Government through the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs continues to sensitize the public on the process of applying for an e-passport.
The Ministry provided an update on the process before the near deadline to citizens here and abroad on the right guidance in order to complete the application.
Head of the Immigration Department, Inspector Deryck St. Rose reassures the public that the transition from a machine readable to an e passport is the way to go. The security features embedded in the new passport makes it more secure, as it contains an embedded chip of citizens biometric data which allows for easier and stress free travel.
Inspector St. Rose has provided the basic requirements to successfully complete the application process. The information will aid in preventing a time-delay by providing accurate information first hand.
“Let me refresh the general public on the application process and the processing time. Along with the completed application an applicant must submit two passport sized photos, one of which will be endorsed by a recommender, an original birth certificate, an original marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, certificate of adoption, for people born abroad certificate of your parents and your birth certificate. The fee remains at $150 for adults and $75 for children. Passport applications are available at all police stations island wide and on the Government website. The completed forms and documents can be brought to the Passport and Immigration Department during normal working hours,” Mr. St. Rose explained.
The immigration’s normal working hours are from eight to four on week days. All applications must be filled, signed with the supporting documents and payment fee attached.
“Since the commencement of the e-passport in July of 2021 we have seen a steady increase in the submission of applications. On average we enroll two hundred applications daily. We have so far issued 24,165 e-passports to date. As a result of this the process of an application takes a little longer; it takes about a month because you can well imagine the number of applications coming in,” Inspecto St. Rose noted.
The immigration department will also make special accommodation for emergency situations such as medical travel.
Inspector St. Rose reminds the public that there is no need to gather at the office requesting their passports, as they will be called by the department upon the availability of their passport. He reminds the public that the covid period is still upon us and gatherings should be limited.
All holders of a Dominican passport will have until the end of August 2022 to adopt that change.