How can I renew my Indian Passport in the U.S.?

If you are residing in the U.S. and holding an Indian passport, you should keep in mind its expiration date. If your passport is about to expire in the next 6 month, you will not be able to visit any other country.

Fortunately, you can renew your Indian passport without leaving the United States. You can also apply for a new passport for a newborn. Since November 2020, this process is handled by VFS Global, which won the contract for Indian Passport Application Services for the Embassy of India and its consulates in the USA.

Note, that you can't apply for a new passport with a B1/B2 visa. If you are in the process of legalizing in the US, you should submit your documents along with notice of action issued by USCIS. With this one you can apply for a Short validity passport which is issued for a period of 1 year.

You can start a renewal process 1 year before the passport expiration date. It is better not to postpone this issue and apply at maximum 6 weeks before the deadline.

Steps to obtain/renew the Indian passport in the U.S.

Register at Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates.

During the registration you must select a Consular Jurisdiction based on your current address:

Complete the online application form at Seva.

Enter all data accurately and without errors. Print and sign it.

Create a profile at VFS Global and click on Apply now.

Choose the Consular Jurisdiction and a passport category. Select a mode of submission as "Postal". Submission in person is not possible due to the pandemic in 2020.

Pay fees at VFS Global.

After completing the application form, pay a consular fee of US$ 25, VFS Global charges of US$ 16.95 and Indian Community Welfare Fund fee of $2.

Collect the documents

Among the documents to be submitted there are:

Send collected documents to the VFS office

All applications for Indian passports must be sent to the VFS Global Centre at 228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA, 94108.

Track your application at VFS Global

You will be notified when your passport is ready. It will be sent to you by mail along with an old passport.

New passport will be valid for 10 years. For minors (under 18 Years of age) the passport is given for 5 years.

Photo requirements for an Indian passport in the U.S.

The photo requirements for any Indian document are quite strict. Please follow this list:

Where is it better to take a photo for Indian passport in the U.S.

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