Saturday, September 28, 2013

Applying for an Indian passport at BLS International USA - in lieu of a damaged one

Hi Everyone!

I recently applied for a duplicate passport since my passport got damaged. I had a lot of trouble understanding the document requirements on BLS website, specially regarding the number of photos and nationality verification forms required for the same. There was all sorts of confusing information everywhere. So today that I have submitted my application successfully, I thought I should share my experiences and help others. That's when the idea of blogging came to my mind and here comes my first ever post!

Online application form

Click here to go to the online NRI passport application page.

  • It is very important to select the correct Indian mission. For me it was USA-NEW YORK CGI. Click here to find out your correct Indian mission in USA.
  • Visible Mark - If you don't have any, write NONE.
  • Address to be printed on passport - I gave my US address since I did not want to get into the hassle of procuring my Indian address proofs and getting them notarized. However, based on the experiences of our readers, it looks like if you want the exact same Indian address printed on your new passport as you have on your old one, it is OK and no proofs are needed. Otherwise BLS would only print US address on the new passport.
  • Other address - Here I entered my Indian address. No proofs needed.
  • Phone No - I gave my US cell number.
  • Mobile No - I gave my parent's Indian cell number.
  • Family Information - The names should be entered exactly as in your old passport.
  • Upload Image - I would prefer not to since you anyways have to paste your hard copy photos to many other forms.
  • Generate PDF - Click on this button and save/print your application.
Once you print your application form, fill out all the remaining fields -
  • Specimen signature - Make sure you sign exactly as you had signed in your old passport otherwise they might ask you to send a notarized self written affidavit on plain paper for change in signature.
  • Color photographs - 2 photos are needed.. one has to be pasted on the first page, the other has to be stapled at the end of the last page. For photo specification, click here or here.
  • Amount paid - I applied for a jumbo passport so the fee was $191.20. To know how much you'd pay, click here. I had a money order made through USPS (they charged $1.20). You may go to Walmart too to get that for a lower fee.
  • For delivery by mail - Enter 0 here since you need to either collect your passport in person or send a prepaid return envelope along with your application.
  • When did applicant first leave India - I filled in the date I first flew from India on the current visa.
  • How long has applicant continuously resided abroad - This should be the difference in the date you are filling your application form and what you filled in the field which said 'When was he/she in India last?'
  • Present Emigration Status - This needs to be whatever you have in your current passport. I was not a professional degree holder when I applied for my first passport so I have ECR written on it. For passports issued in or after Jan 2007, no notation in the passport means ECNR. Documentary evidence is required for ECNR though I've read of some people who were told by BLS that this evidence was not required.
  • For all yes/no questions, do write Yes or No (as applicable). For other questions which are not applicable to you, write NA.
  • Name and address of two relatives/friends - US based.
  • Briefly state circumstances of loss/theft/damage of passport on a plain paper - I didn't need to write anything for damaged passport.
  • Declaration - This needs to be notarized (since I was applying under damaged passport). For notarization, I went to UPS who do it for $5 per document (yes, pretty expensive, specially since you'd have to notarize a lot of things). Some banks notarize their customer documents free of cost, mine didn't.
  • Specimen signature - You need to sign in both boxes (again, same signature as in old passport!!).

Nationality Verification Form

Click here to download the required nationality verification form. You need 8 copies, each with a photo. That makes a total of 10 photographs for this complete application.
  • Place of birth - It asks for Village and District. I just filled the Indian city and state instead.
  • Date of leaving India - This should be same as what you filled in 'When did applicant first leave India' in your application form.
  • Period of stay abroad - This should the difference between the date you are filling this entry and the date you entered just above as 'Date of leaving India'.
  • Date of loss of passport - Leave it as blank or write NA since we are applying under damaged passport.
  • Name and address of travel agent involved in sending the individual abroad - If it is your company which sent you (like mine), you may write your company's name and Indian address. Otherwise, write the travel agent's details.

BLS Order Form

Click here to fill out the BLS order form. This is a must have for both postal and walk-in applications. In case you plan to drop your application at the BLS office and pickup your passport when ready, you do not need any airway bill numbers (tracking numbers). Otherwise, please make sure you generate prepaid labels as needed before filling out this form. I would suggest creating a UPS account for doing this online. FedEx may also be used. I don't think USPS can be used for return labels since they do not provide tracking numbers until you are actually shipping. Creating an online account with UPS or FedEx is preferred since they can map your credit card information to your account and thus your credit card numbers do not float around on your packages.
You also need to have your money order/cashier check (in favor of BLS International USA) ready before filling out this form since those details will be required.

Once you complete the order form, it will ask you to select an appointment date and time (in case you selected Walk-in as the application type). One thing to note is that there is a 'First come, first served' rule at BLS office (at least it was there in New York). So even if you have your appointment at 1:00 pm, you should reach there even before the office opens. This will give you enough time to reapply on the same date in case you have some documents missing or they reject your photographs or anything else. There are shops close-by which have notary public & photo services so you can have your documents fixed and then go to BLS again and get a token.

Other documents required

  • Notarized color photocopy of proof of valid Visa on Passport/ Green Card/ Permanent Residency Card/ Employee Authorization Card/ I-797 Approval Notice/ I-485 for children, I-20 for applicants on student visa.
  • Notarized photocopy of Proof of Residence- For example Driving License/ Utility Bill Gas/Electricity/Water/ Rental lease agreement /Home Mortgage Bill (In case of minor proof of residence of either or both parents is accepted)
  • Notarized affidavit for damaged passport. You need to take two witnesses along with their IDs with you to the notary. The applicant should sign as Deponent.
  • Notarized '4 point affidavit' - only for applicants of Houston jurisdiction.
  • If married but do not have spouse's name in the passport - Notarized photocopy of marriage certificate and Notarized photocopy of the first & last page of spouse's passport.
  • Damaged passport along with photocopy of first five & last two pages. Do not send your I-94.
  • Duly filled and signed checklist. Make sure you go through the checklist and arrange other documents as needed.
  • Prepaid envelopes and labels if applying through or getting it delivered by mail.
Having submitted your application, you can track your application here using a variety of options.
I hope these details help. If you find something is not right or have any comments/suggestions, do let me know!

Update (10/14/13): I received my new passport today after 2 weeks of submission!

297 comments:

  1. just fyi, the checklist does not say original passport

    you need to send current / expired passport for renewal cases

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  2. Why do we need to send Prepaid envelopes and labels if applying through or getting it delivered by mail.? What does the airway bill number do? This one is created in UPS and applied in the online form.

