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Can I open a bank account with my new Comoros passport?

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Yes of course. Comoros is a small, neutral and peaceful nation that does not try to apply laws extra-territorially. Therefore its citizens are welcome at most banks worldwide. We are happy to introduce clients to various banks in different parts of the world. We have particularly good relationships with various European and UAE banks that other Comoran citizens have been pleased with.

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How long is a Comoros passport valid for?

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Passports are issued with a validity period of five years. After this time a new booklet must be issued. This is normally done by the Enrollment Office, and can be done by courier for a small fee.

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What happens if my passport is lost or stolen?

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You should immediately file a report with the local police in the place of loss, and send a copy to the Enrollment Office that issued your passport or to Multitravel Consultants. If for any reason there is a delay filing a local police report (eg if the loss occurs at a weekend and local police are not able to provide you a copy) you should anyway report the loss immediately to the Enrollment Office and follow up as soon as possible with a scanned or faxed copy of the local police report. A replacement passport will be issued as soon as possible. There will be a fee for this service.

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Is the place of residence printed in the passport?

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Yes, the domicile at time of issue (city, not full address) is printed in the passport following French convention. This can be updated by a consulate or by the Enrollment Office in the event of a change of domicile.

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In what language is the passport printed?

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The data page of Comoran passports is printed first in French and second in Arabic.

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Is the holder's place of birth shown in the passport?

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Yes. The holder's city of birth is shown in the passport (eg London, Hamburg, Dubai, Philadelphia)

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Are the passports machine readable?

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Yes, Comoran passports are machine readable, compliant with the ICAO 9303 standard for Machine Readable Travel Documents.

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What is the authority that issues the passports?

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The passport issuing authority is the General Directorate of Police and Homeland Security (Direction Générale de la Police et de la Sûreté Nationale in French). The passports are signed and stamped by this authority. They are physically issued and printed in the Comoros and then transported in a diplomatic bag to the Enrollment Office in Dubai for distribution to the holders. The reason for this is that access to the passport issuing system is strictly controlled for security reasons.

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Can I meet for enrollment outside of Dubai?

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Yes, exceptionally enrollment may take place outside of Dubai. Extra costs apply in such case. Such extra costs are estimated on the case by case basis, but typically are around US$ 5,000  - 7,000 (business class flight, one night stay in the hotel and per diem fee for the authorized Enrolment Officer).

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Is that possible not to come to Dubai for enrollment procedure and for example grant a power of attorney to my representative to represent me during enrollment procedure?

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Yes and No. The main applicant must be physically present at the enrolment procedure with his/her original passport and documents. However, the procedure can take place almost anywhere in the world that the Enrolment Officer can travel. Of course there are extra costs if the Enrolment Officer has to travel, but these can be shared between a group of people being enrolled on the same day in the same place.

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Why enrollment meeting with the Comoros Immigration Official or Diplomat is held in Dubai, not in the Comoros?

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For the convenience of applicants the Processing Centre for the Comoros Economic Citizenship Program is officially located in Dubai, which is an international travel hub. As such there is no need to travel to the Comoros for photos, fingerprint and signature scanning. For security reasons, access to the machine-readable passport system is strictly controlled and is limited to only a few officials who are specially trained and authorized to enroll new citizens under the Economic Citizenship Program.

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Is name change allowed under the Comoros Economic Citizenship Program?

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Name change is not allowed as part of the process. Any name changes that took place prior to submitting application (for example by marriage or deed poll) will normally be recognized.

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Can I include my parents in the application for the Comorian Citizenship?

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No, parents of the applicant are not accepted under the Comoros Citizenship Program. They should apply separately.

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Where do government fees go?

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Government fees are used by the Comoros government for infrastructure and social projects. For transparency and as required by law funds when released from the escrow account are transferred via authorized financial institutions in the Comoros. The current project being supported by the program is installation of a power plant in Anjouan.

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Where are processing fees and due diligence fees paid?

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Transactions are processed via a German bank. Payment is accepted only by bank transfer in US dollars from an account held in the name of the principal applicant. Due to the problems transferring US dollars worldwide due to 'derisking' at the moment, the equivalent amount in Euro can now also be accepted. If the funds are sourced from elsewhere, eg a company account, additional documentation will be required. Payments in cash or by cheque are not acceptable.

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Can I submit myself an application for Economic Citizenship of the Union of the Comoros?

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No, the application can be submitted through the Program Representative only.