport. However, clarity is expected if both the parents’ names would be collected at the time of application procedure or not.

  7. Physical police verification might change to online verification

  8. The CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project) will be associated with the MEA and will replace the traditional physical police verification to online verification this year for passport applicants. This measure is taken to lessen the time for processing the passports.

    Passport Rules That Are Already In Effect

    The major changes done by the MEA that are already in effect are as follows:

    1. Ordinary passport applicants can go for post-police verification

    2. With the facility of post-police verification, the MEA has simplified the entire procedure. Earlier, this option was available only for applicants who applied for their passports under the Tatkal scheme. But now, even regular applicants can use this option without paying any extra cost.

      With this, the applicants will get their respective passports 1 week from the appointment date. The police verification, application process, and the passport issuance take 21 days. However, with this rule, the passports will be given first and the police verification can be done post-issuance.

    3. Substitute for birth certificate

    4. Earlier, it was mandatory for the applicants who were born after 1 January 1989 to submit their birth certificates. However, as per the recent changes, applicants can submit any one of the following documents as a substitute for a birth certificate:

      • PAN card
      • Voter’s ID
      • Aadhaar card
      • Driving license
      • Life insurance policy that mentions the birth date of the applicant
      • Transfer certificate/matriculation certificate/school leaving certificate
    5. Name of any one of legal guardian/parent

    6. As per the new passport rules implemented by the MEA, it is not mandatory for applicants to give names of both the parents during the time of application process. Now, applicants can give one name of either a legal guardian or a parent so that it makes it easy for orphans and children with single parents to apply for a passport.

      Besides this, there are provisions for spiritually oriented individuals (Sadhus/Sanyasis). They can mention their spiritual leader’s name rather than the name of their biological parent.

    7. Annexes are reduced

    8. Earlier, 15 annexes have to be submitted but as of now, only 9 are required. The annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K are removed and a few have been merged. This reduces the trouble of collating the documents.

    9. Attestation is no more required for annexes

    10. The annexes required attestation from an Executive Magistrate/Notary/First Class Judicial Magistrate. However, the current rule has been changed and all the annexes are now a self-declaration form. This measure is taken to save the time of running from one place to the other for an attestation.

    11. Divorced/Married individuals

    12. A marriage certificate is no longer required while applying for a passport (along with the annexure K) for a married individual. In addition, the applicant doesn’t have to provide his/her spouse name. This is an interesting rule implemented after considering the changing communal norms.

    13. Job-related urgent passports

    14. If a government employee is not able to acquire his/her identity certificate or NOC (no objection certificate) for an urgent passport from his/her employers, then a self-declaration can be submitted. This form is given to the passport issuing authority stating that the applicant has given an intimation letter in prior to the employer notifying that he/she is applying for a normal passport.


News About Indian Passport

  • Online registration mandatory for Indian expatriates working in certain countries

    In order to better protect migrant Indian workers from unfair employment practices abroad, the Indian government has made it mandatory for Indian expatriates working in 18 countries to register online before they leave. It will be specifically applicable to those holding a non-ECR (non-emigration check required) passports. The registration should be done at least 24 hours before travel. Those not completing this process will not be allowed to board their flights. The registration involves going on the eMigrate portal and furnishing personal details, visa details, emergency contacts in both countries, and the details of the employer. Once the registration is completed successfully, an SMS or email will be received confirming the same. In the event that the work visa status changes, these workers will have to re-register. The list of countries includes the UAE, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and so on.

    29 November 2018

  • New Changes to Indian Passport Announced

    The External Affairs Ministry has proposed new changes to the Indian passport. From June 2018, passports are slated to undergo a series of changes, which are mentioned below:

    Passports will no longer contain residential information on the last page. All demographic information will be accessed through the barcode on passports.

    Passport holders that need ECR (Emigration Check Required) will now have orange passports, instead of the regular blue. Non-ECR passport holders will continue to have blue passports.

    Parent’s names will not be printed on passports on the last page for children of separated/divorced parents.

    Physical police verification will be replaced by CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project), which would be done online.

    7 June 2018

  • Barmer inaugurates its passport office finally

    Barmer, a district in Rajasthan, has finally opened its passport office after a long time of wait. The ceremony was inaugurated by Sonaram Choudhary, MP of Barmer-Jaisalmer, in the presence of Amraram Choudhary (revenue minister) and Krishna Kumar (director of the post services). After the inauguration, Harshita was the first person to apply for her passport at the new office.

    Sonaram stated that the facility has benefited the people in a great way. Now, the applicants don’t have to go all the way to Jaisalmer and Jodhpur to apply for fresh passports or have the old ones renewed. He conveyed his gratefulness to Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India and Sushma Swaraj, the minister of external affairs.

    Amraram Choudhary also said that it is an incredible initiative to begin this center at Barmer and will definitely help a lot of citizens.

    6 March 2018

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