Dominicans encouraged to apply for new Biometric E-Passport, a more secure form of travel document

Recently the Ministry of National Security announced the transition period from readable passports to E-Passports had been advanced to end of August 30th, 2022 from the original deadline of July 2023.

The machine readable passport from 2007 to present is said to have served Dominica well, however as the government strives to build a dynamic country to be part of the global state of excellence, it has to comply with international standards and best practices so far as travel documents are concerned, more particularly passports.

“The pace in how the world is moving right now and the requirement for member states to have more secure passports, that time has gone on us and we would not want the situation whereby any Dominican traveling with a passport that is considered to be antiquated can be denied entry to the United States or Canada or any other country in the world,” Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, Rayburn Blackmoore said while speaking as a guest on Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit Annou Pale talk show on Sunday night.

Blackmoore continued, “It is something that we have to do, it is therefore a very ambitious project, but I am confident that if we continue to do what we are doing with utmost precision we can actually get it done.”

According to him an E-Passport is an electronic passport with an electronic chip that contains the same information that the data page of the passport contains.

“It also contains a biometric identifier and that biometric identifier holds certain biometric information about the holder of that passport,” Blackmoore explained. “In our case we are using facial recognition and therefore the issuing system that we have has a scanner. That scanner is able to scan the peculiar, facial characteristics of an individual.”

He said further that an E- Passport is much more secure than the machine readable passport and it’s difficult to duplicate.

Blackmoore indicated that the government has improved space at the Immigration Department in Roseau to assist in issuance of the new passports.

“We have improved space in the immigration department, a new building was constructed upstairs for additional space,” he stated. “We have also brought onboard additional staff members to that section, namely 5 new, very bright civilians who have been recruited.”

He continued, “We have also recruited 4 additional persons, recently retired senior police officers, because we are going to require additional supervision.”

Blackmoore went on to state that there are also mobile kits available with the same capacity to that of the system in the Immigration Department in Roseau, which is equipped with a camera and the applicant’s picture can be captured instantaneously, “and all your bio data information can be captured.”

He revealed that 91 applications using the mobile kits have already been done in Vieille Case and 148 in Portsmouth.

He said that service was launched in the beginning of February this year and the government intends to bring the service to the doorsteps of Dominicans in various localities across the country.

This week the team will move to Mahaut and Grandbay, followed by Marigot and Wesley on March 7th then to Grandbay and Castle Bruce.

He stated further that the government also intends to bring a similar service to Dominicans living overseas, outside of United Arab Emirates (UAE), New York or London.

“In addition to the service that is being given right now at our mission offices, we have been always consistently thinking ahead, we have ordered already what we call passport work stations which will be permanent offices in the mission offices in the 3 locations mentioned, which means therefore, Dominicans living overseas who wants to apply for a passport will be able to physically come to an office in a similar fashion as if to say that person has come to the immigration department in Roseau,” he said.

He said also that the applicant will be able to have their picture taken if they don’t have one and apply physically and instantaneously your information will be transmitted to the central office in Roseau for final vetting and issuance.

“Every passport will be issued by a central issuing system which is in Roseau, Dominica and that is done for the precise reason of ensuring that the security of that passport and integrity of those elements can  be maintained at the highest level,” Blackmoore noted.

He said the Ministry of National Security has been working in concert with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that all the logistics are put in place to facilitate that process, “when we will be moving to Canada, Texas (Houston).”

“Where we do not have mission offices we will be providing opportunities to Dominicans and we will bring the mobile kits to their doorsteps also,” he revealed.

As far as the Caribbean is concerned he said the government is hoping to finish with their local outreach program by way of mobile kits on the 18th of March 2022, “and subsequent to that we will be moving to the Caribbean region.”

He mentioned the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique with a significant Dominican presence, mostly in Guadeloupe. Government is also looking at St Maarten, St Thomas, St Croix, Tortola (BVI), Antigua & Barbuda and St Kitts & Nevis.

Meanwhile, Inspector in Charge of Immigration, Deryck St Rose has said that using the mobile kits has helped ease the congestion at the  main office in Roseau and also helped individuals save money.

“They will not have to pay a bus fare from whatever community to town and also with the cameras they get the photographs for free,” he said.

He said the application process remains the same as for the machine-readable passport.

Applicants are required to submit along with the applications, two passport size photos, original birth certificate, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization where applicable and the current or the expired passport.  A recommender is required to recommend the form stating that they know you for a period of years and in the case of an infant the recommender must know the parent for a number of years. The recommender also has to certify at the back of one of the photographs.

St Rose said all payments are done at the treasury.

“We are on the road with the mobile kits, we have an officer there, the people in the rural areas could pay and get a receipt and that receipt will be attached to their application for processing,” he explained.

Persons can also apply online, download the forms from the government’s website or pick up a physical copy at the immigration department in Roseau.

An E-Passport takes within 2 to 3 weeks to be issued after applicants apply.

The department can print up to 300 passports a day.

