Indian missions in the UAE are cutting down passport processing time to eight working days, officials said on Sunday.
Issuance of Indian passports will now be done within five to eight working days maximum, Indian consul passports Sandeep Chowdhary told Gulf News.
In the last one month more than 35 staff members worked round the clock and on weekdays to process 36,000 pending passports to clear the backlog and achieve parity between application and processing, he said.
After the Indian government had announced phasing out of handwritten passports, there was a scramble for machine readable passports, causing a backlog. Indian expatriates had complained that new passports were taking up to two months.
“The Indian Consul-General Anurag Bhushan was very keen to streamline the passport processing systems and we at the consulate were struggling to clear pending applications. While passports that were originally issued in Dubai required a week of processing time, all other passports issued anywhere else, be it India or any other Indian mission [abroad], took a maximum of 60 working days although we always aimed at giving these passports within 45 days. So our staff of 25 people worked tirelessly, even on weekends, to close this gap and were successful. From now on all passports, no matter where they were issued can be renewed within eight working days, provided they are the normal applications with no special verifications required,” he explained.
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