If you are looking to get yourself registered for a new passport then chances are you will not be able to use the same as your address proof. Also, chances are very much likely that your new passport will come in orange color. These were the few major upgrades expected to come into play after the recent amendments by Ministry of External Affairs recently. The new recommendations are in place after issues relating to passport applications surfaced. There were issues relating to the passport of children of a single parent and adopted children. Before the update announced by the MEA spokesperson, passports were issued in three colors. White colors were issued to government officers, who visit other countries for official work. The red-colored passports were issued to diplomats, and lastly, blue color passports were used by others — however, even they have two categories. People who require immigration check (ECR) and people who do not require the immigration check (ECNR).
Following are the latest details you need to know the order to avoid any confusion in the future:
– The last page of Indian passport, which usually has all information like the father or legal guardian’s name, the names of the holder’s mother, spouse, and their address, will now be blank with a barcode.
– The color of the new series of the passport will be orange with ECR, however, those who do not need the ECR will continue to get the blue colored passport.
– With the changes in place, the new passport will not serve as address proof.
– The new decisions were taken after recommendations of a three-member panel, which included officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, were accepted by the MEA. The statement read: “As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport.”
MEA spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, “The Ministry of External Affairs has examined the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents and decided to not print the last page of the passport.”