Now, Indians can apply for passport re-issue at any emirate in UAE

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Dubai - Passport re-issuance applications can now be made at any of the BLS international Centres across the UAE.


Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 3:05 PM

Last updated: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 7:58 PM

Indian diplomatic missions have removed the passport re-application jurisdiction clause in the UAE, the Consul General of India to Dubai Dr Aman Puri told Khaleej Times.
Now, Indian nationals can now apply for re-issue of passports at either the Dubai or Abu Dhabi diplomatic missions, irrespective of their place of stay or place where the residence visa is issued explained Dr Puri.

The Consulate General of India in Dubai also issued a press note in this matter on Friday, informing all Indian citizens that passport re-issuance applications can now be made at any of the BLS international Centres across the UAE.

Furthermore, Dr Puri said all applications that arrive at the Consulate from BLS will be processed on the same working day. He explained, "We have taken two decisions on the passport front - We have had many applicants who come to us with a residence visa in Abu Dhabi, however, they live in Dubai and find it more convenient to apply for the passport from the Consulate."

Now, the missions will accept a passport application from any of the centres that the applicant finds it most convenient to apply from, explained the Consul-General.

Passports for non-tatkal categories to be issued in 2 working days from the Consulate

"In 95 per cent of the cases, once the Consulate receives the passport applications from the BLS centres for non-tatkal categories, it will be issued in two working days," he added.

"The remaining cases which require a police verification or other approvals will require an average of two weeks for passport issuance," said Dr Puri. For tatkal and emergency cases, the passport will be issued faster.

The Consul-General said the decision to streamline the system from the Consulate's-end was made due to the backlog created by the Covid-19 situation and the backlogs that arose from BLS taking lesser applications amid social distancing measures. "The processing time at the Consulate will be one-day," said Dr Puri.

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