Indian Passport Renewal in USA [2022] – SBNRI (2023)

An Indian passport holder living and working on a visa in the USA for a number of years needs to apply for a new passport or valid extension if his/ her passport is about to expire or all the pages are filled. The best thing is that you don’t have to visit India for passport renewal or a new passport. You can apply for Indian passport renewal in USA with VFS Global.

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Indian passport renewal in USA

VFS Global is the service provider for passport services for the Embassy of India, Washington DC or Indian consulates in USA, in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco since 04 November 2020. Here are some important points about the Indian passport renewal process.

  • VFS Global provides all passport services to Indian citizens. Indian consulates don’t accept passport-related services directly. All correspondence and applications related to Indian passport renewal must be made via VFS Global.
  • Applicants under the Consular Jurisdiction of the Embassy of India (living in Delaware, Bermuda, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) looking for passport services can visit VFS Global website for details.
  • You can apply for passport renewal via post and in-person (by prior appointment on a limited basis).
  • Operational timing: Monday – Friday, 8:00 to 20:00 hours EST.

Passport renewal process

The procedure for Indian passport renewal in USA is the same as for a fresh application. Filling and submitting form on Passport Seva Portal does not complete the process. You will have to submit the physical application form to VFS India Consular Application Center in USA. Here are the steps to be followed for visa renewal:

Step 1: You need to complete an online passport application form on the website of Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates.

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Step 2: When filling the form, select correct passport related service, enter each information carefully till the end. You can refer this Sample Government online application form.

Step 3: Once you have completed the form on the Passport Seva Portal, write the ‘Application Reference Number’ (ARN), take a print of the same .

Step 4: To proceed with the subsequent steps towards submission process, visit the VFS website.

Here are the details about different consular jurisdictions in the USA.

Consular Application Centers Address Center Timing Consular Jurisdiction Processing time
Washington DC 1025 Vermont Ave, NW Suite 320, Washington, DC 20005 (USA) 9 am to 2 pm
Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to Friday
Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia – Minimum 1 to 3 weeks.
– Maximum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
New York 145 W 45th Street, 3rd floor, New York 10036 (USA) 9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 PM Monday to Friday Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Islnd and Vermont Additional 10 days
Chicago (IL) 180 N Stetson Avenue, 20th Floor, Suite# 2075, Chicago, Illinois 60601 9 am to 2 pm passport pickup: 4 pm – 6 pm Monday to Friday Missouri, IIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin – Minimum 4 weeks.
– 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
Houston 1001 Texas Ave #550, Houston, TX 77002 (USA) 9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to Friday Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska 1 to 3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance
San Francisco (CA) 228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA – 94108 9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to Friday Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming 2 to 3 weeks
Atlanta (GA) 5607, Glenridge Drive NE, Suite No.725, Atlanta, GA-30342 9 am to 2 pm Passport pickup: 4 pm – 6 pm Monday to Friday Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands 6 to 8 weeks.4 more weeks if the passport is referred for clearance

Documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA

Here is the checklist of documents required for Indian passport renewal in USA:

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  • Completed online application form signed by the applicant.
  • Expiring passport: Original and most recent passport.
  • 3 copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form plus 3 photographs.
  • 3 recent (2” x 2” front-facing) colored photographs. If the passport has expired for more than 3 years, 8 photographs are required.
  • A notarized colored copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or proof of legal status in the US, for example, H1B/ B1/ B2 visa, I- 797 approval notice, valid I-20, etc.
  • Original passport. Affix the previous passport in case the passport is less than 5 years old.
  • Photocopies of the first 5 and last 2 pages of the current passport.
  • Highest qualification degree: Copy of the highest educational qualification degree.
  • US address proof: US address proof such as Rental Lease Agreement or Home Mortgage Bill, Any of utility bills (electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill – not more than 3 months old), driver’s license or State ID, etc.
  • Indian address proof: Indian address proof, such as Aadhaar card, driver’s license, Indian utility bill (electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill – not more than 3 months old), recent bank statement, etc.
  • Change of appearance/ signature form: If you are applying after 10 years, you should sign and print this change of appearance form.
  • VFS document checklist: Print the filled and signed checklist and tick it.
  • Annexure ‘E’: Specimen declaration of the applicant on the plain paper.
  • Birth certificate/ school leaving certificate
  • Self-sworn affidavit
  • Additional documents for child passport

Note: You may be required to submit some additional documents. Please check with the Embassy/ Consulate/ Passport Application Center in your jurisdiction for more information.

