Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Immigration department reminds applicants to collect their passport or they will have to reapply again

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The Immigration Department will dispose of some 1,000 passports if they remain uncollected by the end of the month, says its director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

According to Khairul, these passports were left uncollected for over 90 days.

Khairul said the Malaysian passport is the 12th most powerful in the world and should be regarded as a high-security item.

“Because of that, we have to dispose of the uncollected passports to prevent them from being abused or falling into the wrong hands,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

Meanwhile, he shared that there are about 6,000 more passports that were uncollected.

Once these documents reach the 90-day deadline, they too will have to be destroyed if applicants do not pick them up on time. To dispose of the documents, Immigration authorities would have to apply to the National Archives.

“The approval will come with a guideline on the method of disposal, including by burning or by shredding the documents,” Khairul explained.

Khairul said he had his officers call up the applicants to remind them that their travel documents were ready for collection but most of them said they do not have time to pick up their passport or that they are not aware it was ready for collection.

“The reasons are rather baffling since Malaysians have been making a beeline to Immigration offices to get their hands on a passport,” he added.

Thus, he reminded the public to always check their application status on the Immigration website if they do not receive an email notification.

Khairul said applicants can also come to the office after 3 working days of applying for their passports.

As for those whose uncollected passports had been disposed of, Khairul said they would have to reapply.

“They are to put in a fresh application and also pay the RM200 fee. That is why we are urging the public to go collect their passports before they are disposed of,” he said.

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