Renew Indian Passport in USA – CKGS Process by post

Indian passport renewal USA, Documents list, NRI online application form. CKGS Processing time 1-4 weeks, 3 photo. No police verification. US legal status.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20

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You can easily renew Indian Passport in USA after 10 years with CKGS.

Step by step process for re-issue of passport with Cox and Kings (CKGS) with Indian embassy in New York, Houston (Texas), Washington DC, Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois) and SFO (San Francisco, California) Indian consulate. CKGS is the official third party passport application handler for Indian Embassy in USA.

Passport Renewal Processing Time

Your Indian passport renewal will take 3-6 weeks if the last passport was issued in India.
You can get new passport in 10 days if your last passport was issued by Indian Embassy in USA.

You can apply for renewal 1 year or 365 days before expiry. We recommend applying 6 weeks before the final expiry to avoid issues with delays in processing at Indian embassy.

Documents Required Passport Renewal

  1. Expiring Passport (Original, most recent one). All other OLD passports, if any, are not required.
  2. 2×2 Inch photographs (White background, off-white is NOT allowed) – Total 3 in number. Paste 1 photo on these documents:
  3. NRI Government passport renewal application form
  4. Change of Appearance / Signature Form
  5. CKGS has recently removed Nationality Verification form which needed the third photo. They have not said if this 3rd photo is needed or not. So, you should send one lose photo in package.
  6. CKGS (Cox & Kings) Document checklist.
  7. CKGS (Cox & Kings) Online Payment Receipt.
  8. NRI Government passport renewal application form.
  9. Change of Appearance form.
  10. Annexure ‘E’ – Specimen Declaration of the applicant on a plain paper.
  11. (Optional) If you are Married and want to add your Spouse name to new passport?
    Then, include Spouse’s Passport’s front (page with picture) and back page (with address) OR Green Card, ONLY if asked for your case in ‘CKGS document checklist’. For some people, this is NOT required.
    If the Checklist asks for, then you may need to include Marriage Certificate (Indian or any other) too.
  12. Photocopy of First 5 pages of YOUR passport + last 2 pages. First page with Photo, then page numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Page number 34, 35, 36 and last page with address. Total of 10 pages.
  13. (Optional)For ECR Stamp – Copy of Highest Educational Qualification Degree. Do you need ECNR or ECR? 
  14. USA Address proof
  15. Indian Address Proof – ONLY REQUIRED if you want to ADD or CHANGE current Indian Address on your current passport.
    Current passport has Indian hostel as permanent address?
  16. US Legal Status
    Current Valid US Visa (including dependent Visa) OR I-797 OR Green card OR Employment Authorization Card (EAD) or I- 797 approval notice or Valid I-20.
    H1B / H4 Extension pending with USCIS? Apply with i797C.  US Visa – B1/B2 is NOT valid visa for passport reissue. i94 is not a valid Proof either.

CKGS Passport Application Forms

Start CKGS application here. Sample values:

Indian passport online application form cox and kings

Indian passport online application form cox and kings. Click for larger view

Postal Envelope, Payment and CKGS shipping

We recommend CKGS’s shipping option from UPS or FedEx. Both cost the same $15 each way ($30 total).

CKGS accepts payment only by online mode at step 5.

Note down application’s web reference here before clicking the ‘Pay Online’ button.

Fees for child passport renewal in USA
Fees for child passport renewal in USA

If you decide to not use CKGS shipping, remember to NOT use USPS as its not allowed by CKGS.

NRI passport Application form – India Government

At step 6 in CKGS application, you have to fill Indian passport renewal USA application form, separately on Indian government website.

CKGS creates a unique web reference ID to link to this govt. application form and provides you a link on Step 6. Click this link to fill the form.

If you fill the government’s form before CKGS step 6, then CKGS has a separate process and is NOT recommended. You will find the on CKGS home page. We are assuming you started with CKGS.

Digital photo upload – Optional

DIGITAL photo uploading is optional at this time. NO option to upload it later if you have moved past the upload photo step.

See Sample NRI online form and step by step filing instructions. It covers ‘amount to be paid’, permanent US or Indian address and period of stay abroad questions with answers.

Sample NRI online passport govt form

First fill questions/fields online on the form and then take a print for rest. Online form will guide you.

Printed form has 3 pages in total with about 29 questions/points. Q 7 to 29 need to be filled manually with hand using BLUE or BLACK ink pen only.

Update Dec 3, 2018 – CKGS has changed the NRI form and it is now filled up online. We are waiting to update the NRI form sample. If you have filled one recently, please share it with us in the comments below.

Self Attest

Only you should sign yourself on the photocopy.

  1. Your passport copy of First Five and Last two pages.
  2. Copy of Visa or Green Card or I797 approval notice.
  3. USA Address proof.
  4. Indian Address proof (If Applicable for you case).
  5. Copy of Marriage Certificate (ONLY If you are married).
  6. Spouse Passport copy (ONLY If you are married).

Notarize

Change of Appearance Form. Is AFFIDAVIT FOR CHANGE IN APPEARANCE mandatory if mine has not changed?

Package, Mailing and Tracking

  1. Arrange documents in the order of CKGS document checklist with checklist on top.
  2. (Optional) Use a small letter style envelope to keep the passport just to have an extra layer of protection.
  3. Original Expiring Passport.
  4. Use paper clip or paper pins to tie all the documents together. Do NOT use stapler.

Visit UPS/FedEx office, pick up the FREE envelope (included in the shipping fees you paid to CKGS) and send with CKGS shipping label within 15 days of generating label.
NOTE: No need to send return envelope. It will be taken care off by CKGS if you opted for CKGS shipping.

CKGS allows you to track your passport application here.

Is ECR or ECNR Proof Required for Indian Passport Renewal in USA?

The ECR, ECNR proof is not required for Indian passport renewal in USA.
The ECR/ECNR status is available on page 2 of Indian passport. If it is not there or nothing is mentioned in your passport, you can select option ECNR (Emigration check not required) on point 13.

Can I send ECR, ECNR Proof even if it is not required?

You can send photocopy of your highest educational qualification degree like MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) for ECNR proof. If you do not attach any proof and your old passport did not have the ECR stamp, you will automatically be considered eligible for ECNR.

No notarization needed. Just Self-attest with your signature and clearly mark the photocopy with “For ECNR – Documentary proof”.

How to Log In to CKGS website with Web Reference Number?

Use CKGS web reference number on the box provided at the BOTTOM of the their website to log back into CKGS website.
You must have saved your application before you can try to log back again: ckgs web reference return to application

Where to Get Indian Passport Photo in USA?

You can get Indian Passport photos at Walmart, Costco, Sams Club, CVS or Walgreens. ePassportPhoto offers free delivery and just $1.5 per picture. CostCo or Sam’s club charge approximately $4.96 for 2 passport photo.

Where Can i get Free Notary for Indian passport Renewal?

Your local city library, Bank (like Bank of America, Chase), your own office are the FREE notary options for Indian passport renewal.

USPS, Fedex and other local mail shops would charge around $5+ per page of notary.




Recent discussion on forum

  1. akhere
    akhere

    HI Anil.
    Thanks for these instructions on your website for Minor Child India passport renewal.

    You have mentioned 3 photos for the child but CKGS website checklist asks for only 2 photos.
    Which one is correct?

    Do you know if I can apply for Tatkal. How much chances to get approval for Tatkal for a immediate travel need in June but without any travel tickets proof or without any real emergency.


  2. anujajr
    anujajr

    Hi Anil,

    I have not requested any address change , and have given the same address as in passport in the Govt. website. But still “indian address proof” is check marked. Please help.

    Also, i have filled husband’s name and requested to add in new passport. But in checklist no proof/ marriage certificate requested. pls help

    Also provide first 5 pages of passport copy- Does it mean the number on beneath the page or turn the pages one after the other until you reach count 5?

    Anuja


  3. anujajr
    anujajr

    Thank you! I have shipped all documents


  4. Amol
    Amol

    Hi All,
    I refer this forum every time I need to do some immigration related work. So I want to share my experience of renewing my passport, which may help someone
    My passport is expiring in June 2020, and so is my i94. My H1 visa is valid till Jan 2021.
    I started the process for renewing my passport on 10/23/2019 and received my new passport on 11/11/2019
    Current passport has the India address. New passport now has US address.

    Documents sent to CKGS

    • Original Expiring Passport
    • 2x2 photographs - 2
    • Filled NRI Government passport renewal application form
    • CKGS Document checklist
    • CKGS payment Money Order ($131.95)
    • Change of Appearance / Signature Form - Notarized
    • Annexure ‘E’ – Specimen Declaration of the applicant on a plain paper
    • Photocopy of First 5 and last 2 pages of passport - Self Attested
    • US Driving License enlarged front & back photocopy on 2 separated pages - Self Attested
    • US Legal Status - i797 - photocopy - Notarized

    Fees : 101.95 + shipping (30.00) (CKGS standard shipping) -> Total - 131.95

    I got my spouse’s name added on the passport, however I did not send the marriage certificate as it was not listed on the generated checklist.


  5. Amol
    Amol

    @Gagan79,
    I had checked the change address option.
    Just send the US address proof, it should get updated on the new passport.

    • Amol


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  1,935 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Hetvi Patel
    Hetvi Patel 2 Apr, 19 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Can we fill the Indian passport renewal form and pay the payment at the center in New York?


  2. Vishal Tiwary
    Vishal Tiwary 28 Feb, 19 at 4:41 pm

    How long it takes to get the passsport thru post? Mine is gone to emabassy on 7th jan still no update?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 4:41 pm

      It takes about 4-6 weeks normally to get renewed Indian passport if your last passport was issued in India.


      • Vishal Tiwary
        Vishal Tiwary 28 Feb, 19 at 4:56 pm

        Ok, so for me 6 weeks is done. May be it is taking more. even ckgs is not able to tell anyhting.should i call consulate?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 4:56 pm

          Consulate will not tell you anything either. Your only option is to wait.


          • Vishal Tiwary
            Vishal Tiwary 1 Mar, 19 at 12:03 am

            Got a mail today:
            This is to inform you that Police Verification Request has been sent to the Police department (refer the following table for details) for your Passport Application (Re-Issue Passport Issuance under Normal scheme) submitted with File Number..

            Do I need to do anyhting..atleast in my bangalore address i no longer stay…


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 5:41 pm

              You do not need to do anything or can’t even do anything.

              Lets wait and watch. Normally, the Indian Passport office may just give positive report since you are in USA unless your address is a hostel address.


  3. Murugan
    Murugan 28 Feb, 19 at 9:00 am

    Hi Anil,

    I filled my Passport Renewal application on last week thru CKGS and the application is in Embassy right now.

    I justed noticed that the processing time for Washington DC is increased 4 to 6 weeks. I was planning to go to India on next weekend.

    What do i need to do to get my new passport ASAP? If i go directly to Embassy, will that help. If yes, Is there any procedure (any appointment or so)?

    Thanks!

    Murugan


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 10:06 am

      I am not aware of any process to collect passport directly from Indian Embassy. You can check with CKGS if they can do anything to expedite the process.
      I have not heard of any expedite process as such for your kind of case.


  4. Ranga
    Ranga 28 Feb, 19 at 1:36 am

    Hi Anil,

    I filled my passport application and took license photocopy, approval notice and change of appearance form for getting notary signature at Chase and BofA and US Bank. All 3 banks are not doing Notary presently for photocopies of license and approval notice. Tried with few public libraries too and they are suggesting to go to UPS. But, UPS is currently charging $10 per Notary sign, Is there any place where I can get free notary ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 10:06 am

      Try your local town’s library and they usually do it for free.
      Also, your employer’s office will have notary on payroll and they can notarize for free.


      • Ranga
        Ranga 28 Feb, 19 at 4:12 pm

        Thank you Anil for response. I will try at city library. Also I want to include my spouse name in the passport. After completion of application by adding spouse name, CKGS check-list did not prompt me for any additional documents. Question : Can I send marriage certificate copy and spouse passport copy in addition to requested documents in the check-list ? Does this serve any purpose.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 4:41 pm

          There is no need to send additional documents if CKGS check list does not ask for it.


          • Ranga
            Ranga 28 Feb, 19 at 6:21 pm

            Thanks much Anil for the timely response.


  5. Kunal Kulkarni
    Kunal Kulkarni 28 Feb, 19 at 12:22 am

    Hi Anil, When I submit my Passport for renewal through CKGS since its validity of 10 years is getting over, looks like they will issue a new Passport. When my Wife enters U.S on H4 visa, will it cause any problem for her at the port of entry since Primary (Mine) Passport is cancelled (As new Passport was issued for me) ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 9:16 am

      Each individual is governed by their own passport. Your passport expiry or renewal does not affect your wife’s H4 visa or her entry to USA.


  6. Abhishek
    Abhishek 27 Feb, 19 at 12:23 am

    My passport is expiring on October 2020. I recently got my h1b visa extended till July 2021. From what I learnt from Internet, CBP will stamp my visa till my passport expiration even though my h1b petition is valid after. Can I apply for passport renewal now? I need to go to India within next 2 months and will have to go for stamping.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 9:32 am

      First thing is that CBP does not stamp your passport. It is US embassy that gives you your Visa Stamp in Passport. Your visa stamp will be given for full validity same as your H1B i797.

      Second thing is that when you enter USA, you will be given the i94 validity based on passport expiry or Visa stamp, whichever is earlier.
      i94 is issued by CBP at port of entry.

      So, in your case, you will get short i94 as your passport is expiring earlier than your H1B validity period. You can get a new i94 after your passport is renewed.

      You can apply for Passport renewal 1 year in advance. You can check with CKGS if they will renew it now as you still have a long validity left.


  7. Irfan Athar Syed
    Irfan Athar Syed 26 Feb, 19 at 4:45 pm

    Hi,

    I have sent my documents for passport renewal last Thursday. I have checked my status. It says All verification is done. Package returned to CKGS. Does it mean everything is alright?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 4:46 pm

      What other status does it show?
      Normally, package returned to CKGS means that Embassy processed the passport and returned the new passport to CKGS.


  8. P V
    P V 26 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

    Hi,

    I am applying for passport renewal at Houston. As per checklist generated, I am asked to get the color copy notarised for US Valid visa( in my case, H4) and US address proof. Should i first self-attest these forms and get it notarized or self attest in front of the notary? what is the procedure? TIA


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 2:02 pm

      It is better to sign in front of notary on your H4 visa and address proof color copies.


  9. Jeet
    Jeet 25 Feb, 19 at 11:23 am

    Hi I have my IELTS on 23rd March 2019. I actually applied the online application for Passport renewal and paid for it.
    My Embassy is New York. If I ship toadt 02/25/2019, will I get the new passport before 03/23/2019?


    • Jeet
      Jeet 25 Feb, 19 at 11:23 am

      @spot_anil_gupta@spot_anil_gupta:disqus


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 12:30 pm

        It is possible that you get your new passport before your IELTS date but i suggest to NOT take the risk.
        It is better you apply for passport renewal after you have taken IELTS test.


  10. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:34 pm

    I just answered your same question on Truvisa here.


  11. Shiva Krishna
    Shiva Krishna 20 Feb, 19 at 3:10 pm

    Hi, i want to renew my passport from SFO indian embassy, my address is in california and i have california state id, but my university is in Kentucky. Is there any problem with the address? should my address be near the university?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 3:42 pm

      How do you study in Kentucky if you stay in California?
      Anyway, Indian Embassy does not cross verify your University details with your residence address.

      Indian embassy will just look at your valid US address proof for passport renewal.


      • Shiva Krishna
        Shiva Krishna 20 Feb, 19 at 3:42 pm

        Thank you for ur quick response


  12. Vinod KB
    Vinod KB 14 Feb, 19 at 10:43 pm

    Hi, Do you know these days. How much time it is taking at embassy for passport renewal. It says as 1-3 weeks average processing time in status. But it looks like taking more time than this right?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 9:26 am

      If your last passport was issued in Indian, you can expect to get passport renewal in about 4-6 weeks.
      If your last passport was issued by Indian Embassy in USA, you usually get the new one faster in about 1 week.

      There is no official data shared by Indian embassy for passport renewal.


  13. savita
    savita 13 Feb, 19 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, I have to get name changed in my passport & by mistake for applicants name Ive typed my previous name& surname instead of the new name. Since I have paid the money I did not want to cancel it, Is there any way I can change the name of the form?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 4:59 pm

      There is no way to edit the application. You have to cancel and re-do it.
      Or you can ask CKGS if they can help but I doubt.


  14. raj
    raj 9 Feb, 19 at 10:28 am

    Hi, My indian passport expires sept 2020. Ideally renewal shpild be atleast 365 days before expiry. However, I got married recently and would like to add my spouse’s name in it. Can I do it now or should I wait for a few months to renew it with name adding of my spouse.Thank you


    • raj
      raj 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Sorry about the typo- “should be”


      • raj
        raj 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

        Thank you for your response. I filled up the application form for changing my name on the Indian Passport post marriage. However, the form appears to ask for a newspaper advertisement which does not seem to be needed. On the other hand it does not ask for a copy of my marriage certificate.

        Can you please let me know if I should fill out the application in another way ?Thank you for your response. I filled up the application form for changing my name on the Indian Passport post marriage. However, the form appears to ask for a newspaper advertisement which does not seem to be needed. On the other hand it does not ask for a copy of my marriage certificate.

        Can you please let me know if I should fill out the application in another way ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

          This is strange. Never heard of it before. Looks like you may have chosen wrong options.
          You can start the application again and choose Name change after marriage.


          • raj
            raj 11 Feb, 19 at 8:10 am

            Thank you for your valuable input.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:26 pm

        You can apply for adding spouse name to your passport anytime you like. They will issue a new passport with new 10 year validity.


  15. Ramendu Guin
    Ramendu Guin 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi,

    My Indian address is same, there is no change. But as my district got recently divide into two (East and West) in the new passport application in the address field, after my exact old address they are adding the new district name.
    Does this need an Indian address proof? I did not opted for any address change while filling the application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      I think this will be counted as different address and you would need address proof.
      They match address word by word.


  16. Vamsi Krishna Maringanti
    Vamsi Krishna Maringanti 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi,
    Does the Indian consulate do an address verification and check if I live at the address? My parents have rented our old house and I don’t have an address proof for my new indian address.

    Can I just go for passport renewal with no address change and use the old address?

    Thanks,
    Vamsi


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Address verification is not usually done by Indian Embassy.
      If your current address in passport is NOT same as can be verified, i suggest to get USA address printed on your new passport.

      It is easier and hassle free than to prove your Indian address.


  17. Khanna
    Khanna 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Hi,

    Can you please help with the below question?

    In the GOI passport application – passport preview page is showing place of birth as
    TOWN, DISTRICT , STATE whereas in current passport it is only TOWN, DISTRICT and so what should be done here as STATE is not present in the current passport but is a mandatory field in GOI passport application ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      As per my opinion, you can mention the state as its a mandatory field.
      It should be okay.


      • khanna
        khanna 12 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks Anil.
        Emailed CKGS and got a response saying the same and interestingly they also mentioned no need to send address proof for indian address if the state name is changed due to bifurcation.

        one more question …Just noticed that for both my parents names , in the current passport given name and surname are reversed and in the renewal form I filled them correctly and so in this case what should be done ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

          You should be fine as long as you have the names correct with correct spelling.


  18. Ramendu Guin
    Ramendu Guin 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    I just filled the new fully online Government form. Here is the Sample NRI online passport govt form for your reference.

    https://passport.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/Sample_Govt%20Form_new.pdf?z=1


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.


  19. Suman Sarkar
    Suman Sarkar 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I am applying passport renewal for my wife from SFO. She is on H4 visa and does not have any US address proof document. Current apartment lease has only my name and all other (electricity, internet..) bills also has my name on it. I am not sure what to submit for her US address proof document. I am on H1 visa and she is my dependent. Can I submit my US address proof document? Please let me know.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      You can get her State ID and then use it as address proof.


      • Suman Sarkar
        Suman Sarkar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thanks Anil for quick reply. Today I called ckgs, they said I can give my address proof and also one letter mentioning my wife is on h4 Visa and she does not have any US address proof. That will work.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:15 am

          Ok.. good if that will work. Thanks for sharing the information.


        • Neha Gupta
          Neha Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 3:08 pm

          Hi Suman,

          I am also in same situation as your wife, wanted to ask you if this worked out for you? or did you face any issues? thanks in advance.


          • Suman Sarkar
            Suman Sarkar 25 Feb, 19 at 4:47 pm

            Hi Neha, no issue at all. CKGS and CGI San Francisco accepted the documents and my wife got her new passport.


            • Neha Gupta
              Neha Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 6:07 pm

              Thanks for the Quick Reply Suman. I will be applying at the Chicago office, hope they accept it there too.
              Thanks again.


  20. satishvarmadandu
    satishvarmadandu 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    hi Anil,
    Thanks for providing the details here. Very helpful. I have 1 question regarding
    Is your passport printable address out of India
    I am applying from US, so i need to provide my US address right where as my current passport has indian address. So the address on my passport changes from India -> US address ?. For this address change; do i need to provide any more proofs other my US drivers license?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Yes, US address proof is required and driver’s license should be good.


      • satishvarmadandu
        satishvarmadandu 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

        Thanks for the quick reply. So does it come under “Change of address” in the passport.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:42 am

          Yes.


  21. Vittal Vijay
    Vittal Vijay 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    I had applied 5 weeks ago in Washington consulate, and my application is stuck in Washington consulate since last 5 weeks.
    Is this processing time normal for renewal.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      Yes, then normal processing time is 4 to 6 weeks.


  22. Adhiraj Singh
    Adhiraj Singh 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    @SoanT
    Hi anil

    Is there an official form for change of appearance?
    Pic in my last passport is from 2009 so I guess I need to send in new photos .
    I could not find any PDFs form on ckgs website. Kindly share link of change of appearance affidavit.

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      Change in Appearance form should be added automatically by CKGS online application. You can download right from there.


  23. Saaransh Jain
    Saaransh Jain 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am in the process of passport renewal and have Indian address in my current passport. Is there a specific form that I need to fill for change of address in CKGS? I followed every step that CKGS suggested but cannot see such form. Please advise.

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      There is no form for address change. Whatever you filled on CKGS website is sufficient if you selected correct options.


  24. Mango Man
    Mango Man 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am renewing the Passport after 10 years, In the Online NRI form, should I enter US Address or India Address?

    They say we have to prove my eligibility to use Foriegn address, is this some special proof or just provide US Drivers license is enough.
    Actually they don’t mention how to prove my eligibility of using Foriegn Address.

    -Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

      Valid US proof list is mentioned above. Driving license is acceptable.


  25. Manga Thokku
    Manga Thokku 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi:

    For the USA address proof, should we provide the rental lease, utility and driver’s license? Or are only a couple of them needed?

    –Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

      One one of them is required to prove address.


  26. Rakesh K
    Rakesh K 14 Jan, 19 at 9:48 am

    hi Anil,
    I got a new job and trying to initiate a H1-b transfer. I noticed that my passport is going to expire in 4 months.
    Can i mention H1-b transfer as a reason and get Tatkal service? would they allow that or does it have to be a medical emergency to be eligible for Tatkaal?

    Please advice


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

      You can try worth reason as H1B transfer. They should be able to do it.
      If not, you will still get new passport in 4-6 weeks.


  27. Vishal Tiwary
    Vishal Tiwary 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi,
    I have different signature on DL and passport. I am opting for no signature change, would it cause issue?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

      They will match signature on your passport with one you do on passport forms. It should be okay in my opinion.


      • Vishal Tiwary
        Vishal Tiwary 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

        Thanks. It is better to send the electric bill as address proof as there is no signature on that. That will work?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

          Address proof should be notarized.


          • Vishal Tiwary
            Vishal Tiwary 9 Feb, 19 at 10:49 am

            No, in new document it tells self attested copy…notary is only change of appearance


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              Good. Then, you can submit electronic copy.