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    1. If you want your new passport to come back to you via postal mail, you need to send them an envelope with a prepaid label which they can use to send your passport back. Airway bill number is the tracking number for your passport. BLS needs it so that they don't have to fill in their records manually. It is more important for you though.

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  3. I recently renewed my passport by postal. New passport came in 10 days. Everything went smooth. I just followed what they have mentioned in BLS site. Also I read different blogs on this subject.

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    1. Hi Sudheesh,

      Did you send your passport to the New York jurisudction? If yes if this the address? Please correct me wrong, the applications are not supposed to be sent over to the consulate/emabassy, correct?

      New York, NY Application Center -
      Suite # 202
      28 West, 30th Street,
      NewYork 10001, USA

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    2. it should be that only as I do not see any other address. I am sending to same address only.

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  4. Hi Vivek,

    Hi,
    when I am trying to fill order form they are asking for two airway bill number.
    Could you please confirm is this the tracking number?
    if so do we have to write the airway bill no of the documents which we send to BLS and if I am not wrong the other one is return delivery tracking number . Could you please confirm

    Application Type: -Postal Airway Bill No.:
    Prepaid Delivery: -=Yes Airway Bill No.:

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    1. Hi Joy,

      Yes, airway bill number is the same as tracking number. Postal applicants who also choose their passports be returned by post (prepaid delivery: Yes) will have to provide both onwards and return tracking numbers.

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  5. Hi Vivek,

    The notary sign should be in all the pages or is in frond page is enough. Because i got notary sign municiaplity office and they said not notarized in all the pages. Please let me advise.

    Thanks,
    gopi

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    1. Hi Gopi,

      I can tell you for damaged passport renewal, the declaration (item #26, page 3) has to be notarized. That is the only place on the application form which needs to be notarized. Of course, there are other proofs too (like address proof etc as mentioned above) which need notarization.

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  6. Hi Vivek - Your blog is helpful. I don't understand the airway bill no concept. where do I get this airway bill no ? Do I get it from UPS/FEDEX ? or BLS online application form ?

    Thanks,
    Anil

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    1. Hi Anil,

      Create an account with UPS and create/print shipping labels online. Those labels will contain tracking numbers (same as airway bill numbers).

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  7. For the renewal of passport the website mentioned that fill the online application form and 2nd page of the application has to be hand filled. What does that mean? If you are filling online how is this possible? Please let me know your thought. thank you so much in advance for your time and help. :)

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    1. Online application form is not completely online. You have to print it out and then fill all the other details.

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  8. For passport renewal how many Verification forms do we need, On BLS site it shows as 3 copies as below. Could you please confirm how many verification forms do we need?

    3 copies of printed and filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form & 3 photographs for personal particular form

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    1. I can only confirm for damaged passport replacement you need 8 copies of nationality verification form. For regular passport renewal, I would think only one copy should be enough but you may send 3 just to be safe.

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    1. If you gave Indian address to be printed on passport, make sure you have notarized proofs of that address. You may want to check with BLS too if they allow having Indian address printed on a passport issued in the US. Also, you can submit a new form again - the system doesn't stop you from doing that!
      "Continuous" means without a break.. so that will obviously be time since your last visit to India.

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  10. Also, I think 4 point affidavit is needed only when we are apply for expired,lost or damaged passport in houston, correct? I am applying for normal renewal, so I did not submit 4 point affidavit..

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  11. Color photographs - 2 photos are needed.. one has to be pasted on the first page, the other has to be stapled at the end of the last page.

    I see there is a place for to attach photo on 1st page of the form. But it does not state anywhere that we should staple photo to last page of the form. Is this mentioned somewhere?

    Thank u..

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  12. Category is - re-issue of passport after 10 years through mail service- SFO location. Question is on Online application form. I am done with online application form, I got .pdf file with web file no and I took print out of it. And I got e-mail conformation too. But .pdf file doesn't have date of appointment and time. Is it supposed to show the date of appointment and time. And even e-mail conformation also doesn't have the same. please advise.

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    1. If you are applying via mail service, you do not need an appointment!

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  13. Should we staple the documents. I was looking at the immihelp.com website, they do not mention anything about this in the passport renewal instructions. But in the guidelines for OCI Application they say "Please do not staple your documents. Do not use paper clips either.".
    Passport application instructions: http://www.immihelp.com/nri/indianpassport/documents.html
    OCI application instructions: http://www.immihelp.com/nri/overseascitizenshipindia/oci-documents.html

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    1. I did not staple them and it would be best not to.

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  14. Hi Vivek

    Iam applying in the damaged passpor category. In the 4 point affidavit document what should I enter for the "alien number " . Iam on my H1B Visa. Please do let me know

    Thanks,
    Nithya Sampath

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    1. Hi Nithya,

      I'm afraid I wouldn't know the answer to this question. Try google.. some people say you can write "N/A" since A# is not valid for H1b visas.

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  15. Hello

    I submitted my documents but they sent an email asking to submit notarized self written letter for change in signature. What should I write for this letter?

    Should it just be 1 page letter saying I changed my signature and sign in front of notary and send it? Or anything else?

    Please suggest.

    Thanks...

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    1. Hello

      There is no set format. Just write a letter on plain paper addressed to the Indian Consulate stating that your signature has changed from what was their on your old passport (attach a snapshot) to the signature done below.
      An example of such a letter/affidavit can be found here: http://www.affidavitform.in/2010/04/format-of-affidavitdeclaration-for.html
      You may have to sign in front of notary too.

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  16. Hi Vivek,
    I have a question about reapplying for multiple passport renewal simultaneouly, and was wondering if I should send the applications together or separately? As well as the prepaid return evelopes. Just taking a chance on your knowing the answer, great blog, thanks!

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    1. Hi Shefali,

      I would suggest separately - send everything as individual full packages.
      Thanks for liking the blog!

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  17. you have mentioned about Notarized **** color **** photocopy of proof of valid Visa on Passport/"


    Do we really need color photocopy?

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  18. This is extremely helpful - A big thanks!
    For the "Name and address of travel agent involved in sending the individual abroad " - I am not sure what to put in there. I came a while ago through a company but work for a different organization now. Is this asking about the first company that hired you in USA?

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    1. If I were you, I would put in my company which sent me to the US the very first time.
      Thanks for finding the blog helpful!

