Home affairs ministry urges public to apply for passports in advance

31 Dec 2018 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 DEC (NAMPA) – Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration official spokesperson, Salome Kambala has urged members of the public who intend to travel outside the country to apply for their passport in advance to avoid delays.
Kambala told Nampa in an interview on Monday that the Ministry has experienced a lot of applications for passports from November to December, which has put pressure on the lamination machine, causing it to heat up.
She said the ministry was then forced to extend the waiting period of passport from three to seven days as a lot people are applying for passports at the same time and they want to travel within a few days after submitting their applications.
“This year we received a lot of applications we did not expect. A lot of people are starting to realise the importance of a passport as they started to go on holidays to other countries. There is also a large number of students going to study abroad and they are all applying for passports,” said Kambala.
She thus urged the public to apply for their necessary documents on time to ease the pressure on the ministry.
She further warned foreign students who completed their studies to not switch their visas from student to work visas, urging those who wish to do so to first go back to their home countries and then come back and apply for a work visa.
“Some foreign students don’t want to go back to their countries upon completing their studies, so they use their student visas to obtain a work permit and it is not right because the requirements are not the same and it can get them into trouble with the law,” explained Kambala.