Indian Passport Renewal for NRIs in Home Country

Passport Renewal Process in India for NRIs living in US, UK, Others.

In Immigration| Visas by Kumar4 Comments

We have an article that talks about Indian Passport Renewal Process without an Agent, but it does not talk about process for NRIs ( Non-Resident Indians) that plan to renew passport in their home country when they are on vacation or for some other reason. Below are experiences shared by our readers Udita and Krish. Thanks to them for sharing their experiences. You can share your experience here
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Passport Renewal in India for NRI Living in UK 
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By Udita – Background : I renewed my Indian passport (as it was 8 months to expiry date) in India (Delhi) via Tatkal mode. I currently live in the UK but hold an Indian passport.

List of Documents submitted for Passport Renewal in Tatkaal Option :
* Old passport
* ID proof (Voter ID)
* Address proof (Aadhar card) – my permanent address in India had changed
* Class 12 marksheet and pass certificate (for ECNR)
* Annexure F
* 1 photocopy of everything (I carried 2 copies, needed only 1)

Step by Step process for Passport Renewal for Tatakaal :
I applied for Tatkal passport on 20 Dec
My new passport arrived by Speed post on 22 Dec
(The following is for those whose permanent address in India has changed)

Police Verification Process :
Police came to verify at home on 23 Dec (asked questions about where I live etc – I told them I live in the UK and have come to India on holiday). He made me handwrite and sign a letter stating where I live and what I do in the UK and the dates of my last 2 visits to India. I also put my current permanent address and signed it.
I got my police verification is clear confirmation on 29 Dec.

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Passport Renewal in India for NRI Living in USA  
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By Krish – Background : My passport was going to expire in Dec 2017 and had to get a new one issued. I had been living in the United States for the past 8 years and decided to get it done while I was visiting India (between April and May 2017). I decided to go for tatkal re-issue since I had my return flight to US in 2 weeks.   So this was my situation: no change in address, but change in marital state, got my Aadhar card made as soon as I reached (since I was visiting India after 2 years).

Process for Indian Passport Renewal for someone living in Another Country :

  • I filled out the application on the PSK website which was fairly straightforward. I entered my Aadhar Card # and agreed to have my print records retrieved for verification.
  • Like many others here, I was mighty confused as to what documents to carry due to conflicting information – do I need an Affidavit for tatkal? Do I need to produce my 10th school leaving certificate (i don’t even have the faintest idea where I put it!) for non-ECR status? Do I need to enter my overseas address in the application? I spent several hours searching for answers and decided to go with what the Doc Advisor came up with below Document Checklist.
    • copy of the front / back page of the passport,
    • copy of my Aadhar card & Marriage Certificate (even though it wasn’t listed).
  • I paid Rs. 1500 for the application through NetBanking and scheduled an appointment for the next day – 2/5/17.

Process at the Passport Seva Kendra ( PSK)

  • I was supposed to reach by 11:30AM for my 11:45 appointment but got there at 12:15 (yeah, I am a big late-lateef). When I got inside, I stood in the q for 20mins to get a token, only to realize that tatkal applicants had a different Q.
  • I went to the tatkal counter and the person at the counter took my application, passport and aadhar card copies and asked me to wait in the waiting area (he did not give me a token #). I waited there and realized that normal quota applications were getting processed quite rapidly and normal quota tokens were getting called each second.
  • I must have waited for about 45 mins (which felt like hours) when finally the guy called me and gave my documents back along with a token number.
  • Process at Counter A :
    • Within 2 minutes, my token # was called and I went to one of the ‘A’ counters where the officer took my photo and entered my application details into her system and asked me to self-attest the copies. I told her that my marital status had changed and asked if she wanted to see my marriage certificate; she shook her head. She then got my fingerprints and asked me to pay Rs. 2000 cash for the tatkal service. Then she asked me to proceed towards the ‘B’ counters
  • Process at Counter B & C :
    •  My token number got called immediately in one of the ‘B ‘ counters instead and the officer again, verified my documents against the originals. I waited for about 5 more minutes and my token number got called again in one of the ‘C’ counters, this time, the granting officer. She again went through my application and finally said “granted”. Phew, a sigh of relief. I then proceeded to the exit counter and got the confirmation which indicated that no police verification was required. Yay! I then went home, mildly surprised how smooth it went. Within a couple of hours, I got an SMS with the tracking number for the new passport. Amazing!

 What was needed and Police Verification :
Passport re-issue in tatkal (expiring in 8 months) – only needed copies of first and last 2 pages of passport & aadhar card. In and out in 1 and half hours. No police verification required since no change in permanent address. Got the new passport next day.

What has been your experience ?

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Nellai

    I totally forgot to ask one question for which I actually started my comment.

    There is a question on the form used for passport renewal about residency.

    Is your present address out of India? *
    Yes No
    Is permanent address same as present address? *
    Yes No

    I have my Indian address (Chennai) in my old passport which is still my present address as I stay in India with my parents. But I lived in USA for 8 years now with occasional visits to India. Since I like to keep the same Chennai address shall I select
    a) No for Is your present address out of India? and
    b) Yes for Is permanent address same as present address?

    Thanks
    Nellai

  2. Nellai

    I have a question. I am in a similar situation as Krish.
    This is my case:
    1. I am visiting Chennai for 40 days.
    2. My passport expiring in 2 months.
    3. i will leave USA with a valid passport and valid visa stamp to reenter USA
    4. No changes to old passport (same india address, spouse name already entered etc)
    5. can i do tatkal and my spouse is not traveling to Chennai with me
    6. Is it ok as I use old passport to leave USA and use new passport to enter USA (also I have seen it is OK for valid visa in old passport, & is it also OK for flight journey as I already booked my tickets with my old passport and traveling the return journey with my new passport?)
    Thanks a lot
    Nellai

  3. Karthik K

    Hi, My Passport is expired in the month of March. Now, can I renew my passport or do I need to take new passport ..?
    Also can you please confirm that even with the renewal of passport, the existing Visa holds good ?

    Thank you

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