13:15 - 2023-02-22
Today, Wednesday, the Directorate of Civil Status, Passports and Residence in the Ministry of Interior announced the reasons for the delay in issuing regular passports, while it indicated that 3 million copies of the national card had been received from the provider.
The Director General of Civil Status, Passports and Residence, Major General Riyadh Al-Kaabi, said in a statement, "The Ministry of Interior is keen to move to issue the electronic passport approved in all countries of the world, which has positive repercussions on the Iraqi citizen while traveling abroad."
He continued, "The preparations being carried out in the Civil Status Directorate to complete the electronic passport caused an implicit delay in issuing the ordinary passport to citizens, which led to a doubling of the number of pilgrims during the Umrah season, as well as causing great pressure on the passport offices."
And Al-Kaabi indicated that "the Passports Directorate is working to its fullest potential to overcome this delay," stressing "the arrival of new quantities from the supplying authority in Iraq, amounting to 50,000 new passports out of a million passports, which were requested, which will accelerate the issue of easing the momentum and completing citizens' transactions, in conjunction with the continuation of work." By granting the electronic passport in four regions in Baghdad representing Karkh and Rusafa.
And on the subject of issuing the national card, he stated that "the issuance processes are proceeding smoothly after the arrival of three million copies from the supplying agency and awaiting the arrival of ten million other cards that will be processed at the rate of one million to one million two hundred and fifty thousand card copies per month."
Major General Al-Kaabi called on citizens to "support the work of the Directorate of Civil Status, Passports, Residence and Cooperation in order to improve the service provided to them, and this matter represents the Ministry of Interior's primary concern."
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