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Are you applying for a new Bangladeshi passport? Please read the followings very carefully.
Bangladeshi passport holders are encouraged to replace their existing hand-written passports with Machine Readable Passport (MRP) keeping in mind that hand-written passports will be gradually phased out and will not be acceptable to many countries in the world from the second-half of 2015.
An MRP contains 48 pages and shall remain valid for 5 (five) years.
To obtain an MRP, applicants must possess a Bangladesh National ID card or 17 digits Birth Registration Certificate. Those who are not in possession of 17 digits Birth Registration Certificate may procure it by sending a copy of their valid Bangladesh passport to their respective City Corporation, Municipality, Union Parishad or by applying online at http://bris.lgd.gov.bd/pub. Alternatively, they can apply to the High Commission for Interim Birth Registration Certificate, even at the time of submitting MRP application. Applicants need to bring two photographs and copies of pages 1 through 7 of applicant's existing Bangladesh Passport for Interim Birth Registration Certificate separately. An additional amount of £3/- will be charged for Interim Birth Registration Certificate.
to obtain Machine Readable Passports
Step-1: The applicant must make a prior appointment with the High Commission’s Consular Section over phone by calling (07971449914) to obtain a date and time from the High Commission. Without prior appointment, no application will be accepted.
Step-2: To Collect and filling in of MRP application form:
To apply for an MRP, applicant must fill out the downloaded MRP application form. Application forms could be downloaded from www.bhclondon.org.uk or www.dip.gov.bd; or it could be obtained from the High Commission's Consular Wing.
Application form should be filled in following the instructions set on page 4 of the application form.
Along with the application, the applicant must attach-
- a photo copy of his/her National ID card or 17 digit Birth Registration Certificate or Interim Birth Registration Certificate
- copies of pages 1 through 7 of applicants existing Bangladesh Passport along with the original passport itself,
A passport-size photo should be appended on the application form- one with each application form. If the applicant is a child under the age of 15, parents’ photos are required to be appended on the application form. In certain cases, either of the parent’s photos will be accepted.
Appended Photo on the application form needs to be attested by either a Councillor, GP, Teacher or Solicitor. Half of the signature and seal should be on the photo and the other half on the application form. Address and seal of the attester must be provided at page-4 of the form
Step-3: Submission of MRP application form:
The applicant shall come to the High Commission in person on the date and time confirmed with the High Commission.
- Submit the application form and Pay fees at the counter.
Fees (Non-refundable): Regular- £65
You may submit your MRP Application online. Please click here to apply.
Step-4: Biometric Enrolment Process at the MRP enrolment booth
Applicant’s Finger Prints, Signature in Electronic Pad and Photograph will be taken at the bio-enrolment booth.
Then the existing Bangladesh Passport of the applicant will be returned along with a delivery slip.
After the Bio-enrolment, all data and scanned application form will be sent electronically to the Department of Immigration & Passport in Dhaka where, after due police verification, Machine Readable Passport will be issued and printed. It will then be sent to the High Commission for delivery to the applicant.
Sep-5: Delivery of passport
Average Processing time at the Department of Passport in Dhaka for urgent and ordinary passports is 15 days and 30 days respectively. Therefore, it may take 40-45 days for regular delivery of MRP.
Applicants need to contact the High Commission over telephone for confirmation of arrival of passports from Dhaka. Upon confirmation from the High Commission the applicant shall come to the High Commission in person along with his or her old Bangladesh Passport, present the delivery slip and the old passport to the counter and sign the acknowledgement of receipt. New MRP will be handed over along with the old passport (with observation or cancellation seal). Applicant’s presence is required to check all entries made on the passport.
Student Concession: Students are entitled to get MRP at a decrease rate. To avail of this opportunity, students must present a valid student's ID and submit a copy of it along with the application. In case a student does not have a valid student ID, then a letter from their school/institution can also be accepted where the reference number on the letter can be used in the ID field/button of MRP programme/software. It is mandatory to provide Student ID number for claiming concession; otherwise a student applicant will be paying regular fees.
Certification/Attestation at page-4 of the MRP application form: MRP rules require all applicants to get certification/attestation from Councillor/GP/Teacher or Solicitor about their identity. In case of difficulty in obtaining certification in Bangla, applicants may translate this part of the application form into English in a separate piece of paper and obtain signature from the certifier and then submit it to the High Commission along with the application form.