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Important Notice for changing of Hand written/20 Years validity Indian Passports into Machine Readable Passports by November 2015 | Phasing out of Non-Machine Readable Passports

December 10, 2013

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). All such passport holders living within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India in San Francisco are hereby informed that they should apply for a new passport forthwith at the Consulate General of India San Francisco through M/s BLS International Ltd., the outsourcing agency. This application would be treated as a passport renewal and the same procedure for the renewal of passports would be applicable in this case. Details for the procedure are available at http://www.cgisf.org/page/display/189/231. - See more at: http://www.cgisf.org/notice/display/94#sthash.wbVSdLY0.dpuf

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). All such passport holders living within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India in San Francisco are hereby informed that they should apply for a new passport forthwith at the Consulate General of India San Francisco through M/s BLS International Ltd., the outsourcing agency. This application would be treated as a passport renewal and the same procedure for the renewal of passports would be applicable in this case. Details for the procedure are available at http://www.cgisf.org/page/display/189/231. - See more at: http://www.cgisf.org/notice/display/94#sthash.wbVSdLY0.dpuf

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- See more at: http://www.cgisf.org/notice/display/94#sthash.dbKLJniK.dpuf

 

 

Government of India

Ministry of External Affairs

CPV Division

(Patiala House, Tilak Marg, New Delhi)

No. VIII/410/1/2013        Dated, 9th December 2013

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

1. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.

 

2. All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-compliant MRP passports.

 

3. Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.

 

4. For more details related to passport services, Passport website (http://www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.

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