E-filing cuts passport application time

cayman passportA new electronic system at the Cayman Islands Passport Office will cut the wait time for passports by a week.

Applicants will still have to go to the office, but the new system means the Passport Office will be able to submit the application electronically to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the United Kingdom.

The faster service began Thursday, according to a government press release.

The new service will also be available this week in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and Montserrat. Next month, St. Helena and Bermuda will also get access to the system.

Cayman’s Passport Office will still be responsible for receiving and approving British Overseas Territory citizens’ applications. The completed applications will be sent through a new secure online portal to the U.K.

The new system is expected to shorten the time to process applications by five days, so people can expect to receive their passports in four weeks.