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If you are holding an Indian passport which is about to expire soon or all the pages are filled, you may need to apply for a passport reissue/ renewal. In such cases, you will require a new passport or valid extension. To renew your passport, you have to fill a new passport application form. New passports can be reissued for 10 years for adults. Forminors (under 18 Years of age)the passport is given for 5 years. Please note that your old passport will be returned to you. However, if you have any valid visas stamped on the passport they will not be canceled. Therefore, you may need to travel both passports in hand to reflect the valid visa, as well as, the renewed passport.

Note

Passport renewal service is not available for B1/B2 visa holders and temporary visitors to USA.

Important Information about Indian Passport Renewal Process

  • All the Indian Passport services are handled by VFS Global (https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind). Individual Indian consulates will no longer accept passport related services directly. All communications and applications associated with Indian passport renewal must be through VFS Global .
  • All applicants for passport related activities have to fill an onlineOrder Formwhether applying in person or by mail. The application has to include a copy of the form. This is to enable VFS real-time tracking of the applications.

How to Apply for Passport Renewal

    Step

    Consular Jurisdiction

    Where to apply for Indian passport renewal?

    • Following are the details with applicable processing time, addresses, and jurisdiction based on your residence in USA. Please apply accordingly.
    VFS GlobalAddress/Contact informationConsular JurisdictionProcessing time
    Washington DC

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 320,, Washington, DC 20005, USA

    Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West VirginiaMinimum 1-3 weeks. Minimum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    New York
    (NY)

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 145 W 45th street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.Additional 10 days
    Chicago
    (IL)

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 180 N Stetson Avenue,20th Floor, Suite# 2075, Chicago, Illinois 60601

    Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and WisconsinMinimum 4 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    Houston (TX)

    SubCenter Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 1001 Texas Ave #550, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska1-3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    San Francisco (CA)

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA – 94108

    Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming2-3 weeks
    Atlanta
    (GA)

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 5607, Glenridge Drive NE, Suite No.725, Atlanta, GA-30342

    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands6-8 weeks.
    4 additional weeks if the passport is referred for clearance.

    Step

    Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:

    • Copy of theVFS Order Form
    • A Filled and SignedChecklist. Print the checklist, tick it, and arrange the application in that order before submitting the form in person or by post.
    • Online Application Formfilled and signed by the applicant.
    • 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.
    • 3 recent (2″ X 2″ color, front facing against a white background) color photographs. 8 photographs are required in case the passport is expired for more than 3 years. Glue one photo on the first page of the online application form in the space provided. The second one has to be glued on the Nationality Verification Form and the rest have to be stapled to the last page of the application form. See photo requirements.
    • Attach a notarized color copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or copy of legal status in the US such as H1B/ B1/ B2 Visa, whichever is applicable.
    • Attach the original passport. If the passport is less than 5 years old, attach the previous passport too.
    • Attach photocopies of the first 5 pages and last 2 pages of the current passport.
    • Applicable Fee that is non-refundable.

    Notarized Documents Required:

    If applying in person or via mail, please ensure that all photocopies of supporting documents are notarized. Notarized photocopies of the following are required:

    • Notarized Color photocopy of current valid US visa on passport or Green card or Employment Authorization Card or I- 797 approval notice documents. Student visa holders must attach the I-20 document.
    • If your visa has expired, or you have the receipt notice for extension on the visa, a notarized no status affidavit along with notarized photocopies of the valid passport and the green card of two witnesses are required. 7 Copies of Nationality Verification Form are also required. Each copy must have an original photograph affixed on it. This is only for New York, San Francisco, and Houston applicants. Washington, Atlanta, Houston, and Chicago applicants must go to the consulate in person for an interview before applying at their respective passport application center.
    • In case the current passport does not include spouse’s name a notarized photocopy of the marriage certificate is required. A copy of the passport or US ID of the spouse is also required in the application.
    • Female applicants must include notarized affidavit of change in name from maiden to married.
    • Notarized photocopy of the residential proof of the applicant (State ID, Driver’s License, Utility bills, Rental Lease Agreement or Home Mortgage Bill. For applicants above the age of 60 a copy of State ID can be submitted.
    • If the passport is expired for less than 6 months a letter is required from the applicant explaining “why the passport was not renewed in required time frame.” If it is 6 months or more past the expiration date, a notarized affidavit and 7 copies of the Nationality Verification Form are required. Each form must have an original photograph attached to it. Houston Jurisdiction applicants have to submit a 4 points affidavit too.
    • An affidavit form for change of appearance and current notarized photo are required if the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly from the appearance in the current passport.