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    February 22, 2022

    you people do know that ALL international countries will still accept the old dominican passport and allow entry into there country ( if u have the appropriate visa) as long as your passport has at least 6 months left on it . so there is no NEED to upgrade your passport. only in dominca and cray countries they will tell you otherwise. so your old passports are just fine according to international law . remember $150 per passport so 100000 passports ( dominicans home and abroad ) will be $15 million. and im sure there are more than 100000 dominican passport holders out there

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  2. Creamer
    February 22, 2022

    Boy look crap. I just had my passport done we and now I have to pay 150.00 for y allu doh waive the fee completely or half. Meet us halfway man..skerrit just po kering de country money and then put us under expense..look August just there. I have so much holes to try to block with that 150 now I have to go and make bio passport. Smh

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    February 22, 2022

    How much is the passport change fee?

    ADMIN: One hundred and fifty XCD.

      February 23, 2022

      I want to inquire and ask about the new passport change fees for citizens living outside Dominica.

  4. weh
    February 22, 2022

    Its to bad the government doesnt have the same urgency to clean the voters list, or issue voter id cards.

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  5. Chakademus
    February 22, 2022

    For those of us in the diaspora, will we still be able to travel with the previous version of the passport? I assume that there will be a phase-in period. If so for how long?

    • Lin clown
      February 22, 2022

      With the new passport all immigration has to do is swipe the passport and all your information comes up on computer screen.If you are an AHOLE like Francisco-DOGS it may come up.As for creamer,just don’t apply for a passport.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 23, 2022

        I am an a..hole, but more intelligent than you; here is the proof!
        A biometric passport also known as an e-passport or a digital passport is a traditional passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder. It uses contactless smart card technology, including a microprocessor chip (computer chip) and antenna (for both power to the chip and communication) embedded in the front or back cover, or centre page, of the passport. The passport’s critical information is printed on the data page of the passport, repeated on the machine readable lines and stored in the chip. Public key infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip, making it expensive and difficult to forge when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented.
        Many countries are moving towards issuing biometric passports to their citizens.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          February 23, 2022

          For your information only clown!
          Malaysia was the first country to issue biometric passports in 1998.
          To date there are more than a one than (150) hunndred-fifty countries using E-passports Canada began issuing biometric passports, also known as electronic passports or e-passports, to Canadian citizens on 1 July 2013. The Canadian passport ranks 15th in the world in terms of freedom of movement and travel according to the Passport Index.

          In 2006, the Department of State in the the United States began to issue biometric passports to diplomats and other officials. Later in 2006, biometric passports were issued to the public. Since August 2007, the department has issued only biometric passports, which include RFID chips.
          I know you that nobody, and little wet back river rat Roosevelt Skerrit the corrupted will say he doctor Punjab Skerrit is the inventor, and Dominica is first, so I am buffing it before the lie comes along!

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 22, 2022

    Here is another bit of rubbish; decaying garbage disseminated by that Dominica Mountain Chicken mentality doctor Punjab the nasty father of corruption Roosevelt Skerrit: “The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has mandated that all Dominican passport be replaced by the Biometric E-Passport before August 2022.

    Therefore please submit your application for the E-Passport as soon as possible.” It went on to state how long it will take to be processed.
    Nevertheless here is the nonsense about it all: Roosevelt and his circus clowns has informed Dominicans that to refer to Dominica Embassy in the UAE (United Arab Emirate) then they gave another supposedly in Dominica, where the forms can be obtained.

    Well, I am very much aware that I dotish eh; I is de king of all dem idiots eh!


    But stupid as I am it would appear that every Dominican alive even in Dominica should obtain their new passports from…

  7. Annon
    February 21, 2022

    Not one of the better ideas to do. Stay with the old and proven as long as possible.

  8. jaded
    February 21, 2022

    Why do you have to get a recommender to sign the back of your passport photo if you have had a passport for a number of years and you are surrendering the old passport? That makes no sense. Can you confirm this DNO? Thanks.

    ADMIN: We can confirm it is a required part of the process of verification.

    Here are the full instructions on completing the process including a list of all acceptable recommenders:

    You can also reach the passport and immigration department using the information below:

    Telephone: (767) 266 5159
    Fax: (767) 448 6204
    E-mail: [email protected]

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 23, 2022

      You know the idea of some “nobody” just because they are a civil servant signing one passport is so ridiculous, it basally senseless.

      One applies for a passport in Dominica, they have to get a police inspector, priest teacher or some so called known person in your community.

      We travel to places in the world where the nobody in Dominica is known, what sense does that make?

      I apply for a passport in America; I submit my application to the immigration and naturalization services, I pay the fee, and submit two passport photographs.

      The passport is processed, and mail to my residence, there is a line over which I sign my name, that’s all. In Dominica because I have a couple of amputated fingers on my right hand, they wrote that in their passport under distinguishable marks!
      I’ve never traveled any place even England of which system we inherited and any immigration asks me to show them any distinguishable marks, or check name of the nobody who signed it!

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