  28. sai
    sai 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi,
    I have experienced a strange error while submitting “NRI PASSPORT FORM”. The error it shows is “You have chosen reason for reissue as ‘Validity Expired within three years/Due to Expire’. Accordingly, a date between ’25/12/2015′ and ’24/12/2019′ can be specified as Passport Expiry Date”.
    Actually my passport issue date is 19/11/2009 and expiry date is 18/11/2019. I don’t understand why it is not allowing me to submit the form. can you help me with this issue?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 9:49 am

      Looks like a technical issue on CKGS website. You should email them and ask for a resolution.


  29. Rajat Sharma
    Rajat Sharma 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hey

    My Wife and Son, going to expire soon. I am looking for renewal option.
    I don’t want USA address on the passport rather i would like to have Indian original address.

    So, my question is – If i apply via CKGS in USA, what is the procedure/documentation require to keep the Indian address on the passport.
    Appreciate your response.

    Thanks
    Rajat


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      Please read the article above. It has all the details.


  30. Ranjith
    Ranjith 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi,

    Two days ago, I applied my passport renewal and i got rejection of mismatch of place of birth column so they returned my documents along with original passport. They asked me to re apply.

    But from where i need to start my process ? Please suggest me.

    Quick question : I have applied on Regular base, can i change regular process to Tatkal while re applying

    Thanks,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      You have to re-start from scratch. Completely new application.


  31. medha
    medha 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    hi,

    i filled the form on the government website for passport renewal after completing payment on CKGS website. It generated a reference number in format 19-then 10 digits. When i go back to CKGS and click on Already filled in the Government Online NRI Passport Form, it gives error to put valid web reference number. Please help if I am doing it wrong way!!
    I enter the complete reference number starting with 19 , removing -, due to field validation.


  32. Aziz Tharani
    Aziz Tharani 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    hi I have applied for renewal of my passport in sanfranciso brach. it has been pass the 3 weeks timeline. the office said they have send the passport to ministry of india. how long does it take for them to print passport in India and send it back?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      Total passport processing time ranges from 4-6 weeks.


      • satishvarmadandu
        satishvarmadandu 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

        hi Aziz,
        how long does it took for your passport renewal ?


  33. Nantri Nathan
    Nantri Nathan 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    hi Anil,
    My last passport issue in USA. Now I need to renew. I recently applied for i-485. My mother’s name is different(2 character mistake) in my birth certificate and in my passport. In my i485 , I gave the mother name based on my mother’s birth certificate.

    In the new passport , can I change my mother’s name and giving my birth certificate as a name change proof?
    what is the process to change mother’s name in passport? any delay would happen?
    Also for i-485 biometrics and final interview, do I need the passport in case my passport is pending in renewal?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

      1. I am not sure about process to change mother name in Indian passport. You should use the same name as written in your current passport name unless you have opted for change.
      There may be an option to correct name while filing online application, but I am not sure if I remember it.

      2. For i485 interview, you will need your valid passport.


      • Nantri Nathan
        Nantri Nathan 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

        Thanks Anil. For my i485, I gave my mother’s name as in my birth certificate. My passport has 2 character spelling mistake.
        Will be any issue in the interview due to this spelling mistake?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

          It is better to get it fixed in your passport and keep all information same to avoid any issues.


  34. vipin
    vipin 17 Dec, 18 at 1:13 pm

    Hi

    For applying passport in tatkal before filling the application we need get approval from them


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Dec, 18 at 1:17 pm

      Yes, you have to first take tatkal approval from Indian Embassy.


  35. vipin
    vipin 17 Dec, 18 at 1:09 pm

    Hi
    For applying tatkal they asked me to end an email prior filling the application


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Dec, 18 at 1:10 pm

      How can i help?


  36. hgwells
    hgwells 12 Dec, 18 at 10:54 pm

    Hi,

    My current passport has Bangalore-Karnataka as the place of birth. But when I fill out the NRI form, the only option I have is State: Karnataka District: Bengaluru. Will this be fine?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Dec, 18 at 12:04 am

      Should be fine. They have changed the NRI form last week and made it completely online. Earlier it was required to be filled by hand.


      • hgwells
        hgwells 13 Dec, 18 at 12:16 am

        Thanks Anil!


  37. Vishal Tiwary
    Vishal Tiwary 12 Dec, 18 at 12:05 am

    Hi,

    I do not have aadhar card, what should I write in passport application form? It is not allowing to proceed further?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 6:26 am

      Not sure what can be written as this change has just been made last week by CKGs and they have not intimated about options.

      You should email CKGS and ask about it.


  38. Nitin
    Nitin 10 Dec, 18 at 10:52 pm

    The Govt online NRI Passport website / application form changed recently. Its no more generating web reference number instead is generates application reference number that does not start with USAxxxxxxxx. The website look and feel also changed. Nowhere there are instructions for manual/handwritten updates. I’m so confused. Can someone help ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Dec, 18 at 11:02 pm

      I just checked and the NRI form is still same.
      Looks like you are talking about CKGS website. You have to start your application from CKGS website and then at Step 6, you will asked to fill NRI online form.


  39. Aditya
    Aditya 9 Dec, 18 at 4:02 pm

    I have started my application with CKGS but not finished it. After looking at the article and comments here, I am a bit confused about if I need to select Change of Address. My passport was issued in India and has my Indian address on it. I currently live in US but I do not want to change my address on the passport. CKGS asked me my US address and I put it there. Does that mean I need to select change of address? So far I have not seen any option to add/change Indian address. Is it part of the Government of India online passport form?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Dec, 18 at 4:14 pm

      If you do not want to change your printed Indian address on your passport, then no proof is needed and no need to choose ‘ change address’.


  40. Ram
    Ram 8 Dec, 18 at 12:47 pm

    Hi- Checklist says 3 photographs to be affixed in 1. online passport form 2. Change of apperance/signature form .
    Can you tell me , where is the 3rd place to affix the photograph ?
    Now , there is no nationality verification .


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 1:00 pm

      Nationality verification form has been removed on dec 1, 2018 and hence no picture is required to be pasted on it.
      You can send the extra third picture in the packet at this time due to non clarity from CKGS.


      • Ram
        Ram 8 Dec, 18 at 1:07 pm

        Thanks !


  41. Ravi
    Ravi 8 Dec, 18 at 9:57 am

    Hi Anil,
    thanks a lot for quick response.
    sorry, i need more clarification based on your answers.
    1. CKGS is closed until monday and my walk in appointment is on tuesday. per their website I have re-schedule my appointment within 48 hrs, means by tomorrow morning. If I wait until monday to get their answer on appointment acceptance with new application – they might charge me no show charge for breaking 48 hr window? or do they respond via email on weekend?
    2. for cancellation of application CKGS website says
    Yes. You can cancel your passport application as per your requirement. However, in case of cancellation of application, CKGS service fees and convenience fees will not be refunded. per your comments they only charge convenience fees and not CKGS service? is this something recently change?
    3. on my account page, below payment section they are asking me reason for address change and there is a submit button. not sure because I chose no to address change and added USA address, i got this option? not sure if you have seen this before?
    please let me know. TIA


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 10:07 am

      1. I don’t think they respond on email on weekends.
      2. Not sure where I mentioned that they don’t charge CKGS fees. This is the detail of what will they refund based on the application stage: https://www.am22tech.com/passport-refund-policy-in-usa/
      3. I am not aware of this option.


      • Ravi
        Ravi 8 Dec, 18 at 10:20 am

        For 3. I wrote in a box that i want to add USA address instead of Indian address and hit submit. now my account says You have sent the request for address change.
        For 2. sorry for the confusion, website says if you cancel application CKGS service fees and convenience fees will not be refunded. per your link in option 1 CKGS fees is refundable? sorry if i am confusing more.
        TIA


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 10:25 am

          Follow the website if they say it is refundable. I just wrote information based on what I understand from the refund policy.
          Also, i suggest to talk to CKGS first before cancelling your application. They may or may not allow the application to process as it it.


          • Ravi
            Ravi 8 Dec, 18 at 10:37 am

            thanks Anil. you are life saver. I have 2 thoughts at this time.
            1. go ahead with application – as CKGS already got my request to address change on my account page. and for birth of place i was thinking to support it with my birth record with have city and state. I dont have INDIA as country/district. its a risk but I am weighing this or other option.
            OR
            2. start refund and will probably loose CKGS fees and another week as there is no appointment next week. Risk is money and time. but I think its same for option if they ask for more documents or reject my application.
            as I said earlier i wished i had seen this forum before, so i could have called CKGS in time. will see.
            i really appreciate all the answer. thanks for your help.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 10:44 am

              You are welcome.


  42. Ravi
    Ravi 8 Dec, 18 at 12:07 am

    Clarification on no. 3 place of birth. i only have city but new NRI application preview shows city, state.


  43. Ravi
    Ravi 7 Dec, 18 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I really wish I would have seen this forum before i completed my application, while reading all comments I do see i might have made some mistake :-). Please let me know what i should do to fix them.
    I took walk in option as for my passport renewal at DC application center.
    1. I said no to miscellaneous service but i chose to add USA address on my passport? I am assuming I need to re-fill the CKGS application form
    2. I dont see nationality verification form in my checklist, is that normal?
    3. In NRI application form preview, I see City and State. where as my current passport only have city in it. I thought State is mandatory while filling the form?
    4. I am assuming based on I will have to start new CKGS and NRI application but I already paid for application. Can I keep my same appointment with new application?
    Please let me know what you think? Thanks in advance and I really appreciate all the help. thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 5:42 am

      1. Yes, you should choose ‘Change of address’ if your current passport has any other address than your current US address.
      2. Nationality verification form has been removed by CKGS recently in December from required document list. So, you are good there.
      3. No, the place of birth should exactly match as your current passport, else, your application will be rejected by CKGS. See this person’s experience earlier:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/place-of-birth-in-the-nri-form-does-not-match-the-place-of-birth-mentioned-in-the-indian-passport/422
      4. If you cancel your application, you probably have to re-do everything including the appointment. You can check with CKGS if they will honor the same appointment time or not.


  44. Aditya
    Aditya 1 Dec, 18 at 10:09 am

    Hi Anil. I am applying to Washington application center. I have a question in the Application form filled on Government website. Under family details I filled my fathers and mothers names. But in the downloaded form there are additional fields for their nationality and passport number. Can I fill these fields by hand?

    Thanks in advance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Dec, 18 at 11:19 am

      Printed form has 3 pages in total with about 29 questions/points. Q 7 to 29 need to be filled manually with hand using BLUE or BLACK ink pen only.


      • Aditya
        Aditya 6 Dec, 18 at 11:21 am

        Thanks for the reply. I have another question. My current passport has only city name in place of birth. But while filling the application form on government site I filled state too. So in the preview page of application form, the place of birth has city, state now. I sent en email to CKGS and they sent it to the embassy. Reply from embassy is to submit a written signed statement for this. I believe that means they want me to confirm that my place of birth is not changing and this difference is acceptable. I am in 2 minds about what to do. Should I just cancel the just current application and fill a new one? If so, how do I cancel it and how much amount is refunded if cancelled before sending the documents?

        I downloaded the UPS shipping label for sending to CKGS. If I cancel and fill a new application I guess I can use the downloaded label as my own shipping label. But I don’t see the option to download the return label. Is there a way to download that too?


  45. Black
    Black 27 Nov, 18 at 11:31 am

    Hi Anil, Thanks for the Detailed Guide.
    I have a question with “Change Of Address”. My current passport has Indian Address and as part of Re-Issue and submitting US address.
    So should I check “Change of Address under Miscellaneous? I already submitted the application without checking that option (but yet to Fedex the application).
    Should I start a new application?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 12:20 pm

      You should have selected “Change of address” as you are changing your address from previous one.
      If you want to start a new application now, you will have to first cancel the current one, get the refund and start a new one from scratch.

      What you can do is check with CKGS if they can accept your application as it is and then you can avoid cancelling it.
      CKGS phone support is charged per minute. Email support is free.

      CKGS Refund policy: https://www.am22tech.com/passport-refund-policy-in-usa/


      • Black
        Black 28 Nov, 18 at 7:40 am

        Anil, thanks for the quick response. For everybody’s information, CKGS did NOT allow any edits to change particulars in application and asked me to cancel and restart the application. I have 2 questions regarding cancellation and fresh application, not sure if anybody has the answer, and I will be asking the same to CKGS.

        1) Since I have not used the FedEx label, can I reuse that for the new application?
        2) Am assuming I have to cancel the Government Passport application too and start a fresh one, can I do that with the same registration?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Nov, 18 at 7:54 am

          1. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not refundable if you have already downloaded the shipping label. You have to pay it again with your new application.
          Not sure if they allow using the existing label that you have already downloaded.

          I have not seen that option while creating new application.

          2. Yes, you will have to re-fill the online NRI form too.


          • Black
            Black 28 Nov, 18 at 9:21 am

            Thanks Anil, CKGS informed me that I can use my existing Fedex label as my own airway courier for my new application. But am not sure how can I get the return label. Not sure how to retrieve the return label for me to use in the new application. Should I create a new return label with Fedex? Am just trying to save 30$, if not at least 15$.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 28 Nov, 18 at 9:36 am

              That’s what I was also thinking on how to do it since CKGS online system does not give any such option.
              You probably have to buy a return shipping label yourself now and send it with your application if they are allowing you to use the existing Fedex “you to CKGS” label.


            • Aditya
              Aditya 6 Dec, 18 at 12:33 pm

              How did you handle the return shipping label? I am in a similar situation. Appreciate your response.


  46. asood
    asood 24 Nov, 18 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, silly question. Was just wondering if someone could help on the weekend! I am a J1 exchange visitor here, passport runs out before program does and am attempting to renew online. While trying to complete the online passport submission the only options for proof of legal status in USA are : green card/EAD/I797/I20/Valid Dependent Visa. Since our program functions no DS2019 and J visa, we are permitted to work as long as the DS remains active even if our visa is expired (which is my case). Would you know what to enter here?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Nov, 18 at 3:19 pm

      There used to be an option of valid visa earlier but they have removed it now.
      You should either call CKGS or write them an email asking for what should you submit.


      • asood
        asood 6 Dec, 18 at 10:07 pm

        Thanks Anil. Got the asnwer, have to select EAD and enter the DS number below that. Just in case someone else needs help…


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Dec, 18 at 6:50 am

          Great. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.


  47. asood
    asood 24 Nov, 18 at 12:41 pm

    Hi, Was just wondering if someone could help on the weekend! I am a J1 exchange visitor here, passport runs out before program does and am attempting to renew online. While trying to complete the online passport submission the only options for proof of legal status in USA are : green card/EAD/I797/I20/Valid Dependent Visa. Since our program functions no DS2019 and J visa, we are permitted to work as long as the DS remains active even if our visa is expired (which is my case). Would you know what to enter here?


  48. bk3004
    bk3004 24 Nov, 18 at 9:03 am

    Hi- Checklist says 3 photographs. Are the including the photographs pasted on different forms or over and above those we need to give 3 more?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Nov, 18 at 9:29 am

      The 3 photos that you have pasted on forms are sufficient. No extra photos required.


      • bk3004
        bk3004 24 Nov, 18 at 9:55 am

        Thank you very much. This is very helpful.


  49. Chak
    Chak 19 Nov, 18 at 10:32 am

    Hi…will permanent address be changed after choosing USA address as permanent? Or we have to use Indian permanent address as permanent address and USA address as present address? As I chose USA as my permanent address, is it still reasonable to use Indian address as permanent address while applying reissue or renew Indian passport?

    Is there any police verification for reissue or renew in home country after applying abroad?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Nov, 18 at 10:10 pm

      Indian embassy does send request to Indian regional passport office to get clearance before renewing your Indian passport.
      So, you have to give Indian address.


  50. Japan Patel
    Japan Patel 18 Nov, 18 at 9:08 pm

    Hi,

    I have a question. Does the rental agreement have to have the signature page? The rental agreement is several pages long. Which pages should I submit specifically?

    Thanks,
    Japan


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Nov, 18 at 9:45 pm

      The first page with start and end date of lease and the last page with signatures is fine .


      • Japan Patel
        Japan Patel 19 Nov, 18 at 11:17 am

        Okay thank you 🙂


  51. Bindu
    Bindu 17 Nov, 18 at 1:20 pm

    Hi,
    I am applying for reissue of passport in USA as my passport is about to expire. I have completed filling all the forms and payment. I have also paid for shipping both ways. I have the following questions:
    1) When I log into My Account on CKGS site for printing the documents I am seeing Authority Letter for Collection of Passport in the document list. Do I need to fill that too and send it along with my documents? This document is not mentioned in my checklist.
    2) In the CKGS website it is mentioned ‘Print the document checklist and tick the boxes’. Where do I tick the boxes? There is no option by default most of the checkboxes are already selected.

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Nov, 18 at 2:05 pm

      1. Yes, authority letter is required and it is for your consent to let CKGS pick up your passport from Indian embassy after renewal.
      2. Ignore the checking of check boxes on checklist. CKGS is silly!


      • Bindu
        Bindu 17 Nov, 18 at 2:54 pm

        Thanks for your reply. So the Authority form is asking me to fill the below information:
        1) Name of Immediate Family Member – Do I need to fill this?
        2) ID Number of the Representative – Not sure what to mention here
        3) Contact Details/ Address and Telephone No – Do I need to fill this? If yes, I will give the immediate family member information right?

        Do I need to fill this information or just sign,send it and they will fill the information on their end?
        Thank you


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Nov, 18 at 3:18 pm

          Just sign and send it. No need to fill this information.


          • Bindu
            Bindu 17 Nov, 18 at 4:36 pm

            Thank you so much.


  52. Sureka Pothapu
    Sureka Pothapu 16 Nov, 18 at 3:21 pm

    Hi I have recently renewed my passport and I got my new passport also , is there any police verification in India , because after 5 months I got verification in India .. is that possible ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 3:24 pm

      The chances are very low that police verification is being done so late and that too after 5 months of passport issuance.


  53. LOLO
    LOLO 14 Nov, 18 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Anil, I feel like I finally landed on the correct page. My husband’s Indian passport expires on March 5 2019. I booked a vacation as a surprise and to my horror after booking realized that some countries require atleast 6 months of passport validity. We stay in NC and are permanent Residents (green Card). With 14 business days prior to our travel I now am unsure of what to do. Is there a possibility for an expedited passport renewal? Do I go to DC (travel is 5-6hrs) and knock at the embassy door ? Is there a way I can get this passport renewed before December 7. Last time the passport was renewed in Washington DC in 2009.


    • LOLO
      LOLO 14 Nov, 18 at 11:49 pm

      The country we are traveling to is Mexico.


    • LOLO
      LOLO 15 Nov, 18 at 12:12 am

      To sum it up:
      Date of Travel to Mexico is 8 Dec 2018- Return is 15 dec 2018
      Last the passport was renewed at Washington DC
      Indian Passport.
      Passport expires March 5 2019
      Green card holders
      Living in Cary, North Carolina.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 12:30 am

        As already said, tatkal service is the only option but embassy may or may not approve tatkal request based on your tatkal reason.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 12:26 am

      You can apply for tatkal passport service but that would also take at-least 4-5 days.
      Embassy does not entertain passport renewal directly. You have to go through CKGS passport services for renewal.


  54. Sreekanth
    Sreekanth 14 Nov, 18 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve applied for renewal of my CA state driver’s license because of change of address within the state and I’ve currently been issued an interim DL with my current address. Will my interim driver’s license (has my current address printed on it but valid only for the next 60 days) in combination with my current driver’s license (has my old address but with expiration date that matches my current visa validity end date) suffice as a valid US address proof for passport renewal? Since an interim driver’s license does not have a photograph, I was informed my current driver’s license may be used as a photo proof.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 18 at 6:48 pm

      I am not sure if interim license is accepted by CKGS. You can email them to confirm.
      Temporary learner’s licenses are acceptable though.


  55. sadhana singh
    sadhana singh 12 Nov, 18 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My passport is good thru march 2019, i started filling online form for passport renewal in september 2018 but i could not complete it due to some reasons and i did not pay and submit then so can i start a fresh one today from scratch.TIA


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 6:14 am

      Yes, you can start fresh application now.


      • sadhana singh
        sadhana singh 13 Nov, 18 at 5:37 pm

        Thank you !
        one more query,
        I forgot to upload the pic and now i am on payment page , can i upload later or should i again start a new application?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 5:46 pm

          Uploading photo on NRI online form is optional. You can send your application without uploading photo with no issues.
          Details:
          https://www.am22tech.com/forgot-to-upload-photo-on-nri-online-passport-renewal-form/


          • sadhana singh
            sadhana singh 15 Nov, 18 at 11:22 pm

            Hi Anil,

            thank you for so much info.

            question,
            if i want to keep my address same as on old passport then do i need to provide address proof as the address mentioned on my old passport is no longer our address but my adhaar card has my new indian address? should i change my indian address on passport which is my current indian address and the same is on adhaar card.

            please suggest.

            Thank you!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 16 Nov, 18 at 8:06 am

              If you do not want to change your current address on passport, then no proof is required.
              If you want to change the Indian address to match your aadhar card, then Indian address proof is required.

              I suggest getting the address changed.


              • sadhana singh
                sadhana singh 27 Nov, 18 at 4:07 am

                thank you.
                i have completed step 6 which is online NRI passport application and i took the print of 3 pages.I will fill it manually but my question is what to do with step 7 , do i need to fill it now and submit, and then i need to arrange all my docs physically and submit to ckgs( i have choosen walk-in)?


            • sadhana singh
              sadhana singh 27 Nov, 18 at 2:00 am

              thank you.
              i have completed step 6 which is online NRI passport application and i took the print of 3 pages.I will fill it manually but my question is what to do with step 7 , do i need to fill it now and submit, and then i need to arrange all my docs physically and submit to ckgs( i have choosen walk-in)?


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 9:22 am

                Yes, complete all online steps and then submit your application. Take all printouts and then walk-in to CKGS office for final submission.


                • sa
                  sa 27 Nov, 18 at 6:01 pm

                  i completed step 6 yesterday and today when i am searching my application then payment receipt has come up with a message saying FILL THE ONLINE NRI PASSPORT FORM OF THE INDIAN GOVT SITE which is step 6 which i have already completed yesterday and when i click on this message it directs me to step 6 which is showing red not green, please suggest.
                  thank you!


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 6:04 pm

                    I have never seen this error. If you are not able to proceed, it is a good idea to contact CKGS.


                    • sadhana singh
                      sadhana singh 29 Nov, 18 at 2:37 am

                      Hi,
                      Anil somehow we fixed it.One last question,change of appearance form needs to notarized in either of the case (i have no change in appearance)?
                      Thank you!


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 29 Nov, 18 at 6:35 am

                      Yes, change of appearance needs to be notarized irrespective of if your appearance changed or not.


                    • Sadhana singh
                      Sadhana singh 29 Nov, 18 at 4:31 pm

                      Thank you so much….such a perfect plateform for all queries.
                      I am adding my hubby on my passport so do i need to sign on his passport copy or him?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 29 Nov, 18 at 5:16 pm

                      It’s better you both sign.


                    • sadhana singh
                      sadhana singh 30 Nov, 18 at 9:10 pm

                      Thank you so much Anil !

                      I have submitted my docs today.

                      you helped a lot.

                      thank you again!


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 30 Nov, 18 at 10:11 pm

                      You are welcome. I am glad I could help.


  56. Vignesh
    Vignesh 1 Nov, 18 at 9:24 am

    HI Anil,

    I completed my CKGS form, passport application and also paid my fee.

    I am about to mail all the documents to CKGS. I just noticed that on the Govt Passport Application Form , the place of birth is “Chennai” ,in my passport it is “Chennai TamilNadu”

    On the printed govt application form, can i write tamilnadu near chennai.? (.Pleae note Chennai is printed on the form) Or should i cancel and start my application from start ?

    Thanks,
    Vignesh


  57. SISHIR
    SISHIR 27 Oct, 18 at 11:39 am

    Hello Anil,

    I completed my steps for passport renewal on ckgs website and paid for processing my application and I was redirected to fill in the online Government NRI form where I had made a mistake on the naming of my city back in India. However, without cross checking the details I proceeded the application and later realized the mistake. On doing this I want to refill my Government NRI application however I intiated a refund for the application I paid for. Do I get some sort of confirmation on the refund, and should I wait for the refund or Can I go ahead and start a fresh application with ckgs irrespective of the pending one.