Submit all the documents in either a UPS or Fedex envelope only as specified on the VFS website. Other forms of submission may not be accepted. Only one application per envelope is permitted; multiple applications in a single envelope won’t be accepted.

Passport renewal in USA fees

Here is the breakdown of Indian passport renewal in USA fees:

For adults – 18 years and above

Passport Validity Booklet Pages Passport Fee ICWF VFS Fee Total
10 years Ordinary Booklet – 36 pages $ 75.00 $ 2.00 $15.90 $ 92.90
10 years Jumbo Booklet – 60 pages $ 100.00 $ 2.00 $15.90 $ 117.90

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Passport Validity Booklet Pages Passport Fee ICWF VFS Fee Total
10 years Ordinary Booklet – 36 pages $ 75.00 $ 2.00 $15.90 $ 92.90
10 years Jumbo Booklet – 60 pages $ 100.00 $ 2.00 $15.90 $ 117.90

For minors – less than 15 years

Passport Validity Booklet Pages Passport Fee ICWF VFS Fee Total
5 years Ordinary Booklet – 36 pages $ 50.00 $ 2.00 $15.90 $ 67.90

Indian passport renewal in USA Tatkal fees

Tatkal passport service is an emergency passport application service. Indian citizens residing in the USA who have a valid passport and visa status (US visa/ Green Card) can apply for reissue of passport under Tatkal Passport Scheme.

Indian passport renewal Tatkal fees for validity of 10 years:

Note:Online payment/ card payment convenience charges @3.5% will be applicable over and over the total payment. VFS accepts Master Card, Visa and Discover only


  • Each applicant has to make separate payments.
  • Convenience charges will apply for credit cards.
  • Cash payment/ personal checks will not be accepted.
  • If the fee is not paid fully, VFS will not be responsible for delays and consequential charges that may incur.

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It may take up to 16 weeks to receive a passport, and 12 weeks for expedited processing. Applicants to Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 programs who need a new passport or who need to renew their passport should start the process immediately. Visit for additional information and current processing times.

How much time does it take for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

The normal processing time of passport is 3 weeks.

Can renewal of passport be rejected? ›

If your application was rejected owing to a lack of police verification or inaccurate documents, you have three days to fix the error and reapply. You can write to the RPO or file a grievance if you disagree with the reason for rejection or if the reasons are unclear.

Do we need to submit original Indian passport for renewal in USA? ›

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.

What is the fastest a US passport can be renewed? ›

Expedite a Renewal

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 3 to 5 weeks. You must mail Form DS-82 to us unless you are eligible to renew in-person at a passport agency or center. Here’s how to expedite a renewal by mail: Fill out your DS-82 application and collect your documents.

Why is 2022 passport taking so long? ›

Processing times for passport applications were an average of 18 weeks in 2021. Staffing shortages and mailing delays caused by the pandemic caused the extended wait times.

What is the best time to renew Indian passport? ›

You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry and not earlier. However, in case of any change of personal particulars, lost/damaged, Exhaustion of pages you may apply for re-issue of passport.

How can I renew my Indian passport quickly? ›

Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id. Click “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport” link. Fill in the required details in the form and submit. Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.

Does Indian passport renewal in USA need police verification? ›

A:You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry OR within three years after the expiry of the existing passport without fresh police verification, provided there is no change in personal particulars and there is clear police report with respect to your previous passport and there is no adverse …

How do I know if my passport is rejected? ›

How to check your passport application status via phone. Additionally, you can call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (or 1-888-874-7793 if you’re hearing-impaired).

Why would a passport renewal get denied? ›

The principal law enforcement reasons for passport denial are a valid unsealed federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court), or a request for extradition.

