Is it possible to change passport information?

  •  Published at 02:21 am May 14th, 2018

Is it possible to change passport information?

Is it possible to change passport information?The three passports of Bangladesh, official, regular and diplomatic Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Raihan Shikder, 12, and Anwar Shikder, 15, are siblings. Anwar’s passport however contains a serious error- it is missing his last name.

The boy’s uncle applied to the Dhaka Office of Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP), for adding Anwar’s last name to his passport. But the DIP office made it clear that this type of correction will never be allowed under existing regulations.

All academic papers belonging to Anwar contain his full name, but not his passport.

Anwar’s uncle, who is on the staff at the DIP office, told the correspondent that the boy’s family is seriously concerned about him facing immigration issues while applying for going abroad in the future.

Sources from the department stated that the current regulations do not allow a number of information updates to passports, including name, age and parents’ name. However, spelling correction for names is allowed.

Major General Md Masud Rezwan, director general (DG) of the DIP, is currently rejecting all applications on such issues while re-issuing passports. The move however is putting a lot of people in binds.

For example, a student, preferring not to be named, recently got a scholarship from Japan. She visited the DIP office to change her mother’s name from Rabu Begum to Rabeya Begum.

All of her academic certificates contain “Rabeya” as her mother’s name, but her National Identity Card (NID) contains the name as Rabu.

The DIP could not help the student, causing her to miss the scholarship offer.

Names cannot be changed

The DIP authorities further stated said it will not allow changing the last name of a passport holder, which is a common practice among women after marriage.

The DIP DG told the reporter: “If someone changes her last name after marriage by taking her husband’s last name, it will not be changed in her passport.

“She will continue to use her maiden name in her passport.”

Addressing the issue of religious conversions, he added: “In the case that a person converts into another religion, he or she will have to use an affidavit to apply for changing information in the passport.

The DG also suggested applicants follow their academic certificates for submitting their name and spelling for passports. All information and names will be carried over to re-issued passports, and only spelling corrections will be allowed later.

Changing passport information: Unsound motives?

A number of DIP officials claimed that most people try to make changes to their passports with ill intentions. Sometimes, while going abroad with working visas, applicants change information such as age to meet certain job requirements.     

Sometimes people falsify their ages at least four-five years more or less than their actual age.

‘’In many cases people go abroad for a job but come back after being scammed or refused entry to that particular country. They then try to go back by making changes in their old passport to avoid detection from the authorities,’’ said the DG.

The DIP chief revealed that a lot of people apply using similar names, and the difference is only in their date of birth (DOB).

Most of the time, a person’s name and DOB in his or her passport do not match the academic certificates and the National ID card (NID).

Regulations dictate that applicants must submit their academic certificates, NID, affidavit, police verification report and their old passport for changing any information.  

Reason for the restriction

The DIP authorities started implementing the restriction over any information change in passports to minimize hassles faced by Bangladeshi nationals at the immigration check-ins of various countries.

The restriction began as of March 7 this year.

“When a person changes their name and age in their passport and apply for a visa at a foreign embassy, as soon as they are fingerprinted, his or her previously provided name, their parents’ names, and age show up on the screen. Their visa application is then refused,” Major General Rezwan told the reporter.

According to an official of the department, the passport authorities rejected re-issuance applications of around 20,000 passports since the restriction was imposed.

No more name, age changes in passport: Official

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Department of Immigration and Passport has stopped approving requests for change on certain information in the passport.

Change in the passport holder’s name, father’s name, mother’s name and age will not be allowed anymore and an order in this regard was issued on March 7.  

“From now on, no more changes of name and age in any passport. The previously used name and age will remain effective,” Major General Md Masud Rezwan, director general (DG) of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP), told reporters at a meeting with Passport and Immigraton Reporters’ Forum (PIRF) executive committee members at Agargaon in Dhaka.

Since the March 7 order, the passport authorities didn’t approve around 20,000 passport reissuing applications, most of them Bangladeshi expatriates, according to an official of the department.

The applicants randomly apply for re-issuing passports changing their names, father’s name, mother’s name and age. As a result, they are facing problems in immigration abroad, the DG said.

Besides, the image of the country is also being tarnished, he said. 

So, from now on, other than error corrections, no request for changes in the passport will be carried out, he added. 

Bangladesh passport office stops accepting name, age change applications

Bangladesh passport office stops accepting name, age change applications

  Senior Correspondent,

Published: 04 Apr 2018 10:36 PM BdST Updated: 04 Apr 2018 10:41 PM BdST

The Department of Immigration and Passports has stopped accepting applications to change names, age and other details saying such changes do not match fingerprints when verified abroad.

“There is no scope to change the name or age once the passport is issued,” Major General Md Masud Rezwan, Director General of the department, told on Wednesday.

He said national image has been tarnished abroad as many Bangladeshis have been detained while travelling with such amended passport.

The change came into force from Mar 7, though the policy guidelines still permit making such changes.

However, anyone can change the temporary address on their passport, but to alter the permanent address, one must obtain a police clearance.

“When someone changes their name and age and apply for a visa at a foreign embassy, as soon as they are fingerprinted, the names of their parents, age provided previously come up on the screen, and as a result, the visa is refused,” Major General Rezwan said.

But many of them go abroad for a job but come back after being cheated or refused entry to that particular country. They then try to go back by making changes in their old passport to avoid detection.

“We decided to stop it for the sake of our reputation,” he added.

A passport directorate official on condition of anonymity said the decision was taken at a meeting at the home ministry without changing the policy guidelines. 

The directorate first sent a letter to the ministry and then a number of officials met the home secretary to pursue the decision to stop amendments to existing passports.

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