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  19. Let me first congratulate you for such a nice job. Kindly tell me how we have to fill the first Airway Bill No..I mean how it can be generated and it it the tracking no of the package which we are submitting through post, do we have to fill it by hand as the second one for home delivery can be generated through fedEx. Will appreciate your efforts. Thanks

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    1. Thanks a lot Mubashir!
      You need to create an account with UPS or FedEx, get an envelope from their store and print the shipping label online and paste/pin it on that envelope. If you don't want to print the label online, I think there are envelopes available with the label attached and a tracking number on them, so you can fill the addresses at home, put your account number and UPS/FedEx will bill your card which is attached to your account. Do not enter your credit card details on the label.

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    2. Dear Vivek, thanks for ur reply, really appreciate it. Well i am encountering another problem in filling the online application. when i enter my fathers name (i.e. M QASIM MASOODI) the system doesnt accepts it, unless I omit M or mearge it with middle name n it becomes MQASIM. However, in my earlier passport it is as M QASIM MASOODI. So in this application I had only option to use it as MQASIM MASOODI, will there be any problem.
      Kindly reply

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    3. Try to enter your father's fullname (including full form for M).

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  21. Amazing blog buddy. Thanks. This is confusing and its been 1 month I am trying to join the dots. I am confused about Printed shipping label. yes I read all the blogs but still confused. I went to USPS and they gave me tracking number for Shipping and Return envelope. But BLS website says no hand written address accepted. I received an email with To Address. Shall I stick this to my sending envelope. Can I write address on return Envelope or even that has to be pre printed. I think the return envelope must be returned on specific date only. But we are not sure.

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    1. I know it is so confusing!
      If BLS website says no handwritten addresses accepted, you should believe them - they are very picky! What they are asking you to do is print shipping labels for both onwards and return shipping. I know this can be done on UPS online - you just have to fill the To and From addresses and it creates the label for you which you can print and stick on the envelopes.
      Thanks for liking the blog!

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    2. Vivek Do we have to Paste those labels for two envolopes onwards and return too?And does those envolopes need to be from ups or fedex only?PLease clarify ...So if we have those labels& envolopes from UPS or Fedex ,we do not have to go to USPS for anything right.we can keep all our documentation in UPS /Fedex Envolpe and send to Consulate address right?

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    3. UPS/Fedex/USPS.. all are different companies to do the same thing. BLS prefers UPS or Fedex. Whichever company you select, you don't have to go to any other company for anything.
      Yes, you have to paste those labels on the envelopes. Some envelopes come with a transparent pouch where you can just insert your label (no need to paste it).

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  22. Another questions: For Online form Name Address of friends to be US friends or Indian friends. I think National verification form has India friends Address. Also License number is required on Online form when we print and type. So is this Indian license or USA license. Even the declaration is to be notarized on Online form. This i was not aware. Any one any thoughts.

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    1. US friends.
      US license.
      Declaration needs to be notarized in case of damaged passport replacement.

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    2. Does not have to be US friends, i checked the sample form on BLS website and they have mentioned Indian friends. Vivek you're blog has been insanely helpful. i have spent the last 2 weeks losing my mind over this!

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    3. Thanks a lot N.K.! I'm glad I could be of some help.
      The sample form you checked - was it the online application form or the nationality verification form? The former needs US friends, latter needs Indian. Do you have a link to the sample form you checked so that I can verify and update my blog? Thanks!

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  23. Hi Vivek,
    I applying for re-issue of the passport, and i have completed the application and enclosed the required documents and confused on the BLS order form. There are two airways no's. one is for sending and other for receiving so for these can be filled while mailing the documents.
    Can you please let us know.

    Thanks for the help in advance

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    1. Hi Ranjith,

      You need to fill both airway bill numbers online. Please see my earlier responses on how to print shipping labels online. Those shipping labels will contain your airway bill numbers.

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    2. Hey Vivek,

      I am kinda confused. Should we send two envelops? One for shipping to BLS and one with the return? Or Should it be one envelop with both shipping and return labels on them?

      Please clarify.

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  24. Dear Vivek, when filling the application form by hand, the No. 20 item mentions that if an applicant is in govt. service in India, "No Objection certificate" is needed in original from the Employer. Since i am a visiting scholar at US for 01 year and my employer being Kashmir University, so have i to get the original document form my University.

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    1. Dear Vivek, U have not answered my query.

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    2. I do not know if your service is counted as govt service. If it is, then you probably need to get that certificate. Please contact your university regarding the same.

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  25. Hi Vivek,
    I really do not understand how to send the documents? and about the shipping labels/Return Labels Etc..
    Can we send the documents through an USPS envolope? it says to inculde express postal cover with prepaid stamp and return address for receiving passport.
    Then still why do we have to get registered with USPS or Fedex.
    Please clarify step wise Thoroughly.That is much appreciated.

    Dr.Mohini

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    1. Hi Vijaya,

      The only requirements for applying via post are prepaid trackable envelopes with printed (not handwritten) addresses for both onwards and return shipping AND both tracking numbers need to be with you at the time of filling out the online BLS order form.
      Whichever way you could achieve the above requirements, it is fine. Please let us know too so that it is helpful to others as well.

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    2. So before filling the BLS Form i have to get both lables from UPS/FEDEX right? can we get then online from them?So once we get the labels i have to post from those services or from post office?And along with the documents do we have to include prepaid express envolpe from USPS or not? Please Clarify vivek.

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  26. still confused about the shipping label. have registered with fedex for return service. how do i get the shipping labels. please help.

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    1. I could have told you about UPS since that is the one I used. Please contact FedEx for the same.

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  27. Hi Vivek,

    I am using, both sending and recieving. USPS also provides tracking no. Can I write USPS tracking no on application form. Please clarify.

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    1. The only requirements for applying via post are prepaid trackable envelopes with printed (not handwritten) addresses for both onwards and return shipping AND both tracking numbers need to be with you at the time of filling out the online BLS order form.
      Whichever way you could achieve the above requirements, it is fine. Please let us know too so that it is helpful to others as well.

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  29. Hi Vivek,

    I am applying for reissue of my passport next week and I just wanted to know whether we can submit documents such as Marriage certificate and wife passport copies which got notarized in India?
    Thanks in advance and really I like this blog.

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    1. I would think it is okay if the notarizations are recent and you have ALL documents notarized from one place - either US or India. But I could be wrong too so your best bet is contacting BLS for the same.
      Thanks for liking the blog!

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  30. Dear Vivek,

    People are her to give suggestion and provide feedback and that might be positive or negative depend upon the personal experience that odes not mean that you as a moderator will delete all the positive blogs.

