Immigration queues to get shorter soon

Travelers arriving in India may no longer have to stand in long queues as the government has decided to deploy more immigration officials in all international airports.

The Home Ministry has started the recruitment process for the same. According to sources, the induction will result in a reduction in queues at the international airports.

There are 21 international airports in the country. Airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Kochi, particularly witness long queues at immigration counters during peak hours.

The decision for recruiting people will also help in reducing workload of the existing staff, the sources said.

The Home Ministry has also been putting in measures to ensure hassle-free entry and exit for Indians and foreigners to the country, without compromising security.

A new immigration form with fewer fields to be filled by a passenger has been recently introduced.

The need for filling of immigration form when they are returning to the country has been also done away with.

At present, there are about 5,000 immigration officials working across the country.

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