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India
Indian passport holders to get Schengen priority visas soon

Travelling to Europe may soon get easier for Indian passport holders. As per media reports, the Schengen states which include 26 European countries, are considering to offer priority visas to those holding Indian passport. The decision will surely benefit Indian passport holders. The Schengen states comprise 26 European countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. What is priority visa? Priority visa is a premium service under which the visa application is processed in a very short time, for an additional fee. Right now, UK offers ‘super priority’ visas to Indian citizens where the visa process takes one day only. With ‘priority’ category of visas to the UK the visa decision takes less than a week. The UK started the super priority visa category keeping…

India
No orange colour passports, Printing last page to continue: MEA

India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday night announced that it has reversed its decision on the issuance of a orange-coloured passport to those who have ECR (Emigration Check Required) status as also on printing of the last page with personal details. The decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and attended by one of her two deputies V K Singh among others, on Monday, the ministry said in a press release. Based on the recommendations of a three-member committee comprising officials of MEA and the women and child development ministry, it was decided not to print the last page of the passport booklet, the MEA said in a release. The ministry had earlier decided to issue a passport with orange colour jacket to passport holders with ECR status, with a view to help and assist them on priority basis, it said. However, “the…

Community
India’s new passport reforms evoke mixed reactions

The decision by the Indian government to issue passports in two colors – blue and orange – and leave the address page of the document blank has evoked mixed reactions among the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) community. What are the changes As per the new rules, Indians who require emigration clearance (ECR) – those who have not passed 10th grade – will be issued orange passports, while those who do not need emigration clearance (ECNR), will continue with the blue ones. According to government, the color coding would help officials easily identify and protect labourers who have not completed Grade 10 and could be duped by unscrupulous agents. The government has also decided to keep the last page of the passport blank in accordance with the recommendations of a committee set up to look into requests by single mothers that the name of the father not be mentioned in their child’s…

NRI Guides
Applications for Indian Passport through online only: Indian Embassy

All applications for a new Indian passport in Qatar will have to be filled online starting from September 15, the Indian Embassy in Qatar has said. Informing this, the embassy has issued a communique on its website that explains the steps involved in applying for a new passport. Step by step guidelines to apply online for a new Indian Passport 1. Visit Passport Application website Visit the on-line passport application page by following the url:- http://passport.gov.in/nri/Online.do Passport on-line registration form will appear on your screen. 2. Major sections There are three major sections in that application. a) Online Registration b) Applicant Information c) Address Details 3. Online Registration Section Follow the steps as described below: – (a) Select the Indian Mission that applies to your jurisdiction from the dropdown menu. (b) Select the desired service from the drop-down menu. These are the options to choose from. (i) Fresh Passport (ii)…

India
Indian passports to be printed in both English and Hindi

Indian passports would now be in both Hindi and English, instead of just English, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Friday. Personal details in passports are now printed only in English and Swaraj said she had received several complaints about it “Passports should at least be bilingual. All Arab countries have their passport in Arabic, Germany makes it in German and Russia makes it in Russian. Why can’t we make it Hindi?,” PTI quoted the minister as having said. “Now, we have given an order to Nashik Printing Press that passports should be (printed) in Hindi as well. So you will receive passports in Hindi and English,” Swaraj said at an event to mark 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967. Ration cards can be submitted for Tatkal passport In changes aimed at easing the process of getting a passport, the minister said ration cards could be submitted while…

UAE
Indian family caught after trying to flee UAE on forged passports

A 27-year-old Indian executive is facing court proceedings in Dubai after trying to fly his family out of the UAE using forged passports. The man claims that he had to go for a forged passport after a hospital made him sign a large sum as security cheque after his wife delivered a child in December and he failed to settle the hospital bill. According to a report on Gulf News, when the cheque was returned for insufficient funds and the hospital reported the matter to the police, the man, in a desperate attempt to flee, paid Dh14,000 to a person who provided him with four forged Indian passports. Airport officers stopped the man, his wife and two children and barred them from travelling after discovering that the four passports were forged. Prosecutors accused the suspect of forging four passports and using them and forging entry and exit stamps of Dubai’s airport.…

India
How powerful is the Indian passport? Here are the 2017 rankings

The Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. Germany stands at the top with a visa-free score of 157, while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156. India stands at 78th position with a visa-free score of 46. While Pakistan and China rank 94 and 66 respectively. Afghanistan’s is the least powerful passport with a visa-free score of just 23. The latest edition of the Arton Capital’s global ranking ‘Passport Index’ is based on cross-border access of national passports. The online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports globally assigns a visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. Visa-free countries for Indian passport Here are the 45 countries providing Visa-Free entry to Indian passport holders: Bhutan Cambodia…

NRI Guides
Indian Passport rules liberalized, Here are the 10 major changes

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday announced new Passport Rules that are more relaxed and in sync with the modern times. Now PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Driving license would serve as the proof of date of birth of the Passport Applicant. Procedure has become easier for single parents to apply for passports for their children. The Passport acquisition has been made smoother for children, who are orphaned, adopted or born out of wedlock. “In order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport,” the Ministry said in a press release. Here are the 10 major changes to the passport procedures: 1. Proof of Date of Birth Birth Certificate as the proof of Date of Birth (DOB) is…

India
India may soon upgrade its existing Passports to e-Passports

New generation e-passport featuring enhanced security features such as bio-metric details may soon be rolled out by India government. The e-passport which would contain an electronic chip and enhanced security features was announced earlier in 2015. This high security passport is likely to be implemented soon as the tender process for the same has already begun. According to reports, India Security Press (ISP) in Nasik, which prints the passports, has already begun tendering to procure electronic hardware needed for it. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh had said in July 2016 that government was in the process of introducing e-passports, which would contain bio-metric details to curb the menace of fake passports. “The Government has plans to issue e-passports to the citizens. The Government has given its approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports to India Security Press (ISP) Nasik. “In this regard, ISP Nasik, has…

India
Passports don’t need details of spouse or father : Panel tells MEA

Following complaints of harassment, especially from women, during passport registration procedures, an inter-ministerial panel had recommended the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to stop printing details of a person’s father, mother or spouse in the passport booklet. Information irrelevant for immigration purposes In a report submitted to the MEA, the panel had mentioned that inclusion of such details are “irrelevant for immigration purposes either in India or abroad”. The panel, in its report submitted to MEA, has mentioned that the Ministry must do away with the said details just like the global practice. In the report, the panel has said that most of the developed nations do not ask for details of father, mother, husband or legal guardian. It said that while these details may be required but do not need to be printed on page 35 of the passport. “The only details required for immigration purposes are those printed…

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