    If you have to do that same then we would suggest to please remove this complete blog if you cannot digest good and positive feedback about BLS

    With Regards,

    Happy Coustomer

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    1. Lewi (I'm sure this is not your real name going by Happy "Coustomer" and "we" would suggest),

      I know you have been employed to spread some goodwill about BLS, which is a good thing considering the lack of it going by general people feedback. I would like to tell you the reason I deleted your comment is that this is not a "BLS review" or "share your experiences about BLS" blog. This blog is just to make easier for people to apply for their passports. So if you can focus on the blog topic, instead of blind PR activities, I would be happy to have your comment here. Otherwise please search for a relevant forum.

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  31. I got an email after BLS Order form. I will stick this on my Package and keep the order form inside the package. Is this the Shipping Label or Shipping Label is something else ? I went to USPS site and it also has a shipping label. Are this different or both are required. Sorry for confusing question, but I am still not clear.

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    1. The one on USPS site is the shipping label. You have to paste that on the envelope.

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  32. Hi
    I am in process of sending my passport application in lieu of lost passport . Kindly help me with the following queries...
    1. How much will the total fees be incase I want it delivered by mail.

    2. Mode of payment?

    3. I wasn't informed about a self addressed envelope after a zillion interactions with BLS international. Please let me know all about it.

    4. I am on dependent visa here and now since my passport is gone do I need to fly back India to get the new one stamped again or can I stay here for the rest of my remaining tenure which is 3 years?
    Kindly respond soon
    Thanks n regards
    Sakshi

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    1. 1. http://passport.blsindia-usa.com/lost_passport.php#fees
      2. Money order or cashier's check.
      3. Please see my earlier responses.
      4. A lawyer would better answer this.

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  33. Vivek,
    I also noticed you mention that the declaration on the printer application has to be notarized. I do not see anywhere where this is requested. The BLS instruction set only asks other photocopies etc to be notarized. Can you provide some guidance....

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    1. The declaration needs to be notarized in case of damaged passport replacement (which was my case).

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  34. Please help. I am applying for reissue of my passport
    On the BLS passport form it says this
    "To obtain delivery service directly online with FedEx, Please Click Here"
    I clicked that thinking it will provide me a return label. But after filling return info, it processed and charged $28 and i received an email about its confirmation but did not receive any AirwayBill/Tracking number. Now, What is this money taken for? Also, do I have still have to purchase return label again from fedex?.. i am confused

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    1. Ok.. That link will give out the Label for "Sending it to the BLS" and "NOT for RETURN"...AFTER SUBMITTING THE BLS FORM. They need to provide full information on their website...
      ..

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  36. Dear Telangana. I also paid using the link and the e-mail i received after this mentioned 'Thank you for choosing FedEx return delivery service'

    So, is it not for the return of documents from BLS? And if IT IS for the documents return then what about the AirwayBill number which should be generated from this?

    I am also confused about it. How did you proceed after this purchase and do you have any more information on this?
    Did you create & purchase separate labels from FedEx even after this, for both sending to and getting documents returned from BLS?
    Will appreciate your response. Thanks

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    1. Great blog! With regard to using the FedEx link provided on the BLS order form, is that for shipping docs/application to BLS? Or can that be used to generate shipping label for BLS to return new passport/docs to me?

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  37. Hello,

    Where does it say that I have to staple the photographs to the last page of the passport application form?

    I have 3 on 3 verification forms. and 1 on the passport application form. Where do I add the remaining one?

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  38. Hi Vivek......Thanks a TON for taking time to this blog. Great job on the detailed instructions and sub-sequent continued comments to help everyone........Your airway bill explanation was particualrly helpful to me.......I am preparing the documents for my wife's passport renewal and I may reach out to you for any questions........Ketan

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    1. Thanks a lot Ketan! I'm glad I could be of some help.

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    2. My wife is married (obviously, duh) but her current passport has her dad's name as middle name. The form says that "if married but do not have spouse's name in the passport - Notarized photocopy of marriage certificate and Notarized photocopy of the first & last page of spouse's passport is needed". But what if I want to keep my wife's middle name as it is (her dad's name) and do not want it to be changed to my name? Should I select "single" so that there is no confusion for them? There is not a place/box where I can instruct them to keep my wife's middle name as it is if I select "married" and provide all the details. Let me know you have if you have any insight in this topic please.

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    3. I think you should say Married but if you don't send marriage certificate and passport copies, they are not going to change her name automatically.

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    4. Well, according to their checklist and BLS website instructions (Here >> "In case the current passport does not have Spouse’s name, a notarized photocopy of the marriage certificate is mandatory if your status has been filled as married in the application form") NOT sending is not an option since I have to show "Married" in the application. I have been trying to get hold of them over email and phone but no answer yet....I guess at the end if I do not hear back anything soon, I will send the marriage certificate for my wife's passport renewal along with other docs....Thanks again for all your help and instructions.

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  39. This is a nice place to discuss the queries. So shall we summarize related to US or India friends:
    Online Form - US Friends
    National Verification form - Indian Friends.
    Or please correct me if otherwise.
    Also Can we have US friends at both places ? Any quick replies will help

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    1. That's correct according to me.
      I think the reason is online form stays here, while the PP (or the Nationality Verification) forms go to the Indian police for verification (though I don't know if verification does happen, in my case it didn't but if you apply for passport in India, these are the same forms and verification does happen there).

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  40. Hi Vivek,
    Thank you sooooo much for the blog !! few questions please :
    1. Can we start a new BLS form again - if i feel i did a mistake in the previous one.
    2. Can we refill the online application form - if I feel I did a mistake in the previous one.
    - the reason I am asking is instead of writing in USA address to be printed on passport I wrote Indian address ( I have the proof - but will they accept it ?? ). Should I just fill in new application.
    - also in the place where we have to write the File No. I did not write the webfile no. on the new application - instead wrote the file no. on my passport ( did not know that were asking to mention the new file no.).

    Will wait for your reply - thank u once again !!

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    1. Hi Shravani,

      Thanks for liking the blog!
      I think we can file both BLS and online form again.

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  41. Hi Vivek,
    I lost my expire passport a long time a go.and all I have is copy of the lost passport of the First page and last 2 pages, and Indian Birth certificate. And a police report. what are the other documents are required to get a passport again.

    Thank you

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    1. http://passport.blsindia-usa.com/lost_passport.php#docu

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  42. You have really done a great job by detailing the process. I was currently filing the form and I am on dead end as the BLS site has incomplete or confusing info. This is what I needed, easy step by step explanation. Really appreciate your effort.
    I am filling up the form and may have doubts so will require your help, so please advice.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation!

