Machine Readable Passport

Machine Readable Passport

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Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles is pleased to announce that the esteemed members of Pakistani American Community can now apply for their renewal Machine Readable Passport online.

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Important Information
In pursuance of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), manual / hand-written passports will no longer be usable for international travel beyond November 24, 2015. After that deadline, foreign governments will grant visa or entry ONLY to persons possessing Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). (Further details may be seen at www.dgip.gov.pk

The Government of Pakistan has, therefore, introduced Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) for Pakistani Nationals at home and abroad incorporating special security features designed to check human trafficking and forgery. It contains digitally printed personal data with a photograph in the bar code.

The MRP facility at our Mission has been operationalised since February 2006 in full replacement of manual passport service. Therefore, effective from February 01, 2006 no application for manual passport is acceptable at our Mission.

No pre-filled Passport Application Form, photograph is required to apply for MRP. Applicants’ data, photograph, signatures and biometrics are captured on spot. Hence, the MRP applicants residing in our area of jurisdiction must come in person to our office in Los Angeles along with the required documents (details follow). Our Consular Jurisdiction covers the States of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington & Montana.

No prior appointment is necessary to apply for MRP. Applicants will be attended to on first-come-first served basis Mon- Fri (except a public holiday) between 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Our Holiday Calendar for the current year can be seen at www.pakconsulatela.org

MRP system fetches the data from National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) warehouse. Therefore, possession of an original and valid Identity document issued by NADRA is a pre-requisite of MRP except for senior citizens (aged 64 and above) who may apply for MRP with expired (but original) NADRA Card.

If there is discrepancy between the information provided by applicants and their data in NADRA’s database, MRP will be issued per NADRA’s data. If an applicant’s NADRA document contains only his/her Year of birth without any date, the DOB will appear as ’1/1/year’ on his MRP. For example, if date of birth in NADRA document is 1965, in MRP will appear as 1/1/1965. In order to have correct data in MRP, the applicants must get their NADRA documents rectified before applying for MRP.

No manual correction/ modification is permissible in an MRP. If any correction/ modification is needed in MRP, the applicant should apply for correction/ modification in NADRA Identity document. When applicant has received the modified/revised NADRA document, he/ she should apply for the modification in New MRP.

The validity of an MRP (5 years or 10 years) as well as its processing time (ordinary-7 weeks/ urgent- 3 weeks after the booking date) are a function of fees. The processing time in case of lost passport cases will be counted from the date of receipt of confirmation of lost passport by its issuing authority. MRPs may be issued with five-year or ten-year validity to applicants of all ages except minors below 15 years of age who are issued only 5 year valid MRP.

The Fee Structure for various categories of MRP is as under:

Category of MRP

Validity of Passport

Ordinary Processing Fees (US $)

Urgent Processing Fees (US $)

New Passport/ Modification/ Renewal

New Passport/ Modification/ Renewal

5 Years

10 Years

46

83

120

216

LOST PASSPORT

First time Loss

First time Loss

Second time Loss

Second time Loss

5 Years

10 Years

5 Years

10 Years

92

166

184

331

240

432

480

864

Fees is payable to Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles only in the form of Money Order or Cashier’s check. Personal checks or cash are not accepted. Fees, once deposited, is non-refundable.

On submission of MRP application, the passports are printed in Pakistan and sent to the Consulate General. Thereafter, the applicants can either pick the passports from our office during given delivery hours or can have them mailed for which they have to provide self-addressed, prepaid, certified mailing envelopes (except FedEx). After mailing out, the Consulate General does not bear any responsibility if passports are lost in transit.

Requirements for New/ Renewal/Modification of MRP

Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application processing requirements are different for adults and children and dual nationals. Please go through the relevant section carefully before visiting the Consulate General of Pakistan Los Angeles for processing of your MRP application as all documents listed under each category are mandatory and our staff will not be able to process your application if the requirements are not fully met.

Requirement for Adult applicants (18 years of age and above)

1) Personal Presence of the applicant at the Consulate General
2) Applicants aged between 18-63 years must produce any one of the following Original & ValidNADRA Cards along with its photocopy (front & back):

  • Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) OR
  • National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) OR
  • Smart National ID Card (SNIC)

Note: Senior Citizens (64 years and above) may present their expired (but original) CNIC / NICOP / Smart National ID Card along with its photocopy (front & back).

3) Original previous Passport with photocopy of its bio-pages (first four pages)
4) Proof of residence in our area of jurisdiction (copy of State’s Driving License/ latest utility bill etc).
5) Fees payable to Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles ONLY IN THE FORM OF MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER’S CHECK.
6) Self-addressed, prepaid, certified mailing envelope (except FedEx) if the applicant desires delivery of passport via post.

