The Directorate General of Immigration and Passports (DGIP) has recently released updated guidelines concerning the issuance of travel documents. According to the new directives, the processing time for a regular passport has been extended from 10 to 21 days.
This change comes in response to the department’s observation of illegal passport usage, which has posed challenges to ensuring timely passport issuance. However, the specific details regarding these illegal activities were not disclosed by the directorate.
Addressing the issue of illicit travel documents, the DGIP has expressed concerns about criminal elements attempting to undermine the integrity of Pakistani passports. Consequently, the passport-issuing authority has heightened caution and scrutiny in the passport issuance process.
It’s important to note that there are no alterations to the processing timelines for urgent and most urgent passports, which continue to be issued within 10 and 2 working days, respectively.
Furthermore, the DGIP has recommended that individuals visit relevant passport offices during the hours of 8 am to 1 pm. Additionally, they have encouraged cooperation with the directorate. In the event of any difficulties related to obtaining a passport, individuals are advised to file a complaint through the Citizen Portal.