Passports may no longer be valid proof of address – Here’s the reason

The Ministry of External Affairs is mulling over a proposal to do away with the current last page of the passport, which has the address of the passport holder.

If the MEA goes ahead with it, passports may no longer be valid proof of address, reported Hindustan Times.

The daily mentioned Surendera Kumar, the under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the ministry, as saying that the change might come into effect when the “next series” of passports are being issued.

“The decision to keep the last page of the passport blank has been taken” in a bid to save the details, he added.

At present, the first page of the passport bears the photograph and some other details of the passport holder, while the last page contains the address.

The MEA is also pondering changes in the colour of passports.

Regular Passport has a Navy Blue cover and is issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips. Diplomatic Passport has a Maroon cover and is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers. Official Passport has a White cover and it is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business.

Regular Passport holders fall under two categories – those who require an emigration check (ECR) and those who do not (ECNR).

The MEA is considering issuing orange-coloured passports for people who are issued ECR passports in a bid to quicken the process of emigration.

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