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    2. Hi Vivek,
      Same question asked by Rashmee. I done want my USA address on my passport reason being i am on H1B so my client and address will change and more important my wife will be renewing her passport from India soon as she wants to endorse my name and my Indian address and in future kid passport also from India. So if my passport has US address then I guess my wife will face issue while renewing her passport.
      Do you have any idea what all documents I need to give if I want my Indian address on passport.
      Thanks in advance.

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  43. Hi Vivek, I am applying for reissue of a passprt after 10 yrs expiry. My current passport has India's address as permanent address. You said "I gave my US address since I did not want to get into the hassle of procuring my Indian address proofs and getting them notarized". My question is for giving the same Indian address (as in old passport), do I still need to provide Indian address proofs? I don't want to provide US address as it might keep changing depending on my work. I am on H1B.

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    1. I would think address proofs are needed in all cases. BLS would be the best people to answer this though. Please let us know in case you find out!

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    2. I called BLS and they told me that since passport is renewed in US, they want applicants to give US address in "Address to be printed on passport". Applicant can put Indian address in the "Other address" box.

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  44. Hi Vivek,

    Mine is the lost passport case. On bls website a note is given "For all Lost Cases (Not the Damage) applicant has to get approval first from the Indian Consulate/Embassy" .
    How to get this approval?

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    1. Hi Vrushali,

      http://passport.blsindia-usa.com/lost_passport.php
      This page has some details as to how to go to the consulate (of your jurisdiction). Some consulates only accept in person appointments whereas for others, I think a letter on plain paper seeking permission would do. Please contact BLS for more information though and do let us know in case you find out!

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    2. Thanks for getting back to me. I tried calling bls and consulate office but no one picks up the call. I wonder do they really give the call support, very frustrating.

      I'll let you know if I get some more info.
      Thanks Once again!

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  45. Hi Vivek
    Your post is very informative. I am a little confused about the question When did you first leave India? It is my second visit to USA.I came to USA in 2005 and stayed for 11months. And for the second time I came to US in June 2013. So which date I should put for the above question also for the continuous stay abroad which duration I should put. My son came to the US for the first time but prior he visited Singapore for 3 days. So in his case should it be the date he left for US or any foreign country.

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    1. Hi Kavita,

      Whichever date you first flew on your current visa would be that date.
      Continuous stay abroad would be from the date you have continuously been on US soil currently.
      For your son too, the date he entered US would be the date.

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  46. Hi Vivek,
    I submitted by damaged passport for renewal to BLS International NY on Dec 17th 2013 .Today its 5 weeks that i havent received my passport.I tried contacting BLS and they mentione dthat they havent received my passport from Consulate general.I am not knowing what to do because no matter how many times I try to call Indian embassy in NY nobody picks up my phone.Please help

    Samita

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    1. Hi Samita,

      You submitted your passport in the holiday season where people take long offs. So it could be that they have now got a big line of applications pending which they might be taking time to clear up.
      You could go to BLS in person and talk about it. If they give you some kind of reference number, you may go to the Indian consulate too to enquire about your case.
      I'm sorry that's the best I can do.. Good luck!

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  47. Hi, in the online application form, i wrote my parent's name writing the first name then the last name (EX: RAVI MURTHY), but in my passport, it is written as MURTHY RAVI. Do i need to enter a new online application to make it the same as the old passport or it doesn't matter and i can leave it as such? Please reply.

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  48. Name of the Travel company, I came on student visa and no one sent me here, what should I put in?? I am trying to renew my passport.

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  49. Hi Vivek,
    This is a great blog where everyone is getting a lot of info. I came here on a student visa. I have an issue regarding my name in passport. I am applying for splitting of name and through mail. For the name of travel company, I booked my ticket through travel agency.. So , should i write that name over there? And, do you have any idea about the process involved for splitting of name? People are making me confused with the process involved for splitting of name and change of name.

    Thank you very much.
    Amulya

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    1. Hi Amulya,
      Thanks for finding the blog useful!
      Yes, you should write the travel agency's name.
      Splitting of name requires a deed poll/sworn affidavit and other documents mentioned here: http://passport.blsindia-usa.com/changename.php

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  50. Hi Vivek

    Thanks a lot for writing this blog. I found it extremely useful and informative. My passport photo was rubbed off by water, so I applied for a new one. I sent my package on the 11th of January with a Tatkal money order for a 60 pack jumbo booklet. But I am unable to check the status of my passport online. Choosing the Tracking link and choosing "Passport" option still does not work. In your experience how long did it take for hte status to show up? Can you please let me know? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hi Vijay,

      Thanks for finding the blog helpful!
      I submitted the application in person. It showed up online within 2 days.

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  51. Hi all,

    Anyone know any update about India cancelling BLS contract with immediate effect ?

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140115/jsp/frontpage/story_17824730.jsp#.UuSHFtLTns0

    What happens to cases pending with BLS? Should we forget our Indian passports and become refugees here???

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  52. Thank you for writing this blog. Any chance you remember what they mean by "File No" in the Old Passport Detail section?

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    1. It is written on the last page of your passport.

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  53. Hi Vivek,
    Thanks a bunch for writing this blog!!!
    I am planning to mail my passport reissue documents through UPS. Should I send it as "Signature Required" with Delivery Confirmation or just "Delivery Confirmation" is enough without the signature on pickup?

    Regards,
    Bhavna

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    1. Hi Bhavna,

      I think just the delivery confirmation is okay.

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    2. Hi Vivek,

      Thank you so much for your prompt reply!!!

      Regards,
      Bhavna.

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  54. Great blog! With regard to using the FedEx link provided on the BLS order form, is that for shipping docs/application to BLS? Or can that be used to generate shipping label for BLS to return new passport/docs to me?

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    1. As one of our readers found out, it is only for shipping to BLS, not for return. I would however suggest you don't use that option and get both onwards and return labels from UPS or Fedex directly (it would be cheaper and can be done online).

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  55. This blog is very helpful. Thank you.

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  56. Thank you, very helpful blog!
    Best Regards,
    Tushar

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  57. hi vivek,
    i am applying for reissue of passport after 10 years, my earlier passport was made when i was 18 years old and now i am 28 so a change will be noticed in the photographs which is natural due to age, so do i need to fill the change in appearance affidavit? your blog is very helpful:)

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    1. Hi Nidhi,

      I think if it is a little change in appearance which is natural due to age, it is okay because everyone applies for reissue after 10 years and appearance is bound to change. If it is a major change (or if BLS goes picky), you would need the affidavit. I'm sorry but it is all upto BLS!

