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Indian Passport

Your Passport is the most important document and identification proof when you go abroad for Masters. The Passport represents your country of citizenship. When applying for Masters’ in any country, this document is the primary requirement. From applying for the IELTS exam to submitting university application forms, this document is the first necessity in the required documentation. If you already have a Passport, you can move on with the next document required.

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Typical time required: 1 to 4 weeks

Passport Fee: Rs.1500 – Rs. 4000 as of December 2019 (depends on the required scheme i.e. Normal/Tatkaal)

Required Documents for Passport Application

  • Proof Of Present Address: You can submit your Aadhar Card, Parents' Passport, house rent agreement, electricity/water bills, etc. Aadhar Card is preferable.
  • Proof Of Date Of Birth: You can submit your Birth Certificate, Aadhar Card, School Leaving Certificate, PAN Card, Driving License, etc.
  • Secondary School Certificate / Graduation Certificate
  • Bank Statements (as advised by the Passport office)
  • Other Documents

Required Documents for Police Verification

  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN card
  • Ration Card
  • Witness letters from two of your neighbors
  • Driving license
  • Electricity bill

Online Application

  • Register on the Passport Seva Online Portal as a new user Online Portal.
  • A verification email will be sent to your email inbox. Verify your new account.
  • Login to the below link with your registered Login ID.
  • Click on "Apply for Fresh Passport / Re-issue of Passport".
  • Choose the option "Click here to fill the application form online."
  • Select your state and district in the RPO Selection page.
  • Fill in all the details and check them thoroughly before submitting. Once reviewed, submit the form.
  • Choose your preferred mode of payment for the application process and pay the corresponding fee.
  • You will then get a confirmation email, meaning that your passports have been submitted to the Regional Passport Office.

Appointment Day

  • Be present at Passport Seva Kendra a few minutes before your respective reporting time.
  • Once you walk into the Main Office, hand over your documents to the staff at reception. Your documents will be scanned, and a token will be issued to you.
  • Wait for your turn at the Waiting Room.
  • You will have to go through three different counters, namely A, B and C.
  • At Counter A, your documents will be verified, and your biometrics, photograph, and signature will be taken. This procedure might go for about 15 minutes.
  • At Counter B, the Government Officials will verify all your documents. The verification might take 20mins.
  • The Granting Officer will do a final verification of your documents at Counter C. This might take about 20mins.
  • You might have to wait at each counter for your turn.
  • Once all procedures are done with, you will receive an acknowledgement slip.
  • The entire procedure might take about 2-3 hours.

Police Verification

  • After the passport interview, you will receive an SMS about the progress status of your application. The following step will be Police verification. You will receive an intimation about the name, and the contact number of the Verification Officer assigned.
  • Visit the corresponding police station. Meet the constable who has your file. Request them to kindly finish the procedures sooner. Book an appointment with the police officer to visit your residence.
  • The next day you have to be physically present at the police station for verification interview. You may be asked to bring the documents as mentioned above and a few additional documents, if necessary.
  • Once the verification gets over, request the police officer to process your document and send it back to the regional passport office quickly.
  • After this, your Passport will reach you in approximately 7 Days. You can use track application tool to check your passport status regularly.
  • Once you get your Passport, verify whether the information printed in the Passport is correct and complete. If you find any errors, report to the PSK immediately.

Trivia

  • In some cases, you may be obliged to pay the Police officer. Handle it subtly as he is the final authority in approving your Passport issue.
  • In general, it would take anywhere between 7-30 days for the issue of your 'Normal' Passport and 1-7 days for a Tatkaal passport.
  • You can handle the whole procedure yourself as it has now become simple and straightforward. There is no necessity to approach any Passport agent. You will find all the required information you need on the official website here.

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