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All you need to know about getting a passport

BY: Deena David | Category: Politics | Post Date: 2009-12-16
 



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A passport is a legal document .that is used by people to travels from one country to another country. There are various importances' that are attached o the passport. It is a document that is issued only once to a citizen of the particular country. The document is proof that the person is a citizen of the country. Only a few countries allow their citizens to have dual passports.

A passport is also used to travel to another country and is the document that is with the traveling person as proof that they are in the particular country from another country. Getting a passport varies from one country to another country, but there are a few common procedures that are present in the getting of a passport. The various methods that are involved in getting a passport are:

1. Application:

The application for the passport can be downloaded from the website of the issuing authority. Almost all the countries now have their passport application online and they can be downloaded by the people in their country easily. Once the application is downloaded, the person has to fill the form and also attach the necessary details. Some of the common details that are required as part of the application are the photograph of the person and also the educational, family details and the location(place of stay) of the person.

2. Processing:

Once the application is completed, it has to be sent to the prescribed authority in the required format with the various attachments that are needed. The authority for the issue of the passport scrutinize through the passport with great detail because of the various forgeries and terrorist attacks all over the world. They try to minimize the risk of giving passport to people who are not part of the country. The processing time usually takes anything between one week to about three months depending on various factors.

3. Checking:

The address and the details of the passport applicant is cross checked by the issuing authority by asking the local police to identify the person and also to verify if there are any other problems related to the person.

4. Issue of the passport:

The passport can be either collected from the passport office by the person in person or the passport will be sent to the house of the individual by the passport office. This usually takes approximately anywhere between one week to about 3 months. The shorter period is for people who need the passport for emergency travel. These people get the passport as a high priority and can get it sometimes even in less than one week.

This is the common procedure that is used to send the passport to the person by the passport office. The passport should also be maintained carefully by the person who owns it. This is because once the passport s lost, it is a very difficult process to get back the passport and the person may even be deported if they are in another country and they do not have the passport.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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