Syria: Procedures to obtain, renew and replace a passport; information contained in the passport
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa|
|Publication Date||8 March 2007|
|Citation / Document Symbol||SYR102397.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Syria: Procedures to obtain, renew and replace a passport; information contained in the passport, 8 March 2007, SYR102397.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/469cd6aa14.html [accessed 21 May 2013]|
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The Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Canberra, Australia, states on its Web site that to obtain or renew a passport, an applicant must pay the requisite fees and submit the following documents: two completed information forms, two to four personal colour photos, a copy of the consular registration form, the old passport (if renewing), residence documents for Australia and documents describing career and education level (n.d.a). To replace a damaged passport, the applicant must submit the old passport and a written statement pledging to treat the new passport carefully (Syria n.d.a). To replace a lost passport, the applicant must submit a written statement pledging not to lose the new passport and the following documents: a photo identity card, a police report and three advertisements in a local newspaper for the missing passport (ibid.). The fee to renew a passport at the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Canberra is Australian dollars (AUD) 181 [CAD 166 (Canada 23 Feb. 2007a)] (Syria n.d.b). The fee to replace a damaged passport is AUD 122 [CAD 112 (Canada 23 Feb. 2007b)] and AUD 61 [CAD 56 (ibid. 23 Feb. 2007c)] to replace a lost passport (Syria n.d.b).
With respect to information contained in the passport, the United States Department of State indicates on its Web site that in the newly issued machine-readable passport, the names of the applicant's father and mother are included on the biography page (10 May 2006). According to the Syrian Embassy in Canberra, the information form that must be completed to obtain or renew a passport requires the applicant's national number, first and last name, date and place of birth, gender, nationality, occupation and the name of each parent (n.d.c). The Syrian passport does not include spouses or children (Syria n.d.a). No further information could be found regarding the contents of the Syrian passport among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Canada. 23 February 2007a. Bank of Canada. "Daily Currency Converter."
_____ . 23 February 2007b. Bank of Canada. "Daily Currency Converter."
_____ . 23 February 2007c. Bank of Canada. "Daily Currency Converter."
Syria. N.d.a. Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Australia and New Zealand. "Obtaining or Renewing a Passport."
_____ . N.d.b. Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Australia and New Zealand. "Fees."
_____ . N.d.c. Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Australia and New Zealand. "Information Form."
United States (US). 10 May 2006. Department of State. "Syria: Reciprocity Schedule."
Additional Sources Consulted
Oral sources: Consular officials at the embassies of Syria in Ottawa and Washington did not provide information within the time constraints of this Response.
Internet sites, including: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Beijing, Keesing Reference Systems, Syrian Embassy – London, Syria Gate.