Here is a good news for all who loves to travel abroad. Passport application process has now become hassle-free. Recently the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has amended rules to make the passport application process easy. It’s a great move by the government and will surely encourage you all to travel abroad without any complexity. The new changes to the passport application process were brought into effect in 2017. We will summarize the details in an infographic below.
Changes to the Passport Application Process – Infographic
· Documentation for the Proof of Birth
Previously, the birth certificate was compulsory for all born on or after 26th January 1989. But now, as per the new rules, any of the documents mentioned in the infographic will serve the purpose and will suffice: the birth certificate as issued by the Municipal Corporation, or the Registrar of births and deaths, or any authority empowering the same under the Registration of Births and Death Act 1969 to register a child’s birth in India.
· Parent/Legal Guardian Details
Previously, the names of both the parents were mandatory at the time of application. But now, only one of them can be the legal guardian which makes it easier for the orphans or the children with a single parent to apply for the passport. Sadhus/Sanyasis now can mention their spiritual leader name at the time of application.
Previously, the total number was 15. But now, it has been brought down to 9. Some annexes have been removed making less trouble for the applicant.
Previously, annexes needed attestation from Judicial Magistrate. But now, annexes can be in self-declaration form.
· Married/Divorced Persons
Marriage certificate along with annexure K has been removed from the passport application rules. The applicant in a divorce case, don’t have to provide their spouse name.
· Urgent Work Related Passports
If a government employee does not have NOC (No Objection Certificate) or any identity certificate from their employee, then they can submit a self-declaration as stated in the infographic below.
The new plan of making the process of passport application easy is “to connect the verification process with crime, criminal tracking network, and system project.” Now passports will be dispensed without any physical verification making the process much easier and faster.
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