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Oct, 18 at 2:26 pm

      You will get the refund for your application.
      In the mean time, you can start a new application.


  58. Joyal Patel
    Joyal Patel 26 Oct, 18 at 5:34 pm

    Hello Anil,

    I am going to Renew my India Passport and Below I have some Query related that.

    1. Is that compulsory to fill “Authority Letter for Collection of Passport” ? If yes Then Can I Write My Uncle name? Because I used their address as a permanent resident.( I recently moved in USA so I don’t have any proof apart from their house)
    2. I used permanent resident in Chicago and recently I moved in Houston, So May I submit document in Houston office or I have to Ship that in Chicago ?.
    3. Now I am going to I add my Spouse name, So Marriage Certificate copy is enough as a proof or do I have to show them more documents?

    Please Advice!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Oct, 18 at 5:47 pm

      1. Yes, filling authority letter is mandatory.
      This is to give authority to CKGS to collect your passport from Indian embassy.
      Use your uncle’s address as mailing address.

      2. The Indian embassy will be dependent on the address proof that you will submit. You can’t choose it yourself.
      When you start your application, CKGS will ask you to choose your address state and then choose embassy automatically.

      3. Marriage certificate is enough.


      • Joyal Patel
        Joyal Patel 26 Oct, 18 at 5:52 pm

        Sound Good! I appreciated.

        Thank you for your Quick Response.


  59. KARTHIK
    KARTHIK 21 Oct, 18 at 10:29 am

    Hello Anil,
    For ‘Period of stay abroad’ in Nationality Verification form, I entered my total period of actual stay in US excluding the months that I travelled to India as vacation (similar to Tax days calculation). But in the Govt. Online Passport Form, it asks for Period of “continuous” residence in abroad which will be the no.of days from the latest US entry date. So in my case, both of these don’t match. Should I make sure they match or is it fine? I see that in the samples that you provided, they do not match. Your advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you!

    – Karthik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Oct, 18 at 10:35 am

      It is better that you make sure that they match. They usually do not care about how much time you write there but, it should still match.
      Recently, we have seen that CKGS is returning applications even if there is a small mismatch in information between CKGS and online form values.

      So, i would advice you to write the same time in Online NRI form that you have mentioned in CKGS application.


  60. Sai Kiran
    Sai Kiran 20 Oct, 18 at 9:44 am

    Hi Anil,

    My son is on H4 status here.If his passport expires(his current I-94 is valid till 2021),will he become out of status ? Just want to know if assport expiry will cause any out of status issues?

    Is there any time limit below which the passport need to be renewed after the expiry date to avoid out of status issues in USA.Please suggest?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Oct, 18 at 11:24 am

      Passport expiry does not cause out of status but you should renew passport before it expires to avoid other issues.

      Passport is an important identity document for your son outside home country.


  61. rsmth
    rsmth 18 Oct, 18 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, I have submitted my passport for renewal and its in transit to ckgs from the embassy but CKGS called me saying my return shipping label is missing and i have to send the prepaid return label to get my passport at the CKGS. I am not understanding where and how to create a return shipping label? Can someone guide me please?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Oct, 18 at 1:40 pm

      Did you pay for CKGS shipping or used your own shipping envelopes?

      If you used CKGS shipping, they would have used their own return envelope.

      If you used your own, you need to send a return envelope with a return shipping label. You can email them to ask for more details on how to send and where to send.


  62. Samir
    Samir 11 Oct, 18 at 12:40 pm

    Hello AM22Tech members and Anil,
    I had submitted my Passport renewal application to CKGS, DC last Thursday and it was delivered on Friday. It has in the “Received” stage since Monday at CKGS-DC. I checked passport renewal timelines on immihelp and your website. In both places, applicants have indicated that their application changed from “Recieved” to “Verified” on the same day. I am not sure what to do. Anyone with a similar experience.
    Samir


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Oct, 18 at 2:38 pm

      No need to worry. If there is any issue with your application, CKGS will contact you. Sometimes, the processing time may be a little bit more for some people. But, there is no need to worry.


  63. Anu
    Anu 10 Oct, 18 at 11:12 am

    Hello,
    Thank you for the detailed information you have presented here. For change of address(I need that updated), they need proof in the form of utility bill for my Indian address (my father’s home). However, the utility bill is in my father’s name and not in my name (as I do not reside in India). Can I still use it, as it has the address? I cannot submit the other forms of India address proof (do not have aadhar card (has been NRI for over 10 years now) or Indian driving license or the Indian Government bank statement with picture). Please, suggest what you think might be a good option.
    Thank you.
    Best,
    Anu


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Oct, 18 at 11:26 am

      If you do not have Indian address proof on your name, i don’t think you can get it printed in new passport.
      You can check with CKGS if they will accept your father’s utility bill. I have not heard of it though.


  64. SSK
    SSK 10 Oct, 18 at 11:09 am

    Hi Anil ,

    Here is my situation , A few days back realized about my passport expiry while the NY consulate was shutdown & I have only 1 month left on my passport expiry period.Meanwhile , i am moving from my current city to NYC & haven’t decided about the stay. If i apply now in CKGS website, i am not sure if i can have my current address for passport return or can i give any of my friends apartment unit on the same address.. Can i still wait until i move to NYC which will be decided in next 2 weeks?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Oct, 18 at 11:25 am

      You can apply anytime before passport expiry. Will you be able to get the address proof for your new address quickly?
      Like a lease contract or other proof?
      If yes, then it is better to wait.


      • SSK
        SSK 10 Oct, 18 at 12:18 pm

        Thank you Anil..I don’t think i could get them in the next two weeks.. Only the lease agreement should work for proof of address? Cant i share the current address utility bills and have a different return address? Note: I am not changing address on my passport & will be left with the Indian address ASIS


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Oct, 18 at 1:24 pm

          I think you can have a different mailing address but i have not tried that option.


      • Harpal Singh
        Harpal Singh 11 Nov, 18 at 6:23 pm

        How long ckgs does take time to renew your passport?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Nov, 18 at 6:24 pm

          4-6 weeks.


  65. Somesh
    Somesh 10 Oct, 18 at 8:35 am

    Hi Anil,
    My passport reissue status has been showing “Application is ‘Under Process’ at Consulate for decision making” since September 26th. I applied at SF consulate. Should I be following up with someone by now ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Oct, 18 at 11:00 am

      No need to follow up. This is normal status. You will get your new passport soon.


  66. Khushi
    Khushi 6 Oct, 18 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am planning to move locally in a week to a new address. What do I write in the field – “Residing at present address in USA since”? I am wondering which address do I enter in my present address proof as I will be moving in a week. Since it is a future address I do not have address proof either. Thanks in advance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Oct, 18 at 6:07 am

      Then, wait before you have actually moved and then apply for passport.


  67. disqus_NZLba9p2Ln
    disqus_NZLba9p2Ln 6 Oct, 18 at 9:38 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am planning to re-new indian passport for my 5 years old son.His current passport is going to expire in December 2018.He got his first passport in India for 5 years only since he is a kid..Now we are applying IN SFO region.
    Can you please help me with below points:

    1.For the Govt Online NRI Passport Form, on first page what option should we choose for the service?

    Fresh Pass OR re-issue of passport OR Passport for children upto 15 years of age

    I am confused which is one is correct for passport renewal of children?

    2.For visible distinuighshing marks, any problem if we put “None” in all forms?

    3.We want to keep the same indian address in the passport.But since there is no address line2 in our current Indian address (House number is not mentionedr) we are unable to complete the form since Address line 2 is mandatory in CKGS application form.If I enter soemthing else in Address Line 2, it won;t match with current passport and they might reject it.
    So I choose Address change as Miscellaneous Service and using his Aadhar as Address proof (included House number).However in his Aadhar card out city name is printed twice ,probably by mistake.So is that fine to submit or will there be any issue? OR please suggest if there is a better option for me?

    4.While applying for my son(minor),do we need to show parents address proof as well with the same Indian Address ? Because me and my wife passports wil only have indian address without house number (like how my son currently has) .Will that be a problem?

    5.I paid online and choose walkin submission in SFO office.Do you suggest I should redo my application,but even for redo I have the above questions ?

    Appreciate your help in this


  68. Raj
    Raj 4 Oct, 18 at 12:42 pm

    Hello Anil,

    I clearly followed Instructions to apply for My child Passport renewal in CKGS Website & made the payment
    and then filled-in Govt Of India Online Passport form.
    I clicked “Already filled in Govt Online NRI Passport Form” & then entered
    Web Ref Number/Passport number/etc..
    It opened up the form with my child details.When I entered Passport number I am getting the message
    “Application with this Passport number is in process” & I am not able to proceed further.

    I want to know if this is an Issue/Error…
    Or I can go ahead with mailing my filled-in forms to CKGS.

    Please kindly suggest .
    Thanks

    Regards,
    Raj


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Oct, 18 at 5:07 pm

      ”Already filled in online form’ link is for people who did not start their application process from CKGS. As per your statement, it seems you did start from CKGS and filled online NRI form using the link CKGS presented to you.

      If yes, then I assume that you are just trying to re-login to CKGS website to see your application in process.

      If yes, then use this process to log in to CKGS website:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/how-to-log-back-into-ckgs-website-with-web-reference-number/492/2?u=anil_gupta


  69. Barun
    Barun 3 Oct, 18 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am replying to the post below here since reply seems to be not working correctly for me. I don’t want to change my Indian address. I am providing my current USA address to be filled in the Passport. When I provided the “Complete Permanent Address in India” field in Nationality verification form I added the State(ex – Delhi) which wasn’t present in my Passport. Seeing as the Country(India) which is also not present in my passport address, is added by default by CKGS I’m not sure if this would be an issue. Essentially what I’m saying is my passport has Address, City, PIN and the data I provided for Complete Permanent address has Address, City, State, PIN, Country(Added by default). Should I still cancel my application?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Oct, 18 at 7:31 pm

      If you are opting for US address to be printed on passport, then you do not need to worry. Just go ahead with your application as it is and it should be okay.
      In this case, Indian address does not matter.


  70. Barun
    Barun 3 Oct, 18 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I’ve filled out the Passport application on CKGS and the NRI application. But in the both these places for the Permanent and Other address I have provided my indian address and not the one in US. However the Indian address on my Passport does not have the State or Country which I added in the form. The rest of the address is the same. I just realized that this could be a problem and I am not sure how to proceed further. Can you offer any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Barun


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Oct, 18 at 5:17 pm

      You should re-start your application and choose ‘change of address’ as one the service required with passport renewal.


  71. Samir
    Samir 3 Oct, 18 at 11:47 am

    Hello,

    In the online passport application form, what should I fill in:
    1. Payment of Fee (to be filled by Applicant) …. by ….. Mode of Payment

    2. For delivery by mail …..extra to be paid as postal charge for each passport

    Thanks,
    Samir


  72. GV
    GV 2 Oct, 18 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the detailed information , My passport is going to in Aug 2019 , so i am trying to apply, under US Address proof: I don’t have state Id nor Driving License , but i have Temporary DriVing License Card ( After Clearing the Written Exam), is it sufficient as proof of residency ? i came on L1 and staying in Company’s Apartment so i dont have any other proofs (Utility,Rental Agreement) on my name


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Oct, 18 at 8:41 pm

      I am not sure if CKGS accepts learning driving license as a proof.
      You still have 1 year in your passport left.
      So, I suggest it’s better to wait for getting permanent driving license and then apply for passport renewal.


      • GV
        GV 3 Oct, 18 at 6:00 am

        Hi Anil,

        Thanks for the response, i had raised an Enquiry request for the same in the CKGS site and they replied that they will accept the temporary driving Card as well, may be this will help cases like me hence posting.

        “Please be informed that the temporary driving license is accepted as proof of residence for your Passport renewal.”


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Oct, 18 at 7:11 am

          Great. Thanks for sharing the information. I will update the article as well to help others.


  73. Sudha
    Sudha 2 Oct, 18 at 6:53 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have applied for my passport renewal 3-4 weeks ago. My application current status is: Under Process at Embassy (Time: 8-10 business days). I come under NY consulate and my last status update was Sep 11, 2018.

    Since the processing has been overdue, i have inquired about my application and found out that NY consulate server has been down and hence the delay. I see the NY server has been down for over 10 days. When contacted, CKGS say that they don’t have any further details and suggests me contacting NY consulate directly. I have emailed and left voice mail on NY consulate office and sadly, I haven’t got any response.

    Do you have any idea on when the server issue would be resolved? What would you suggest me at this point? Please let me know.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sudha


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Oct, 18 at 7:21 am

      I have heard of NY server issue from many other users. NY embassy has not given out any further details as to when they expect the server to be available.
      The only option at this time is to wait. This is normal and nothing wrong at your end.
      Once NY embassy resolves the issue, they should be able to issue the passport.


      • Anirudha
        Anirudha 4 Oct, 18 at 8:58 am

        Hi Anil/Sudha,

        NY server is UP from last Monday. You can check with them now


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 4 Oct, 18 at 9:23 am

          Thanks for the information Anirudha. I appreciate it.


  74. Chethan
    Chethan 28 Sep, 18 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I finally filled and got all the documents and submitted. I did one major mistake by not pasting the ‘Barcode’ outside the envelope, and my package is already picked by FedEx and I did get a chance to do anything after that. How this might impact my processing and is there a way I get this right? Looking out for your suggestion and guidance on this.

    Thank you!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Sep, 18 at 11:24 pm

      You can’t fix it now. The package is gone now.
      CKGS uses the bar code to scan and search your application quickly. They will now probably open the envelope and then use other data for search.


      • Chethan
        Chethan 29 Sep, 18 at 7:11 pm

        Thanks Anil for replying so quick. Is there a way I can contact them and let them know I have submitted such an application?
        I know I cannot do anything now, but it does not let me be peaceful 🙁


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Sep, 18 at 5:53 am

          You can call CKGS customer care (its charged per minute) or can email them (Free).
          https://passport.in.ckgs.us/feedback/


          • Chethan
            Chethan 30 Sep, 18 at 7:45 pm

            Thanks a ton, Anil. I have emailed them. I will keep you posted on how it goes. Thanks again for your good work, its helping people like me a lot. Appreciate your help.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 1 Oct, 18 at 6:32 am

              You are welcome.


  75. Vaishu Gor
    Vaishu Gor 28 Sep, 18 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Just to share an update on my story, I found my passport. It was with consulate. USPS missed to update the status.
    Since your forum is visited by many people. I just want to share that Indian Consulate of NY is very cooperative and supportive to people in need in getting the issue resolved.
    They are approachable and you can rely on them.
    Hope this helps others in need.
    Regards
    Vaishali


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Sep, 18 at 4:45 pm

      Good to know Vaishu. Glad that you found it.


  76. Vaishu Gor
    Vaishu Gor 25 Sep, 18 at 3:48 am

    Hi Anil,
    Help… Help…..Help…

    My passport has been misplaced by mail services while i was sending my documents to Indian Consulate of NY for attestation.
    I now have to apply for duplicate passport and I want to opt for Tatkal service .However, Its mentioned on the site that this service is not available for lost passport. Can I still opt for Tatkal as I don’t fall under the definition of emergency situation but i need to have my passport asap for some other personal reason?
    Second question is that does processing time gets reduced if i submit my documents in person in NYC as I live bit far so would like to go and submit in person only if i can get my duplicate passport in 2 weeks

    Please assist
    Regards
    Vaishali Gor


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 18 at 7:35 am

      1. You can apply for Tatkal service and see if Indian embassy approves it based on your situation. Once they approve, CKGS will have no objection.
      2. The only benefit in processing time will be the time taken by mail service to deliver your package to CKGS. Either you do it personally or let mail man do it. After the documents reach CKGS, they take their normal processing time.


      • Vaishu Gor
        Vaishu Gor 25 Sep, 18 at 8:30 am

        Thank you Anil for guidance and extremely quick response.
        This may not be the right forum but its connected with may main concern. The reason I need passport asap as I will be able to file for H4 EAD post mid October.
        1)Since server is down in consulate of India NY , I am not able create an application in CKGS site as it doesn’t even allow to create it.(don’t know the reason and don’t know how long it will last). The only option available is to file for Tatkal. Would they approve in such case?
        2) Worst case, if i don’t get my passport by mid-oct , can i still apply for H4 EAD with my stolen passport details, i do have the photocopy of 1st and last page.

        Please advise as have not been able to find a solution to fix problem asap.

        Thank you so much for your advice and giving direction
        Regards

        Vaishali Gor


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 18 at 8:46 am

          1. Server issues will resolve in a day or two. That should not be an issue.
          I cannot guess if Embassy will approve Tatkal service or not based on your case. It looks like it should as you have lost your passport.
          Have you filed a police report for lost passport?

          2. You can technically file for H4 EAD with copies of your passport, if you still have them. But, it is risky. I would still suggest to get the duplicate passport and then file H4 EAD to be on safer side.


          • Vaishu Gor
            Vaishu Gor 25 Sep, 18 at 10:36 am

            Thank you so much Anil for your response. I was really struggling for guidance. I will raise it embassy. Hope that allow me to raise a tatkal service.
            I am still waiting for email confirmation from USPS to file a police report.
            Lots of good wishes.
            Regards
            Vaishali


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 25 Sep, 18 at 10:53 am

              You are welcome. Let me know if you need more information.


  77. Ram
    Ram 22 Sep, 18 at 2:46 pm

    Hello Anil,
    First – Thank you so much for the detailed post!
    My passport expires in April 2019. Due to family emergency, I have to travel to India in the coming October. I want to apply for passport renewal under Tatkal service. However, the address mentioned on the current passport was my college hostel address and all the Indian documents (Aadhar, driving licence) had my home address. In Tatkal, the change of address was not allowed. Will it be a problem to submit Indian address proof’s with different address?
    Thanks
    Ram


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Sep, 18 at 3:45 pm

      You will off-course have to opt for ‘Change of address’ service based on your Indian address proof.


  78. Somesh
    Somesh 21 Sep, 18 at 9:31 am

    Hi Anil,
    THe checklist that gets printed seems to be already ticked. Do we need to circle the ticks in the checklist or just print the checklist and add it to the application ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Sep, 18 at 7:19 am

      No, no need to circle it again if it is already checked. Just make sure you send all the documents that are already checked.


  79. Somesh
    Somesh 21 Sep, 18 at 8:32 am

    Hi Anil,
    You mention 1 checklist is to be printed. But, on the link https://passport.in.ckgs.us/howtoapply-live.shtml it’s mentioned to print ‘both the checklists’. I’m a little confused here.
    Also, it says to tick the box in the checklist. But, the checklist seems to be generated with the box already ticked. Only thing I could do is to circle the tick. Does that make sense ?


  80. Passport
    Passport 20 Sep, 18 at 5:31 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you so much for the elaborate post. 🙂
    I have one question. Can one of the below things be used as an address proof for India?

    – Property tax receipt
    – water supply and sewage board tax receipt

    Thank you!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Sep, 18 at 7:12 am

      Only utility bills are officially allowed by CKGS. Tax receipts are not acceptable as per my information. You can call and confirm with CKGS.


      • Passport
        Passport 20 Sep, 18 at 10:32 am

        Thanks Anil.

        The electricity bill is allowing me take a screenshot only from the online portal. There is no billing statement as such in a single form. I will call CKGS and update back here.


  81. Somesh
    Somesh 18 Sep, 18 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Anil,
    First of all, you are doing God’s work here. THANKS
    I’ve filled both ckgs and govt. form. My old passport address in India didnt have pincode, and I wanted to use the same address but this time I guess pincodes are mandatory. So, the new address generated in national verification form has pincode added to the original address.
    Do you know if this is going to be a problem ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 4:44 am

      Thanks for the feedback. God is a big word though.
      Yes, the address should match exactly as in current passport.

      To get around this issue, you should select the ‘Change of address’ service too and then attach the Indian address proof with your application.


      • Somesh
        Somesh 19 Sep, 18 at 8:32 am

        Hi Anil,
        It looks like I could update the address in nationality verification form later. Now my provided india address matches completely with my passport address. Do I still need to provide India address proof ? In the checklist it says Indian Address Proof ( If applicant wants to add / change Indian Address) .


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 11:31 am

          If no change of address is required, then there is no need for address proof.


          • Somesh
            Somesh 19 Sep, 18 at 11:56 am

            Hey anil,
            One last thing. Color printouts are not mentioned anywhere. So, black & white should be okay, right ?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 12:16 pm

              Yes, black and white is fine.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Sep, 18 at 5:18 am

          No, you don’t need to provide address proof if it has not changed.


  82. Anirudha
    Anirudha 18 Sep, 18 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Anil
    My passport is expired in Feb 2018 and I must have to travel in 1st week of Dec18.
    What is the best way to get the new passport ASAP.
    Is it mandatory to select the change of address in Misc services as we are applying from USA.This will void Tatkal service.
    No direct appointment is available so need to send through shipping only(NY).
    Please Guide.

    Thanks,
    Anirudha -NJ


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 4:42 am

      You can keep the current Indian address intact and opt for no change in address. Then, opt for tatkal service.


      • Anirudha
        Anirudha 19 Sep, 18 at 12:12 pm

        Thanks alot Anil for solving our probs.
        There are no dates for walkin in NY. early morning they accept without appointment.Can I select shipping option on both side and then go in person for doc review and submission(to avoid hassle of getting back the docs in case of issue).
        Any idea about the processing time of NY for normal/tatkal.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 12:19 pm

          I am not sure if CKGS accepts documents without appointment. You can call and check with them.
          If you do, then there is no need to pay for shipping fees.
          Normal processing time is 4-6 weeks. Tatkal is fast and you get passport within 4-5 days.


          • Anirudha
            Anirudha 19 Sep, 18 at 1:44 pm

            I have to select either shipping or appointment.without that it will not allow me to proceed. Thanks for your quick help.


            • Anirudha
              Anirudha 26 Sep, 18 at 9:50 am

              Hi Anil,

              CKGS website for NY is down from last one week.Not sure how much time it is going to take more.

              I have India’s address in my passport . All the utility bill for that address comes by my father name .Can you pls tell me if we need to keep the SAME address in passport then do we need to provide the address proof of it.? and if yes then Is it ok with them if we provide utility bill with my fathers name on it.

              Thanks,,
              Anirudha


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 26 Sep, 18 at 10:11 am

                Hi Anuradha,
                I am not sure what website you are talking about. CKGS only has one website to apply for passport for all Indian embassies in USA.
                This is the link: https://passport.in.ckgs.us/get-started
                and it is working fine.

                For tatkal service, you have to send an email to CKGS for tatkal approval. Once they approve, then you go and start your application process on CKGS website.
                CKGS email address for tatkal is mentioned here:
                https://passport.in.ckgs.us/faq/tatkal-process/905/what-is-the-process-to-apply-for-a-tatkal-passport#905

                As far as i know, the Indian address proof should be on your name. You can check with CKGS if they will accept address proof on your father’s name.


                • Anirudha
                  Anirudha 27 Sep, 18 at 2:06 pm

                  Sure I will check with them..

                  yes website is same but once you select “Which state do you live in?-New Jersey” then it will throw below message.

                  “Due to technical issues in its server, NO Consular Services (i.e. Visa and Passport) will be provided by the Consulate General of India, New York, until further notice.”


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 27 Sep, 18 at 3:04 pm

                    Oh..then you should call CKGS to ask why do they have this issue.
                    Only they can tell whats going on and only they can process your passport.


  83. Ankita Arora
    Ankita Arora 17 Sep, 18 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for the guide. it is very helpful
    I applied on 6th September and wating for an answer. My passport expired in 2010 and it was issued in India.
    I know it says 2-3 weels, but is that the whole process time, or just the time taken at the Embassy and ckgs’s time is separate.
    Also does it make a difference in the process time if it has been a while since my passport expired.

    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Sep, 18 at 12:54 pm

      Your passport expired in 2010? you mean 8 years ago? This is 2018.

      The maximum time is taken by Embassy as they wait for police report from Indian passport office. This can take up-to 6 weeks.


