Singapore: From Monday (June 13th), the Immigration and Checkpoints (ICA) will only accept passport applicants who have been notified to collect passports, submit supplementary documents, or resubmit photos to the ICA Building. increase.
This follows a review of the process by the authorities to respond to the surge in passport applications since March.
ICA said in a news release on Saturday that more than 5,000 passports are currently issued per day, which is almost three times the number before the 2019 pandemic, creating passports at “unprecedented speed” And added that it is issuing.
“More executives are being reassigned to process and manufacture passports to meet growing demand, and they are doing it 24 hours a day,” said ICA.
From June 13th, ICA will only accept applicants who have been notified to collect passports, submit supplementary documents, or resubmit photos.
Applicants who need to travel urgently can only file a claim online to expedite passport processing at https: //go.gov.sg/passportrequest.
Earlier, the ICA stated that Singaporeans who need to travel urgently need to prepare a support document directly at the ICA Building for a case-by-case assessment.
Applicants who want to check the application status can log in to MyICA and check it.
Authorities said an increasing number of people are visiting the ICA Building for passport collection and other inquiries. This includes visits to check the status of your application and requests to facilitate your passport application or collection.
According to the ICA, this lengthened the queue and required additional officers for crowd management and other services.
“Thus, ICA has reviewed the process to facilitate the issuance of passports.
“Current resources that are committed to managing long queues and onsite requests will be relocated to facilitate passport processing and issuance,” he said.