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Indian Passport

When you want to go abroad for Masters, your Passport becomes the prime document and identification proof. The Passport signifies your country of citizenship. This document is one of the most significant requirements when you are applying for a Masters’ programme in any country. Whether you need to apply for your Language Proficiency Tests or you need to submit your application forms to the University, this document is always the first requirement mentioned. If you already have the Indian Passport, you can proceed 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 scheme applied, i.e. Normal/Tatkaal)

Required Documents for Passport Application

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

Required Documents for Police Verification

  • Your Aadhar Card
  • Your PAN card
  • The Ration Card
  • Witness letters written by two of your neighbours
  • Your Driving License
  • Electricity bill

Online Application

  • Create a new account on the Passport Seva Online Portal.
  • A verification email will be directed to your email inbox. Verify the new account created.
  • Sign in to the link with your newly registered Login ID.
  • Click on the link"Apply for a Fresh Passport / Re-issue of Passport".
  • Select the option "Click here to fill the application form online."
  • Choose your State and District in the RPO Selection Page.
  • Fill in all the required details and check them carefully before submitting. Once you have looked through it well, submit the form.
  • Pick your preferred mode of payment for the application and pay the required corresponding fee.
  • You shall then receive a confirmation email, indicating that your Passport has been submitted to the Regional Passport Office.

Appointment Day

  • Be present at Passport Seva Kendra well before your respective reporting time.
  • Once you enter the Main Office, submit your documents to the staff seated at reception. All your documents will be scanned, and a token shall be issued to you.
  • Wait for your token to be called out at the Waiting Room.
  • You will have to go to three different counters, namely A, B and C.
  • At Counter A, your documents will be first verified, and your photograph, biometrics, and signature will be taken. This process might go on for about 15 minutes.
  • At Counter B, the Government Officials will check and verify all your documents. The procedure might take about 20mins.
  • The Granting Officer will then do a final verification of all the submitted documents at Counter C. This might again take about 20mins.
  • You might be required to wait for your turn repeatedly at each counter.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement slip when all the procedures are done with.
  • Totally, the complete procedure might take somewhere between 2-3 hours.

Police Verification

  • Once the passport interview gets over, you shall receive an SMS informing on the progress status of your application. The following step will be Police verification. You will get an intimation on the name, and the phone number of the Verification Officer assigned for your Passport procedure.
  • Go to the corresponding police station. Meet the constable who will be handling your file. Request them politely to finish the procedures at the earliest. Schedule an appointment with the police officer to visit your place of residence.
  • The following day, you need to be present at the police station for the verification interview. You may be asked to carry the documents mentioned above and a few additional documents too if required.
  • Once the verification procedures get over, request the police officer humbly to process your documents and submit it back to the regional passport office as soon as possible.
  • After this, your Passport will be in your hands in approximately 7 Days. You can use the tracking application tool to check your passport’s status regularly.
  • Once you receive your Passport, verify whether the details printed in the Passport is exact and complete. If you see any mistakes in the printed document, report to the PSK immediately.

Trivia

  • Sometimes, you may be obliged to pay the Police officer handling your documents. Handle it subtly as he shall be the final authority in approving your Passport issue.
  • In general, it would take about 7-30 days for the issue of your 'Normal' Passport / 1-7 days for a ‘Tatkaal’ passport.
  • You can manage the entire procedure yourself as it has now pretty simple and straightforward. You need not approach any Passport agent. You will get all the essential instructions you need on the official website.

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