      • Ankita Arora
        Ankita Arora 18 Sep, 18 at 11:53 am

        Yes it expired 8 years ago. and why would they need a police report from indian passport office? I dont live there anymore so there cannot be a police checkin. Also I applied to San Fransisco’s mission.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Sep, 18 at 12:05 pm

          Police verification is Indian government process and it is needed as you still hold Indian passport. I cannot comment on it.
          The positive report is needed from Indian passport office (Which may or may not request police verification) before Embassy can issue you Indian passport.


          • Ankita Arora
            Ankita Arora 18 Sep, 18 at 12:08 pm

            Is there anything I can do to speed up the process? such as the Application for miscelleneous services for the police clearance certificate?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 18 Sep, 18 at 12:26 pm

              Nope, there is no expedite request possible unless you applied the passport in ‘Tatkal’, which i think you have not. You can call CKGS and ask if they can do anything.

              The application for misc service police clearance certificate goes to same Indian passport office for police verification. Also, that certificate is issued by Embassy to you for use in visa process. You cannot use it to get passport issued early.


              • Ankita Arora
                Ankita Arora 18 Sep, 18 at 12:33 pm

                okay, thank you


                • Anirudha
                  Anirudha 26 Sep, 18 at 9:42 am

                  Hi Ankita,

                  Did you get your new passport . Please keep us posted about the processing time . It will help us .

                  Thanks,
                  Ani


              • Ankita Arora
                Ankita Arora 20 Sep, 18 at 9:20 am

                Hello Anil,
                I have one more question for you. I applied as a regular passport renewal and it is at its emabsssy review stage right now. Can I move the proces to Tatkal? i would like to get the passport as soon as possible, because an emergency came about in India and I have to leave as soon as possible.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 20 Sep, 18 at 9:58 am

                  You have to call CKGS and ask if you can convert your applicatin to tatkal now. Normally, you have to first take permission from embassy to apply your passport in Tatkal service. In your case, you have already applied.
                  So, the best best option is to contact CKGS.


  84. Arti Arora
    Arti Arora 17 Sep, 18 at 10:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you so much for this helpful guide.I had a question regarding shipping of the Passport documents. As mentioned by you and on the CKGS website that shipping of the passport documents through Fedex/UPS is valid for 15 days only from the day the label is generated….what if I am unable to send the documents in that time frame? What happens in that case.
    Regards
    Arti.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Sep, 18 at 11:35 am

      Your shipping fees is gone and it is NOT refundable. You will have to buy shipping again.


      • Arti Arora
        Arti Arora 17 Sep, 18 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        Regards


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 11:28 am

          You are welcome.


  85. Chethan
    Chethan 16 Sep, 18 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the detailed information. I have the below question for you:
    I have F1 stamped on my Passport and now I am applying for Passport re-issue since it gets expired in 6 months.
    I have been approved for H1b and it will start from October 2018. So when they are asking for Proof of leagal Status, should I give EAD details of STEM-OPT or should I give my details of approved I-797 receipt ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Sep, 18 at 5:40 am

      Your current legal status is required for passport renewal. Your H1B i797 probably has a future start date?
      So, you should use the current valid legal status proof.


      • Chethan
        Chethan 17 Sep, 18 at 7:44 am

        Yes, as I mentioned H1b receipt start date in 1st Oct, 2018, and I am planning to apply for renewal this week.. so by the time this renewal process is completed it falls to Oct, 2018 and hence the confusion.. so do you still advise me to give the current legal status details or would you suggest me to wait till H1b starts i.e till October and furnish H1b receipt details?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 Sep, 18 at 8:00 am

          Well, the legal proof has to be valid at the time of renewal too. If your new H1B status starts on Oct 1, 2018, then it is better to wait till Oct 1 and then apply for renewal.


          • Chethan
            Chethan 17 Sep, 18 at 9:57 am

            Thanks for clarifying 🙂


  86. Test User
    Test User 8 Sep, 18 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Anil

    I sent my passport for renewal with 1year and 2 months before the expiry date. CKGS has sent my application to Indian Embasy per later status. Is it possible for embassy to reject my application as it is more than 365 years before expiry?


  87. Ravi
    Ravi 7 Sep, 18 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for this guide, was quite helpful in navigating my passport renewal application. I just wanted to let you know that in case the address check doesn’t match with fedex or ups shipping you can call ckgs and they will edit the address on the backend. This is fast and straightforward (though in my case the person noting the address made a typo so I had to call again). The only downside is support calls to ckgs get charged if you exceed 5 mins …


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Sep, 18 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Ravi for the suggestion. I will add this info to the article.


  88. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 7 Sep, 18 at 6:24 am

    No, do NOT fill the NRI form.
    Start a fresh new application from CKGS website.


    • kevin
      kevin 7 Sep, 18 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Anil….alright than i’ll start the whole process than …. ckgs all forms + new online NRI application …
      Note : Since the mistake was from myside .. they only refunded the 75 fee .!

      Thanks !!!


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 7 Sep, 18 at 2:54 pm

        Yep..that’s what happens.
        Anyway. make sure you do not make a mistake now. I have tried to list all the points in the above article to help people get through in one shot.
        I hope it helps.


        • kevin
          kevin 7 Sep, 18 at 9:01 pm

          Thanks Anil … Sure , My laptop autofilling screwed me 🙁

          I have made sure to review all the info over and over again this time.

          Quick question … i filled all the ckgs application + NRI application now , But can i put the old photo copies in the new pacakge ( like the I-797 and passport photo copies) Some of those doc’s have marker prints on them ??

          If not i”ll attach a new set of those as well

          Appreciate all your help anil !


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 8 Sep, 18 at 4:29 am

            I believe that marker prints would have been added by CKGS staff.
            I would suggest to send a new copy to avoid any issue whatsoever.


  89. kp
    kp 6 Sep, 18 at 10:20 pm

    hi,
    if i made a mistake on gov online NRI application form which has its own webfile-no different from web reference-no of ckgs, then i can simply start another online form and include the new unique number at step 7 on ckgs website? I had not completed the step 7 on ckgs. so as long as that step is not complete i can correct and submit a different online application form?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Sep, 18 at 6:29 am

      Copy pasting from above article:
      4.B. Made a Mistake in Online Passport Application Form?
      DO NOT try to fill out another “Online Passport Application Form” if you make a mistake since both CKGS and Online Passport Application Web Reference numbers are linked together. Instead, start all over again and follow the process (CKGS >>>Online Passport Application>>>CKGS) if you have not yet paid the fees.

      If you have already paid the fees and made a serious mistake while filling out the Online Passport Application (which cannot be edited) then the only option is to cancel your application and ask for a refund and RESTART the entire process.

      This has also been shared directly here for direct and easy reading:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/how-to-fill-nri-online-application-for-indian-passport-renewal/924/2?u=anil_gupta


      • kp
        kp 7 Sep, 18 at 7:44 am

        i dont think i explained properly. at step 6 ckgs directs you to “Online Passport Application Form” after you have paid before. but the only step where they link the unique no generated by “Online Passport Application Form” is at step 7.
        so, if I retrieve my ckgs application again without completing step 7 then it re starts at step with reciept and gives you another new appilcation form to fill out. is there I am missing anything in this process ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Sep, 18 at 8:01 am

          You can fill the online NRI form again if CKGS is allowing you to do it at Step 6.


  90. kevin
    kevin 6 Sep, 18 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Anil ,

    I recently sent the application to ckgs via fedex and they have rejected my application for mistake in nationality verification form .

    On the GKGS form they mentinoed to re-do the application .

    So now should i start the application process from starting or should i use this “https://passport.in.ckgs.us/already-filled-NIC-form” Since i have already filled the NRI online application for last application .

    Please help me out on this one, My passport is going to expire in few days now sep21 2018 ;(

    Really Really appreciate you help man !!!


  91. Sanjay
    Sanjay 31 Aug, 18 at 1:02 am

    Hi Anil
    Posting this as new thread..
    I have filled the form and submitted online..
    Now i am arranging docs as per check list
    Thing is you have mentioned inyour point 5a,
    I need to self attest Marriage certificate and spouse passport photocopy but there is nothing about these in ckgs checklist and they have mentioned in checklist that dont send other docs..

    Plz confirm


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 7:08 am

      That’s fine. Follow the CKGS checklist.
      If it does not require spouse for your case, then, you can skip them.
      Don’t worry.

      On the other hand, someone reported couple of days earlier that even though CKGS did not list spouse documents in their list, but they asked for them later. Even if you send those documents, it won’t affect your application.


      • Sanjay Gupta
        Sanjay Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 7:25 am

        sure Anil.. i will send them. so in spouse docs, Marriage certificate and spouse passport ( first and last page) , these 2 are required as per your blog.. right?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 7:33 am

          Yes. Remember, these are required only if you want to add spouse name to your passport.


          • Sanjay Gupta
            Sanjay Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 7:39 am

            yes, i have added my spouse name .. thanks anil.. one quick question… in checklist, 2nd no is, 3 photographs, but i have already pasted those 3 photos in online passport app form, Nationality Verification Form and Change in Appearance and Signature ( as in form, it was asked to paste 2×2 photo, so i did it)… so i am good or do i need to send extra 3 photographs ?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 7:49 am

              No extra photos needed. The ones you have pasted are sufficient.


              • Sanjay Gupta
                Sanjay Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 8:27 am

                Sorry to bothering you again Anil, but I am about to leave for notary and UPS as I am doing tatkal for my amendment process.

                1) DO i need to self-attest in front of Notary or can i also do it at home?
                1.1) While self-attest, Shall i mention Date?
                2) on one site ( NRIOL site) ,it is mentioned I-797 and Address proof should be notarized but in CKGS check list, both docs are mentioned as self-attest. what to do?

                Thanks Again Anil…!!


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 31 Aug, 18 at 8:35 am

                  1. Self attest in front of notary. Not sure why you are doing both. Only one is needed either self attest or notary.
                  Mentioning date with self-attest is recommended, but not mandatory.
                  2. Not sure which site it is that you are talking about.
                  I would suggest to follow the CKGS recommendation and just do self-attest. It will save you money.


  92. SADHANA SINGH
    SADHANA SINGH 30 Aug, 18 at 12:38 am

    Hi Anil, my jurisdiction is sfo My indian passport will expire in march 2019 .I was browsing on how to fill passport renewal application form .
    so my questions are –
    1. what do i need to select in passport type service?
    2.I read that all details needs to fill manually after column 7 so which column are they talking and do i need to take the print out and then fill all the details manually, this is what they meant?

    thank a ton in advance for your valuable time and advise 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 5:38 am

      Hi Sadhana,
      1. Please see the sample form given above. It has all the details that you need to fill and select.
      2. I think you are talking about NRI online passport form, then yes, some of the fields need to be filled online and then rest of them have to written manually with hand. Details and sample have been provided above. Please check.


      • SADHANA SINGH
        SADHANA SINGH 31 Aug, 18 at 10:58 pm

        Thanks Anil.
        I have one more question, my passport will expire in march 2019 as i had told you earlier and we will move in our new home in November or December so should i apply for passport renewal after that (i.e. in December),will that time be sufficient till march 2019 or should i proceed now and get the address change later on?
        TIA!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 Sep, 18 at 4:33 am

          If you want to change your address on new passport, you will again have to apply for renewal of passport.
          It is better to wait till December.
          I recommend applying 1.5 to 2 months before expiry of current passport.


          • SADHANA SINGH
            SADHANA SINGH 4 Sep, 18 at 5:35 pm

            Thank you so much Anil, really very helpful tips and suggestions.Will apply in December.

            thanks again!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 4 Sep, 18 at 6:04 pm

              You are welcome.


  93. Sanjay
    Sanjay 29 Aug, 18 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I was in CT and have CT Driving license. I moved to NJ, but as address proof, i have only Bank statement ( i know this is not valid), so can i give CT driving license as address proof and state of living as NJ. My shipping address would be NJ address only. Help..!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 5:36 am

      Your US address proof has to match your current residence. Otherwise, what is the use of that address proof?


      • Sanjay
        Sanjay 30 Aug, 18 at 6:05 am

        Would optimum ( wifi) bill suffice this ? Can i consider this as utility bill?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 6:29 am

          Hi Sanjay, only these are accepted as valid US proof as mentioned in above article:

          Any utility bill (Electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill)


  94. kevin
    kevin 29 Aug, 18 at 9:33 pm

    I have completed the on-line filling process and paid the fee. I see the shipping label available for download … i haven’t downloaded yet , so how long is it valid ?
    I still need to get the marriage cert and i-797 notarized.
    Also regarding the Appearance form , Do i need to notarize that even if i didn’t change ??


    • kevin
      kevin 29 Aug, 18 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks a lot Anil your blog has saved me so much time and was soo helpful …. really appreciate your time & effort mate !!!


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 7:16 am

        You are welcome.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 5:25 am

      Hi Kevin,
      Shipping label is valid for 15 days. You can download it but make sure you send the package within 15 days.
      Notarization is mentioned against each document on the document checklist.

      ‘Change of appearance’ form needs notarization even if you did not change.
      At-least one hair would have turned gray :). Just kidding.


      • kevin
        kevin 30 Aug, 18 at 12:43 pm

        Thanks Anil…. hahah so we don’t need any notarization at all cool … just need to sign the doc’s


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Aug, 18 at 1:16 pm

          For ‘change of appearance form’, you do need notarization.


          • kevin
            kevin 4 Sep, 18 at 1:10 pm

            Hi Anil,

            So even if i have selected about the change of appearance as NOT changed , still i need to notarize that document ??

            I have already sent my package and just noticed they rejected with In-Correct Order in name and sending back my package … Can i just fix the issue or do i need to redo the whole process as a new case ??

            The nationality verification form had my state of birth as AP ( not the full form Andhra Pradesh) is that way it auto generates ??

            I really appreciate your help man !!

            Thx !!!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 4 Sep, 18 at 1:16 pm

              Yes, the form has to be notarized in any case.
              Nationality verification form is generated automatically by CKGS based on values that you fill. So, either you filled AP somewhere or it may have shortened it itself.

              The instructions will be mentioned by CKGS on how to proceed now i.e. whether to re-do or just send the required documents.

              If they have sent the whole packet back, then the chances are high that you need to re-do the application.
              You will get refund based for this application based on these criteria:
              https://www.am22tech.com/passport-refund-policy-in-usa/


              • kevin
                kevin 4 Sep, 18 at 8:22 pm

                Thanks Anil … I only received an email saying Application returned, I don’t know why they are missing ,

                I have a another set of doc’s which i sent and i see the right info in that form ( Visakhapatnam AP ) .

                I didn’t notarize the appearance form ( guess either they dont care or didn’t went that far in my application review process)

                Anyway i’m waiting for my package and than will try to go in person . Hoping they will consider if i can just add this page in the application form and submit the same


              • kevin
                kevin 6 Sep, 18 at 9:04 pm

                Hi Anil ,

                So i received my package and they have returned the whole application and asked to resubmitt/ re-do a new one.

                Now since i have already filled online NRI passport application as part of frist process should i choose the option of “https://passport.in.ckgs.us/already-filled-NIC-form” and start my application now ?

                OR should i just start the new application from starting ??

                Very very confused since my passport expiration date is 21 sept 2018 ( only few days left ) 🙁

                Really appreciate your help man !!!


  95. Raj
    Raj 28 Aug, 18 at 7:27 pm

    Anil,
    Thanks firstly for having this one stop shop information.
    Passport would expire towards end of June 2019, and I followed your templates above to fill in CKGS Washington,DC branch.
    My question is relating to the prices for the normal(105$) and Tatkal(265$), a friend of mine had gone through the same process last year and mentioned paying around 150$ for tatkal service.
    Wasn’t sure if I was doing something wrong or if prices have increased this year.
    Can someone who has been through the process confirm I am not being ripped of selecting wrong choices in here.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Aug, 18 at 4:24 am

      Don’t worry. There are only two options : Normal and Tatkal. Normal does cost around $105. You are not being ripped 🙂
      It is possible that tatkal fees has increased.


  96. ByrsNandu
    ByrsNandu 26 Aug, 18 at 8:51 am

    Hi Anil, I’m on J1 visa and planning on renewing passport. No option of DS-2019 to select as a proof of legal status. Do you know if I’m eligible to renew visa here in the States? Thanks in advance for your time


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Aug, 18 at 2:46 pm

      Are you trying to apply for passport renewal or visa?
      For passport renewal, you can submit your J1 visa stamped in your passport as a legal status proof.


      • ByrsNandu
        ByrsNandu 28 Aug, 18 at 4:45 am

        Yes, I’m renewing my passport. Available options to chose are: Green card, EAD, valid I-797, I-20, Valid dependent visa. I do not see a option to J1 visa stamp option to chose.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Aug, 18 at 5:20 am

          Looks like CKGS has recently changed the requirement. There was an option of ‘Valid US Visa’ earlier and now it has been chnaged to ‘Valid Dependent visa’.
          You should write an email (Free) to CKGS or call them (paid) and ask for the legal status proof that you can submit.


          • ByrsNandu
            ByrsNandu 28 Aug, 18 at 8:08 am

            Ok, thanks


  97. srinivas81
    srinivas81 14 Aug, 18 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have filled every detail in CKGS correctly. However, in the online-nri-application of Government of India, I have filled Öther Address to be another US address instead of the permanent address on the passport. So, i have tried to update it in the hard copy. Would that suffice or is it better to cancel the application and refill it completely on CKGS and NRI application site. Please suggest.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Aug, 18 at 7:16 am

      It is better to fill it again as you CKGS is pretty strict about matching the details. The details filled up online on the NRI form remain same in their database and would not match if you change it with your hand.
      Also, if CKGS decides to reject your application based on information mismatch, you will also lose some of your money (as it is not-refundable) once you send the application.
      Refund details: https://www.am22tech.com/passport-refund-policy-in-usa/


      • srinivas81
        srinivas81 15 Aug, 18 at 9:46 am

        Thank you Anil for taking your personal time to respond to the query. Appreciate your help. I will cancel the application and redo it.


  98. Vineeth Kumar
    Vineeth Kumar 14 Aug, 18 at 7:37 am

    Recently I split my name in passport. Now after the name is split do I have to notify social secutsec office and get a new card with my corrected name. Will my name change in the i94 form automatically?

    What about the tax filing? Does the past taxes filed make any difference?

    Do I have to notify TransUnion or credit karma regarding name split?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Aug, 18 at 8:04 am

      1. Government Name changes:
      Name on Social security card is dependent on the name you have on your i94.
      Your name on i94 is dependent on your visa.
      Your visa name is based on your passport name.

      So, you will have to get name change done at visa level first to match your passport. Whenever you apply for your visa extension next, your name should be matched with your passport name and hence new i94.
      Once that is done, you can visit Social security office and apply for a new SS card with changed name.

      2. Private company names changes (TransUnion / Credit karma):
      They pick up everything automatically from your credit card details.
      Once you get your name changed on your SS card, you can make changes to your name in your respective credit card.
      For e.g., if you have bank of america CC, you can go online into your CC account and change your name.

      Once you make this change, your credit karma and other private credit score companies will automatically update it with your new name.
      Each CC company/bank send update monthly to these private CC scoring companies.

      Let me know if you need more information.


  99. Himansu
    Himansu 13 Aug, 18 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Background: In my current passport, I have an India address (it was my parents house). Now they have moved to a new place, so i have a new address in India. But i don’t have any document (aadhar card etc) linking my name to this new address. Now, in the new passport I am applying for, I plan to choose to get my USA address printed.
    My questions are:
    1. In the “application-get started” page – there is a question under choose your miscellaneous service: “Do you want to change your address”. I am not sure what address its talking about. As i mentioned above I do plan to get my USA address printed on the new passport.
    2. Online application form asks for “permanent address in India”. I will have to enter my parents new address here. Do i need to submit any documentary proof ?

    Many thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

    regards,
    Himansu


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Aug, 18 at 7:33 am

      1. Choose ‘Yes’ as you are changing the current address in your passport to your USA address.
      2. No documentary proof is needed for permanent Indian address if you are opting to get USA address printed.


  100. Priya Sharma
    Priya Sharma 13 Aug, 18 at 4:04 pm

    How can I change my last name on Indian passport. i have already published a name change announcement in indian newspaper, but not sure which USA newspaper can I use to publish the ad.


  101. Advals
    Advals 10 Aug, 18 at 2:40 pm

    Hi I completed my application and I also opted for change of address. I am providing a copy of my Aadhar card for same. In the CKGS form I wrote the address as Flat no. 205 Siddhi bldg…… and the Aadhar card also has Flat no. 205 Siddhi bldg but by mistake I entered 205 Siddhi bldg… in the Govt. online form. I missed the words Flat no. Will this be an issue? I have completed all the steps on the CKGS website but have not yet shipped anything. If I cancel, will they refund me all of the amount or only the passport fee.

    I completed application and then when I realized my mistake I was browsing for answers online and came across your site. Really valuable information and I wish I had visited your site before doing it myself.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Aug, 18 at 10:36 am

      I would suggest to redo the application as we have seen that CKGS rejects the application if there is a mismatch in address. They say that it should exactly word by word.
      Even though your address should pass as per my opinion but I can’t really guess what CKGS will interpret it as.
      You can get the full refund if you have not already made the payment and printed the shipping labels.
      Check refund details here:
      https://www.am22tech.com/passport-refund-policy-in-usa/


      • Advals
        Advals 12 Aug, 18 at 8:25 pm

        I have cancelled the application but I had already made the payment and printed the shipping labels, so wont get full refund. Anyways thank you for your response and keep up the great work. Many others can benefit from this.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Aug, 18 at 9:02 pm

          Ok.all the best.


          • Advals
            Advals 15 Aug, 18 at 2:15 pm

            Thanks. Just to provide an update. CKGS refunded me all the amount except the convenience fee of $4.44.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 15 Aug, 18 at 9:38 pm

              Good.


              • Advals
                Advals 29 Aug, 18 at 1:44 pm

                Hi Anil, wanted to provide you an update which might be helpful to others. I had requested a change in my spouse name and when I had called CKGS customer support to check if I need to provide evidence documents for that I was told not to provide if the documents checklist does not state so. The document checklist did not mention any additional documents like copy of death certificate and marriage certificate so I did not send any of that. I now got a request to send these self attested copies. I read in your chat below where others have asked you same question and you have told them not to submit if it is not on the checklist. But that is not the case it seems.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 29 Aug, 18 at 7:48 pm

                  That’s actually strange. I have mentioned the marriage certificate to be submitted in the above article but yes, if document checklist does not list it for you, you don’t need to send it.
                  Looks like it is CKGS website fault then. Thanks for sharing.


  102. Mohan Raj
    Mohan Raj 9 Aug, 18 at 8:22 am

    Hi I’m at Atlanta GA Location, My Passport Issued in Chennai. Date of Issue Oct/08/2009 and expiry Oct/07/2019. I can renew my passport through CKGS?.
    I’m eligible to renew my passport now ?..
    I’ve plan to vacation to india this Oct or November end.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Aug, 18 at 8:35 am

      CKGS is the only official passport renewal agency in USA for Indian passport.
      You can renew your passport 1 year (365 days) in advance of your passport expiry.


      • Mohan Raj
        Mohan Raj 9 Aug, 18 at 8:42 am

        So I can start my passport renewal process now ?..


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Aug, 18 at 9:01 am

          You can start whenever you want, but send the documents to CKGS only when it is 365 days away.


          • Test User
            Test User 8 Sep, 18 at 1:25 pm

            Hi Anil
            I sent my passport for renewal with 1year and 2 months before the expiry date. CKGS has sent my application to Indian Embasy per later status. Is it possible for embassy to reject my application as it is more than 365 years before expiry?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 8 Sep, 18 at 2:36 pm

              Yes, its possible.


  103. Sands Andy
    Sands Andy 8 Aug, 18 at 6:06 pm

    Anil Sir,
    Another one on the NRI Passport Application Form – What is required for Other Address on the second page? Is this my USA address? And so the Phone no. mobile no. is also my USA numbers?
    Appreciate your help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Aug, 18 at 3:40 am

      Did you check the sample NRI form that we have shared in above article? It has all the details about each question.