    Note

    Some additional documents may be required. Please check with the Embassy/Consulate/Passport Application Center in your jurisdiction for the required information.

    Submission:All required documents have to be submitted in either a UPS or FedEx envelope only. Specifications of this envelope are available on the VFS website. Any other form of submission is not encouraged. Envelopes can not be altered in any form either. Shipping labels can be printed out of the website. IMPORTANT – Only ONE application per envelope. Multiple applications in one envelope will be rejected.

    Step

    Passport Renewal Fee / Re-issue Fee (10 years)

    If applying in person the fee can be paid by credit card. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. A breakdown of the fee structure and the total fee is given below:

    A(Consular Fee)Passport FeesAs per adult / minor and applicable category
    ICWF – Indian Community Welfare Fund$3
    B(VFS Fee)VFS Service Fee$15.50 per application
    Optional FeeCourier Service, text message etc
    Total Payment A+B

    Note

    • Payment has to be made separately for each Applicant
    • Convenience charges will apply for Credit Card.
    • Cash will NOT be accepted.
    • Personal Checks will NOT be accepted.
    • If fees are not paid in full, VFS will not be responsible for any delays and consequential charges that you may incur.

    These forms can also be filled on the Indian Consulate website. However, once you the forms are filled out there, you will be redirected back to VFS wherein you click on the “Already Filled “ tab with the Reference number given to you on the government website and continue the process there.

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    FAQs

    How much time it will take to renew Indian passport in USA? ›

    The normal processing time of passport is 3 weeks.

    Can passport renewal be rejected? ›

    If you fail to pay the fee in the given time, your application for a passport could be reject. Failure to complete police verification: While you can get the passport even before the police verification is over, the process of the application is not complete till this verification is done.

    Does Indian passport renewal in USA require police verification? ›

    A:You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry OR within three years after the expiry of the existing passport without fresh police verification, provided there is no change in personal particulars and there is clear police report with respect to your previous passport and there is no adverse ...

    Is it possible to renew Indian passport in USA? ›

    You can get a new passport in 10 days if your last passport was issued by the Indian Embassy in the USA. You can apply for renewal 1 year or 365 days before expiry. We recommend applying 6 weeks before the final expiry to avoid issues with delays in processing at the Indian embassy.

    How long does it take to renew Indian passport in USA Tatkal? ›

    are eligible to apply for re-issue of Passport under Tatkaal Passport Scheme. Tatkal Applications: Five (5) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate. Normal Applications: Thirty (30) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate.

    How Long Does US embassy take to return passport? ›

    If you were advised on the day of your interview that your application is successful, you should allow approximately 7 to 10 working days for your application to be processed. If additional information or documentation was required in your case, you must allow additional time.

    Why would a passport renewal get denied? ›

    There are a number of reasons why the U.S. Department of State can deny your U.S. Passport application or renewal, including: Owing child support. Receiving an IRS taxpayer notice in the mail about having a large overdue unpaid tax debt. Having a previous passport revoked.

    How will I know if my passport is denied? ›

    How to check your passport application status via phone. Additionally, you can call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (or 1-888-874-7793 if you're hearing-impaired).

    How long does it take to get Indian police clearance certificate in USA? ›

    PCC Processing Time

    It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the whole process.

