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Aadhaar may speed up visa to US and Canada

Chetan Chauhan , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 13, 2013
First Published: 23:42 IST(13/7/2013) | Last Updated: 03:59 IST(14/7/2013)

Having an Aadhaar number could possibility help in faster processing of your visa application.

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Nandan Nilekani-led Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in talks with embassies to use Aadhaar-based applications to simplify the visa processes.

"If Aadhaar helps streamline the visa process, it would be a great service to the applicants," a senior UIDAI official said.

Nilekani said the unique ID verification is fundamental to a whole host of service delivery. "An open architecture of application programme interface allows different people to build applications around the unique identity system. Apps and enrollments will create the momentum for us to get everyone on board," he said.

At least three countries – the US, Canada and Israel — have shown interest in the UIDAI's bid to provide online solution for specific authentication purposes. It includes obtaining medical certificates from listed doctors and personal verification of an applicant.

"A doctor would be able to instantly authenticate the person's identity using Aadhaar-based online authentication system," a senior UIDAI official told HT. Or an embassy representative visiting one's home would be able to authenticate the person's identity immediately.

"We are looking at the feasibility of the Aadhaar option," said an official of one of the embassies who was not willing to be quoted.

The UIDAI had last month launched its biometric authentication service providing a facility to authenticate the information provided by a person for seeking a service. For instance, a mobile company can do a picture match to find out whether the information provided by the person seeking mobile connection is correct or not. "The authentication provides an answer in the yes or no format without divulging demographic details of the person," an official said.


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