  104. unique 365
    unique 365 7 Aug, 18 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have two questions when I see my checklist generated by CKGS.
    CKGS website says that there site is automated and asking us to submit the document that only present in checklist.
    1. I have to include my spouse name in my passport. I have filled my spouse name in CKGS application.But I am not seeing to upload marriage certificate in check list. Even if it doesn’t show in checklist can I upload the document. If yes is it should be notarized

    2. And check list says send 3 photographs and attach one photograph to online passport application form and one in nationality verification form and one in chance of appearance form. So, does it mean should I take ‘6’ photographs totally or ‘3’ and attach them on applications.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Aug, 18 at 10:03 pm

      1. if the checklist does not ask you to submit marriage certificate, you can avoid submitting it.
      2. Only 3 photographs are needed in total. These 3 are pasted on different forms. No other lose photograph is needed.


  105. Sands Andy
    Sands Andy 6 Aug, 18 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Need your advise. The address in my USA ID says Town A but CKGS defaults it to Town B. Both towns have the same Zip but most all other websites allow me to change the default to Town A. That is not the case with CKGS. Since address mismatch is major concern for them not sure what I can do here.

    This is on CKGS website:
    “Address entered must be identical as mentioned on the Govt. form and proof of address submitted. Your application will fall under ineligible category in case addresses are found to be mismatched. Ineligible category means that your application will be returned to you without further processing and you will be asked to re-apply following the correct process. “


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Aug, 18 at 12:34 pm

      Well, CKGS validates the address and zip code from USPS address list. If they are defaulting to different town name, you should ask CKGS on what should be done.
      I have never heard of any such case before, so cannot really guide you on that.


      • Sands Andy
        Sands Andy 6 Aug, 18 at 4:08 pm

        Anil USPS lists both cities for this zip code. It is the 4 digit extension that specifies the correct city. This is not uncommon.

        Anyone else here who had this issue please advise.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Aug, 18 at 6:01 pm

          I meant to say that it is un-common for CKGS issue.
          If anybody has seen this issue before, they might respond here.
          I have not heard about this issue earlier, hence I wrote that it is un-common.


  106. Balkar singh
    Balkar singh 1 Aug, 18 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Anil I have my application submitted already in New York have my tracking number since Feb when I track my application is saying application under consultate to making decision since Feb 16 2018 and its processing time was 4 week and now 24 weeks done and it’s still saying application under consultate to making decision and I have been move to new address and in same state can they change shipping addresse if I go to ckgs office or i they can hold my passport in there office and i go pick up when is ready


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 10:07 pm

      24 weeks? I haven’t heard of this much delay.
      You should contact CKGS and ask if they can change the address.
      As far as I know, there is no process online that can help you can do it yourself.


  107. Sands Andy
    Sands Andy 1 Aug, 18 at 11:15 am

    okay this is a biggie!!
    When I click Submit in the Application page in stage 2 (Applicant Details) my Place of Birth is coming up wrong. Where do I go to correct it. I have not printed any Forms as yet and I can Edit . I just don’t know where the Place of Birth was entered so I can go back and change it.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 12:08 pm

      You enter your date of birth on first page when you start your CKGS application.
      I do not think you can edit it now.
      You probably will have to create a new application. Just try going back and see if it allows you.


  108. Sands Andy
    Sands Andy 1 Aug, 18 at 9:43 am

    Data Entry Question
    Hi Anil
    CKGS Application asks for Address 2 details. I dont have any address 2. I tried various options including writing NO but it does not come out exactly they way it is on my current passport. Any ideas? Please have a look at the section


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 10:05 am

      Just break the first line of address into 2 parts. Like house number and street name can be divided into address 1 and address 2


      • Sands Andy
        Sands Andy 1 Aug, 18 at 10:19 am

        Yes I tried that but then it introduces a comma in the address which is not how it is my current passport. Will that cause any issues since they keep emphasizing to have it exactly the same and no mistakes.

        BTW Anil it is amazing that you respond so quickly !!!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 10:51 am

          I don’t think comma will make any difference. Neither do dots or brackets.
          So, you are good.
          They just verify the address and if matches, they are okay with it.


  109. Shriram Chandrasekaran
    Shriram Chandrasekaran 31 Jul, 18 at 7:59 pm

    Hello Anil – I shipped my completed application to CKGS today. But i forgot to paste the Bar Code in the outside of the envelope they mentioned in the CKGS website. would this cause any delay or any issue in processing my passport? Sorry to bother you and thanks in advance for your prompt replies and a service to people who have questions.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 9:48 pm

      Well, bar code is for ckgs to scan your application and then start processing.

      Even if it’s not there, they can still open the envelope and find your application in their system.
      I have not heard of any rejections simply on the basis of missing bar code.
      You should be good.


      • Shriram Chandrasekaran
        Shriram Chandrasekaran 31 Jul, 18 at 10:01 pm

        Oh thank you so much for the clarification Anil. I was much worried about this. your really do a great service bro.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 7:12 am

          You are welcome.


  110. gk
    gk 31 Jul, 18 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Both my checklist and your blog say only Change of Appearance affidavit needs to be notarized. But i see a lot of resources online that say I need to notarize my I-797, US address proof, Marriage certificate(for spouse name addition). Im just a little worried that the application will be rejected if i dont notarize these documents. Can you please confirm if you were able to renew your passport with just the appearance change affidavit notarized?

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 9:46 pm

      Whatever information that you see in above article has been tried and tested.
      It is the MOST updated information and I update it almost everyday and change whatever details needs modification.

      I can’t comment on what other blogs may have written.
      You only need to notarize the documents that are asked to be notarized in your checklist.


      • gk
        gk 1 Aug, 18 at 12:18 am

        Thanks for the quick reply Anil.


  111. Hero1
    Hero1 31 Jul, 18 at 6:27 pm

    My passport is expiring in Sep’2019. Can I renew it now in Aug,2018?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 9:44 pm

      Yes can renew your passport 1 year in advance.


  112. Hero1
    Hero1 31 Jul, 18 at 6:27 pm

    My passport is expiring in Sep’2019. Can I renew it now in Aug’2018?


  113. Naga
    Naga 31 Jul, 18 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Anil,

    For Self Attested Copy, whether only my signature is enough on the document copy?

    Thanks,
    Naga


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 3:41 pm

      Details about signing are mentioned in above article in detail. I do not want to copy paste them here. Please check above.


      • Naga
        Naga 31 Jul, 18 at 3:57 pm

        Oh Sorry Anil..Got it..


  114. Raju
    Raju 31 Jul, 18 at 3:03 am

    Hi Anil,

    I did not fill in the “visible distinguishing marks” field in Nationality verification form, left it blank. While filling the online NRI form though, since the filed was having an asterisk, I filled in details.

    Should I redo everything again to keep those fields consistent?

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 7:45 am

      Although, it is recommended to have same information everywhere as CKGS checks and matches it before sending it to embassy, I have not heard of any case which was rejected based on ‘visible distinguishing’ marks.
      It is your call if you want to re-do or wait for CKGS’s decision.

      If you want to send and then change it, if CKGS asks for it, you will lose your shipping fees.


      • Raju
        Raju 31 Jul, 18 at 2:53 pm

        Considering that field is blank in the Nationality verification form, is it OK if I fill it with details using a pen for just that field?

        Any suggestions. Thanks!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 3:40 pm

          The fields that are available online to be filled should be filled online.
          The rest can be filled by hand.


  115. Sesha
    Sesha 30 Jul, 18 at 11:06 pm

    Hello Anil –

    I am applying for re-issuance of a new Indian passport for my dad since his current passport is expiring in Nov 2018 with the US consulate in SFO through CKGS. With regard to address proof in the USA, my dad does not have a DL or a State ID and has no utility bill or electricity bill under his name and has no lease agreement since he is living with me. I contacted CKGS to see if they would accept any other form of address proof – my father has his social security number letter that has his USA address – the response from CKGS essentially reiterated the information in the documentation checklist.

    Do you have any suggestions on how I can work around this issue?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 7:42 am

      Well, the easiest way is to add his name in lease agreement or get a state ID.


      • Sesha
        Sesha 31 Jul, 18 at 7:57 am

        I own the house, so there is no lease agreement. Would an affidavit from me stating that he is living with me (notarized) with my current address be something that would work?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 8:16 am

          Nope. I don’t think affidavit will work.


  116. Vick
    Vick 30 Jul, 18 at 8:30 pm

    Hello Anil,
    Is there a sample “No status affidavit form” available on CKGS that you are aware of. I searched but could not find it so was just wondering if there is a sample form that i could use.
    I’m currently waiting for my H1 extension approval and was wondering if i should wait for the approval notice and then apply for passport renewal or just go ahead and apply for the passport renewal using the No status form as my current H1(I94) has expired. My passport is expiring Dec31st’18 .


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Jul, 18 at 9:23 pm

      Where did you get information about this form? Is it in your CKGS checklist?
      I have not heard about it before.

      If your H1B extension is pending with USCIS, you can simply use the i797 receipt notice as proof of your status. As far as I know, there is no need to fill any other affidavit form.


      • Vick
        Vick 30 Jul, 18 at 11:00 pm

        Yes it is coming up in the checklist when i had selected Proof of legal Status in USA option as Pending Approval at USCIS. The checklist contains not only the i797 receipt notice but also a notarized no status affidavit to be provided. Hence i was confused if i should just wait out this period and apply if and when H1 extension is approved.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 7:36 am

          It is okay to provide the ‘No status proof’ if your extension is pending. It is perfectly normal process.
          In-fact, it is possible that your application for H1B is delayed by USCIS (if not filed in premium) and you may get an RFE to provide new passport details (if your current passport expires) before USCIS works on your application.

          In that case, you should have the new passport ready.


          • Vick
            Vick 31 Jul, 18 at 10:00 am

            Thanks Anil. What you said makes sense especially if there is an RFE and i have to provide new passport details. I will go ahead and apply with the no status proof. Appreciate your quick responses and advise!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 12:27 pm

              You are welcome.


  117. Shriram Chandrasekaran
    Shriram Chandrasekaran 30 Jul, 18 at 6:12 pm

    Hello Anil,
    I am filling the NRI application form. In the question no.29 Specimen signature or T.I.within the space given below:

    Do i have to put my signature on both the boxes?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Jul, 18 at 9:20 pm

      Please see the sample provided in above article. It has all the details including the signatures.


      • Shriram Chandrasekaran
        Shriram Chandrasekaran 31 Jul, 18 at 1:11 pm

        Thanks Anil. That was really very helpful.
        I have one more question. I have pasted 3 photographs (one in NRI application form, one in Nationality Verfication form & one in Affidavit of appearance change form). Apart from these 3 photographs, do i have to send them more 3 photos ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 1:35 pm

          No more photographs are needed. Only 3 that you have pasted on forms is what is needed. You are good to go.


          • Shriram Chandrasekaran
            Shriram Chandrasekaran 31 Jul, 18 at 2:07 pm

            Thanks Anil for the clarification.


  118. SG
    SG 30 Jul, 18 at 12:55 pm

    Hello Anil,

    First of all, I appreciate your efforts in making such great information available to us. I have a quick question. I recently filled CKGS online form (currently at STEP 5- PAY but I did not pay the fees yet) where in the Indian address section, in the STATE field, I entered MAHARASHTRA as my state but in my current passport, it is mentioned as M.S. (I don’t know why it is mentioned as M.S. instead of MAHARASHTRA). Do you think this might result into rejection. (Just FYI, My current Indian address is the same so I do not want to change anything except this MAHARASHTRA thing and I have not selected Misc. option like I want to change my address). Do you think I will be OK if I mentioned MAHARASHTRA in “State” field. Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Jul, 18 at 1:19 pm

      I would advise to write the state name exactly as you have in your current passport to avoid issues.
      CKGS rejects the applications if anything is a mis-match.
      Read this similar case:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/place-of-birth-in-the-nri-form-does-not-match-the-place-of-birth-mentioned-in-the-indian-passport/422


      • SG
        SG 30 Jul, 18 at 1:25 pm

        Thanks for the quick response Anil. So I need to write “MS” (as the field does not accept dots anymore.) Do you think that’s fine?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Jul, 18 at 1:55 pm

          That’s what I think is what CKGS expects as they say that address should match the one in existing passport.


          • SG
            SG 30 Jul, 18 at 2:08 pm

            Thank you my friend !
            One more quick question: I know you already answered this que. many times but if I entered the most recent date of leaving india to US (which is in year 2016 as this will be easier to answer the next question of duration stayed in the current US address) on CKGS website (for national verification form) and on other hand, in India GOVT form i entered the date of the first time I left india for US (which is in year 2011). Will that create any issues as they are two different dates?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 30 Jul, 18 at 2:14 pm

              Date of ‘first leaving’ and ‘most recent’ can be different.


              • SG
                SG 30 Jul, 18 at 2:19 pm

                Thank you for clarification. It is just so confusing because the CKGS website did not mention anything like that if they need most recent date or the first leaving date (like specifically mentioned in india GOVT form). But I am planning to enter the most recent date in CKGS website just bcoz it makes my work easy to answer the next question for the duration of stay in current US address… hope you agree…..Thank you.


  119. Naga
    Naga 27 Jul, 18 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am filling the Online NRI Passport Application form.

    I have paid the full amount to CKGS including shipping fee.I used credit card for the payment in online.(Total Passport + Shipping cost $136.57)

    Please let me know what need to be filled in the below blanks in the form

    Payment of Fee(to be filled by Applicant)
    Amount paid $/E ……………………………………… by …………………………………………………. Mode of payment
    For delivery by mail $/E ……….extra to be paid as postal charges for each passport

    Thanks,
    Naga


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 18 at 3:42 pm

      I have answered it here (Do not want to duplicate, hence sharing link):
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/what-is-amount-paid-in-nri-online-passport-application-form/423


      • Naga
        Naga 27 Jul, 18 at 3:48 pm

        Thanks Anil , I have verified it. But still not clear on the below blank ? can I mention N/A ?
        For delivery by mail $/E ……….extra to be paid as postal charges for each passport


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 18 at 4:05 pm

          These values actually do not matter. This is an old form that has not been changed and was primarily meant when the payment was only accepted by check.
          Anyways, You can leave the postal charges field blank.

          I myself left everything blank and still got the passport!


          • Naga
            Naga 27 Jul, 18 at 4:11 pm

            Thanks Anil


  120. Vineeth Kumar
    Vineeth Kumar 27 Jul, 18 at 8:58 am

    I opted for adding my wife’s name in my passport at the time of renewal, there was no mention of wife’s passport pages or her visa or any marriage certificate. I have sent my application without those documents. There was nothing mentioned in the checklist, I have sent the documents yesterday. Now will they ask for more documents?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 18 at 9:18 am

      I think CKGS has changed the process and they do not need the spouse documents now even if you want to add spouse name.
      If it was not mentioned in your checklist, you are good.
      Don’t worry.


      • Vineeth Kumar
        Vineeth Kumar 27 Jul, 18 at 9:23 am

        Oh that was a quick response.. will update here whether they ask for more documents.. someone else will be benefitted like I did.. thank you


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 18 at 9:24 am

          You are welcome. We would certainly appreciate if you share your experience.


  121. praveen gawali
    praveen gawali 25 Jul, 18 at 8:05 pm

    My passport expiring in 7 months, if I apply for renewal now then will my new passport validity starts when current passport expires or it start immediately?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jul, 18 at 8:13 pm

      New passport validity starts immediately.


      • praveen gawali
        praveen gawali 25 Jul, 18 at 8:18 pm

        Thank you Anil for clarification.


  122. Sri
    Sri 24 Jul, 18 at 4:57 pm

    Hi @SoanT:disqus:
    Quick question, my application was received today for re-issue of passport. The current status is “Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue. The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.”

    But there is a Big Exclamation mark in Bright Red and the next steps which are still greyed out are “Returned” & “Under Process Manifestation”. Are these the typical next steps that everyone expects or do I need to get ready for something else. I haven’t received any email from CKGS yet.
    Thank you in advance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Jul, 18 at 5:32 pm

      Don’t worry. You are okay.
      If there is anything wrong, CKGS sends email pretty quickly and informs you.


  123. nandini shekar
    nandini shekar 24 Jul, 18 at 11:01 am

    My application is being returned because my fathers name on the online government form is not in same order as passport! They have asked me to reapply. Does it mean I start over as if I am applying for the first time (paying full fees again).


  124. Chaitanya Awasthi
    Chaitanya Awasthi 21 Jul, 18 at 12:48 am

    Hi Anil,

    First off, thank you for posting such a well written guide. I am currently trying to fill the NRI form (completed all the previous steps on CKGS website) and I have a couple of questions.
    1. In the address details, the address that I currently have on my passport is longer than the space the form provides to type. What should I do?

    2. In your guide, you mentioned that you do not need to provide Indian address proof if you wish to keep the same address. However, the pdf sample that the website provides mentions that an address proof is required. (see image attached). Am I missing anything?

    Thank you in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Jul, 18 at 11:36 am

      1. Is it not even fitting in 3 lines on the form?
      If yes, then you can skip un-necessary address details.
      2. The Indian address proof is not mandatory if you do not want to change the current Indian address printed on your passport.
      This is a general guidance that’s shown in the image. I think you can find the reference somewhere on CKGS website.


      • Chaitanya Awasthi
        Chaitanya Awasthi 21 Jul, 18 at 2:18 pm

        Thank you for your response, Anil.
        1. I completely didn’t notice the third address line until you mentioned. Thank you!
        2. Ok, I understand. Thank you for clarifying that for me.

        I do have another question for you. I partially filled my government application form and exited out. But, when I tried to log back in, it doesn’t recognize the temporary application ID (and yes, I am NOT using the CKGS ID). Is it ok for me to create a new form on the government website and start from the beginning?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Jul, 18 at 3:52 pm

          No, please do not create a new NRI online form.
          The NRI form link is connected with CKGS application and you should ALWAYS click it from CKGS application to reach the NRI form.

          Log back into CKGS and NRI form link would be available at Step 6. Click from there and you should be able to fill it.


          • Chaitanya Awasthi
            Chaitanya Awasthi 22 Jul, 18 at 3:13 pm

            So, it is ok for me to redo a new government application form (because I cannot access my partially filled form), but to do so, I must click the link from the CKGS website (after logging in)?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 Jul, 18 at 3:44 pm

              How did you go to NRI online form in first place?
              Did you click the link from CKGS step 6 or went directly to government website?


              • Chaitanya Awasthi
                Chaitanya Awasthi 22 Jul, 18 at 7:53 pm

                I went to the NRI form in the first place by doing exactly what you recommended. I then filled out my form partially, noted the temporary application ID and then hit save and exit. The next time I tried to enter my ID to resume my form completion I kept getting “ID not recognized” (or something like that). That is why I asked you if I can redo the form by clicking the NRI link in the CKGS website again.

                I hope that clarified things for you.


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 23 Jul, 18 at 7:07 am

                  You should be able to log back in to NRI form using the web reference ID. I don’t see any reason for it to be not working.


  125. Naga
    Naga 19 Jul, 18 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for this forum and it is really helpful for us.
    I am at the 5 step in CKGS website for passport renewal(making payment).I can not able to access “My Account” page.May I know when we can access “My Account” page ? .Please note that I can use web reference number to access the last step in CKGS

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Jul, 18 at 1:29 pm

      I am not clear about your question. If you can log back in to CKGS and see your application, what else do you need at this point?


      • Naga
        Naga 19 Jul, 18 at 2:18 pm

        Hi Anil,

        I can’t able to Login “https://passport.in.ckgs.us/myaccount/” using the web reference number.Whether we need to use only the reference number generated after filling the Government Online NRI passport application form?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Jul, 18 at 3:03 pm

          CKGS has its own web reference number and it is clearly mentioned in above article.
          Read at the end of article for how to log back into CKGS account.


          • Naga
            Naga 27 Jul, 18 at 3:35 pm

            It seems that once we make the payment and filled the online Passport application form , we can access the MyAccount section using the CKGS Web reference number


  126. psivakup
    psivakup 18 Jul, 18 at 7:28 pm

    Hi, Thanks for sharing detailed information!!
    I have question regarding photographs, I have pasted all 3 photographs on the forms, do we need to send extra 3 or no?

    Advance thanks for your reply!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Jul, 18 at 7:24 am

      3 are enough. No extra photos needed.


  127. Arunkumar Sivarama
    Arunkumar Sivarama 18 Jul, 18 at 4:10 pm

    Does anyone got recently passport renewed in Atlanta embassy? if so how long it took? Appreciate the timelines , it can help others.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Jul, 18 at 4:21 pm

      Recently, Atlanta has been taking around 6 weeks to process.


      • Arunkumar Sivarama
        Arunkumar Sivarama 19 Jul, 18 at 1:19 pm

        I was about to withdraw application and looks like they aproved. it took 2 weeks ( 10 Business days ). 🙂


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Jul, 18 at 1:29 pm

          Great. Enjoy 🙂


  128. Rohit
    Rohit 18 Jul, 18 at 2:23 pm

    Hi,
    This is very informative, thank you. I am wondering whether to go for Tatkal or not for passport renewal (its going to expire in few months) – Tatkal fee is 150$.
    I called CKGS : They say that for the NewYork Consulate, normal time for processing is 8-10 days, but with Tatkal its 3-4 days. The difference is not much just 4-5 days. But below, I see that you have mentioned 3-4 weeks for normal timeline. Could it be that NewYork Center is much faster than normal timeline of 3-4 weeks ? I am confused. 3-4 weeks will be too much for my purposes. At the same time, I do not want to waste 150 $ as 8-10 days will be fine for me. Any thoughts ?
    Also, if I go for Tatkal – does it increase the chances that I might be given a renewed passport with validity < 10 years ? That would be disastrous.Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Jul, 18 at 4:23 pm

      3-4 weeks is official processing time and varies with each Indian Embassy.
      If you want to with Tatkal, it is your choice.
      But, i would suggest to plan for at-least 4 weeks for regular processing.
      If the last passport was issued in USA, the new passport is issued pretty fast i.e. within 4-7 days.


      • priyal modi
        priyal modi 13 Aug, 18 at 7:26 am

        hello,I had applied for the renewal of my Indian passport at Washington DC consulate. I received a notification from CKGS on Aug 9th 2018 – “Under Process at Embassy”
        When do you think that I will get my renewed passport in hand?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Aug, 18 at 7:58 am

          Should be processed in 1-3 weeks.


          • sunil kumar
            sunil kumar 13 Aug, 18 at 10:01 pm

            I have appeared to VISA on Aug 9th 2018 in Hyd consulate for F1 to H1B stamping. VO told my ViSA was approved but when I check my VISA status it says its under Admin Processing. Today is Aug 14th i.e 3rd working day. Still I didnt hear any response from them. Please help. I am scared . I have my return ticket on Aug 27th. Help plzz


  129. Sands Andy
    Sands Andy 16 Jul, 18 at 7:41 am

    Hi,
    Very informative guide. I am just starting the process and had a question. Where is the USA address mentioned on the passport. This is because somewhere on their website I read that the US address also should match but I do not see any US address on my passport so where do they check.
    Since I moved residence do I need to separately ask for one of the miscellaneous service for change of US address. My Permanent Address remains the same. Everything else remains the same.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Jul, 18 at 7:47 am

      Hi Sands,
      The USA address should match the USA address proof.
      If you last passport was issued in USA too AND you had opted to get USA address printed on passport, you will find the USA address printed on the last page of your passport. This is same location where Indian address is mentioned. Only 1 address is mentioned there i.e. either USA or Indian.

      Does that answer your question?


      • Sands Andy
        Sands Andy 16 Jul, 18 at 7:57 am

        Anil,
        Thanks a lot for the quick response. Yes that makes sense.


  130. Rasmi Nirmala
    Rasmi Nirmala 10 Jul, 18 at 5:46 pm

    Hi,If I have no change in appearance,Should I have to notarise the affidavit?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 18 at 6:10 pm

      If ‘Change in Appearance’ is listed in your document checklist, then, yes, you have to get it notarized.


      • Rasmi Nirmala
        Rasmi Nirmala 10 Jul, 18 at 6:19 pm

        Thanks Anil for the prompt reply.


