The issue of passports was the responsibility of the Chief Clerk's Department until 1891, when it was transferred to the Treaty Department. However, the routine business of issuing passports was dealt with in a separate Passport Office from 1855.
After the First World War the increase in passport business led to the enlargement of the office, which became virtually independent, and the establishment of branch passport offices. A Passport Control Department, originally part of the Treaty Department, was also established to deal with visas to foreigners and administer the passport control offices abroad. In 1962 this department also became responsible for entry certificates and employment vouchers under the Commonwealth Immigrants Act of that year.
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