Dominica to set up centres overseas to process E-Passports for diaspora

The Dominican government has recently made new changes to the immigration department of Roseau as the nation moved ahead with shifting to E-passports (electronic passports).

Dominica to set up centres overseas to process E-Passports for diaspora

The Dominican government has recently made new changes to the immigration department of Roseau as the nation moved ahead with shifting to E-passports (electronic passports).

The Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs plans to set up electronic passport application centres in various nations to facilitate Dominicans in the diaspora.

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At the same time, this recent decision will help overseas-based Dominican-nationals seeking to make the changes into their new E-passport will have access to apply via the various Consulates on their respective lands.

According to the reports, the recent addition of the Immigration Department will pace up the issuance of the E-Passports with an increase in the staff.

Meanwhile, the new changes stated that, “the staff will be going to operate on a shift basis from 8:00 am in the morning to 4:00 pm in the evening and from 4:00 pm in the evening to 12:00 am in the night.”

The reason behind increasing the staff members is to assure that all passports are cleared within the period of six months.

Meanwhile, the transition period has been recently updated by the government authorities of Dominica from two years to six months, and the recently announced deadline for making updates in the E-Passports is August 31, 2022. The previous date was July 30, 2023. 

For the ease of the applicants, the government has stated that the diaspora could reach to their nearest embassies for the transitions of E-Passports.

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Dominica first launched its E-Passport with upgraded security features on July 26, 2021.

At the same time, Minister Blackmoore said, “Permanent offices will be established in New York, in the United Arab Emirates and in London. These offices will be completely equipped to process all applications, including data and image caption. The establishment of the overseas passport stations will take five months.”

Minister further added, “When those permanent offices will be established, there will be no issuance of passports in those locations. The information will be directly transferred to the centralized location in Roseau, that is the Immigration Department in Roseau and all passports will be issued by the centralized locations. In addition, the system is locked by two keys, the Commissioner of Police and the Head of Immigration.”