    What does police do in passport verification? ›

    Passport verification is conducted by the police station as per the applicant's address and which jurisdiction it falls under. A police officer verifies the details that are submitted in the application form including the applicant's name, age and address.

    What documents are needed for Indian Passport renewal in USA? ›

    Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:
    • Copy of the VFS Order Form.
    • A Filled and Signed Checklist. ...
    • Online Application Form filled and signed by the applicant.
    • 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.

    Is there police verification for passport renewal? ›

    Yes. As per the current guidelines it is mandatory to have Police Verification in all the cases of reissue of Passports.

    What if Indian Passport expires while abroad? ›

    You can visit the nearest INDIAN EMBASSY in the residing foreign country and you can get your passport renewed if you have a valid visa.

    What documents are required for passport renewal? ›

    The following documents are required for passport renewal.
    • Original old Passport.
    • Self-attested copies of the first two pages and the last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Self-attested copy of the ECR/ Non-ECR page.

    Is Aadhar card mandatory for passport renewal in USA? ›

    Is an Aadhaar mandatory for applying for a passport? No, Aadhar is not mandatory. You should have other valid documents to prove your identity, address and date of birth. You may visit Document advisor : Documents Required : Fresh Passport link to find out the documents you need submit based on your status.

    Do you need Aadhar card for passport renewal? ›

    Furnishing of Aadhaar card will expedite processing of passport applications. Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services.

    How can I get Indian Passport fast? ›

    How to apply for Tatkaal Passport?
    1. Step 1: Register yourself on the official portal of Passport Seva.
    2. Step 2:Login with your ID and password.
    3. Step 3:You will be presented with two options- Fresh and Re-Issue. ...
    4. Step 4:Select 'Tatkaal' option in the scheme type.
    5. Step 5:Download the application form and fill the form.

    Why is my passport still with the US embassy? ›

    Your passport has been returned to the Embassy or Consulate due to an incorrect name and/or address or because you failed to pick up the package at a post office in time. Please contact the Call Center for redelivery of your passport.

    Is visa rejection stamped on passport? ›

    When you get your visa rejected, most countries place a stamp on your passport stating the same. It is therefore easily accessible to any consular officer who will issue your future permits.

    What questions do US immigration Ask at airport? ›

    So here are the questions you'll hear when you go through customs or border control, and how to answer them.
    • HERE YOU GO. ...
    • “WHERE ARE YOU FLYING IN FROM?” ...
    • WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF YOUR VISIT? ...
    • WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BE STAYING? ...
    • HOW LONG ARE YOU STAYING IN THE UNITED STATES? ...
    • RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND.
    26 Jun 2017

    How do I know if my passport application was accepted? ›

    Check Online

    Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew. During these weeks, your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.

    What happens if they reject your passport photo? ›

    If your photo gets rejected, there is a 90-day threshold to change your photo and replace it with a perfect one that meets all the guidelines and passport photo regulation. If you don't take any step in 90 days, then you again have to apply for passport renewal and pay the fee.

    What happens when your passport is scanned at the airport? ›

    Travelers are prompted to scan their passport, take a photograph using the kiosk, and answer a series of CBP inspection related questions verifying biographic and flight information. Once passengers have completed the series of questions, a receipt will be issued.

    How can I speak to someone about my passport? ›

    You can call the HMPO at +44 (0)300 222 0000.

    How long does passport status stay in process? ›

    You can check your status online using our Online Passport Status System. It may take 2 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process.” During these 2 weeks, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is scanned and sent to us.

    How do I write a letter to the embassy for passport renewal? ›

    Sub : Application for Passport Renewal

    Dear Sir, I am hereby submitting the application for my passport renewal. The procedure given at your website is followed and all the required documents are also enclosed with. Thanking you in anticipation.

    Can you fail a passport interview? ›

    Unlikely that you will fail passport interview. It is not a test. They will ask you questions to confirm your identity and these questions will likely be things that only you will know.