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  58. When I checked the status online, it says that the application is sent back for the following reason:
    1) notarized copy of valid proof of address in us any one of the following. us address has to be same in the application form and provide proof of address.
    (driving license /gas bill/ electricity bill / water bill rental lease / home mortgage bill / state id)

    2)affidavit duly notarized for lost / damaged / expired passport for more than 6 months is required.

    I had attached a notarized copy of my electric bill with the application.

    a)The apt no is clearly mentioned in the bill. The apartment name isn't mentioned in the bill but I have filled it in the application. Is that considered a different address?

    b) The affidavit is to be provided in case of lost passport for more than 6 months isn't it? There was no clause mentioned about an affidavit for passport which was lost. There was a clause mentioning about the affidavit in case of passport which expired for more than 6 months.

    Should I get the affidavit in my case where the passport is lost for a month? If so are there any conditions for the witness? Can they be on F1 visa or can they be residents of the US?

    Please do Reply as soon as possible. Will the Money order that I sent be returned to me?

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    1. 1. Your address on the application form needs to be exactly same as on the proof you are submitting.
      2. The affidavit is required for lost and damaged passports, irrespective of the time they have been lost or damaged for. The 6 month clause is for expired passports.
      3. You may have anyone as a witness as long as they can provide their id/address proof to the notary.

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    2. Thanks Vivek. Do I need to enclose the id proof of witness aslo when I send the application again. Now I have the rental agreement with me which contains the same address as in the electric bill, but since it is a lease agreement, it will have apartment name on top. So is that ok? Or can I edit the details in the application? I received the documents. But the money order isn't there. Rather there is a fee payment receipt. Does this mean I have to pay the fee again?

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    3. No ids go out to BLS other than your own. You need to take the witness (along with his/her id) to the notary who will then sign your affidavit. That's it... no further role of the witness.
      You can do whatever you want to make the addresses match exactly.
      You don't need to pay the fee again.

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    4. Thanks a lot Vivek...really helped a lot.

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  59. How much it cost for notarizing all required documents.

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    1. Depends on where you get them notarized and the number of documents.

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  60. Hi,

    I applied for my passport re-issue with SFO center through postal. When I tracked my status today it shows Application has been sent back and below is reason given,

    2) online application form duly signed with application number with 1us and 1indian address. if the details in the form are wrong, fill the online form again with all names and details exactly as per the passport. 2nd page of the application form has to be hand filled. applicant�s signatures are required on 1st, 2nd and 3rd page twice.

    20) order form. all names and details must be as per passport."


    I couldn't understand what they have explained there. Also what is the next steps?

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    1. Hi Arun, even my application is sent back.Should we send the MO again?

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    2. What is the reason that yours has been sent back?

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    3. Hey Arun, even my application has been returned back with the same above mentioned comments. I am really confused :-( I tried to reach the BLS office by phone but have had no luck. I would really appreciate if you could help me out.
      Thanks in advance !
      Abi.

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  61. Hi thanks for such a great job. How many photographs are needed 2 or 4 ?

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    1. Depends on which category you are applying under. I can only tell for damaged passports they need 10.

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  62. Thanks for the details. This is very helpful and would reduce the number of trips.

    Any idea why they would need 8 Nationality forms

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    1. Yeah I didn't understand that part as well.

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  63. Also do we have to send them an envelop for return shipment or only the Return label. If I am sending via UPS, will UPS envelop be good enough ??
    Thanks

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    1. You have to keep an envelope inside your application for return shipping.

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    2. Thanks a lot! I am sending via UPS envelop and I will have to fit the envelop of same size into it ?? Thats weird of them.

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  64. Hello sir ,
    I have few questions sir.I appreciate your help.
    1. do we get application form(3 page) notarized ? (its for my mother's passport which is going to expire soon.)

    2. what we have to put in section no 25 in form ? details about me and my elder brother ?

    3. i m going to be apply visa houston jurisdiction. there is special 4 point affidavit also.should we get it notarize to ?

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    1. Hello Sachin,

      1. Page 3 has to be notarized only for damaged/lost passports.
      2. If your (or your brother's) name was there on your mom's old passport, then write your/your brother's name in this section. This section is just to have both of you deleted from your mother's passport since now it is required for children to have their own passports. In case your (or your brother's) name wasn't there on her old passport, write N/A.
      3. All affidavits have to be notarized.

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  65. do i need to get to fill postal application form ?

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  66. what is authorization card no in Houston 4 point affidavit ?
    and for address proof my mom has texas id card. she dont have drivers license. thats ok ?
    plz help

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    1. Alien Registration Card number or Employment authorization card number.
      State ids are acceptable as address proofs.

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  67. and what is affidavit of no status ? i m filing from houston .do i have to do that ?its very confusing on bls website

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    1. That affidavit is to be filled only in cases in which applicant's visa has expired.

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  68. do i haave to stick photographs on three natinal varification form ?

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  69. Hi Vivek,
    I am in vermont, I went to notarize the document, notariser just put the signature and expiry date, my Question is Notarizing seal is mantory ?

    Karthik

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    1. Hi Karthik,

      The seal rules are different for different states. For Vermont, it is not required.
      http://www.notaries.org/stampsealrequirements.html

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    2. Hi Vivek
      I am sending this notarized document to BLS New york , for passport renewal( for my kids), Whether BLS will accept with out Norarizer seal ?

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  70. I big confusion, I got the tracking number and return label frm fedex. now when I completed the order form, I see that there is another tracking number created. what is that for?Where should I use this?

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  71. Hi Vivek,

    Your blog has been tremendously helpful and I want you to know that you detailed explanations are highly appreciated!! :-)

    I'm applying for renewal of my expired passport (it would have been expired for 12 days as of the day of my walk-in). I have a couple of questions:

    - Does the Nationality Verification Form need to be submitted for passports expired less than 6 months? If yes, how many copies?
    - I'm applying at the Houston consulate. Does the 4-Point Affidavit need to be submitted for passports expired less than 3 years? If yes, how many copies?

    The reason I ask is, according the BLS website, the Nationality Verification Form and the 4-Point Affidavit (for Houston applicants) are required ONLY if the passport has been expired for more than 3 years (See link below):
    http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/faq.php#accordiontab-notifications-donec_pivinar12

    Can you please confirm if this is true? Or do you think its safer to carry the above forms just in case they ask for it?

