A diplomat said NRIs would need to undergo police checks to verify criminal records when they apply to renew their passports. As per the guidelines issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, this practice has been reinstated for all passport renewal applications since September of this year.
India canceled the additional measure in 2015 to speed up the provision of passport services. It has been appealed to “ensure that only Indian citizens possess Indian passports,” according to Siddhartha Kumar Pareli, Consul-Passport and Certificate at the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
Previously, PV was only performed when new passports were issued.
"All applicants must go through a PV. There are two types of verification. Some go through it before the passport is issued (pre-PV) and others, after (after PV)," added Prielly.
According to the diplomat, 90 percent of the total applications processed from the consulate in Dubai are post-PV. He explained that the verification process only searches for criminal cases registered in the applicant's name.
On a monthly basis, we process around 22,000 to 25,000 passports. Of these, about 100 cases have criminal records. ”In most cases, we issue the passport and start PV in the background. This will ensure that applicants receive their passports on time. "
Some categories of applicants need a pre-PV, which accounts for around 10 percent of total applications each month. Pre-PV reservations are usually reserved for applicants whose recent passports have not been issued in the UAE or those who have not held residence visas in the UAE on an ongoing basis over the past five years. We also have an internal sorting system that identifies pre-PV and post-PV states. "
If it turns out that applicants have criminal cases registered against them in the post-PV phase - where the passport has already been issued - "we would contact them and ask them to provide an explanation," the diplomat said.
"In any application for a passport, an individual is supposed to provide an affidavit stating that the information he provides is correct. We can question the applicant based on the responses they provided while signing the declaration."
The diplomat confirmed that PV is only looking for criminal records. "We take criminal records very seriously. Many of them had received court orders. We only ask for an explanation if an indictment is filed. In the case of civil cases, unless there is a court ban, PV is acquitted."
In emergency situations, some pre-PV applicants are given the option to quickly track their application via a process called Tatkal.
The consulate has recommended that all applicants apply for their passports at least three weeks in advance. He said, "Indians can apply to renew the passport one year before it expires."
For NRIs, the physical verification of where the police is actually going to the applicant's home has been revoked, except for the issuance of new passports. The mission is linked to police headquarters in every district in India to help tackle PV quickly. "We are in direct contact with all police headquarters in India through an internal system. Based on the address code in the application, the PV request will be sent to the district police. The district police headquarters then assigns the local police station to do the verification and return their notes via The same channel.
According to the mission, PV is arriving from states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh "fairly quickly".