Indian Passport Renewal in USA [2022] - SBNRI (2022)

An Indian passport holder living and working on a visa in the USA for a number of years needs to apply for a new passport or valid extension if his/ her passport is about to expire or all the pages are filled. The best thing is that you don’t have to visit India for passport renewal or a new passport. You can apply for Indian passport renewal in USA with VFS Global.

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Indian passport renewal in USA

VFS Global is the service provider for passport services for the Embassy of India, Washington DC or Indian consulates in USA, in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco since 04 November 2020. Here are some important points about the Indian passport renewal process.

  • VFS Global provides all passport services to Indian citizens. Indian consulates don’t accept passport-related services directly. All correspondence and applications related to Indian passport renewal must be made via VFS Global.
  • Applicants under the Consular Jurisdiction of the Embassy of India (living in Delaware, Bermuda, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) looking for passport services can visit VFS Global website for details.
  • You can apply for passport renewal via post and in-person (by prior appointment on a limited basis).
  • Operational timing: Monday – Friday, 8:00 to 20:00 hours EST.

Passport renewal process

The procedure for Indian passport renewal in USA is the same as for a fresh application. Filling and submitting form on Passport Seva Portal does not complete the process. You will have to submit the physical application form to VFS India Consular Application Center in USA. Here are the steps to be followed for visa renewal:

Step 1: You need to complete an online passport application form on the website of Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates.

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Step 2: When filling the form, select correct passport related service, enter each information carefully till the end. You can refer this Sample Government online application form.

Step 3: Once you have completed the form on the Passport Seva Portal, write the ‘Application Reference Number’ (ARN), take a print of the same .

Step 4: To proceed with the subsequent steps towards submission process, visit the VFS website.

Here are the details about different consular jurisdictions in the USA.

Consular Application CentersAddressCenter TimingConsular JurisdictionProcessing time
Washington DC1025 Vermont Ave, NW Suite 320, Washington, DC 20005 (USA)9 am to 2 pm
Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to Friday
Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia– Minimum 1 to 3 weeks.
– Maximum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
New York145 W 45th Street, 3rd floor, New York 10036 (USA)9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 PM Monday to FridayConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Islnd and VermontAdditional 10 days
Chicago (IL)180 N Stetson Avenue, 20th Floor, Suite# 2075, Chicago, Illinois 606019 am to 2 pm passport pickup: 4 pm – 6 pm Monday to FridayMissouri, IIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin– Minimum 4 weeks.
– 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
Houston1001 Texas Ave #550, Houston, TX 77002 (USA)9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to FridayArkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska1 to 3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
San Francisco (CA)228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA – 941089 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to FridayAlaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming2 to 3 weeks
Atlanta (GA)5607, Glenridge Drive NE, Suite No.725, Atlanta, GA-303429 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm – 6 pm Monday to FridayAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands6 to 8 weeks.4 more weeks if the passport is referred for clearance

Documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA

Here is the checklist of documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA:

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  • Completed online application form signed by the applicant.
  • Expiring passport: Original and most recent passport.
  • 3 copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form plus 3 photographs.
  • 3 recent (2” x 2” front-facing) colored photographs. If the passport has expired for more than 3 years, 8 photographs are required.
  • A notarized colored copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or proof of legal status in the US, for example, H1B/ B1/ B2 visa, I- 797 approval notice, valid I-20, etc.
  • Original passport. Affix the previous passport in case the passport is less than 5 years old.
  • Photocopies of the first 5 and last 2 pages of the current passport.
  • Highest qualification degree: Copy of the highest educational qualification degree.
  • US address proof: US address proof such as Rental Lease Agreement or Home Mortgage Bill, Any of utility bills (electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill – not more than 3 months old), driver’s license or State ID, etc.
  • Indian address proof: Indian address proof, such as Aadhaar card, driver’s license, Indian utility bill (electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill – not more than 3 months old), recent bank statement, etc.
  • Change of appearance/ signature form: If you are applying after 10 years, you should sign and print this change of appearance form.
  • VFS document checklist: Print the filled and signed checklist and tick it.
  • Annexure ‘E’: Specimen declaration of the applicant on the plain paper.
  • Birth certificate/ school leaving certificate
  • Self-sworn affidavit
  • Additional documents for child passport

Note: You may be required to submit some additional documents. Please check with the Embassy/ Consulate/ Passport Application Center in your jurisdiction for more information.

Submit all the documents in either a UPS or Fedex envelope only as specified on the VFS website. Other forms of submission may not be accepted. Only one application per envelope is permitted; multiple applications in a single envelope won’t be accepted.

