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Renew passports in five hours at National Development Fair

  • Published at 08:44 pm October 3rd, 2018
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Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan, Deputy commissioner (DC), Dhaka, at a press briefing regarding the 4th National Development Fair 2018 at Sher-e-Bangla nagar in Dhaka on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 PID

Those who apply to renew their passport through the service by 12pm will receive the renewed passport by 5pm

The Department of Immigration and Passport will showcase their ability to renew passports within five hours at the National Development Fair, through the introduction of the Super Express Service.

The three-day long National Development Fair 2018 is set to kick off at the field of the Dhaka International Trade Fair in Agargaon, Dhaka on Thursday.  The Super Express Service will be on offer for the duration of the fair, before being implemented fully in the near future.

Those who apply to renew their passport through the service by 12pm will receive the renewed passport by 5pm.

Department of Immigration and Passport Director (Dhaka) Md Shihab Uddin Khan told Dhaka Tribune that it would be possible to renew the passports within a day as those who wish to renew passports do not need police verification. Applicants availing the service will be charged an express delivery fee.

In addition to the Super Express Service, the Department of Immigration and Passport’s stall at the fair will also receive passport applications, accept online fees through bank booths, and provide information about the department’s activities.

Shihab Uddin further said: “We have three machines that can print 25,000 passports a day if operated in three shifts. However, there is a shortage of manpower and we are operating the machines in two shifts, printing 18-19,000 passports a day. Hopefully, we will be able to entertain all the applicants at the fair.”

“At the fair, our staff will enter data on the applicant into our server, and the passports will be printed at our headquarters. As soon as the passports are printed, they will be taken to the fair via motorcycle for delivery,” he added.

The Super Express Service is intended for use by applicants who need their passports renewed on an emergency basis. While there will be an express service charge on the service when it is fully implemented, there will be no extra charge at the National Development Fair.

Meanwhile, Department of Immigration and Passport officials also said that the government is likely to introduce e-passports in January. 

E-passports will ensure hassle free service during immigration, as the immigration process would take 12-18 seconds, they added.

The pilot project will be initiated at the Department of Immigration and Passport’s Uttara office, before being expanded to all 72 regional passport offices and all 80 Bangladesh missions abroad.

The authorities also have plans to increase the validity of passports to ten years.

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