More than 10,000 pending passport applications
September 20, 2019 6:53 am
The Immigration Department has confirmed that they have more than 10,000 pending passport applications.
Director Nemani Vuniwaqa says the pending applications are from 6th of February to date.
Vuniwaqa says they will schedule dates for people to come to the office for enrollment and issuance and it will take from now up till mid or end of October.
He has reiterated that people applying for passports from 19th of September will have to pay $200.
“Fee is $200 it’s an increase due to the service. When we were looking at the fees we were benchmarking and also considering the fact that the service that is being provided and the new improvements or advancements to the travel documents. The validity of the book is 10 years and number of pages is 64 pages. When you benchmark it with other countries they’ve only 32 pages.”
Vuniwaqa has confirmed that people with old passports can continue to use it until it expires.