    Thanks once again!!!

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    1. Hi Max,

      Thanks for the appreciation! I'm glad I could be of some help.
      You would need to submit 3 copies of nationality verification form and a self-explanation letter explaining “why the passport was not renewed in time”.
      You don't need the 4 point affidavit though.

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  72. I have received my documents back from BLS since I have few things wrong on my application. But I don't see the money order returned instead I see a receipt attached for the fees. Now I need to send my application back again do I need to pay my passport fees again.

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    1. Hi Arun/Vivek,

      Even I received the documents back since I had few things wrong on my online form. I see receipt attached for the fees. BLS website and letter says "Applicant's signatures are required on 1st, 2nd and 3rd page twice." But I don't see any space for second signature on 1st page or 2nd page. Where do I sign ? Also not sure if I send MO again or just attach the fee receipt that i received from them when I send the documents again. I will try calling them but not sure if they receive my call.

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    2. Hi Bhavesh,

      In case you have incorrect entries on these pages, you need to sign there, otherwise sign anywhere on the top or the bottom of the pages.
      You don't have to pay again. Just send the receipt back (after you keep a copy).

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    3. Thanks Vivek, for the information.

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  73. Hey Vivek,

    I am kinda confused. Should we send two envelops? One for shipping to BLS and one with the return? Or Should it be one envelop with both shipping and return labels on them?

    There is a new fedex option in the bls online form. Can I use that instead?

    Please clarify.

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    1. Yes..return envelope needs to be sent inside the application envelope itself.
      I would suggest not to use the fedex option in the bls option form.

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  74. Hi Vivek,

    Your blog has been very informative and helpful. I had a few questions:
    In the Nationality Verification Form:
    a.Complete Permanent address in India – I live in US now and my address in India has changed from what was on old PP – how do I get this updated as I dont have any bills to provide as proof? All I have is a letter from my Indian bank stating that as my India address. Additionally I can produce a letter from my employer.
    b.Date of leaving India – Should this be the first time I ever went out of India or the first time I came to US? I traveled to other countries on work before coming to USA in July 2006 for the first time. After that I have traveled many times between US and India before settling here in 2010.
    c.Period of stay abroad – How should this be counted? Should I consider only the longest period I stayed continuously in the US or count all the days\months of all my travels to US(on different visas) and other countries as well?

    Similar questions are again asked on the online application form:
    When did applicant first leave India?
    How long has applicant continuously resided abroad?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. a. This address doesn't have to be what was there on your old passport and you do not need to provide proofs for this.
      b. First time you left India for US.
      c. Difference between the date of filling this form and the date when you first left India for US.

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  75. On Feb 5th I have sent passport renewal form by POST. I choose Fedex 2-way method. The link is there on BLS online form page.
    1. BLS has status online saying they have received the packet on 6th and they will go thru documents and acceptance.
    2. I have sent following documents/forms.
    a. BLS postal application from
    b. BLS order form and passport application form which I filled online.
    c. Money order $91.20
    d. Original passport (expiry date after 6 months)
    e. Notarized - Wife's passport first and last page. As I want to add her name on my passport
    f. Notarized - Marriage certificate
    g. Notarized - change is appearance affidavit. As I had mustache on my old passport. And its 10 yr back photo.
    h. Notarized- DL
    i. Notarized - Utility Bill.
    j. Notarized electricity bill (Indian)- As my Indian address is changed from what I have on passport.
    k. 3 copies of National verification forms signed.
    L. Check list signed.
    m. 1 set of passport photo copies. First and last page.
    n. 1 set of passport photo copies first 5 and last 2 pages.
    o. 1 photo pasted on application form and 3 photos stapled on last page of form.

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  76. Hi Vivek ,

    i have booked for an appointment for passport renewal and i have a question on the notary copy for I-797 approval notice.

    i have a I-797 approval notice but my stamping( visa ) is for my old I-797 notice since i haven't travelled to india after my new I-797 notice.

    do i need to fill out the " Affidavit for No Status " form as well ? or just the notary of the New I-797 is enough ?

    thanks,
    Krishna

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    1. Hi Krishna,

      If you have the approval I-797, I don't think you need affidavit for no status. That affidavit is needed only if you had the receipt which said you applied for your visa extension and the case is still pending (as far as what I can understand from their site). Please check with BLS though and let us know!

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  77. Hi Vivek,

    I have to apply for PIO for my 4 months old son. While filling the BLS order form I selected PIO and Renunciation by mistake. Is there a way to correct this as I donot want to apply for renunciation?

    Thanks,
    Harshita

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    1. Hi Harshita,

      This is the wrong forum for this question. But as far as I think, you can fill out another BLS order form.

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  78. is that necessary to send bls postal application form ? cz i have already included return shipping lable .
    and is it necessary to sign nationality verification form ? there is no place to sign.

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  79. On the BLS page - http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/reissue10.php#fees
    It mentions that - Consulate General of India, San Francisco do not issue Jumbo passport booklet.

    Has anyone recently applied for Jumbo Passport.
    If so, did you actually receive it?

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  80. Hi Vivek,
    I too have similar scenario like Krishna's. Recently I changed my company, so my stamped visa is having my previous company name and I already received new I-797 approval notice for the new company (as visa transfer took place). In this case, do I still need to fill 'Affidavit for No Status' form?

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  81. Hi Vivek,
    I have another concern also.After marriage I haven't change my maiden name yet. All my documents are having my maiden name only. I was going through BLS site and it was mentioned there that "Women Applicants must include the notarized affidavit for change in name from maiden to married."
    Since till now I have my father's name in passport, so this time for renewal I have to include spouse name but will it also require to provide affidavit for name change from maiden to married, as I have not yet changed it and will probably not do it as I have to change my name everywhere in all my documents. Can you or anybody can help me on this.

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  82. Hello Vivek,

    First of all I'd like to thank you for this blog. It is helping so many people here :)
    I have an UPS account and creating label for return shipment only as I am going to BLS venue in person. Since you too opted for UPS, I thought of asking you these questions:

    1) What should I select for "UPS Packaging Type"? I see UPS Letter, UPS box, UPS tube and other options. My guess is I should select UPS letter, is that correct? Does that mean its an envelope?

    2) At the BLS venue, will they collect that envelope and label from me for passport return?

    Please help me with these questions. I appreciate your time taken.