  131. kk
    kk 10 Jul, 18 at 4:38 pm

    Hi, I’m applying for my passport renewal in the US. Do we need to submit our original current Indian passport while applying for a renewal, which would mean being without a passport while in US for the duration of renewal processing?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 18 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, you have to submit your existing original passport with your application.
      Yes, you will be without passport for as long as the embassy takes to renew it (normally 3-4 weeks). So, plan your travel, if any, accordingly.

      The old passport will be marked cancelled and returned to you along with new passport in the mail.


  132. Vivan
    Vivan 10 Jul, 18 at 12:55 pm

    Hi
    I have submitted all my documents to get my passport renewed at the San Fransisco Consulate. CKGS verified all my documents and it is under Review at the Consulate. I have opted to print my Indian address on my passport (I have a valid Indian Drivers Licence with my address in India). However – since I am in the USA now, my Indian house is locked (but it is my residence in India and I have that address on my DL, Adhaar,etc). How will the police be able to verify since I am in the USA?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 18 at 1:09 pm

      They usually do not verify the Indian address if it is same as on your old passport.
      If you have changed the indian address from your last passport address, and provided the proof, embassy will send the request to Indian passport office for verification.
      Locked out house is not an issue here as it exists.
      Once they verify, they will send info back to Embassy and they will issue the passport.
      Don’t worry. Passport will be issued.


      • Vivan
        Vivan 11 Jul, 18 at 3:28 pm

        Thanks Anil. Passport was issued. Keep up the good work! Your blogs are very helpful


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Jul, 18 at 5:49 pm

          You are welcome. I am glad it has helped you.


  133. Arunkumar Sivarama
    Arunkumar Sivarama 10 Jul, 18 at 9:07 am

    what is the time frame to get the passport renewal approval. I am at the stage of ‘ Under process at Embassy’ – Atlanta. How long would take from now, My travel date is around Aug 16.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 18 at 9:12 am

      There is no defined time frame except that they say 3-4 weeks.
      Normally, they do it pretty fast if your last passport was issued from Embassy itself.
      If you last passport was issued in India, embassy sends it to India passport office for verification and that may take time.


    • Sandeep
      Sandeep 13 Jul, 18 at 9:20 am

      Hi Arun – Did you get any update?


      • Arunkumar Sivarama
        Arunkumar Sivarama 13 Jul, 18 at 9:50 am

        Not yet. still in Embassy processing. when did you applied?


        • Sandeep
          Sandeep 19 Jul, 18 at 11:40 am

          I applied on July 6th.


          • Arunkumar Sivarama
            Arunkumar Sivarama 19 Jul, 18 at 1:27 pm

            it took 2 weeks for them approve for me.


  134. Anshu Singh
    Anshu Singh 6 Jul, 18 at 9:54 pm

    Hi,
    I submitted the documents as given in the checklist to the Houston CKGS. The checklist did not mention marriage certificate but I did ask to add spouse’s name on the passport. I am sure the Consulate would ask for it. How do I upload the copy of the marriage certificate and my spouse’s passport on the website or should I already mail it to them? Please help.

    Thanks,
    Anshu


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Jul, 18 at 6:58 am

      If your checklist did not ask for it, then, no need to worry.
      If they need it, they will contact you and ask to upload the documents on their website.


      • Anshu
        Anshu 9 Jul, 18 at 9:24 am

        Thank you for your reply!
        There is one more concern: I am married to a US citizen. The marriage certificate is from the Travis county. Would that work if they ask to upload?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 18 at 9:32 am

          Yes, it will work.


  135. Taniya
    Taniya 6 Jul, 18 at 11:57 am

    Hi there, I am not able to get past the “Affidavit for Change in Appearance and Signature” step. It will not let me enter the name field. How do I get through this step? I have tried many times now.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jul, 18 at 12:43 pm

      What is the error that it is throwing? Do you see anything circled or marked in red anywhere on the page?
      You must have left something empty.


      • Taniya
        Taniya 6 Jul, 18 at 1:32 pm

        It’s wanting me to fill out the name of “wife of/daughter of” but it won’t let me type in the field. Not sure what to do.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Jul, 18 at 1:35 pm

          May be try another browser or close and re login.


  136. KG
    KG 3 Jul, 18 at 11:11 am

    Hi Anil,
    My passport is expiring by May 2019 and i’m planning to travel India in October to December this year. Also I’m on H4 Visa and i have applied my H4 EAD in May 2018 based on my husband’s I-140, which is in progress. Now, thinking to renew the passport before the India travel.
    Have couple of questions,

    1. Is there any impact for the EAD process if i apply for passport renewal?
    2. Is it a right option to do the passport renewal now? Or should we wait until the EAD gets approved?

    Kindly share your thoughts.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 18 at 11:38 am

      1. There is no impact on the H4-EAD application. Did you submit your passport as the ID proof or anything else?
      Related: https://www.am22tech.com/h4-ead-uscis-form-i-765-sample-form/

      2. It is your choice if you want to renew now or after getting H4-EAD.
      Since, you still have time till May 2019, you can opt to get your passport renewed after coming back to USA in Dec or Jan.

      But, that will pose another issue of i94 expiry. When you will enter USA in Jan with OLD passport (unless you renew it in India), the i94 will be given only till the passport expiry date which would be May 2019.
      You will have to travel out of US again to get new i94 with new passport. (See this: https://www.am22tech.com/i94-correction-after-passport-expiry-and-renewal-in-us/)

      Keeping in mind above points, I would strongly suggest to get your passport renewed now.


      • KG
        KG 3 Jul, 18 at 1:53 pm

        Thanks a lot for the details Anil.
        1. Yes, i submitted the Passport as the ID proof. Actually I followed your steps while applying my EAD that is there in the link(thank you!!). Will there be any problem if i apply for PP renewal now?

        Thanks!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 18 at 2:11 pm

          No, there should be no problem even if you submitted the passport as the ID proof as long it has not expired at the time of USCIS taking a decision on your application.
          If passport expires while your H4-EAD is still pending, USCIS will issue an RFE to send the new valid passport.
          But, in your case, that stage would not happen as you still have passport expiry till May 2019. You are good.


          • KG
            KG 7 Jul, 18 at 8:38 am

            This helps, thank you!!


  137. Nikhil
    Nikhil 3 Jul, 18 at 9:45 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am a PhD student on a J1 visa so I don’t have a I-20 but a DS-2019 which is the I-20 equivalent document for the J1 visa, but the form doesn’t have it as an option.

    How do I go forward with this?

    Thanks,
    Nikhil


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 18 at 10:00 am

      Please write an email to CKGS and confirm about what can be selected instead of I-20 or if you can select I-20. They normally respond within 24 hours.


  138. Shobana Suresh
    Shobana Suresh 2 Jul, 18 at 10:05 am

    Hi,
    I would like to know how soon I can renew the passport before the expiry date. My dad’s passport is expiring in March 2019. He may be travelling to India in November, returning in February of 2019 which will be very close to the expiration date. I would appreciate if you could help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jul, 18 at 10:09 am

      You can apply for renewal 1 year in advance. Since, his passport is expiring in March 2019, you can apply now and get the new passport.


  139. Kavya
    Kavya 1 Jul, 18 at 10:13 am

    Hi- I am currently in the process of renewing my Indian passport through CKGS website. I have 2 questions- 1) Wherever the document checklist says “Self Attest”, will my own signature do or do I have to get it notarized from third party? Currently as per check list, I have to notarize the Affidavit for Change in Appearance. Also, I did not download the checklist yet and I am about to make payment. Will I be given an option to download the checklist at a later point? Thanks in advance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jul, 18 at 10:10 am

      1. Self Attest: You have to sign yourself along with your child. Copy pasting the guidance from above article point 6:
      SELF-ATTEST – just sign yourself along with your child.
      If Child > 5 years, should write his/her name them-self.
      If your child is less than 5 years, he/she should use his/her thumb print.
      Both parent and child need to self-attest.
      Each parent should self-attest their OWN document. Get your child to sign all documents too.
      Mother should sign her OWN and Father his own. Mother CANNOT sign father’s document and vice versa.
      For general document (like forms), any one parent can sign.

      2. Some people have reported that they did not get the option to download checklist after making payment.
      I would advice you to re-do the whole application if you have not made the payment yet.

      You should download the checklist in the first step itself.


      • Kavya
        Kavya 2 Jul, 18 at 1:13 pm

        Thanks, Anil. I made the payment last night as they told me I will be able to access the check list. I have accessed the check list now at the end stage. However, I have run into another issue. I wanted the address to be updated to Indian address. On my aadhar card, the address is Kohli Colony, Choti Mukhani, Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263139, India. I am submitting my Adhaar card as change of address proof. However, on the forms I just put Kohli Colony, Choti Mukhani, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, 263139, India. I did not put Nainital as it was not sitting right in the Nationality Verification form(there was no place for district there). Please suggest what I should do. I called call center and they are asking me to cancel this application and start a new one. I wasted $ 33 on the call. Should I just take my chance and submit the application form? Thank You!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 2 Jul, 18 at 1:48 pm

          Hi Kavya,
          CKGS is pretty strict with address and it should match exactly on all forms exactly as your address proof.
          They will most probably send your application back and in that case, you will lose your shipping cost too.

          So, it is better that you cancel now and re-do the application and save both time and cost.


          • Kavya
            Kavya 2 Jul, 18 at 1:51 pm

            Thanks, if I cancel now, what all will I be refunded for?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 2 Jul, 18 at 1:58 pm

              From CKGS website (https://passport.in.ckgs.us/terms-and-conditions):
              Applicant has filled the form online and made the payment and has not yet shipped the application to the IPAC and the cancellation request is initiated by the Applicant, the refund will be as follows:

              Fee Type Refund Status
              Consular Fee Refundable
              ICWF Fee Refundable
              CKGS Fee Refundable
              Convenience Charges* Non-Refundable
              Shipping Conditional**
              SMS Services Refundable
              Other VAS N / A


              • Kavya
                Kavya 2 Jul, 18 at 2:18 pm

                Thank You so much!


  140. kena
    kena 29 Jun, 18 at 8:47 am

    all below questions were from National verification form


  141. kena
    kena 29 Jun, 18 at 8:46 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am applying for renewal of my Indian passport. I want to add spouse name on that, I want to know is there any sequence to add his name on it like name first then middle name and then surname or reverse way?
    and for 11. Date of leaving India: should i enter last visiting date or Previously date when i started leaving here?
    and 12. Period of stay Abroad: how should i enter this? Is that from last visit to current period or after excluding last few visit from india? Please help me out


  142. Ram B
    Ram B 27 Jun, 18 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have questions about address ( I am applying for passport renewal and my passport was issued in India in 2008).

    I am choosing USA address to print on my renewed passport.

    The Indian address which is currently on my passport ( during the time of issue, back in 2008) is not the address where my house in India is right now.
    My Parents shifted to another address about 8 years back.
    Can i use Indian address which is currently on my passport as my ” Complete permanenct address in india”? is there any verification will happen on permanenet address?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 18 at 5:25 pm

      If you have chosen to print US address, then there is no Indian address verification done.
      You can safely give your parent’s current Indian address.


      • Ram B
        Ram B 28 Jun, 18 at 10:51 am

        Hi Anil,

        Thanks for reply.
        I missed uploading digital photo in Indian government website, how to upload or is it optional?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Jun, 18 at 11:38 am

          If you missed it, you missed the bus 🙂 No editing is allowed.
          Anyway, uploading is optional. So, no need to worry.


  143. Apana
    Apana 26 Jun, 18 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I received an update today saying “Application ‘Reviewed’ by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.”

    Does this mean it was approved? Or simply “reviewed and returned to CKGS – can be approved or rejected.”

    Sorry if hundreds have asked this before, I checked before posting, but there are too many comments and couldn’t go through all of it 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Jun, 18 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, your passport is approved and CKGS will ship it to you within a day.


  144. Sri
    Sri 26 Jun, 18 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Anil,

    What is the address to mail the documents for my passport renewal? I missed to take a screenshot of the address. Can you please help?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Jun, 18 at 1:32 pm

      Did you pay for shipping online while creating your application?
      If yes, then you will receive a link to download the shipping label and it will have the CKGS address printed on it.


      • Sri
        Sri 26 Jun, 18 at 3:05 pm

        Thank you. I paid only for return shipping. I got the address from their website to send the document.


  145. Mahesh
    Mahesh 25 Jun, 18 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I had a question.

    i’m going to renew my Indian passport, going to opt for US address to be printed on the passport. Do we need to choose ‘Change your Address’ under ‘Miscellaneous Service’?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 18 at 6:03 pm

      Yes, you can choose ‘Change Your Address’. This is also shown in the image attached to article above.


      • Mahesh
        Mahesh 25 Jun, 18 at 6:08 pm

        If i opt for India address to be printed,Do i need to provide any proof during submission?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 18 at 6:29 pm

          No Indian address proof is required if you opt to keep it same.
          Please read the article. Everything has been explained in detail.


  146. Rakesh
    Rakesh 25 Jun, 18 at 9:53 am

    Hi

    I did not print the document checklist at the beginning . Now at step 7 , from where can I print the document checklist as this is required

    Regards
    Rakesh


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 18 at 10:17 am

      Did you print all other documents? Checklist must have been part of the total application download package.
      Unfortunately, CKGS online application does not allow you to go back.


    • Kavya
      Kavya 1 Jul, 18 at 10:26 am

      Hi Rakesh- were you able to navigate this? I am facing the same issue. I have not done the payment yet but my understanding is that the check list can be again accessed at physical documentation submission stage. It is a pain that we cannot go back to the website even to print the saved documents.


  147. Nigam
    Nigam 22 Jun, 18 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you Anil for your help. This was very helpful. Received my renewal passport today. Whole process took exactly 8 days ( In California). Surprisingly, this was very quick.!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Jun, 18 at 4:31 pm

      Great. Thanks for the feedback. I am glad it helped you.


  148. nmp
    nmp 22 Jun, 18 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have applied for Passport renewal with Washington DC consulate.
    My timeline is given below: Now I would like to move my case to Tatkal due to emergency. Can you please suggest
    is there any process to move the case to Tatkal after applied in regular .

    View History
    Jun 13, 2018 – Wednesday
    04:05 pm
    Application is ‘Under Process’ at Embassy for decision making.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    Jun 13, 2018 – Wednesday
    03:47 pm
    Application is ‘In Transit’ to the Embassy.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    Jun 13, 2018 – Wednesday
    01:22 pm
    Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    Jun 13, 2018 – Wednesday
    09:51 am
    Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.

    The Embassy may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    Jun 12, 2018 – Tuesday
    09:48 am
    Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and ‘Not Verified’.

    You will receive an E-mail advising you of the outcome of the verification process.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Jun, 18 at 2:38 pm

      I am not aware of converting to Tatkal process after applying, if there is any.
      You can contact CKGS to ask.


  149. Apana
    Apana 15 Jun, 18 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Anil,

    In the Govt Online form, for the very first question:
    1 Payment Amt of Fee do I write $136.67 or $75?
    2. “Online” Mode of payment if I paid electronically right?
    3. For delivery by mail —> Do I write N/A? Since CKGS is doing everything for me? I paid $15*2 for shipping to CKGS (included in $136.57)

    Thanks,
    Apana


  150. soniya
    soniya 14 Jun, 18 at 10:18 am

    Hi
    i have three copies of photo but dont have soft copy is it ok if i dont upload.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jun, 18 at 11:39 am

      Uploading is optional. You can skip it.


      • soniya
        soniya 14 Jun, 18 at 8:05 pm

        Thank you Anil. One more question – when printing the documents I am getting ‘Authority Letter for Collection of Passport
        Edit’ although i have selected the mail delivery option by Fedex. Can you please suggest if this is required?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Jun, 18 at 8:16 pm

          I think it is for collecting your passport from Indian embassy by CKGS on your behalf. If it is in your list of documents, just print, fill and send it with your documents. No need to worry.


          • Ramvk
            Ramvk 14 Jun, 18 at 10:48 pm

            Hi, I was filling out the application and it said the place of birth should match exactly with old passport, my old passport has place of birth as Kolar, Karnataka but the ckgs form does not allow comma so I entered it as Kolar only, what do you suggest I do now? I have already paid the fees and submitted the application


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 15 Jun, 18 at 8:21 am

              As per one other user’s experience, their application was rejected by CKGS for not writing the place name matching their passport.
              In their case, the place was Chennai [Taminadu].
              After rejection, they filled the place name as
              Chennai Tamilnadu i.e. without special characters and then the application was processed and passport was issued.

              You can find it somewhere in comments below or directly here at this link:
              https://www.truvisa.com/t/place-of-birth-in-the-nri-form-does-not-match-the-place-of-birth-mentioned-in-the-indian-passport/422

              So, i would suggest to re-do the application for your case.


  151. ISK
    ISK 13 Jun, 18 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Anil,

    First of all Thanks a Lot for managing this fantastic website on passport renewal. Appreciate your help and taking time to answer all of the questions put in discussion forum which is of great help.

    I have submitted my passport renewal request after going through the details in this website and followed the details as mentioned. I received my renewed passport in 14 Calendar days (Sent on 30th May and Received on 13th June). Just to provide additional context in my renewal case, I have requested for change of address in India for which I have submitted Adhaar Card as the address proof. There are NO other changes requested. Luckily I had few Passport size photos (2X2) while coming from India last year which saved me a lot of effort otherwise.

    My take is that if you follow the steps deligently as provided here, you should have the passport in hand within 2 weeks.

    Thanks again & Wish you all the success.

    ISK


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Jun, 18 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks ISK for your feedback. We appreciate it.


  152. Vinod R.
    Vinod R. 12 Jun, 18 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I had got the passport renewed from the Indian Consulate. However, the US address printed as my address on the passport had India printed after the US state name, though it was not there in my application, for which I have a copy of the completed online NRI passport application pdf as proof. How carelesss does that show on both the consulate and the CKGS who verified it when they received it?! My question is am I the only one or do you also had India printed on the US address?!

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 5:55 pm

      Looks like you are the only one. This is a mistake from their side. Contact CKGS and ask what can be done to fix the address.


  153. Pranav
    Pranav 12 Jun, 18 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Regarding the Indian Address thing that you were guiding me. Initially when I applied for passport for the first time, I never had any bills or address proof on my name. I had submitted bills which were on my parents name itself as address proof. So as I said, I dont stay there and just visit for a few days, how can I have any kind of address proof on my name ? what can I do in this case? Please help me out.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 1:53 pm

      You can call CKGS and ask if parent’s Indian address proof will work.
      As far as I know, an adult needs to submit an address proof on his name. When you first applied for the passport, you were under 18 as per my guess.


  154. Pranav
    Pranav 12 Jun, 18 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,
    I had another question.
    My OPT is expiring on July 5 2018 and I have already applied for extension. But it will take about 60 days for me to get a new EAD card. And my passport will be expiring on 1 Aug 2018. So I can’t wait till I get the new EAD card and I dont have state ID. So I am applying for renewal right away as I will need my EAD card documentation. Can I do like this ?? Do you see any problem.. if so please advice.
    Thank you once again.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 8:20 am

      You mean you want to get new passport before applying for EAD renewal. Right?
      If yes, then please go ahead and get new passport as early as possible.

      Currently, some of the passport applications are taking as long as 6 weeks to process.


      • Pranav
        Pranav 12 Jun, 18 at 11:52 am

        Thank you Anil.. My question is.. As I am using my EAD card as my Valid US Visa, and its expiring on July 5th 2018. Can I use it as a document for my Passport renewal application. ? My EAD will be valid at the time when I’ll be application passport renewal, but By the time I get back my passport, my EAD card would have expired, so applying with such a document is valid ??? Please advice.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 12:04 pm

          There is no minimum time frame that a document should be valid at the time of application.
          I suggest to submit it as early as possible to avoid issues.


  155. Pranav
    Pranav 11 Jun, 18 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I am applying for passport renewal and my passport was issued in India in 2008.
    I have two questions,
    1. The Indian address which is currently on my passport ( during the time of issue, back in 2008) is not the address where my house in India is right now. My Parents have shifted to another address about 3 years back. So Is it mandatory for me to change my Indian house address or can I just keep it the way it is and avoid all the extra work ?? Will there by any checking sort of thing?
    2. For US address proof, I have my DL, but two weeks ago I just moved to another place in the same locality, So can I use my DL where my previous house address is mentioned ? or I have to use something else where I currently reside ??

    Please advice.
    Thank you in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 8:14 am

      1. I would suggest to get your US address printed on new passport. Its easier.
      You can choose your old Indian address to be printed (in that case you do not need to provide any Indian address proof), but this is risky. Indian embassy will send your application to Indian passport department and they may decide to do some address verification. If they do it, your passport application may be rejected or may be delayed.
      Normally, Indian passport office does not do address verification but you cannot really rely on them.

      2. The address proof should match the address you write on passport application forms. Either you use any other address proof that matches your current address or get DL renewed or get new State ID or use your current lease agreement.


      • Pranav
        Pranav 12 Jun, 18 at 11:48 am

        Hi Anil,
        Thank you so much for the response. If I provide my new Indian address, then it will take a long time for address verification in India right ?? Or it takes the usual time itself even if I change my Indian address ? What I am asking is.. Do I have the liberty to keep my old address as it is without any hassle ?? and Yes I will get my US address printed. All the applications with Indian address will be sent to India for address verification ???

        Also if I decide to print my new Indian address on the passport along with US address, what documents do I need to give for Indian address??? My parents stay there.. no bills or no lease agreement is on my name.. then what should I provide ?
        Please advice.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 12:03 pm

          If you iive your parent’s address (which is different than what you currently have on your passport), you will have to provide the Indian address proof on YOUR NAME.
          The physical police verification will be done or not depends on Indian passport office. All passport are sent to Indian passport office by embassy for their approval if your last passport was issued in India.

          If you want to keep your old Indian address, you MAY face issues with verification (if it is done).

          Does that answer your question?


          • Pranav
            Pranav 12 Jun, 18 at 1:23 pm

            Hi Anil. Thank you so much for the response. Yes my current house in India is not the one which is in my passport right now. My parents have moved to a different house. I have no bills on my name in the new house where my parents reside right now. I just visit India for a few days and come back to US. How can I have any bills or address proof of the new house on my name. I dont stay there at all, but my parents do.. What do I do in this case. ? Can you please help.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 1:49 pm

              Hi Pranav,
              I already told you that you should get US address printed on new passport.


  156. GPM
    GPM 11 Jun, 18 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you for the detailed steps above. I would like to apply for passport renewal. But, both my EAD and State ID(which i would like to use for address proof) will expire in August, 2018. Do you see any problem with it?

    My concerns is that i do not have any other address proof besides State ID. Since, it expires in August, 2018 can i still use it. Please let me know.

    Thank you


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Jun, 18 at 12:49 pm

      Will you not apply for renewal of State ID before its expiry? You can use the renewed state ID or renewed EAD later.
      Or if you want to use the current ones, just apply right away for passport renewal since these proofs are still valid for 2 months.


  157. joy
    joy 9 Jun, 18 at 10:10 am

    Hi,
    I am going to renew my passport and want to add my spouse name in the passport. Could you please tell me what are the documents for that I need to send?
    Please also let me know whether those documents need to be notarized or not?

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 18 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Joy,
      The comprehensive list of documents are listed above.
      For adding the wife name, CKGS website will give you the list once you start your application and select the option of adding wife name.

      The note will be mentioned against the document if it would need notarization or not.


      • Pavan
        Pavan 10 Jun, 18 at 2:55 am

        Hi Anil ,

        Renewal of passport in USA – have question on address proof documents. We just moved and dont have any docs on my name.

        DL with old address.

        Will below spouse documents suffice.

        marriage certificate copy

        utility bill ( electric/water/gas) on Spouse name in USA
        utility bill ( electricity ) on spouse name in INDIA.

        Thanks
        Pavan


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Jun, 18 at 7:55 am

          Your own address proofs are needed for your own passport. Spouse documents will not work.

          If you just moved, then first arrange for new address proofs like lease agreement, new DL before applying.


