While new visa norms have made travel easier for all Indian passport holders, getting an Indian passport has gotten easier too. Is getting an appointment, collecting all the documents signed, lining up at the passport office, long application process stopping you from getting a passport? Not anymore! There is good news for you! The new set of rules for Indian passport have made the entire application process simple for us. This has made it all easier for us and you can just gear up for travel! Read along to know more about these changes:
Child of a Single Parent? Don’t Worry:
Now the passport application form will only require the applicant to provide the name of only one parent or legal guardian! So if you are a single parent to your child then you will no longer have any problem in giving just your name for the child’s passport which otherwise demanded the names of both mother and father.
Easier for children without parents:
Orphaned children who do not have any proof of their date of birth (Birth Certificate/Matriculation Certificate/Declaratory court order) may submit a declaration given by the head of the orphanage/child care home on their official letterhead confirming the date of birth of the applicant.
Simpler for Married Couples and Divorcees too:
We can really imagine the pain of standing in a long queue to finally get a stamp on our marriage certificates. Well, worry no more! If you are married, you no longer need to provide a marriage certificate. Couples who are separated or divorced also do not need to provide divorce certificate or names of their spouses.
Apply, no matter where you are:
You can now apply for a passport from anywhere in India, irrespective of where you’re currently staying. For instance, if you’re from Delhi but temporarily reside in Mumbai, you will now be able to apply for a passport at a ‘Passport Seva Kendra’ under the Regional Passport Office in Mumbai, instead of having to fly back to Delhi. The police verification too will be conducted at the Mumbai address specified in the application form.
Children and Senior Citizens get it first:
We are personally happy with this change and we are sure most of you all will agree to this. Those who have been standing in the queue for long hours, know the fact how helpful this is for the older generation and the little ones out there. Children and senior citizens are on priority and don’t need to stand in a queue to apply for a passport.
No attestation required:
All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants are in the form of a self-declaration on a plain paper. No attestation/swearing by/before any Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate is necessary.
Apply through a new app:
The new ‘mPassport Seva App’ (available on iOS and Android) lets you apply, pay and schedule appointments for acquiring a passport.
Police verification post passport issuance:
Applicants going for a new passport, can opt for a post-police verification option at no extra cost. Under this scheme, the passport will be issued first and police verification will be done post-issuance. (FYI: It is mandatory to provide the 28-digit Aadhaar enrolment number to avail this scheme.)
Less annexures required:
The aggregate number of points endorsed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been decreased down from 15 to 9. Additions A, C, D, E, J, and K have been expelled and certain points have been blended.
Government authorities who are not ready to get the Identity Certificate (Annexure B)/No Objection Certificate (Annexure M) from their concerned boss, yet they plan to get the passport, can still get it by presenting a self-assertion in Annexure N expressing that they have educated their manager about applying for a normal passport to a Passport Issuing Authority along with adding few references from their current work space.
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