    Regards,
    Vinod

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    1. Hi Vinod,

      UPS letter is correct.
      Yes, they would take your envelope and label there.
      Thanks for the appreciation!

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    2. Thanks for your reply Vivek :)

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  83. Dear Vivek , I have a problem, can you be able to answer it?

    I recently applied for name change in passport ( Chicago). I sent all documents by postal service to BLS @ Chicago. I got reply from them saying that, they sent back my application and they say that,

    Your postal application is received by BLS Intl Services, but is pending due to WE HAVE SENT YOUR APPLICATION BACK FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: BEFORE YOU CAN APPLY WITH US YOU WILL HAVE TO GET NAME APPROVAL DONE WITH THE INDIAN CONSULATE FIRST. ONCE YOU AR DONE THEN COME TO OUR OFFICE THE ADDRESS IS 455 N CITY FRONT PLAZA SUITE 850 CHICAGO IL 60611 NBC TOWER THEY OPEN FROM 930A-1230P M-F WE ARE OPEN UP TO 2PM ONLY. C H 2-11-2014


    Please help me. Do I need to go in person for name change? Help me.

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    1. I don't find it anywhere on BLS website that you need to go to the consulate for name change cases. But it is BLS, we'd need to do whatever they say coz it is our passport.

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  84. Hi Vivek,
    I applied for the Re-Issue of my Passport to SFO Location.I have done everything perfect and iam sure of it.i posted 6 days back and today when i checked the status it shows as follows
    "Dear sir / madam
    we had received your application at india passport application center san francisco, but we were unable to process your application and is sent back to you for the following highlighted deficiencies of the list given below.

    2) online application form duly signed with application number with 1us and 1indian address. the details in the form are wrong, fill the online form again with all names and details exactly as per the passport. 2nd page of the application form has to be hand filled. applicant�s signatures are required on 1st, 2nd and 3rd page twice."

    In application i have usedf US ADDRESS to be as printed in passport and other address to india address.
    And i signed in all the pages once and i hand filled the second page of application too and all the details entred as per my passport,but still i couldnt understand why they are asking me to reapply and please suggest me.

    do i have to re apply online?
    do we have to sign twice in all the pages???
    please respond quickly it is very imp for me right now.
    Thank you

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    1. Hi Vijaya,

      It looks like you need to sign the pages twice. I'm afraid I can't understand more from this. I would suggest sign those pages twice and try to get an in-person appointment with BLS for submission.

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  85. Hi Vivek,

    Thanks for the very helpful information. I have to apply for reissue of passport after 10 years. As per the BLS wesite, it looks like I need to submit 3 copies of Nationality verification form for renew of passport. Do I need to stick the photo on each of form?? if so there will be total 5-6 photos that I need to send to BLS.

    Thanks,
    Vipul

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    1. Hi Vipul,

      Yes, you need to paste the photos on the nationality verification form.

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  86. Hi Vivek ,

    I applied for renewal of my passport and it says it has been dispatched to me .

    I paid 28 $ fed ex prepaid delivery service .How ever I do not how to track it .

    In the email that I got from Fedex i have an order number and a transaction number

    Could you please tell me if one of those is a tracking number

    Thanks,
    Bhim

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  87. Thanks Vivek for writing such a nice and helpful blog. I came across your blog while researching about passport renewal process from BLS-Washington office. And I must admit your page is one of most informative blogs out here. Anyway, I have one query related to my indian passport renewal. Although, my passport will expire in September, 2015 (almost 1.5 yrs later) but there is only one unused page left. I read somewhere in the BLS website or other page (I can't remeber) that I can only apply for passport renewal as early as 1 year before the current passport expiry date. So, clearly I can't meet this criteria. But I have a plan to visit Canada and Europe in next 5 months. Could you please suggest me something. I am a bit confused! Can I apply for my passport renewal now or I have to wait until I get into 1 year passport expiry timeline.
    Thanks,
    Dip

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    1. Thanks for finding the blog helpful!
      It is true that the BLS page mentions you cannot apply more than an year before the date of passport expiry. But since they have stopped adding additional pages to passport, applying for a fresh passport seems to be the only way out. I would suggest you make a visit to the BLS office with your documents ready. If they agree, you can submit your documents otherwise they would tell you what to do. Please let us know too!

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  88. Hi Vivek
    Thanks a lot for this life-saviour forum. You really saved me time bro. I just have a quick question. While printing return shipping label , what should be the sender's address ?? Can I use the same as
    BLS India Passport, USA
    4837 Geary Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    OR is there a different branch/address they dispatch the new passports from ??

    Thanks
    Anish

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    1. Hi Anish,

      Yes, that's the correct address.

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  89. hello sir,
    i send my mom's application 2 weeks ago
    when i trake today ,by obm no . it is displaying like this

    Current Aplication Status : Processing at Consulate General
    Application accepted by BLS:18-02-2014 , 08:38
    Appliication Processed on Date : 18-02-2014
    Application Processed and submitted to Consulate : 18-02-2014 , 18:14


    so does this mean the documents which i send is perfact ? because many people on this blog are getting back their appications.
    thank you

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    1. Hi Sachin,

      I believe that does mean your documents are good.

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  90. Hi Vivek
    I Applied for my kids passport renewal, now current status says
    ( Your application has been rejected by the consulate because the NOC affidavit is not notarized. Please send a NOC affidavit with the notary stamp. Thank you )

    I notarized in last page of the NOC, I have photo copy also.

    my question is to whom I need to send the missing document again ? same address ? any thing I need to taken care while sending missing documents ?

    Please let me know if you have some details.

    Thanks.
    Karthik

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    1. Hi Karthik,

      I believe you need to send the documents to BLS again. Same address.
      BLS must have returned your documents, if not they might be coming soon. You need to send the affidavit along with them.

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  91. Hi Vivek,

    My passport application has been sent back due to improper photos. Do i need to fill order form again to send the documents back or can i use old order form with the previous tracking number?

    Note: My money order has been not sent back .But they have sent me a receipt for the same.

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  92. Hi Vivek,

    Thanks for the wonderful information.

    As i see in the list, we need to Notarize the documents, i am new to USA can i know how to notarize the documents here?

    Please let me know

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  93. Dear Vivek,
    Is OPT renewal a valid reason to permit tatkal passport renewal
    thanks,
    Tushar

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  94. If the passoprt is gonna expire after 8 months, do we need to send 1 or 3 copies of nationality verification document ? Thanks

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  95. Hey Vivek,

    My Passport is expiring in Dec-2015. When is the right time to apply for the renewal?

    Thanks!

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