Passport may not work as address proof anymore

Passport may not work as address proof anymore

Passports for citizens who have Emigration Check Required (ECR) status will have orange cover jackets while those already having emigration clearance will receive the traditional dark blue jackets. Applicants who have not cleared 12th standard are issued a passport with ECR status to work in 18 countries, mostly in Gulf nations.

The Indian passport is containing the name, date of birth, photograph and other details in the first page and the address of the person will be mentioned in last page.

Soon, Passports may stop serving as valid proof of address, as the Ministry of External Affairs is considering a proposal of printing passports without the last page, according to sources.

The decision, announced by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday, came on recommendation made by a three-member committee comprising Ministry of External Affairs and Women and Child Development Ministry officials, that. With the last page blank, passports will most likely cease to be a valid address proof. The committee also looked upon the passport issues relating to the children with single parent and that of adopted children.

No date has been given for the start of issuing of the new passports.

Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of MEA told Hindustan Times that the ministry was thinking over the plan and it could be implemented when the "next series" of passports are issued.


The reason lies in the fact that the passport office, security agencies and immigration department have all the details (of the passport holder) they need in the back-end.

Since then, the passport has been considered as a valid travel document, which is legal and issued by the country's government for worldwide travel.

"The report of the committee had been accepted by the MEA".

The ministry added that the Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.

The External Affairs Ministry has also decided not to print the last page of the travel document with the address of the holder.

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