Renew Indian Passport in USA - VFS Questions & Answers

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@anuragtech90 @Sowjanya_Ega
Heads Up to Every One-

Those who have received the Police Initiation Letter and at the same received their passports. If you think that everything is over without problems than you are incorrect. Police will contact you on the Indian address you had provided on the passport application form. In case, if they cannot validate the address proof/ they cannot locate anybody related to you residing in that address Police will update their records saying the concerned party is not available which in turn will have adverse report on your police verification report and this will impact when ever you travel to India and there are high chances that you will not be allowed to fly back without Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). It’s better someone from your family get in touch with the police station in your area of address and get it verified.

Even though we got the passport we are dealing with Hyd police for getting the verification done. And as always it is getting harder.


Thanks, @nookalko25 for sharing the information. In your case, after how many days from the time you received the email regarding verification, did the police official contact your father-in-law?


07/07- Received Police Verification Initiation email
07/13- Police contacted my in-laws on the number provided in the form

I had not changed my address in the application and kept my original permanent Indian address, where my parents live. Not sure if somebody from our family should go to the SP office or we wait for the local police to contact us.

- Waiting for a week from the day of receiving the Police Verification Initiation email is ideal. After that, either police would contact (actually it is on them to contact the number provided but, you know how it works) if they do not contact it is always better someone from that address call the SP office and inquire with the FILE number/ Your complete name and provide the details they need.

@anuragtech90 They would expect the person to carry a photocopy of the address proof and sign in front of them which will conclude the verification process. In the file they will mention verified and send a note to the Regional Passport Office and who will in turn update the status against your FILE number.

@anuragtech90 Just so you know…Police Verification is complete today in India. We were told to wait for a week to receive an automated email from the Embassy regarding Police Verification Clearance.

Hi @Saket82

I got a similar situation. Can you please update how your situation is resolved? Any tips please? My H1 is expiring in 2 months and need to apply for extension. So, i am urgent need of getting my new passport.


@nookalko25 I have also had same situation got passport but there is inquiry & the concerned officer has been creating hurdles despite having all data and same address as old / new passport no changes. How do you check if the PCC has been cleared or not ? any way to track status ? In case officer intentionally marks it failed what are options to get it fixed any advise ?

@raj1983 I am sorry to hear that my friend. Well can you please explain in detail as to what kind of problems the police is trying to create because, per External Affairs Ministry this process has been simplified and people should not be troubled for the passport and it’s related activities.

Since you are residing out side of home country police should be able to verify the identity of the individual(s) who is/ are endorsing for you. May be you can provide them your residence proof viz US license photocopy and write a small write up about your i94 iternary and explain them why you are absent physically at your Indian address (because you had left the country long back) and “xyz” will be representing you on your behalf.

Please note, Police should make this process as smooth as possible.

Talk to them and see.
Best of Luck

@nookalko25 well few may say its ok to pay, but when demand is unusual and when we have not done any wrong why pay for it ? Its duty of officer to do promptly instead seeking a pay and mentioning may create more hurdles saying the person needs to be in here or spouse has to be present etc etc can’t take family representation etc
So the write up has to be on email ? Do we have option to write directly to concerned officer ? What happens if the officer does’t clear it due to receipt of bribe ?

@raj1983 I am not in favor of bribe/ nor suggest anyone to go that route. If the person’s demands are really unreasonable and he/ she is asking money to do his job then that’s just insane.

It is not a rule nor a law for you/ your spouse to be physically present in the Home Country when you are working and living outside of your Home Country.

Now a days people are utilizing social media (twitter) for complaining about such incidents. (External Affairs Minister handle). You can tweet with your FILE# and the actual issue with the concerned parties and someone from that department will surely respond and resolve. But, if things can be resolved amicably then, I do not suggest you go that far since, it will jeopardize that individuals “ROJI ROTI” and you don’t want to be a reason.


@nookalko25 Yes I do understand and prefer being a considerate of someone for their job and cause no trouble for anyone for no reason hence wanted to explore option of email communication so its documented and try all my best efforts to ensure things are handled in considerate manner before it can be escalated.


@raj1983 My $00.2 given the circumstances and the situation you are in, my advice to you would be is, to get the Police personnel’s phone number and you talk to him directly and explain everything and see how it goes.

Thank you

Is adhaar number mandatory for completing nri passport application form at website?

I need to renew my passport and i live in SFO.

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Hello All,

II have applied for passport renewal for my wife. I opted for the “change of name” as it would be good to change my wife’s surname and make is the same as mine. Now, when I download the “Change of Appearance / Signature Form”, it shows her new name which we want to change to. When I took it to the Notary, they are not going to notarize it as this new name, does not match the name on her driver’s license or ID. The rest of the documents needed to be notarized ( the utilities bill and green card) have her maiden name and can be notarized. How do I change the her name to her maiden name on the “Change of Appearance / Signature Form” so that I can get it notarized?


I had the same question and its confusing, but I was able to get past this. It is not mandatory, just check “No” on the box that appears after the adhaar number.

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