  158. saransh mahajan
    saransh mahajan 8 Jun, 18 at 4:19 pm

    Hello, Thanks for the wonderful post. I am recent graduate this may and I have got My EAD card ( category C03B) with starting date of 25th June and I also have F1-OPT with me. My original passport is going to expire on January 2019. While filling the form at CKGS i selected EAD as my proof of legal status and it says “Asylum categories such as AS6 / AS7 / AS8 / C / C08 / A19 Visa category are not eligible for Passport services.” I am wondering if I also fall into the same category as my EAD card has category of C ? Or I can proceed with my passport renewal. Thanks


  159. Sandy
    Sandy 7 Jun, 18 at 3:15 pm

    Hi.
    I am on F1 Visa currently on OPT which is valid until next year.
    My passport is expiring November 2018.
    Can I renew my passport in USA through CKGS.
    If so, could you please explain me the procedure.

    Thanks in advance..


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, you can apply for passport renewal.
      Follow the procedure listed above.


  160. Chak
    Chak 7 Jun, 18 at 11:01 am

    Hi Anil,. I applied through CKGS Houston back in Feb and it was since then kept under ‘ Under processing with consulate ‘ stage, i tried to reach CKGS, CGI but no one is helping me to get the renewal. Every one says, it will take time and be patient. Its been 4 months, is there a escalation matrix to expedite my renewal? Any help from you is greatly appreciated.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 11:31 am

      Hi Chak,
      This is taking unusually longer for your case. The max i have heard recently with Houston Embassy is 6 weeks waiting time.
      I do not think there is any escalation path available with CKGS.

      What is CKGS exactly saying about the longer timeline for your case?
      What address did you opt for printing on your passport?
      It is possible that Indian passport office has not responded back for your Police clearance yet to embassy.


      • Chak
        Chak 7 Jun, 18 at 11:49 am

        Anil, I got my old passport in Bangalore in 2009 when i am doing my employment. I moved to Hyderabad in Yr 2010 and moved to US in year 2014 and continueing in here. When i applied my passport, i didnt make any changes in the address , hence didnt submit any address proofs of India. As per CKGS, i need to provide the address proofs for my US address which i did.

        CKGS saying, it is pending with Consulate General and they have no further update. Consulate General is saying, pending with RPO Bangalore and they cant reach further. I am in complete dilemma to whom to contact further. Any solution from you greatly appreciated. Further, any professional consulting firms which you can advice to deal similar cases? Greatly appreciate your help.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 12:02 pm

          Hi Chak,
          I anticipated that your application is probably pending with Indian Passport office and Police verification there.

          Does anyone live at the Indian address that you currently have in your passport?
          I mean someone who knows you is staying at that address?

          The Indian Bangalore RPO is probably not able to verify your address and hence is taking longer than usual.

          Unfortunately, there is no way to connect to RPO Bangalore directly. The only way is to wait for Indian Embassy or CGKS response.


          • Chak
            Chak 7 Jun, 18 at 12:09 pm

            Thanks again for the reply, i used to stay in a paying guest accommodation (hostel). Old address is my old hostel address, now no one i know in that hostel. What if police verification could not able to provide any further progress? Will they return my passport?

            Any idea of professional consulting firm to deal similar cases?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 12:14 pm

              Well, you should have really opted for printing US address on your passport if your current Indian address is a hostel address. The Indian address should be a valid address always where someone can vouch for you in case any police verification is done.

              Most probably, your police verification from Indian passport office will come as negative and Indian embassy will just return your application with no renewal.
              It depends on what Indian passport office and RPO Bangalore send back to Indian Embassy.

              Once it is returned to you, you can re-apply with option of printing US address on your passport and you should be good to go.
              In that application, you would need to provide Indian address too, but that can be any of your relative or parent’s address.

              I do not know of any professional firm who can help you with this scenario.


  161. kkk
    kkk 6 Jun, 18 at 2:53 pm

    hello Anil,
    Is it possible to renew indian passport in US while on B1/B2 visa? I see the not above that B1/B2 is not a valid visa for passport reissue but then in that case what should be done if the passport is getting expired while staying in US on B1/B2?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 18 at 3:00 pm

      You need US address proof on your name to apply for Passport renewal. On B1/B2 visa, you probably will not have any one.
      If you passport is expiring while on B1?B2 visa, you should have got it renewed in India as B1/B2 visa is only for short term visit to US.

      You can double check with CKGS to see if they can allow you to renew.


  162. Apana
    Apana 6 Jun, 18 at 4:21 am

    Hello Anil,

    I messed up. Filled the government form before filling the CKGS form. When it came to that step 7, I just put the WEBFILE NO from the Government form in the Step 7 of CKGS website. I didn’t think much of it and paid the filing fee. Feeling extremely stupid and scared right now.

    Haven’t mailed the form + documents yet. Do you think I should redo this process. Please advise.

    Regards,
    Apana

    ps: feeling SO STUPID


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 18 at 6:45 am

      Yes, i think you should re-do the process. Don’t worry. Since you have not mailed anything yet, your money can be refunded by CGKS once you cancel the application.
      Note that go to government form ONLY at step 6 and that too from the link that CKGS provides at step 6.


      • Apana
        Apana 6 Jun, 18 at 2:34 pm

        Thank you, Anil. It’s a great relief having you take the time to respond to each individual comment. Hope you have a happy and peaceful life. Thank you.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 18 at 2:35 pm

          You are welcome. I am glad it has helped you.


          • Apana
            Apana 7 Jun, 18 at 4:00 pm

            Hi Anil,

            I am sitting down just now to redo the process and I had a few quick questions:

            1. Do I just open a new browser and start the CKGS process from scratch, as if I were doing it for the first time?

            2. How do I cancel the the previous erroneous application? I am unable to find a link to cancel the application. I found one for “Cancel Appointment” but I don’t think it’s the same. Please advise.

            3. Once I cancel, sounds like I have to also apply for a refund. Does this sound accurate? (Here are the references)
            –> https://passport.in.ckgs.us/faq/applying-from-passport-camp/1404/can-i-cancel-my-passport-application
            –> https://passport.in.ckgs.us/faq/passport-services-guide/941/how-to-apply-for-refund#941

            4. AS for the government form, I just abandon the erroneous government form, right? No need to take any action to cancel it etc?

            Thank you again for your time. I sincerely appreciate it.

            Regards.
            Apana


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 4:45 pm

              1. You can open a new browser window and start a new application.
              2,3. I have not done the cancellation but this seems to be the only option:
              https://passport.in.ckgs.us/payment/refund-claim
              They have an option of selecting ‘Can Application’ as the reason for refund. You should be able to cancel your application just by asking for refund.
              4. Yes, just abandon the government online form.


              • Apana
                Apana 7 Jun, 18 at 4:50 pm

                Great, thank you, Anil!


                • Apana
                  Apana 7 Jun, 18 at 4:53 pm

                  Should I cancel/refund first and then make a new application? Or any order works. Sorry for the lame questions, I am just paranoid after making the initial stupid mistake 🙁


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 4:54 pm

                    First cancel and then start with new application. Your passport number is tied to your application.
                    So, it is better you cancel first.


                    • Apana
                      Apana 7 Jun, 18 at 5:36 pm

                      Got it. Thanks again!

                      Also just want to update that your link didn’t work for me, it said invalid application. I think it’s for visa application cancellation.

                      This one worked for me for cancelling passport application; https://passport.in.ckgs.us/payment/refund-claim


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 7 Jun, 18 at 6:12 pm

                      Great. Sorry for the wrong URL.
                      They are almost same…so I may have copied the wrong one.
                      Thanks for sharing the correct one.
                      I have updated my comment too to help other visitors see the correct one.


  163. etesla
    etesla 4 Jun, 18 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Anil, I am renewing my Indian passport in USA. I do not have any permanent Indian address in India as I do not own any property there. The passport application website is asking for Indian permanent address and is not letting me proceed to the next section (I am choosing USA address to print in passport). How do I proceed? Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Jun, 18 at 6:03 am

      You can write the same old Indian address that you have in your current passport. The Indian authority assume that you have some kind of Indian address (like your parents address) if you are still holding Indian passport.


  164. Renewal Applicant
    Renewal Applicant 4 Jun, 18 at 10:44 am

    Hi Anil, while filling my Online NRI Passport Application, I did not complete the not required fields such as qualification, profession, color of eyes and color of hair. I have the application printed and need to fill in the remaining fields with a pen. I was wondering if I can fill in the non required fields with a pen as well? If not, is it ok to go back to CKGS website and click on the link one more time for the Online NRI Passport Application? On the CKGS website, it shows I am on step 7 but at the top it has the message “Please Note if you have not filled Online NRI Passport Form of the Indian Government. Click here”. I would appreciate if you can answer my question. Thank you for your help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 12:37 pm

      It is better to go back and fill the Online NRI application form again.
      Fill the fields that are available online for filling and rest (the fields not visible online for filling) can be filled later with pen.


      • Renewal Applicant
        Renewal Applicant 4 Jun, 18 at 2:47 pm

        Thank you very much.


  165. Nigam
    Nigam 4 Jun, 18 at 8:43 am

    Hi Sir,

    I was filling out application on CKGS for renewal of passport. And after several steps i realized i made a spelling mistake which i can not go back and fix it. So i started the new application with new web reference number. Is that fine? Do i need to do anything with the old application?

    I appreciate your help.

    Thank you,
    Nigam


    • Nigam
      Nigam 4 Jun, 18 at 10:14 am

      One more question, I have a indian address on my old passport. But i see that it does ask on the form if i want the US address to be printed on passport. What would you suggest? Does it needs to be same address as indian passport? Or do i have to do any further steps to have the US address to be printed on new passport. Thank you for your help in advance. !!


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 12:32 pm

        If you want to keep the same Indian address on new passport, you do not need to submit any Indian address proof.
        You can get the US address printed too. It is your choice.
        I got my US address printed.


        • Nigam
          Nigam 4 Jun, 18 at 12:45 pm

          Thanks a lot for your reply Anil. If i want my US address to be printed, do i need to submit anything else other than the proof of addresses ( US licence or US utility bill).. ? Or do i have select miscellaneous services and choose change address on passport? Thanks in advance.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 1:01 pm

            No need to select ‘Change of address’. If you want US address to be printed, just send your US address proof as mentioned in above article.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 12:31 pm

      No. Just leave the old application s it is. CKGS will delete it on their own.


  166. Priyank
    Priyank 3 Jun, 18 at 12:13 pm

    Sir, Are you sure if I am not changing the address in passport while renewal, I don’t need to give any address proof for India.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 18 at 1:58 pm

      Yes, I am sure.


      • Priyank
        Priyank 4 Jun, 18 at 6:23 am

        Thank You 🙂


        • Priyank
          Priyank 4 Jun, 18 at 7:29 am

          Hi Anil, One more thing is that on National Verification Form and Affidavit I am seeing FULL NAME in reversed order (LAST NAME + FIRST NAME) . Is that usual or any mistake by web site ?


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 7:34 am

            The data if picked from what you would have filled while entering your name in CKGS online questionnaire. Just check that you did not swapped the first and last name to be sure.


            • Priyank
              Priyank 4 Jun, 18 at 7:48 am

              I did check and First Name is First and Last Name is SURNAME as in Passport.


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 7:55 am

                Then, its fine. CGKS process is completely online and it is same for everyone. If you entered the values correctly, then they are printed in the manner they want it.


                • Priyank
                  Priyank 4 Jun, 18 at 7:57 am

                  Alright .Thanks so much for instant response. Appreciated.


                  • Priyank
                    Priyank 4 Jun, 18 at 8:05 am

                    OK so I was going through your screen shots and its same there as well. The Full Name in second screen shot is getting printed in reversed order. I think that gives me firm confirmation 🙂


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 4 Jun, 18 at 12:30 pm

                      Good. Let me know if you need more information.


                    • Priyank
                      Priyank 6 Jun, 18 at 3:05 pm

                      Hi Anil,
                      In your article:”5.B. Notarize
                      Notary would ask you to show originals and will sign and stamp on the photocopy”
                      So should we have 2 copies of Change in Appearance form in front of him. if Yes, should we have photocopy with photo pasted and signed on it.
                      Please let me know.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 18 at 3:11 pm

                      Nope, this statement is true only for documents that are photocopied.
                      For original forms like ‘Change in Appearance form’, notary will sign and stamp the original form itself. So, no need to make copies.
                      Does that answer your question?


                    • Priyank
                      Priyank 6 Jun, 18 at 3:12 pm

                      Absolutely. Thanks! . So this is the only form , we need to get notarized right?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 18 at 3:15 pm

                      Yes. Do check your CGKS document checklist too.
                      Sometimes, more forms may be needed based on your selections that you made.

                      But, for most cases, only this form is needed.

                      I will update the article above to add more clarification. Thanks for pointing it out.


                    • Priyank
                      Priyank 6 Jun, 18 at 3:17 pm

                      Many Thanks!


                    • Priyank
                      Priyank 12 Jun, 18 at 6:52 pm

                      Hi Anil,
                      I have almost finalized everything and am about to send the documents, Before doing that I have a question : Should I affix the photos on required places or should just send those in an envelope.

                      Regards
                      Priyank


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 7:50 pm

                      Affix them on the forms. Do not send loose photographs in the envelope. They should be pasted before sending.


                    • Priyank
                      Priyank 13 Jun, 18 at 11:27 am

                      Alright.Thanks 🙂


  167. Dev
    Dev 31 May, 18 at 1:10 pm

    Where do I need to “tick off” in application check list. Everything is ticked off under Select column. Should I put N/A for Indian address proof and prepaid envelope since its not needed for me.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 May, 18 at 1:49 pm

      Yep, you can write N/A.
      If its already ticked, then no need to tick it again.

      Please note that If you are changing your Indian address from the last one in your current passport, you do need to provide Indian address proof.


  168. Dipal Jhaveri
    Dipal Jhaveri 31 May, 18 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for your help and advise. Received my wife passport in 6 days which is valid for 10 years. Now with a fresh trip to india.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 May, 18 at 1:48 pm

      Good. Thanks for sharing the update.


  169. Archit Jain
    Archit Jain 30 May, 18 at 5:56 pm

    I received my renewed passport today. It says it is only good for 2 years. Is that a new standard validity period? Please help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 May, 18 at 6:01 pm

      No. The standard is 10 years.
      Did you apply for Tatkal service by any chance?
      I heard one other person receive a 2 year validity passport.


      • Archit Jain
        Archit Jain 30 May, 18 at 6:05 pm

        No I didnt! I applied for regular passport renewal. What should I do now?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 May, 18 at 6:45 pm

          You should call CKGS and ask for explanation.


  170. Dev
    Dev 29 May, 18 at 5:43 pm

    I dont have enough space to write business address on question 14 for NRI application, can I write to the side above telephone number?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 May, 18 at 7:21 pm

      You can shorten the business address to few words. It does nto really matter. They do not verify business addresses.


  171. Charles Praveen
    Charles Praveen 29 May, 18 at 3:05 pm

    I have sent through fedex on Thursday and it is still InTransit and called FEDEX and opened a case and we had holidays till now, they started looking into it now. They are checking..
    What would be the next steps


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 May, 18 at 4:04 pm

      There is no need to worry. Fedex will deliver it. You just have the option of using their tracking feature until it reaches CKGS.


      • Charles Praveen
        Charles Praveen 30 May, 18 at 8:26 am

        Thanks Anil..
        ALong with this package, I have sent 2 packages of my son and daughter and they got delivered. Praying that I would get this package traced.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 May, 18 at 8:40 am

          Don’t worry. What are Fedex guys saying about where the package is?


          • Charles Praveen
            Charles Praveen 30 May, 18 at 8:43 am

            The last scanned was at Fedex location and they are searching for it in that location…


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 30 May, 18 at 9:19 am

              Ohh…that means it is still at same Fedex location. Never heard of this kind of scenario earlier with Fedex at-least. They are pretty good at handling packages.


              • Charles Praveen
                Charles Praveen 30 May, 18 at 9:30 am

                I had cople of years with UPS and by Gods grace after few days they got the package.. Praying the same this time as well.


  172. Dev
    Dev 29 May, 18 at 1:56 pm

    NRI Application form – is it ok to print on letter size with fit to size to make sure bar code and web reference number on the side is printed or does it have to be printed with actual size?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 May, 18 at 2:03 pm

      Normal A4 letter size printing is fine. Do not change any settings while printing to shrink or stretch the default size.

      Its okay even if you NOT use ‘fit to size’.

      It should just print on paper and not spread out. That’s the only requirement.


      • dev
        dev 29 May, 18 at 2:44 pm

        Thanks for response. Actually barcode and web reference number is not coming, if I dont do fit on size. So can I do ” fit on size” with letter size?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 May, 18 at 4:03 pm

          Yep, you can do it.


  173. joy
    joy 26 May, 18 at 2:02 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for your all the quick responses. I have one more query, does the uploaded photo should match with the other 3 photos, can I send different copy of other 3?

    Thanks.


  174. joy
    joy 26 May, 18 at 11:07 am

    Hi,
    Do I still need to send the “Change in appearance and signature form” with photo and notarized signature, even I have opted for no change in appearance and signature?

    Thanks…


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 May, 18 at 11:40 am

      You have to send it if it is included in you list of documents in CKGS online application.


      • joy
        joy 26 May, 18 at 12:05 pm

        Hi Anil,
        Thanks for your response…I have one more question, does the uploaded photo should match with the other 3 photos, can I send different copy of other 3?

        Thanks.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 May, 18 at 3:46 pm

          Uploaded photo should match the physical copies. That’s the whole purpose of uploading the photo that they can match it.
          Uploading is optional though.


          • joy
            joy 26 May, 18 at 10:07 pm

            Thank you so much for your prompt response.
            Since by mistake I uploaded a wrong photo. In that case what I suppose to do now?
            Is there any way I can resubmit this again as I didnt sent the document yet? Can I reuse the same receipt and UPS label for shipping? Is there any cancellation charge for this?
            Please let me what will the possible action to do in such case.

            Appreciates your help.

            Thanks..


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 May, 18 at 7:04 am

              Hi Joy,
              We have mentioned all these scenarios and answers in above article. If you had followed it, you would have got the answer without waiting.
              I am just copy pasting it here again:

              If you have already paid the fees and made a serious mistake while filling out the Online Passport Application (which cannot be edited) then the only option is to cancel your application and ask for a refund and RESTART the entire process.


  175. joy
    joy 25 May, 18 at 12:18 pm

    Hi,
    Are those 3 photos include the 2 photos need to be attached in National verification form and Passport application form?

    Thanks.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 May, 18 at 12:57 pm

      Yes, you ONLY need 3 photos in total including wherever you have to paste them.


      • joy
        joy 26 May, 18 at 11:05 am

        Thanks for the information.


  176. RB
    RB 25 May, 18 at 10:51 am

    Hi Anil,
    My application is “Received” status since 3-4 days under CKGS site. Is that normal ? Is that amount of time CKGS taking in processing a normal passport re-renewal request?

    thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 May, 18 at 11:46 am

      Yes, it is normal. If there is anything missing in your application, they will contact you. Don’t worry.


  177. Charles Praveen
    Charles Praveen 24 May, 18 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Anil,

    They have given 2 labels, one is the AWB and then there is one barcode to be pasted on the cover. What needs to be done?
    Thanks
    Praveen


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 1:50 pm

      You have already answered your question yourself.
      Shipping label with CKGS address and bar code both need to be pasted on face of package.

      CKGS will scan the bar code to get your application information instantly when they receive your package.


      • Charles Praveen
        Charles Praveen 24 May, 18 at 2:39 pm

        Thanks Anil for quick reply.
        1. I saw your note that it is 3 photographs and not 6 . just reconfirming.
        2. I have not uploaded the digital photo in online form. Since I dont have the ability to do now, Do I have to send one more photo?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 2:59 pm

          1. Only 3 photos are required.
          2. Uploading photo is optional. If you did not upload, then don’t worry. No extra photo is required.


          • Charles Praveen
            Charles Praveen 24 May, 18 at 3:00 pm

            Thanks Anil for your quick repsonse. Appreciate whatever you do.. It goes a long way


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 3:03 pm

              You are welcome.


              • Charles Praveen
                Charles Praveen 29 May, 18 at 3:06 pm

                Hi Anil
                I have sent through fedex on Thursday and it is still InTransit and called FEDEX and opened a case and we had holidays till now, they started looking into it now. They are checking..
                What would be the next steps


  178. Dipal Jhaveri
    Dipal Jhaveri 23 May, 18 at 5:18 pm

    my wife application for passport renewal is under process at indian consulate after verification from ckgs which shows 2 or 3 weeks , since we have travel plans to india during 2nd week of june.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 5:36 pm

      What is your question?


      • Dipal Jhaveri
        Dipal Jhaveri 24 May, 18 at 11:19 am

        It will take how long to recieve the passport from consulate…


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 11:35 am

          The total processing time including CKGS processing is about 3-4 weeks. Some people have reported up-to 6 weeks delay too recently.


  179. Raj
    Raj 23 May, 18 at 7:26 am

    Hello Anil,

    Thank you for this informative blog. I applied at Chicago consulate and it is a renewal. My initial passport was issued in India.
    and my new passport was delivered yesterday.

    Providing this info as this might help with time line for future applicants.

    Here is the time line:

    May 21, 2018 – Monday03:15 pmPassport picked up by Fedex.

    To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of Fedex and enter your AWB Number.

    May 21, 2018 – Monday02:51 pmPassport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 21, 2018 – Monday02:49 pmApplication ‘Reviewed’ by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 15, 2018 – Tuesday10:16 amApplication is ‘Under Process’ at Consulate for decision making.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 15, 2018 – Tuesday09:46 amApplication is ‘In Transit’ to the Consulate.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 14, 2018 – Monday04:22 pmApplication is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 14, 2018 – Monday03:15 pmApplication Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.

    The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

    Please continue tracking your application status online.
    May 14, 2018 – Monday03:08 pmApplication ‘Received’ by CKGS and ‘Not Verified’.

    You will receive an E-mail advising you of the outcome of the verification process.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Raj for sharing the information.


  180. basanth
    basanth 21 May, 18 at 10:42 pm

    How many photos are required in total ? I have in total 4 photos. I see, 1 have to be on online indian passport application from, another one on nationality verification form.
    The 3 photos you have mentioned is it apart from these 2 photos, so in total 2+3 = 5?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 7:11 am

      The total number of photos for whole application is 3. No extra photos are required.


  181. raj
    raj 21 May, 18 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Anil – best site i have found. Question – i missed my wife’s middle name in the Government form – i filled everything and paid – and was ready to submit the application. Now i am not finding anyway to update the info. is there any to update the info? Does middle name matter? thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 7:10 am

      Hi Raj,
      Unfortunately, CKGS website does not allow editing.
      Yes, the names and all other values should match exactly as per the passport.


  182. RB
    RB 19 May, 18 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Anil,
    One quick help, In NRI govt form, under 3 (a) and (b), what addresses needs to fill ? I filled both places with USA address as I want to print my USA address on my passport. Pls advice.
    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 May, 18 at 5:17 pm

      Did you check the sample NRI form provided above? It has all the details.
      Writing USA address in 3.a. and 3.b. is perfectly fine.


      • RB
        RB 19 May, 18 at 8:03 pm

        Hi Anil, Thanks. Actually I got confused because of the sample form available on CKGS site, in that form they are saying that we should put different addresses in 3(a) and 3 (b) but sample form in this forun says OK to fill USA address in both points is fine. So thought to check with you.

        Thanks


        • RB
          RB 19 May, 18 at 8:06 pm

          Also, is there any advantage/disadvantage in printing USA address on new passport? I have address proof for both but my priority is to receive renewed passport ASAP.

          Thanks


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 19 May, 18 at 9:26 pm

            I do not know of any disadvantage as such. I myself have got US address on renewed passport and have not faced any issue in last 4 years.


            • RB
              RB 20 May, 18 at 8:40 pm

              Hi Anil,
              Do I need to attach enlarged photocopy for driving license ? or normal size photocopy is fine ?

              Thanks


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 20 May, 18 at 9:06 pm

                Enlarged is recommended.
                You can use free app like camscanner or adobe scan to easily scan and enlarge.


