You can reach out to VFS to get clarification on why they called it out damaged but not sure if it will change anything.
Alternatively, you can choose to apply under Lost/Category. It’s validity will NOT be for next months. It will be a new passport with different number and with standard validity (just like regular renewal).
Dear customer,We have received the application at VFS. Your Application Is Being Rejected as NRI government application form you have submitted is incorrect. The form is for RE-ISSUE of passport, you are required to apply under lost/damaged category if your passport is lost/damaged along with additional document Annexure F. (As per the consulate your passport binding is damaged)
My wife’s passport was rejected by VFS saying that we need to apply under damaged/lost category instead of reissue bcoz the stitched thread on passport is visible.
And they asked to file annexure f?
In that it’s asking for police FIR
So do we need to submit FIR for damaged too, as it is not lost
Thanks for the info @Diwedy . I have applied it under lost/found section. The cost of applying it in lost/damaged is at least 50% more than normal application though. Not sure why VFS is pushing people towards lost/damaged passport form
hi, did you apply through tatkal? I had the same response from Houston VFS, saying my application is rejected because my passport binding is damaged. My passport is about to get expired in April 2024.
So, did you apply in tatkal reissue- damaged section? And after you received your new passport was the passport validation renewed?
@apt2174 Even i got the same reply from Houston VFS. Thought of applying in tatkaal as only binding is the issue and all other information is intact. However, it is not allowing tatkaal option even though its eligible as it is not completely damaged. Did you apply normally again ?
After receiving notification, they will usually send in 1 day. So they should have sent you today. If not they will send in next business day I guess.
You will get notification from FedEx once they create your label (which we have paid for).
Meanwhile you can fill application for damaged passport and get ready to send another application. Once you receive you can send it back immediately by just reusing photos and the documents.
Please note, damaged passport application is different and fee is more. Just need to add Annexture-F in addition.
Even though tatkal should be available as only binding is damaged, they don’t have any option for tatkal for damaged passport. So need to apply as normal passport renewal.