Indian Migrant Workers to Get Orange Passports

The Indian Security Press Nasik will design the new passport in two different colours. File

India has made a decision to do away with the last page of the passport that contains the names of the spouse, parents and address of the passport-holder. This means if they want to travel overseas for work to a group of 18 countries, majority in Gulf, they would only be allowed to leave India after obtaining an "Emigration clearance" certificate from the office of Protector of Emigrants.

The last page of the passport, which would be discontinued, contains information such the name of the passport holder's father, mother, spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue. The blue passport too has two categories - one which requires emigration check and another that doesn't.

Rahul Gandhi is latest to join the list of criticisers who have tagged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decision to bring orange passport for Indian migrants.

Passports may no longer be valid proof of address for a simple reason: they may not have the current last page with the address of the passport holder if the ministry of external affairs goes ahead with a proposal it is considering.

Surendra Kumar, who is the Under-Secretary of Policy and Legal Matters at the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed this development.

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Nashik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.

Booklets with new orange jackets will be designed and printed at the Indian Security Press (ISP) in Nasik.

The history of passport dates back to approximately 450 BC when King Artaxerxes I of Persia issued a letter to an official named Nehemiah for travelling beyond his country to Judea, the modern day Israel.

Under ICAO guidelines, only certain categories are mandatory on the passport.

The "next series" of passports which would be issued will have the last page blank. This will make it easier and more efficient during immigration checks.

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