                • RB
                  RB 20 May, 18 at 9:15 pm

                  Thanks Anil for very quick response. One more question, in my National Verification form, I have put just city name against the question “Place of Birth”. Do I need to put State and Country name too ? I already paid fee and already crossed National verification form step and just now I noticed this. Pls advice.
                  Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 May, 18 at 9:26 pm

          No problem.


  183. KK
    KK 18 May, 18 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Not sure if my question is relevant in this forum but have a query related with drop box facility for visa stamping in India:
    I have visa stamping from my previous company till Sep-2018 and later last year I joined another company and I have new I-797 till Nov-2019. I have plan to visit India in next month and planning to get new visa stamped (using new I-797) on my passport. Am I eligible for drop box facility ?
    Also, if I renew my passport first and thn want to do visa stamping then also am I eligible for drop box facility ?

    Thanks


  184. RB
    RB 17 May, 18 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Do you have similar article for NRI’s to renew their passport from India during their short India visit ?

    thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 9:04 pm

      Nope. I have not done it.
      It’s much more easier to get passport renewed in USA than India as per my opinion.


  185. Sharad Chaudhary
    Sharad Chaudhary 17 May, 18 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I am on the step 7 of the CKGS form but when I click on the Online NRI Passport Form of the Indian Government link provided there I have been getting an error that system is down for maintenance. My passport will expire in 10 days. Is there a way around it ? I have already paid the fees at CKGS and have opted for shipping. If the site doesn’t come back soon and my passport expires then would there be any complications ? Thank you for your time and advice.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 9:06 pm

      Unfortunately, there is no other way.
      The website will come up. Don’t worry, it goes down quite frequently for maintenance and comes back on too.

      If you passport gets expired, you will have to redo the application as the first question in the process asks about passport status.


  186. Subhashis
    Subhashis 17 May, 18 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Recently I moved to a different address, so I applied for a new DL with new address. DMV gave me one temporary document and told within 15 days I will get the permanent DL. So can I use this temporary DL as address prove here? or Can I use Mediacom Internet bill as US address proof? Or its better to wait for 15 days to get the permanent DL.

    Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 12:59 pm

      It is better to wait for the permanent DL to arrive.


  187. Dipal Jhaveri
    Dipal Jhaveri 17 May, 18 at 9:56 am

    i have sent my application for passport renewal for my wife through fedex standard overnight ( ckgs) which shows delivery for today, but till yesterday it shows pick up as i had gone to fedex office for delivery


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 10:00 am

      Hi Dipal…not sure if you are asking question here or just sharing the update.
      Let me know if i can help.


      • Dipal Jhaveri
        Dipal Jhaveri 17 May, 18 at 10:07 am

        i am just asking a question, i had personally went to the fedex office for delivery, yesterday on 5/16/2018 and present seen the update on fedex website shows pick up only. I am just tense the package will be deliver or not since it has the original passport.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 10:27 am

          Don’t worry. Fedex is highly reliable company.
          You do not need to worry. The status may not have been updated or you have dropped the package after hours of their overnight delivery commitment.
          I have not heard of any delivery delays or package lost with Fedex till today with passport. They will deliver it today sometime.


          • Dipal Jhaveri
            Dipal Jhaveri 17 May, 18 at 10:33 am

            I HAD DROPPED THE PACKAGE AT 11.30 AM DURING THE MORNING HOURS. THIS TYPE OF THING I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCE WITH FEDEX SINCE ITS A RELIABLE COMPANY…


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 10:39 am

              Well, Dipal, I understand you concern but writing in all CAPS is not going to resolve your issue.
              Also, i am neither an official CKGS nor Fedex representative who can address your concern.

              If you think your package has been mis-handled, you have to call Fedex and ask for details.
              I can only help you with what I have experienced with passport renewal and what service i used.


              • Dipal Jhaveri
                Dipal Jhaveri 17 May, 18 at 11:49 am

                i went to fedex office, the package was not there, as i was told that the person who took it must not have scan it.
                Thanks for all the response..


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 12:07 pm

                  Good to know that your issue is resolved.


                  • Dipal
                    Dipal 17 May, 18 at 12:20 pm

                    i guess it will resolved once ckgs will recieve it, update still shows pick up


  188. RB
    RB 16 May, 18 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for nice article. Need help in my situation. Currently I am living in USA on H1 visa. My passport is due to expire in Apr-2019 but my currently stamped visa expiry is on 30-Aug-18. I have approved work permit till Dec-2019. I am planning to travel India on 13th Jun and thinking to get my passport renew from USA and thn go for visa re-stamping in India. I am trying to submit my passport renewal request via tatkal process and got approval email from CKGS. But there is problem, look like address change on passport is not allowed under tatkal process and my current India address printed on my current passport is not valid. I have address proof of my India permanent address and I can submit that but not sure if they will consider my application with tatkal process. If I submit passport renewal request via normal process then there might be chance I will not get my passport renewal before 13th Jun. Could you pls share your experience with CKGS tatkal process for passport renewal ?
    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 7:24 am

      I have not used the Tatkal service anytime personally. So, can’t really comment on the process.
      If they are not allowing to change the address, then you can just keep the same Indian address (that you currently have) intact on new passport too. It does not matter much.
      If you keep the address same, there is no Indian address proof required.

      Also, not sure why do you want to get the new passport so early. You still have an year of validity left. The visa stamping is not affected by the passport expiry. They will still stamp it for full H1B 3 year term and it remains valid even if passport expires.


      • RB
        RB 17 May, 18 at 12:27 pm

        Hi Anil,
        Thanks for quick response. The reason why I am trying to renew my passport because I am afraid when I will return to US after visa re-stamping, PoE will put my passport expiry date on my I-94. In that case I have to again go out of USA before Apr-2019 (my current passport expiry date) and get the I-94 dates corrected. I am not 100% sure about my understanding above about I-94 so pls correct me if I am wrong.
        Also, is it fine if I keep my old India address (even I am not living there now) ? I am also trying to get confirmation from CKGS that if I print my USA address on my passport then if that will consider in tatkal process.

        Thanks
        Rakesh Bhatewara


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 12:49 pm

          Yes, your i94 will be restricted to your passport expiry if you do not renew the passport now. That’s correct. You will have to go out of US and get i94 renewed.


          • RB
            RB 17 May, 18 at 2:59 pm

            Hi Anil,
            Thanks. Could you pls help me in my second question :
            Is it fine if I keep my old India address (even I am not living there now) ? I am also trying to get confirmation from CKGS that if I print my USA address on my passport then if that will consider in my application in tatkal process.

            Thanks


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 4:23 pm

              I don’t see any issue in keeping the old Indian address intact. There is no police verification done.
              You can always get your address changed later if you want.
              But, till the time you are in USA, you won’t even use your passport as an address proof! So, nothing to worry.


              • RB
                RB 18 May, 18 at 8:57 am

                Hi Anil,
                As I have left with very less time for India travel and also visa stamping waiting time is more than 30 days, I am planning this. Could you pls see if my assumptions are fine ?
                1. Schedule visa interview now and immediately after reaching India, go for visa restamping on my existing passport (passport expiry is Apr-2019). I am assuming I will get visa stamped till the end date of my I-797 i.e. Dec-2019.
                2. Once visa stamping is done and time left in India, than go for passport renewal from India and get new passport before returning to US.
                3. Return USA with both old and new passport (new visa stamping on old passport) and get I-94 dates updated till end date of I-797.

                Could you pls see if above sequence and assumptions are fine ?
                Thanks


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 18 May, 18 at 9:14 am

                  1. Yes, you can do that. But, your passport will be held by US embassy. Please plan for it as it may take 7-10 for you to get back your stamped passport.
                  2. Yes, you can renew your passport from India. You will have to submit the old original passport for renewal.
                  Please plan for extra delays and time in India. Indian authorities might take more than usual.
                  3. Yes, you can return with both passports and get the i94 stamped as per your i797 for full 3 years by showing your new passport.


                  • RB
                    RB 18 May, 18 at 10:59 am

                    Gr8, Thank you so much, Anil.


  189. Sim
    Sim 15 May, 18 at 10:59 am

    Hello Anil,
    Is there any blog on ‘Apply OCI for Minor in USA’ ?

    Thanks,
    Sim


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 May, 18 at 11:34 am

      Hi Sim,
      I do not have a write up on OCI yet but I will try to do one. Thanks for the question and a suggestion.


  190. Dipal Jhaveri
    Dipal Jhaveri 15 May, 18 at 9:43 am

    Hi this is dipal jhaveri as applying for my wife for passport renewal , the question is about add/ change of indian address , we have the passbook with sbi photo affix and stamp .

    The name in the passbook its her name and last name is different after the marriage. We are not changing her last name its the same before the marriage.

    Does it matter…


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 May, 18 at 9:49 am

      Nope. You are good. There is no need to change the name.


      • Dipal Jhaveri
        Dipal Jhaveri 15 May, 18 at 12:15 pm

        Thanks


  191. Puran
    Puran 13 May, 18 at 12:52 pm

    This is outstanding, Anil. Great Job.
    I am working on renewing my wife’s passport with just one additional service of updating her Indian address in passport.
    – I have already made the payment and I am at the step 6 “Indian Government’s NRI passport Application form” and I reached till Photo Upload section. I have kept the Temporary Application ID saved, but since I dont have the digital photo yet, I came out of that link to get the soft and hard copy of the photos done.
    – Now when I am trying to click on “Complete Partially Filled Registration Form” on the govt passport application site, it is not able to retrieve. It says its not existing.
    – Although if I again go to CKGS site and retrieve the Web Reference Number, it takes me to the step 6 and then from there gives me option to Re-Fill the Application Form on Govt site.

    Is it okay if I fill again the Application Form and that will give me a new Application ID and finish all the steps, upload the digital photo etc? Please confirm. Thank you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 May, 18 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, it’s okay to fill a new one. But, make sure you click the link provided by CKGS.


  192. Ajita
    Ajita 11 May, 18 at 10:05 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the detailed article! I will be applying for a renewal of my passport in the next few weeks. I do have one question:

    I need to change the Indian address on my passport, and I do not have that address on my Aadhar card or bank statement yet (my parents moved very recently). Can I provide the utility bill on my father’s name? Would that be enough for an Indian address proof? Do I need an additional letter stating that I am his daughter (kind of obvious, as his name is on my current passport) or something in addition to the bill?

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 May, 18 at 10:58 am

      As far as I know, Address proof should have your name on it.
      I am not sure if CKGS allows father or mother name. You can call and ask them.


    • Swati
      Swati 6 Jun, 18 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Ajita, I am sailing on the same boat right now with a slight difference. I can get a notarized letter depicting my Father in law’s name and husband’s name and also attach a marriage certificate. My father in law has the address(which i am going to mention on my passport) on his aadhar card.

      Did you get your passport renewed without being asked for any other docs?


  193. Anupam Banerjee
    Anupam Banerjee 9 May, 18 at 3:59 pm

    Hey Anil, Thanks for the great work!

    Quick Qs. – Sample NRI online passport form. Do you know what to be filled under:

    Payment of Fee (to be filled by applicant ) – at the very beginning. Should it be with shipping. Not specified clearly.

    thanks for your help.


  194. Siddharth
    Siddharth 7 May, 18 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have a question regarding the Name and address of two friends and relatives.

    In the Nationality Verification Form: We are asked to enter the address of two friends/relatives specifically at the place of permanent residence in India.

    Similarly In the Indian NRI passport application form Point 19, do we have to fill the same two address filled in Nationality Verification Form? or Do we have to fill details of someone here in USA where we are currently residing?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 May, 18 at 5:29 am

      Names and address of friends and relatives should be from India and that too near your Indian address, on both forms.


      • Siddharth
        Siddharth 8 May, 18 at 11:40 am

        Thanks Anil for the reply,

        Can I put my father or mothers name here?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 May, 18 at 11:52 am

          Well, Ideally it should not be close relative. But, no verification is done anyway.


  195. Prasad Manjrekar
    Prasad Manjrekar 7 May, 18 at 1:34 am

    Hi,

    I don’t have this document as I have been provided with accommodation/Car and Food by my Client for which i am working.

    (Notarized Photocopy of a US residence proof – Driver’s License, State ID, gas, electric or water or Rental Lease bill.)

    But as this mandatory, what is the alternative document we can produce?

    We are left with 5 months only for passport expiry but have L1 visa which is more valid.

    Request you to please guide me and let me know what can i do to renew my passport.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Prasad Manjrekar


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 18 at 7:03 am

      As far as I know, the US address proof is mandatory to apply for passport renewal.

      You must have applied for some ID after coming to US. Isn’t it? What do you have?


  196. srikanth
    srikanth 6 May, 18 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have below questions while filling-up the form:
    – What shall I fill in “Present Occupation” for my wife?
    – If I choose “Address to be printed in India Passport” as INDIA, then do I need to present Indian address proof?
    – If I choose “Address to be printed in India Passport” as USA, will it have any impact on my H1 renewals, GC processing and any other immigration things?

    Thanks,
    Srikanth


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 18 at 4:07 pm

      1. Present Occupation of wife should be whatever she is working as. If she is not working which have not told clearly, just write ‘Home maker’.
      2. If your current Indian address is different from what you have currently in your passport, and you want it printed on new passport, then you need to provide Indian address proof.
      3. There is effect on H1 visa renewals or GC processing or anything else based on your address in US.


      • srikanth
        srikanth 8 May, 18 at 8:19 pm

        Thanks Amit.

        Regarding point 2, there is no change in my permanent address. I want keep the same address as my parents currently staying in there. the more confusing part for me is the below message displayed beside question “Address to be printed in India Passport”
        “Must match with the Residential address proof you provide with your application.”
        but I am not planning to provide any Residential address proof because I want to keep same address.

        Also I want to ask another follow-up question: Other than the current latest passport, I have three old passports. Do I need to send all those
        original passports with current passport to CKGS

        Thanks,
        Srikanth


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 May, 18 at 5:59 am

          1. That’s okay. If you want to keep the same Indian address in new passport, there is no need to provide any proof at this time.
          2. Only the most recent original passport (that’s going to expire) needs to be sent.


          • srikanth
            srikanth 22 May, 18 at 7:43 pm

            Thanks Anil.

            Got one more questions. In my passport, Place of Birth is just my village name nothing else (No City, State, Country). So now while renewing , what should I fill, only just my village name as mentioned in passport ? or Do I need to add City, State, Country beside my village name ?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 6:30 am

              If the form is specially asking for state and country, then fill it.
              Else, just use the same village name as written in your current passport.


      • RB
        RB 16 May, 18 at 9:56 pm

        Hi Anil,
        What would be impact on H1 renewal or GC if we print USA address on renewed passport ?
        Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 7:30 am

          Nothing. No impact as far as i know. Indian passport address is only for Indian authorities.
          US H1 renewal or GC are not affected by it.

          Do you have or heard of any specific situation where it may affect? If yes, then please share.
          I have not heard of any yet.


          • RB
            RB 17 May, 18 at 12:29 pm

            No, I have not heard anything. I just asked based on your above response in point 3. Thank you so much for all your help and work.


  197. Mithu
    Mithu 4 May, 18 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Anil. Thanks for the detailed and nice explanation. I have on question actually. Not sure if this is the right forum to ask but if you can answer will really appreciate it. I have a valid US Work visa in my old passport and now am applying for new renewed passport. Do i need to re stamp the new passport with new VISA or I can travel with old passport+valid visa and just the new passport?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 May, 18 at 2:55 pm

      No, there is no need to re stamp the visa in new passport. When you enter US, just carry your old expired passport which has the un-expired visa stamp. This is a normal process and there is no need to worry.
      Almost everyone gets through this situation as the visa and passport expiry dates are not in your hands.

      Someone already asked this question earlier and I had created a separate thread for it here:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/what-happens-to-current-passport-and-h1b-visa-after-passport-renewal-in-usa/467/2?u=anil_gupta


      • Mithu
        Mithu 4 May, 18 at 3:13 pm

        awesome. Thanks a lot. One more Q. i feel my signature isnt much matching in all the documents. there is a slight difference on angles. not visibly noticing but if shown to signature expert they might see the difference. what do you think how impactful that will be? I tried a lot any times to make similar signatures but not quite satisfactory.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 4 May, 18 at 3:21 pm

          I do not think it matters much. I am pretty sure they do not use any signature expert either 🙂
          Normal human beings are used to verify signatures visually even in banks in India!


          • Mithu
            Mithu 4 May, 18 at 3:27 pm

            Thanks a lot Anil.. I really appreciate your help and thumbs up to your forum here. 🙂


  198. Arghya
    Arghya 3 May, 18 at 7:18 am

    Hi Anil,

    Is Notarizing:
    Marriage Certificate,
    Spouse Passport copies,
    copy of I-797,
    US Address proof,
    Indian Address Proof
    not needed? Only Self attestation will work?

    Thanks,
    Arghya


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 May, 18 at 8:05 am

      Yes, self attestation works.


      • Arghya
        Arghya 3 May, 18 at 9:29 am

        Thanks Anil.


  199. sand storm
    sand storm 30 Apr, 18 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Anil,

    While filling the Online NRI passport application form. In the Permanent address section for the address to be printed on passport, I have written the Indian address which is already present on the passport, while I stay here in USA. For the other address, I have mentioned the USA address. Does it cause any issue ? Do I need to cancel my application and fill out a new form ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 18 at 5:16 pm

      No, it does not matter. You are good.


  200. Nrupen
    Nrupen 27 Apr, 18 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful instructions.
    I was able to submit a normal passport reissue on April 19th and I received my new passport April 26th. It took nearly 7 days for all whole process and my at CKGS+consulate Chicago.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Apr, 18 at 12:36 pm

      Wow..awesome. Thanks for the update.


      • sand storm
        sand storm 1 May, 18 at 8:51 am

        Thank you


    • Mithu
      Mithu 8 May, 18 at 10:46 am

      Was your passport previously issued in India or USA? I am trying to get an estimate for my passport reissue as well.


  201. Swetha
    Swetha 26 Apr, 18 at 5:41 pm

    Is it mandatory to add spouse’s name in the passport? I am married.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Apr, 18 at 7:26 pm

      No, it’s not mandatory.


      • Swetha
        Swetha 27 Apr, 18 at 3:03 pm

        Thank you!


  202. Rajiv Mitra
    Rajiv Mitra 26 Apr, 18 at 1:09 pm

    Anil ji, I hold US green card and an EXPIRED Indian Passport. I applied for naturalization but its taking time like hell. Meanwhile I want to visit India for some reason. What’s the procedure to renew Indian Passport which has expired on November 2017 and how long will it take on this process.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Apr, 18 at 1:22 pm

      The process is same for all Indian passport renewal. Please start your application at CKGS website.
      Currently it is taking a month to get the new passport.


  203. Jagdish
    Jagdish 25 Apr, 18 at 10:57 am

    Indian citizen and permanant US resident with expired passport (over 10 years) , Any special documents may be required by CKGS / Indian Consulate office to your understanding. Thank You in advance.
    jagdish


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 18 at 11:37 am

      Once you start the application process on CKGS website, they will show the list of documents for your specific case. Please follow that list.


  204. Amit602
    Amit602 24 Apr, 18 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I recently submitted my application for renewal of Indian passport here in the USA. My Indian address has changed. But, I have asked them to put the old address on the new passport, as I do not have an address proof for the new Indian address. Do you think it will be a problem? Do they do physical verification in India?

    Thanks a lot.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 18 at 5:31 am

      If you want the same old Indian address on new passport, there is no need to submit any address proof.
      There is no physical police verification done as far as I know.


  205. Anil
    Anil 23 Apr, 18 at 9:00 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Do we need to send extra 3 passport photos other then what we are attaching on 3 different forms. i.e. total 6 or just 3 pics on 3 forms.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 18 at 9:04 pm

      Just 3 photos pasted on forms. No extra photos needed.


  206. Anil
    Anil 23 Apr, 18 at 9:01 pm

    Hello Anil,

    Do we need to send extra 3 passport photos other then what we are attaching on 3 different forms. i.e. total 6 or just 3 pics on 3 forms.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 18 at 9:05 pm

      Just 3 photos pasted on forms. No extra photos needed.


  207. Ankit
    Ankit 23 Apr, 18 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    did you get the same photo in the renewed passport which was in the initial passport or they scan the photo from your NRI Passport Application form ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 18 at 1:44 pm

      They scan the new photo that you send with your application. The new photo is printed on new passport.


      • Ankit
        Ankit 23 Apr, 18 at 2:47 pm

        Thanks.


  208. Ankit
    Ankit 23 Apr, 18 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Anil,

    did you get the same photo in the renewed passport which was in the initial passport or they scan the photo from your NRI Passport Application form ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 18 at 1:46 pm

      They scan the new photo that you send with your application. The new photo is printed on new passport.


      • Ankit
        Ankit 23 Apr, 18 at 2:48 pm

        Thanks.


  209. goutham gaddam
    goutham gaddam 20 Apr, 18 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have situation, my indian address is changed, so i want to know if there will be any verification done when you apply for change of address in India if we give US address to print on passport?

    I want passport to come soon, so if it skips the process of Indian Address verification if i give US address to print on passport i would do that.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks
    Goutham


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Apr, 18 at 1:45 pm

      If you want US address to be printed on new passport, no Indian address proof is needed.


      • goutham gaddam
        goutham gaddam 20 Apr, 18 at 1:57 pm

        Hi Anil,

        So if i want US address to be printed, should i not mention about change of address in India then?

        Thanks
        Goutham


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Apr, 18 at 2:06 pm

          Not sure which specific question on form you are talking about.
          You do not need to send any Indian address proof with your application if you want US address to be printed.

          In this case, the Indian address you mention on the application forms does not make any difference even if it a changed one.


  210. goutham gaddam
    goutham gaddam 20 Apr, 18 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I have situation, my indian address is changed, so i want to know if there will be any verification done when you apply for change of address in India if we give US address to print on passport?

    I want passport to come soon, so if it skips the process of Indian Address verification if i give US address to print on passport i would do that.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks
    Goutham


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Apr, 18 at 1:46 pm

      If you want US address to be printed on new passport, no Indian address proof is needed.


      • goutham gaddam
        goutham gaddam 20 Apr, 18 at 1:58 pm

        Hi Anil,

        So if i want US address to be printed, should i not mention about change of address in India then?

        Thanks
        Goutham


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Apr, 18 at 2:07 pm

          Not sure which specific question on form you are talking about.
          You do not need to send any Indian address proof with your application if you want US address to be printed.

          In this case, the Indian address you mention on the application forms does not make any difference even if it a changed one.


  211. Aditya Gupta
    Aditya Gupta 17 Apr, 18 at 4:09 pm

    Hi,

    What should I fill in ‘Amount Paid’……..by…… Mode of Payment?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 18 at 4:58 pm

      1. Total amount paid to CKGS.
      2. Mode of payment = Online credit card


      • Suviga
        Suviga 24 Apr, 18 at 7:24 am

        Hi Anil

        I am bit confused here.
        In the ckgs website –“https://passport.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/sample-passport-application-form.pdf”
        they mention “Enter the amount of fee excluding Ckgs fee”

        PASSPORT
        The amount i paid including everything (CgKS service fee,mail from ckgs to me charges) is $121.04
        Details below
        ****************
        Passport Fee :$75
        CKGS Service Fee :$ 19.95
        ICWF Fee :$ 2.00

        SHIPPING
        From CKGS to You :$15.00
        Text Message :$5.00
        Convenience Fee : $ 4.09

        TOTAL COST : $ 121.04

        WHAT SHOULD I FILL IN THE TWO AMOUNT COLUMN BELOW?

        Payment of Fee(to be filled by Applicant)
        Amount paid $/E …………………….”???????”……………….. by …………”online CREDIT CARD”………………………………………. Mode of payment
        For delivery by mail $/E …”???”…….extra to be paid as postal charges for each passport


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 Apr, 18 at 8:02 am

          Actually, it does not really matter. People have been writing the full amount including me (in Jan 2018) and we got the passport renewed with no issue.

          This is a pretty old format when they used to collect full payment by one check.
          You can either write the full amount or just the $75 passport fees. Your choice.


          • Suviga
            Suviga 24 Apr, 18 at 9:11 am

            Thanks Anil for your prompt reply


  212. Aditya Gupta