Immigration Department clears passport backlog

The Department of Immigration has cleared its passport backlog dating back to 2015, the department’s Deputy Spokesperson Wellington Chiponde has confirmed.

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

Chiponde said the department is clearing the backlog because they now have enough resources.

“What we normally used to do was we were issuing passports on demand. If a person pays for their passports they had to come and check if the passport is out and then we had to start processing from such an inquiry,” he said.

Chiponde highlighted that because of the few and limited resources that the department had in the issuing of passports process, they only issued passports of people who had urgent need for them without considering who started applying.

He said currently with the availability of resources, they are issuing all the cumulated passports that were not issued previously.

In line with the current development, the department is urging all Malawians who have not yet claimed their passports to come to their offices in Blantyre and collect them.

 

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