Ministry of Internal Affairs to open Four regional immigration branches

citizenship and immigration director Maj Gen Apollo Kasiita Gowa

Ministry of Internal Affairs to open Four regional immigration branches

Ministry of Internal Affairs intends to open regional immigration branches to ease service delivery.

According to citizenship and immigration director Maj Gen Apollo Kasiita Gowa, Ugandans from different parts of the country will no longer have to travel to Kampala to obtain a passport.

The move, expected to start at the end of this month, would make the acquisition of a passport a faster and less tedious process.

The director made the remarks during a handover ceremony of a boat and a border patrol vehicle at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control in Kampala.

In December 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs launched an online passport application to do away with the long queues and people having to come to the ministry more than once as they process their passports.

Whereas online application eased the process, the issue of long queues of people applying for passports has not gone away.“

Maj. Gen. Kasiita promised that Kampala will have another mini region centre to handle the backlog.

“So far, our new branch in Mbarara is helping in service delivery. I am told some people come all the way from Jinja to Mbarara for passports and they get helped that day because the lines are few.

When the offices open up at the end of the month, labour export companies should book appointments and adhere to them. Not to bring people at our offices at 4:00 am,” Kasiita said.