Requirement Requirement for Minor applicants (below 18 years of age)

1) Personal Presence of the applicant at the Consulate General accompanied by either one of the parents
2) Applicant must present original & valid NICOP along with its photocopy (front & Back) OR NADRA Child Registration Certificate (CRC)/ Rg-2 Form (B-Form) and its photocopy.
3) Original previous Passport with photocopy of its bio-pages (first four pages) (in case of renewal of passport).
4) Applicants Original Birth Certificate containing both parents’ names and its photocopy.
5) Father’s Pakistani Passport/NADRA Card and its photocopy.
6) Proof of residence in our area of jurisdiction (copy of Father’s/ Mother’s State’s Driving License/ latest utility bill etc).
7) Fees payable to Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles ONLY IN THE FORM OF MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER’S CHECK.
8) Self-addressed, prepaid, certified mailing envelope (except FedEx) if the applicant desires delivery of passport via post.

Note:

  • In case parents are separated or divorced, the custodian father or mother is required to produce court orders confirming his/her legal right of custody of the child.
  • Minors below 15 years of age are issued only 5 year valid MRP.
  • Dual national applicants must also present their original foreign passport along with its photocopy.

Requirements for issuance of new MRP in lieu of Lost Passport

1) Personal Presence of the applicant at the Consulate General (to be accompanied by Father/ Mother if applicant is below 18)
2) Applicants aged between 18-63 years must produce any one of the following Original & Valid NADRA Cards along with its photocopy (front & back):

  • Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) OR
  • National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) OR
  • Smart National ID Card (SNIC)

Note:

Senior Citizens (64 years and above) may present their expired (but original) CNIC / NICOP / Smart National ID Card along with its photocopy (front & back).

Applicants below 18 must present original & valid NICOP along with its photocopy (front & Back) OR NADRA Child Registration Certificate (CRC)/ Rg-2) Form (B-Form) and its photocopy.

3) Photocopy of lost passport.
4) Police Report containing lost passport number.
5) Fees payable to Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles ONLY IN THE FORM OF MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER’S CHECK.
6) Self-addressed, prepaid, certified mailing envelope (except FedEx) if the applicant desires delivery of passport via post.

Note:

  • For third time lost passport, approval from Directorate General Immigration and Passports will be obtained.
  • Passport will be issued only after confirmation of lost Passport from its issuing authority.
  • Dual national applicants must also present their original foreign passport along with its photocopy. The applications of dual national aged between 18-59 will be subject to clearance from Pakistan.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Question: Should I seek an appointment to come to the Consulate for processing of MRP?

Answer: Applicants are not required to have an appointment before coming to this Consulate. we operate on a walk-in system and applicants are severed on the first come first served basis. Usually the processing is done within one hour of your arrival at the Consulate.

2. Question: I live at a long distance from LA. Is there any way that I can get MRP by sending my documents by post, without appearing in person?

Answer: No, for  first Machine Readable Passport Applicants have to come in person to get MRP processed as it involves taking of the finger prints and photographs. Once your process is done . You may provide us a prepaid return envelope (except FedEx) so the passport is posted to your given address to save you another trip to the consulate.

3. Question: I have a CNIC/NICOP but it is expired. Can I get a MRP?

Answer: No. MRP can be processed only on the biases of a valid NICOP/CNIC

4. Question: How much time I will have to spend in consulate for completion of my process?

Answer: Generally the process is completed within one hour after your arrival the consulate.

5. Question: Why have I not got my passport even after several months/weeks of the given delivery time?

Answer:The most probable reason is that you are a dual national and required verification report in your case has not yet been received from Pakistan. Please check whether you had correctly provided your address in Pakistan and the correct information (address telephone/mobile numbers) of two individuals residing in Pakistan who can verify your credentials. The officials of relevant department in Pakistan may ask for photocopies of your documents when they go for verification on your given address in Pakistan Please ensure that copies of these documents are available with your reference/contact person in Pakistan. Another reason may be that your case was deferred and you were asked to provide further documents or get your CNIC revised and you have not done any of required action. If this is the case please do the needful as early as possible.

6. Question: Can I apply for renewal of Machine Readable Passport online?

Answer: Yes, Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles is pleased to announce that the esteemed members of Pakistani American Community can now apply for their renewal Machine Readable Passport online.

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For any further questions or queries related to Machine Readable Passport, Kindly send email at this address: passport@pakconsulatela.org
the Consulate discourage telephone calls as they result in disruption of service to the individuals visiting the consulate. However on a issue which cannot be explained in email you may call at: 310-441-5114 extension 1007″