PASSPORT MAY NO LONGER BE VALID PROOF OF ADDRESS :

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. Currently, the first page of the passport has the photograph as well as other details of the passport holder; the address is printed on the last page. The fact that this last page will not be there doesnt affect the passport office and the immigration department (or security agencies) because they have all the details of the passport holder in the back-end. Since 2012, all passports have had a barcode and by simply scanning them, this information can be accessed. As has always been the case when a new series is issued, all existing passports will remain valid till their expiry date. The MEA is also considering some changes in the colour of passports. Currently, passports are issued in three colours: white for government officers or to those people who visit other countries for the official work of the government; red for diplomats; and blue for all others across two categories those who require emigration check and those who do not. Soon, however, those in the ECR category will have orange passports. This will increase the speed of the process of emigration as the colour of the passport will make it clear whether the emigration check is required or not.  Rediff.com : 12th. Jan,18

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