I started off with a regular application to renew my passport that is expiring on March 14th this year. While I started the process more than a month ahead, due to medical treatments I could attend to it continuously and only finish today. I have everything ready to be shipped tomorrow. However, since my passport is expiring less than a month from now I am worried if it will be renewed on time (Houston embassy). So my questions are:
- What if for some reason (like incomplete or additional documents are required), the application is delayed and the passport expires? Say my new passport is issued only on the 20th of March, what will be the implications for my stay (H1B) and international travel due to the 6 days between 14th March and 20th March during which I would not be holding a valid passport?
- If there would be implications due to a delayed passport issue (like above), would it be better to abandon the entire application and submit through Tatkal instead?
- If I continue to submit my current application tomorrow, would VFS or the consulate let me know as soon as they receive the application that it won’t be issued before my current passport expires so it would be better to submit a Tatkal application?
Please let me know and thanks a lot in advance!