    How much is penalty for passport? ›

    (b) holds a forged passport or any travel document, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to five years and with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to fifty thousand rupees.]

    How long does it take for a passport to be approved? ›

    The HMPO advice is to apply for a passport far in advance of travel, keeping in mind the ten-week waiting window.

    What if Indian Passport expires while abroad? ›

    You can visit the nearest INDIAN EMBASSY in the residing foreign country and you can get your passport renewed if you have a valid visa.

    What documents do I need to renew my Indian Passport in USA? ›

    Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:
    1. Copy of the VFS Order Form.
    2. A Filled and Signed Checklist. ...
    3. Online Application Form filled and signed by the applicant.
    4. 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.

    Who can renew tatkal passport in USA? ›

    All applicants (except below mentioned categories) residing in the Jurisdiction of CGI, New York and having valid Passport and Valid Visa Status (i.e. Visa Page/EAD/Green Card/I – 797 etc.) are eligible to apply for re-issue of Passport under Tatkaal Passport Scheme.

    How much is tatkal passport fees in USA? ›

    Indian Passport Services Fees in USA
    ServiceApplication FeeVFS Fee
    Tatkal service (only for passport re-issue cases)Additional $150
    Fresh passport – Minor less than 15 years$50 – ordinary booklet – 36 pages$15.90
    9 more rows
    2 Nov 2020

    Can I travel back to India with expired Indian Passport? ›

    Your passport must be valid for the duration of your travel in the destination country, however, the recommended passport validity period is 180 days beyond the date of your arrival to India.

    Can I travel to India with 2 months left on my passport? ›

    For any international travel Passport Must by valid for minimum 6 months, so you can not travel on this passport.

    Can I travel to India if my US passport expires in 2 months? ›

    Quick Facts. PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must be valid for six months beyond date of visa application to obtain a visa.

    Is there police verification for passport renewal? ›

    Yes. As per the current guidelines it is mandatory to have Police Verification in all the cases of reissue of Passports.

    What are the documents required for passport 2022? ›

    For Proof of Address
    • Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant.
    • Landline or postpaid mobile bill.
    • Rental agreement.
    • Electricity bill.
    • Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India.
    • Water bill.
    • Income Tax Assessment order.
    • Proof of Gas connection.

    Can I renew passport without aadhar? ›

    Is Aadhaar card mandatory for passport? Not really. Passport needs only 1 document as a Proof of Address.

    Can I apply for Tatkal Indian passport in USA? ›

    'Tatkal' service is an 'Emergency' service which applicants can avail of for any type of passport service and it is subject to approval from the Consulates of India in USA.

    Is PAN card required for passport renewal? ›

    Is it important to submit PAN Card as well as Aadhar Card or will only one of the documents suffice? Both documents have to be submitted as the authorities will require them both to check your eligibility for a passport.

    How do I contact VFS in USA? ›

    You may call us via phone Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 20:00 hours EST for assistance with completing your application: Passport and Visa Services: +1 800 320 9625 * Other Services (Visa, OCI, Renunciation, GEP & PCC): +1 800 320 9693 *

    What happens if Indian passport expires in USA? ›

    What happens if my Indian passport expires in the U.S.? If your Indian passport expires in the U.S., you have to immediately apply for a passport renewal with VFS Global.

    How can I get Indian passport fast? ›

    How to apply for Tatkaal Passport?
    1. Step 1: Register yourself on the official portal of Passport Seva.
    2. Step 2:Login with your ID and password.
    3. Step 3:You will be presented with two options- Fresh and Re-Issue. ...
    4. Step 4:Select 'Tatkaal' option in the scheme type.
    5. Step 5:Download the application form and fill the form.

    Where can I pay my Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

    Fees for Indian Passport Services in USA

    If you are applying in person at the CKGS application center you can pay the fee in cash, credit card, or debit card. If you are applying by post the fee cannot be paid in personal checks or cash.

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