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New Passport Guidelines to be implemented from June 8

New Delhi, June 5: The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has introduced "Annexure-N" or "prior intimation letter" (PIL), which the applicant must submit to the controlling authority before he submits the passport application. The move has been taken to simplify procedures for obtaining passports for government servants, officials working in public sector undertakings (PSUs) and autonomous bodies.

Applicants can submit a copy of Annexure-N after obtaining proper acknowledgement from the department along with the passport application form for obtaining passport. The MEA has taken this decision as government employees are facing difficulties in obtaining identity certificates and no-objection certificates (NOCs) from respective departments at the time of applying for passports.

In case of military personnel with APO address or for Air Force/Navy personnel, they have to submit the applications either at their station of posting or at their permanent addresses, and write their permanent addresses in the passport (against the present address. The new system will come into force from June 8.

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