Renew Indian Passport in USA (VFS Process, Documents)

Thanks @AM22Tech_Admin for the details, much appreciated.

  1. OK I see. I asked because the instruction says “City,State,Country” under that text box. So, we can just write the state name like “Gujarat” or City, correct?
  2. Yes, it is a bug since Mother’s Passport place of issue will be different than Child’s birth place but it is not allowing me to. Also, due to character limit, I can’t write the full word at all i.e. San Francisco. So, please have a look into it and get it fixed and do let me know as I need to fill out the form.
  3. OK got it. So, we don’t need to pay again for correcting the details in the form, right?

Hi @rachitdamani

The app has been updated and bugs fixed. Thanks for reporting.

  1. This language has been changed and some of the fields which were not mandatory have been removed from the app after yesterday’s bug fix.

  2. This bug has been fixed in yesterday’s app update.

  3. If you make a mistake, just contact us via email or ping us on WhatsApp and we will help you regenerate the document without paying again.

Hi @AM22Tech_Admin

Sounds great. Thanks a lot for the quick turnaround on this, really appreciate it.

  1. Looks good.
  2. Looks good.
  3. Sure, sounds good.
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Hello,
I am renewing my passport in USA as its expiry is due. In my old passport alphabet ‘a’ was missing and I am trying to correct that and I have relevant documents to prove it.
My question is should I enter the right spelling of place of birth while filling the govt form or the wrong one printed in my old passport. As VSF Global clearly says that details in form has to match old passport else it will be rejected.
Also, I am trying to add middle name to my father’s name. In old passport it was FN:XXX; SN:YYY
I am trying to make it FN: XXX zzz ; SN: YYY.
Do you recommend I do it or just skip this part.
If I decide to update my dads name do I need any documents for it?
Please let me know what you think.

If you are renewing under Tatkal then do not change as VFS is known to match almost each letter. However, if you are going the normal route and you have all relevant documents for changes, then you can go ahead.

Documents which you can submit for your father’s name changes include: Passport, service record/ pension order/ property documents or any other proof which clearly shows his complete name.

Hi @anil_am22 @Diwedy - I have a question regarding Child passport renewal:

  1. In case of parent’s passport copy - do we need to take copies of 10 pages OR just first and last page should be enough?

Your help and support would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks & Regards,
Rachit Damani

Hi @rachitdamani - here you go:

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Thanks a lot @Diwedy, really appreciate it.

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Thank you so much for the reply.

My Passport Renewal process went very smoothly. I sent out my application via FedEx on 23rd August, 2021.
Received my new & old passport on 4th September, 2021.

The only things that I needed to prepare my Application are these 2 helpful websites. Make sure you follow them very carefully.

a) Am22tech page: “Renew Indian Passport in USA (VFS Process, Documents)”

b) Suja Prakash YouTube video: “RENEWAL/Re-issuance of Indian Passport in USA through VFS GLOBAL | For Adult | new 2021”

Now let me share some crucial Information that helped me and can also help you:

  1. Make sure you find out exactly which Consular Jurisdiction is applicable to your US state of residence (this is important).
    For example, my US state of residence (South Dakota) falls under Chicago jurisdiction.

  2. Before filling out your Application form on Govt. PSK website, make sure you call your Local police station back in India.
    Just to Confirm the exact Police station from which Police verification will happen in your Indian address.

  3. Under Applicant Address details section in Govt. PSK application, make sure you specify One Indian adress (Police verification will happen here)
    and one US address (this must be your Residential address, please don’t put your University or Office address!!)

  4. This is very important. Make sure you follow these 3 rules when specifying your US residential address:

The US address you specify on Govt. PSK Application form MUST be your US Residential Address.
The Proof of Address you send in your physical FEDEX Application MUST match the US residential address you specified in Govt. PSK Application form.
The mailing address (to receive your New & Old Passport) you specify in VFS Global MUST match the Proof of Address you send in your physical FEDEX Application which in turn, MUST match the US residential address you specify on Govt. PSK Application form.

  1. When you finally get to your Passport Preview window, make sure you take at least 5-7 minutes of your time to double check that
    the generated information looks as similar to your Latest Expiring Passport as possible. (Things like Place of Birth, etc.)

  2. Birth Certificate, Self-Sworn Affidavit for Indian Address, Highest Qualification degree, Indian Aadhar card (that has the Indian address for Police Verification printed on it)
    ______These 4 documents were not mandatory but I still decided to send them anyway as Extra precaution. I self-attested them.

  3. This is the format I used to self-attest:

True copy of the original (please underline this line only)
Anurag Chakraborty
23/08/2021 (make sure the date is in Indian format, this is important)

  1. There was a bit of drama when my (New + Old) passport arrived through FedEx. I was asleep in my apartment when they showed up, so the FedEx people left without even leaving a note (even though I specifically requested FedEx to leave my package at the front door in case no one answers as Delivery Instructions).
    When I woke up, I tried to track the status of the FedEx shipment and found the status “Delivery Unsuccessful”. So I panicked and drove to the same FedEx facility from which I initially shipped my Application. Luckily my package was with them when I walked in to collect it. So this was a short horror story, just be aware that it CAN happen.

@Anurag_Chakraborty what happened at the Indian address during police verification? Do you have some relatives staying at your Indian address? Did the police visit and ask for witnesses and stuff? How had you prepared for this?

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My parents reside at the Indian address that I had specified in the Govt. PSK Application Form.
As soon as I shipped out my FedEx application, I called my parents to let them know that a Police Verification will happen and they’re aware of it. The verification happened on a Sunday.

Hello :slight_smile: ,
I have an expired visa and an approved I-797A till 2024. Apparently my H1B attorney never sent me an I-797C. Do I need I-797C notarized for passport renewal or I-797A is enough. The language on the checklist is bit confusing.
Thanks a ton in advance!

Notarized I-797A should be good - both pages.

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Why not send both just to be on the Safe side?

I’m renewing my passport due to exhaustion of pages. My current passport has my old Indian Address which needs to be changed to either our new Indian Address or to my current US Address. I have a couple of doubts and would appreciate your help.

Q1) What are the pros/cons on having US Address on Passport as opposed to Indian Address?

I understand that getting US address printed is easy process-wise, but I’d like to know if there are any benefits (maybe legal, financial, etc) of choosing one option versus the other, down the line.

Q2) If I want to have the new Indian Address printed, would sending only the Aadhar card (self attested) suffice? I don’t have any other document with my name and new address.

Thanks in advance!

  1. I am not aware of any pros and cons of having US Address. I do know some people continue to keep Indian address as a valid, govt ID for address proof. You need to mention at least one Indian address so PV can happen in either scenario - i.e. irrespective of what address you are getting printed.

  2. Yes

Thanks for the reply!

Correct me if I’m wrong, If I want to print new India Address, do I need 2 documents as proof address?

1st doc as “Proof of address must match with the present address as per application” as per the checklist and,
2nd doc as “INDIAN ADDRESS PROOF (If Applicants wants to add/Change Indian Address)”.

Or, will just the Aadhar card work?

1st one is for your “Present address” i.e. US Address.

2nd One is for your Indian Address.

You need one each for both.

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On the checklist, point number 7, it says proof of address, notarized. Should that be “Passport printable address” or USA address where i am currently staying?

I want Indian address to be “Passport printable address”, but I only have eAadhar card which I can self attest and cannot notarize.