Passport renewal in USA fees

Here is the breakdown of Indian passport renewal in USA fees:

For adults – 18 years and above

Passport ValidityBooklet PagesPassport FeeICWFVFS FeeTotal
10 yearsOrdinary Booklet – 36 pages$ 75.00
$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 92.90
10 yearsJumbo Booklet – 60 pages$ 100.00
$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 117.90

For minors – between 15 – 18 years

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Passport ValidityBooklet PagesPassport FeeICWFVFS FeeTotal
10 yearsOrdinary Booklet – 36 pages$ 75.00
$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 92.90
10 yearsJumbo Booklet – 60 pages$ 100.00
$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 117.90

For minors – less than 15 years

Passport ValidityBooklet PagesPassport FeeICWFVFS FeeTotal
5 yearsOrdinary Booklet – 36 pages$ 50.00
$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 67.90

Indian passport renewal in USA Tatkal fees

Tatkal passport service is an emergency passport application service. Indian citizens residing in the USA who have a valid passport and visa status (US visa/ Green Card) can apply for reissue of passport under Tatkal Passport Scheme.

Indian passport renewal Tatkal fees for validity of 10 years:

Booklet PagesPassport FeeTatkal feeICWFVFS FeeTotal
Ordinary Booklet – 36 pages$ 75.00
$ 150.00$ 2.00
$15.90
$ 242.90
Jumbo Booklet – 60 pages$ 100.00$ 150.00$ 2.00$ 15.90$ 267.90
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Note:Online payment/ card payment convenience charges @3.5% will be applicable over and over the total payment. VFS accepts Master Card, Visa and Discover only

Keynote:

  • Each applicant has to make separate payments.
  • Convenience charges will apply for credit cards.
  • Cash payment/ personal checks will not be accepted.
  • If the fee is not paid fully, VFS will not be responsible for delays and consequential charges that may incur.

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FAQs

How much time does it take for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

The normal processing time of passport is 3 weeks.

Can renewal of passport be rejected? ›

If your application was rejected owing to a lack of police verification or inaccurate documents, you have three days to fix the error and reapply. You can write to the RPO or file a grievance if you disagree with the reason for rejection or if the reasons are unclear.

Do we need to submit original Indian passport for renewal in USA? ›

You will need to submit your original passport at the time of lodging your application. It is recommended that you complete all required travel and then submit your application for a new passport as, once your passport application is registered for renewal, you will not be able to use your old passport.

How long does it take to get a passport renewed 2022 USA? ›

It may take up to 16 weeks to receive a passport, and 12 weeks for expedited processing. Applicants to Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 programs who need a new passport or who need to renew their passport should start the process immediately. Visit travel.state.gov for additional information and current processing times.

What is the best time to renew Indian passport? ›

You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry and not earlier. However, in case of any change of personal particulars, lost/damaged, Exhaustion of pages you may apply for re-issue of passport.

How can I renew my Indian passport quickly? ›

Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id. Click "Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport" link. Fill in the required details in the form and submit. Click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link on the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen to schedule an appointment.

How do I know if my passport is rejected? ›

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).

Why would a passport renewal get denied? ›

The principal law enforcement reasons for passport denial are a valid unsealed federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court), or a request for extradition.

Why did my passport renewal get rejected? ›

Probation or Felony issues may also cause a passport application to be denied. If you are on probation, owe more than $1500 in child support payments, are wanted on an arrest warrant, are currently summoned to appear in court, are currently in jail, or have serious felony issues, your passport may be denied.

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 ...

What address proof is required for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

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.

Is Aadhaar 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.

What is the fastest a US passport can be renewed? ›

Expedite a Renewal

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 3 to 5 weeks. You must mail Form DS-82 to us unless you are eligible to renew in-person at a passport agency or center. Here's how to expedite a renewal by mail: Fill out your DS-82 application and collect your documents.

Why is 2022 passport taking so long? ›

Processing times for passport applications were an average of 18 weeks in 2021. Staffing shortages and mailing delays caused by the pandemic caused the extended wait times.

What is the fastest you can get a passport? ›

Processing Times
Routine6 to 9 weeks
Expedited3 to 5 weeks
Expedited at AgencyMust have international travel within 14 calendar days

How many days it will take for renewal of passport? ›

In the standard procedure, the entire process can take up to 15 days from start to finish. However, when applying via Tatkaal mode, you can complete this process within 7-10 days. The exact passport reissue time can vary on several factors, such as the need for pre-police verification or post-police verification.

What documents should I carry for passport renewal? ›

Documents Required for Passport Renewal

Original old Passport. Self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport. Self-attested copy of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)/Non-ECR page. Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.

How long in advance should I renew passport? ›

Renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires. Check the expiration date because certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to six months after travel. Also, some airlines do not allow you to board if you do not meet this requirement.

Can I get Indian passport in 10 days? ›

Applications that dont require police verification will be processed within 1 working day, while for applications that require police verification, passport will be submitted on the third working day and police verification will happen after the issuance of passport.

Can I renew my expired Indian passport in USA? ›

Yes, you can renew your expired Indian passport in the U.S. via VFS Global.

Can you speed up passport process India? ›

A Tatkaal application is not only to get an early appointment but also for faster processing. For example, a Tatkaal application would be processed under post (police) verification.

How do I speak to a person at the passport office? ›

Contact the HMPO by Phone

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

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.

