Passport applicants paying for free forms

Passport applicants in Blantyre are being forced to pay for free application forms as the Immigration Department is unable to produce the forms.

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre
Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

The visit to the Immigration Department’s offices in Blantyre by Nyasa Times reporter noted that for almost two months now applicants are being turned back due to lack of application forms.

The applicants are instead forced to buy the forms on black market with a single form selling at K300.

Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Martha Gonondo in an interview admitted they were currently failing to print the forms due to faulty printers.

Gonondo argued they were still issuing out the free forms but sporadically.

”Our printers developed a problem and we are relying on Lilongwe offices. We send papers to Lilongwe for printing but are not enough to meet the demand,” explained Gonondo.

The lack of free application forms has reduced congestion at the department.

Immigration Department hiked fees in November last year with an ordinary Passport now at MK48, 500 up from K15,000.

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Hemaso
Hemaso
7 years ago

Asians of Indian origin always in papers announcing there lost passports, my foot why on earth only these people loose there passports at this alarming frequency? Something is happening behind the scenes. Please Immigration authorities lets jack up, We don`t want to have a scenario of Malawi man hanged in China when in actual sense it is not a Malawian.

wokwiya
wokwiya
7 years ago

I thought documents are downloaded on the Internet. Is it also free? What is K300? When someone uses airtime, papers and toner to produce. If you don’t have money then you don’t need a passport.

apundi says
apundi says
7 years ago

anazolowera katangale, muja ankalandira ziphuphu bwanji ma form sankasowa, ndiye mukufuna tizikuwonjezeraninso pa fee yonse manapereka. ma passport sakutulukanso akutuluka ndi omwe a diza basi ya ine diza simuiwona kuti passport yanga ndikuifuna agaru inu adyera, kumangoti network ayi uko kagwereni vitsiru

Kennedy nali
Kennedy nali
7 years ago

Viri ku malawi kwali, pitirizgani nkhaza na kuba uko.

Malawi
Malawi
7 years ago

Please Mr Billionaire help. Am sure u can graffitti a fwifwifwi cheque to buy the printer, scanner & photocopier. Don’t just sit on those Billions ? Source.

gwepenya
gwepenya
7 years ago

Sizachilendo iz kwa ife a PRO , a Martha Gonondomuti mutinamizenji apa?

Chris Chikwemba
Chris Chikwemba
7 years ago

Amalawi kukonda chidule.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
7 years ago

MRA ASSIST IMMIGRATION PLEASE, YOU USE THE SAME DOOR.

Kachala NFJ
Kachala NFJ
7 years ago

Comment: frm 15 pin to 48 pin? Eish! Milking an already thin cow. Instead of milk guess what they will get? You mean the whole department can’t get a printer, min printer ka K18,500 kaja nkupanga print ma form wo? Ho. Laziness spiced with stubborness

chatty man
chatty man
7 years ago

just go on the Malawian immigration site and download the forms easy otherwise azingokubereni mmaso muli mbee kugona a malawi tachangamukani!

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