Washington – The facility of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) has now been made available at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani inaugurated the facility on June 17 which is already available at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Los Angeles, Chicago, Huston and New York.
Those having manual passports will need to switch to MRPs as from November 24 this year, foreign governments will grant visa or entry to only those having machine-readable passports in line with the standards and recommended practices of International Civil Aviation Organization.
The Pakistan government introduced the MRP in 2006 for Pakistani nationals at home and abroad, having five- and ten-year validity.
The MRP has special security features designed to check human trafficking and forgery and contains digitally printed personal data with a photograph in the bar code. Valid Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) or Computerized Registration Certificate (CRC) or the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) original is mush for issuance of MRPs.