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Jacob Siminyu | Directorate Citizenship & Immigration (E-Passports) – Uganda Canada Business Expo Webinar 2020.

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Posted July 18, 2020 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Citizenshiip and Immigration ~ 677 views

     

On July Fourth (July 4th 2020) the Uganda Canada Convention organizing committee held the first ever online Diaspora Business Expo online. Dubbed – The Uganda Canada Business Expo Webinar attracted several speakers including the Spokesperson of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Uganda. During his presentation Mr. Siminyu noted that the Internal Affairs ministry had started rolling out the new passport application system at Uganda’s foreign missions as of last in November.

The ministry started with a few missions, namely, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Beijing (China), London (UK), New Delhi (India), Paris (France), Pretoria (RSA), Ottawa (Canada) and Washington DC (US). The Directorate has also created a special desk in the passport office to fast-track applications from the diaspora.

According to Jacob Siminyu, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, any Ugandan living abroad who wants to have their passport renewed without waiting for the backlog at the embassies, should send their passport through a courier with a letter from the embassy confirming that the applicant is living in that country.

Ugandans living abroad whose passports have expired are advised to download and fill passport application Form G from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website. They should attach two passport-size photos, a copy of the old passport (biodata page and page 45) and submit their applications through the nearest Ugandan mission abroad.The Ugandan mission then attaches a letter confirming that the applicant is a Ugandan living in that country.

The embassy will send the application to Kampala for processing of the new e-passport through the foreign affairs ministry and new passport is sent back through the same channel. The e-passport costs sh250,000 for the ordinary passport, whose processing takes two weeks. Applicants who do need their passports urgently are required to pay an additional fee of sh150,000 for express processing.

This should be the standard procedure though some of these operations have now been disrupted by the Covid Pandemic,  there is hope that some of these services will be fully operational as soon as the Pandemic is over. Above is the part of the presentation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and featuring both Jacob Siminyu and Agnes Igoye, the Deputy National Coordinator Anti-Human Trafficking at the Ministry.


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