The Interior Ministry is considering granting visit visa to the first-degree relatives through the automated visa system (e-visa), reports Arab Times daily quoting security sources. The same sources said the first degree relatives include the parents, wife and children.
However, the sources said the e-visa system in future will be expanded within the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior to activate the e-government services and relieve the pressure on all government departments.
Meanwhile, the Info Systems General Department of the Ministry of Interior continues its efforts in coordination with the Public Authority for Civil Information approval for finding a special secret number to each citizen and resident called the (pki) that can provide access to the electronic services website of the Interior Ministry. Citizens and residents then can log in by using the civil ID number, followed by the pki to complete transactions electronically.
The Council of Ministers has instructed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah to issue the e-passports to any category of citizens without the need to undergo the DNA test, reports Al-Rai daily quoting security sources.
However, the Cabinet said it is up to the Ministry of Interior to determine the timing of the issuance of the passport because of the need to put in place the mechanism which is expected to be after the National Day holidays in February.
The sources pointed out the Ministry of Interior has received until date nearly 200,000 blank passport forms and is in the process of receiving the third batch next March which will be followed by other batches next May and August.
As for the DNA, the sources said the committee which was formed by the Cabinet to discuss and determine the cases that will be subjected to the DNA test will continue to work until it determines the categories and then decide the mechanism of DNA testing away from the project of e-Passport.