Bangladeshi passport holders are highly 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.
MRP applicants are requested to read the following very carefully.
Requirement for MRP
To obtain MRP, an applicant must possess either of the two following documents:
- Bangladesh National ID (NID) card;
- Birth Registration Certificate containing 17-digit Birth Registration Number (BRN).
The Embassy reserves the right to request for any additional documents at any stage of MRP service delivery process.
However, if the applicants are not in possession of Birth Registration Certificate containing 17-digit birth registration number, they may arrange to get it from their respective City Corporations/ Municipalities/ Union Parishads in Bangladesh.
Alternatively, any Bangladeshi nationals living in Thailand/Cambodia can apply to this Embassy for Interim Birth Registration Number (IBRN). Procedure for obtaining IBRN can be read at ‘Application Process for IBRN’ menu.
Procedure for Obtaining MRP
To apply for MRP, an applicant needs to follow the steps stated below:
Step-1: Collect and duly fill in MRP (Re-issue Form for MRP)
Step-2: Submission of MRP application form
The applicant shall come to the Embassy in person on the date and time confirmed for submission of MRP application form and to provide biometric data.
The applicant must submit the following to get MRP:
– Duly filled-in MRP Application Form (UPPERCASE letters);
– A photo copy of his/her National ID card or Birth Registration Certificate containing 17-digit Birth Registration Number (BRN) or Interim Birth Registration Certificate containing 17-digit IBRN;
– Copies of pages 1 through 7 of applicant’s existing Bangladesh Passport (valid or expired) along with the original passport itself;
– Payment of applicable fees;
A passport-size photo (55mmx45mm) of the applicant must be affixed with the MRP 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 would be accepted.
Appended Photo on the application form needs to be attested by a competent attester. 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.
Certification/Attestation at page-4 of the MRP application form:
It requires that all applicants get certification/attestation from a competent attester 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 sheet of paper and obtain signature from the certifier and then submit it to the Embassy along with the application form.
Step-3: Biometric Enrolment Process
Applicant’s finger prints, signature in electronic pad and photograph will be taken at the bio-enrolment room of the Embassy. Once completed, existing Bangladesh Passport of the applicant will be returned along with the delivery slip.
After the bio-enrolment, all data and scanned application form along with other documents will be sent electronically to the Department of Immigration & Passport in Dhaka where, after due process, MRP will be issued and printed. It will then be sent to the Embassy for delivery to the applicant.
Step-4: Delivery of passport
After completion of the enrolment process, the applicant will be given a tentative date of delivery of MRP. Average processing time at the Department of Immigration & Passport in Dhaka for express delivery and regular delivery of passports is 15 days and 30 days respectively. However, it may take 21-28 days for express delivery and 40-45 days for regular delivery of MRP depending upon the schedule of diplomatic bag.
Applicants are advised to contact the Embassy over telephone for confirmation of arrival of their passports from Dhaka. Upon confirmation from the Embassy, the applicant shall need to come to the Embassy in person along with his or her old Bangladesh Passport and delivery slip. New MRP will be handed over along with the old passport (with observation or cancellation seal) after taking signature on the acknowledgement of receipt. New MRP shall be handed over to the applicant only.
Processing Time & Fees*
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MRP for students
Following rates will be applicable for Bangladeshi students studying in Thailand/Cambodia:
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* Mission receives fees in equivalent Thai Baht only.
** Students are entitled to get MRP at a concession rate. To avail this opportunity, students must present a valid student’s ID and submit a copy of it along with the application form and other documents. In case a student does not have a valid student ID, a letter from his/her institution can also be accepted where the reference number on the letter can be used in the ID field of MRP programme/software. It is mandatory to provide Student ID number for concessional rate else a student applicant will have to pay regular fees.
MRP for New Born Baby
Bangladeshi parents, who want to get MRP for their new born baby, have to follow the following procedures:
- Apply for Birth Registration and get the Interim Birth Registration Number (IBRN) from this Embassy as this is mandatory to get MRP.
- After getting IBRN, steps for MRP stated above should be followed. It may be noted that Child’s presence is necessary for MRP.
- Instead of copies of pages 1 through 7 of applicant’s existing Bangladesh Passport along with the original passport (mentioned in step-3), copies of the first seven pages of parent’s Bangladesh passport along with the original passport and local (Thailand/Cambodia) Birth Certificate (original as well as photocopy) of the child has to be brought while submitting the MRP application form.
MRP against Lost Passport
Applicants, who wish to apply for MRP against their lost Bangladesh passport, are requested to come to the Embassy for interview. The applicants have to bring the following documents for interview:
- Application for issuance of new passport (MRP)
- Police report from local Police Station on loss of passport (translated into English);
- Photocopy of the passport including the visa page;
- Photocopy of the work permit or any other document in support of applicant’s stay-status in Thailand/Cambodia.
The candidates should follow the procedure for the issuance of MRP upon successful interview. The old passport will be cancelled on issuance of MRP.