Passport renewal services for Region 10 from next month
The residents of Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10), within the next month, will be able to renew their passports, without having to travel Georgetown.
Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix made this announcement, during the Meet the Public Day Initiative held at the McKenzie Sports Club Ground in Linden on Friday.
The Minister stated that when applying for passports for the first time, applicants will still need to go to Georgetown to complete the process but that persons applying for a renewal of their old passport will be able to access the service in Linden.
The services will be provided at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Building, located in McKenzie. Immigration Officers will visit the location twice weekly and receive applications for renewal from residents. The applications will be processed in Georgetown and the residents will receive their renewed passports upon the officers’ return the following week.
“This is for two purposes; we realise the need to bring government services in the region and we need to reduce the unnecessary crowds that we have at the passport office at Georgetown,” Minister Felix said.
Assistant National Director, Community Development Councils, Ms. Sandra Adams, who was responsible for coordinating the setup of the service, stated that it is a very important move that will alleviate the hassle of having to go to Georgetown for many residents.
“There are a lot of seniors in Linden who cannot make it to Georgetown and I have received a lot of complaints recently, that by the time they get to Georgetown, the numbers are finished and they have to return without getting their passport. So we are happy for this service to begin,” she said.
Linden will be the third town to have this service available, as this service is being made available in Berbice and Essequibo as well.