Do they stamp rejection on passport? ›

The extent of it, however, is explained below. The importance of a rejected visa can vary from country to country, and also on the reason for it being tuned down. When you get your visa rejected, most countries place a stamp on your passport stating the same.

Can you have mistakes on passport application? ›

The Passport Office is prepared to allow three mistakes per application, any more and your application will be disqualified. It's important to take a lot of time over your application, and make sure that you don't make any mistakes.

Will I get a refund if my passport is denied? ›

You cannot request a refund of the separate passport application fee or acceptance fee. IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider refund requests on a case-by-case basis. We cannot refund passport execution fees, nor refund missed travel.

What can go wrong with passport application? ›

Some of the most common mistakes during the passport application process include misspelling of Applicants names, using the wrong procedures to cancel out mistakes, filling in the form using a ballpoint pen colour that is not recommended and the presence of smears and smudges on your application form.

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

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.

Should police be present for passport verification? ›

Do I have to present in-person for the police verification process? Yes, it is advisable that you are present for your police verification process.

How many days does it take to complete police verification of an Indian passport? ›

The police verification usually takes somewhere between 2 to 3 weeks. Why is police verification mandatory for a passport? A country's passport is one of the most important and valuable documents.

What documents do I need for a 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.

How many photos are required for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

Total of 2 photos with size 2×2 Inch are required for passport renewal. The photo should have white background and not off-white.

Can I use US address for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

Indian address proof for passport renewal is only required if you want the Indian address to be printed on your new passport. If you are okay with a US address printed on a renewed passport, you do not need to provide any Indian address proof. Recent Bank Statement from Indian Government bank.

Is Aadhaar and PAN enough for passport? ›

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.

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.

Is bank statement required for passport renewal? ›

No. Not at all. Bank passbook or any other such document isn't required for the issuance of passport. Proof of identity, Proof of age and Proof of Address (Aadhar card will work in this case).

Are passport renewals faster than new? ›

Answer: It takes the State Department Bureau of Consular Services the same amount of time to process a passport renewal as it does an application for a new passport.

Why does US passport renewal take so long? ›

This is due to the number of passports that are backlogged. Luckily, you can avoid long passport processing times if you choose Swift to obtain your passport. We can help you get a new passport in 7-10 business days and a passport renewal in as little as 7-10 business days.

Is it possible to get a passport in one day? ›

It is possible to get a passport the same day. You would need to supply a completed application form, 2 photos and all the supporting documents. As a rule, you can collect it four (4) hours after the appointment at a Passport Customer Service Centre.

How fast can I get a passport 2022? ›

Regular Processing. 10-15 days in Manila. Express Processing. 5-7 days in Manila.

How long does it take for a passport to come back 2022? ›

The vast majority of all passport applications are being dealt with well within 10 weeks. However, a passport can only be issued once all the checks have been completed satisfactorily and will take longer if applications are submitted with missing or incomplete information.

Which country gives fastest passport? ›

The fastest way of getting a second passport is participating in the St Kitts and Nevis or Vanuatu citizenship by investment program. The obtaining period is 2 months. In Vanuatu, it's easier to pass the Due Diligence check, but a St Kitts and Nevis passport provides more benefits.

Can I travel with an expired passport? ›

An expired passport is invalid. If you are traveling back to the United States on a direct flight, you can fly with an expired passport. However, this only applies if you get the go-ahead from the relevant embassy. However, you cannot fly out of the country with an expired passport.

How easy is it to renew Indian passport 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.

How long is the wait to renew USA passport? ›

Processing time is approximately three weeks.

How long it will take for normal passport renewal? ›

The normal passport time is 30 days from the date of application made by you as per the Ministry of External Affairs. Normal passport processing time is entirely dependent on police verification. You will receive your passport faster if things are processed quickly.

What are the documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

Documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA

Completed online application form signed by the applicant. Expiring passport: Original and most recent passport. 3 copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form plus 3 photographs. 3 recent (2” x 2” front-facing) colored photographs.

Why are US passport renewals taking so long? ›

Since 2020, shuttered passport offices and personnel cuts at the State Department have bogged down the system, with wait times for passport renewals stretching as long as 18 weeks. A slashed number of in-person appointments makes options for emergency or last-minute travel documents elusive.

Can I get passport in 3 days? ›

How long will it take to get a Tatkaal passport? A: After successful application form submission, with final status as "Granted", you can expect your passport to be dispatched on third working day excluding the date of submission of application - without waiting for the Police Verification Report.

Can I get passport in 10 days? ›

The passport application process consists of a long police verification step which will be skipped in this case until the passport is issued. The applicant will get the passport in 10 days only on the condition that the applicant gets the police verification once they receive the passport.

How can I get a normal passport quickly? ›

Step 2:Applicants will have to book an appointment for passport at the closest Passport Seva Kendra. Step 3:Four documents required for passport which are needed to procure a Passport at the earliest, these documents are - Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID along with an affidavit of no criminal case.

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