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Immigration to Issue Passports

Published 10th September 8, 12:0am

The Passport Office has been renamed the Passport and Corporate Services Office (PCSO), and placed under the responsibility of the Immigration Department.

Furthermore, beginning this Monday, 18 August, the PCSO will be responsible for administering special marriage licences and legalising documents, in addition to processing and issuing passports.

Formerly under the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs, the changes reflect the office’s increased duties, said Acting Chief Secretary Donovan Ebanks. They also represent a streamlining of functions: For example, special marriage licences and document legalisation previously was handled by the portfolio directly.

"Having the office under the Immigration Department is a natural union, as they provide complementary services," he explained.

Many jurisdictions merge immigration and passport functions, Mr Ebanks acknowledged. For the public, it helps to speed document processing, while enhancing operational efficiency.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Kerry Nixon welcomed PSCO’s head Janice McLean and staff who joined Immigration on 1 August. She said staffs of both departments have been working to ensure a smooth transition.