The interior ministry of Pakistan has launched an e-Services Portal to enable overseas Pakistanis to renew their passports online.
The portal, which went live last week, can be used to apply for renewal of Machine Readable Passports. The online application process takes approximately 16.5 minutes, it says on the website.
Once processed the passports will be delivered to the location provided by the applicant within 10 days for a normal passport. An urgent renewal is processed within four days.
Further, Acting Consul General of Pakistan, Rana Samar Javed, told Khaleej Times “UAE-based Pakistanis can avail this 24-hour service as of now.”
“This also means that people can save time by applying online instead of personally visiting the embassy in Abu Dhabi or consulate in Dubai,” he added.
The e-Services Portal is linked to the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports for online service for Pakistani citizens around the world.
However, currently the system only works for existing documents and is not available for new applications. “People will have to visit the consulate in cases where they are applying for a new passport such as for a newborn, since there are no previous records,” explained Samar.