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Amit Shah launches special programme to fast-track immigration services

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched a special programme under which the immigration process for pre-verified Indian nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders will be fast-tracked.

The Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Traveller Programme (FTI-TTP) is a “visionary initiative” of the government, thoughtfully designed for Indian nationals and OCI cardholders, Shah said.

The FTI-TTP is similar to the Global Entry Program offered by the United States that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival at select US airports, officials said.

The home minister said the initiative will provide more facilities for the Indian nationals and OCI passengers coming from other countries.

The launch of the programme is one of the key agendas set for “Viksit Bharat by 2047” and reflects the Narendra Modi government’s commitment to enhance travel convenience and efficiency for everyone, he added.

Shah said the facility will be available free of cost for all passengers. The FTI-TTP will be launched at 21 major airports in the country.

In the first phase, along with the Delhi airport, it will be launched at seven major airports — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi and Ahmedabad.

It is designed for faster, smoother and safer immigration clearance for international travellers.

The eligible passengers will be allowed to utilise e-gates and bypass regular immigration queues for a seamless journey.

They will need to apply online and submit their biometrics (fingerprint and facial image), along with other required information as specified in the application form.

The FTI registration will be valid for a maximum of five years or until the validity of the passport, whichever comes first.

A traveller can avail the facility by applying through the government website — — and providing the required details, which will be verified by the Bureau of Immigration.

The approved applications would receive a message to schedule an appointment for providing their biometric details.

The applicants may provide their biometrics at the designated international airports in India or at the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), according to the prior appointment schedule.

Biometrics is compulsory for the completion of the application processing.

The applicants may ensure a minimum passport validity of six months while applying for the FTI-TTP.

The membership of the programmer will be co-terminus with the passport validity.

The programme will run on e-gates or automated border gates, which will minimise human intervention in the immigration-clearance process, according to an official statement.

The programme will be implemented in two phases.

In the first phase, Indian citizens and OCI cardholders will be covered and in the second phase, foreign travellers will be covered.

The objective of the programme is to make international travel easy and secured by developing world-class immigration facilities through an accelerated immigration pathway for international travellers screened through automated gates (e-gates).

The FTI-TTP will be implemented through an online portal and the Bureau of Immigration will be the nodal agency for the fast-track immigration of various categories of travellers under the programme.

After the necessary verification, a White List of “Trusted Travellers” will be generated and fed for implementation through the e-gates. The biometrics of a “Trusted Traveller” passing through the e-gates will be captured at the FRRO office or at the time of passage of the registered traveller through the airport.

Under the process, as soon as a “registered passenger” reaches an e-gate, he will scan his boarding pass issued by the airlines to get his flight details.

The passport will also be scanned and the biometrics of the passenger authenticated at the e-gate.

Once the genuine identity of the passenger is established and the biometric authentication done, the e-gate will open automatically and immigration clearance will be deemed to have been granted.

The programme aims at significantly reducing congestion at airports by offering expedited immigration clearance for pre-verified travellers, both arriving and departing, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said in a statement.

The Delhi airport’s terminal 3 is equipped with eight electronic gates –” four for arrivals and four for departures –” to facilitate a seamless experience for the programme participants.

The number of counters may increase based on demand, the DIAL said.

The Union home ministry also shared a support helpdesk email ID — [email protected].

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