Frequently Asked Questions
Why does it take minimum 45 days for issue of a fresh passport in place of an expired one?
Issue of a fresh passport in lieu of an expired one takes a minimum of 45 days as reference to original passport issuing authorities needs to be made for verification of particulars/antecedents etc. See processing times for more details.
When to renew the passport and when to apply for a new passport?
An Indian passport is normally valid for 10 years from the date of its issue. It must be replaced with a fresh passport after expiry of its validity. Application for a fresh passport can be made up to one year before the date of expiry of the present passport. It is always better to apply well in time. Similarly, if your passport is due to expire but has not lived its life of 10 years you should apply well in time for its renewal.
The lamination on my passport has peeled off; is my passport ok to travel?
If the lamination of your passport has peeled off, the passport is considered to be damaged. You will need to apply for a fresh booklet (passport) under the damaged category.
I want to apply for my passport but I also need to travel abroad for 2 weeks, can I submit my passport later?
You will need to submit your original passport at the time of lodging your application. It is recommended that you complete all required travel and then submit your application for a new passport as, once your passport application is registered for renewal, you will not be able to use your old passport. In exceptional circumstances, you can request for an interim withdrawal of your passport, at the time of submitting your application and before it has been registered, to allow for travel. You can then submit your passport after your return to commence processing of your application.
Why do I have to submit a valid immigration status/visa status at the time of applying for an Indian Passport?
An Indian Passport issued outside of India needs certain documentary evidence. One of them is proof that the applicant has a valid visa to be in the foreign country. The Indian Missions need to know type of immigration status/visa status assigned to you and this needs to be a recently issued (recommended within the month of application) document/proof if it’s not stamped in your last Indian Passport. E.g. Bridging Visas in Australia.
I am not too internet savvy. Can I complete a manual Passport Application form?
The Government of India has developed an online Indian Passport Application form in keeping with need to ensure uniformity in processing of Indian Passports across the globe by all Indian Missions. Given this requirement, we are unable to accept any manual forms for the same.
Do I have to submit so many documents for an Indian passport? I am Indian.
An Indian Passport is a valuable document and is not issued unless the authority concerned is convinced about the authenticity of the service request. To ensure that there are no processing issues, the High Commission of India in Canberra has provided checklist specific to each passport category specific to applicants resident in Australia. We hope this will help ease any confusion with regards to the processing requirements.
Does my new born have to put a thumb impression for the issuance of her Indian Passport application form?
Your new born or minor child need not put his/her Thumb Impression on the Indian Passport application form. Please ensure that there is a letter enclosed, as mentioned on the checklist, stating the reason for why there is no signature or Thumb Impressions.