Why did my passport renewal get rejected? ›

Probation or Felony issues may also cause a passport application to be denied. If you are on probation, owe more than $1500 in child support payments, are wanted on an arrest warrant, are currently summoned to appear in court, are currently in jail, or have serious felony issues, your passport may be denied.

What address proof is required for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services.

Is Aadhaar mandatory for passport renewal in USA? ›

Is an Aadhaar mandatory for applying for a passport? No, Aadhar is not mandatory. You should have other valid documents to prove your identity, address and date of birth.

Can an Indian citizen return to India with expired passport? ›

You can only use the valid passport for traveling purposes, but you can use the expired passport to prove your citizenship once you enter the country If they want proof of your citizenship. You might get admonished by the officer of that other country of your citizenship especially if it is the United States.

Are passport renewals faster than new? ›

Answer: It takes the State Department Bureau of Consular Services the same amount of time to process a passport renewal as it does an application for a new passport.

How long is the wait to renew USA passport? ›

Processing time is approximately three weeks.

Why does US passport renewal take so long? ›

This is due to the number of passports that are backlogged. Luckily, you can avoid long passport processing times if you choose Swift to obtain your passport. We can help you get a new passport in 7-10 business days and a passport renewal in as little as 7-10 business days.

How fast can I get a passport 2022? ›

Regular Processing. 10-15 days in Manila. Express Processing. 5-7 days in Manila.

How can I speak to someone about my passport? ›

You can call the HMPO at +44 (0)300 222 0000.

What happens if my passport doesn’t come in time? ›

Our processing times begin the day we receive your application at a passport agency or center, not the day you mail your application or apply for a passport at a local acceptance facility. If you did not receive your passport in this time period, you can request a refund of the $60 expedited service fee.

Do we need photo for passport renewal? ›

Yes, all applicants need to carry two coloured photographs (size 4.5 x 3.5 cm) with white background. Applicants should affix photographs on the printed copy of the online filled application form.

What documents should I carry for passport renewal? ›

Documents Required for Passport Renewal

Original old Passport. Self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport. Self-attested copy of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)/Non-ECR page. Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.

Can I get Indian passport in 10 days? ›

Applications that dont require police verification will be processed within 1 working day, while for applications that require police verification, passport will be submitted on the third working day and police verification will happen after the issuance of passport.

Can you speed up passport process India? ›

A Tatkaal application is not only to get an early appointment but also for faster processing. For example, a Tatkaal application would be processed under post (police) verification.

How long does it take to renew Indian? ›

A passport application typically takes three (3) weeks to process. Indian passport renewal processing may take up to 30 days or longer if the Police Verification Report (PVR) is unclear or pending (excluding VFS’s processing time).

Should police be present for passport verification? ›

Do I have to present in-person for the police verification process? Yes, it is advisable that you are present for your police verification process.

How many days does it take to complete police verification of an Indian Passport? ›

The police verification usually takes somewhere between 2 to 3 weeks. Why is police verification mandatory for a passport? A country’s passport is one of the most important and valuable documents.

How long does it take to renew Indian Passport in USA Tatkal? ›

Tatkal Applications: Five (5) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate. Normal Applications: Thirty (30) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate.

Can you fail a passport interview? ›

Unlikely that you will fail passport interview. It is not a test. They will ask you questions to confirm your identity and these questions will likely be things that only you will know.

Do they stamp rejection on passport? ›

The extent of it, however, is explained below. The importance of a rejected visa can vary from country to country, and also on the reason for it being tuned down. When you get your visa rejected, most countries place a stamp on your passport stating the same.

How long does it take to know if your passport is approved? ›

Check Your Passport Status Online

You can check the status of your passport application on the State Department’s website — status updates are typically available 14 days after you apply or renew your passport.

Can Indian passport renewal be rejected? ›

Can a passport renewal be denied? It is possible, but not that often. It’s very difficult to get a passport renewal denied, but in that case, we can offer you a refund of our fees. To see more information about a passport renewal being denied click here.

Can you have mistakes on passport application? ›

The Passport Office is prepared to allow three mistakes per application, any more and your application will be disqualified. It’s important to take a lot of time over your application, and make sure that you don’t make any mistakes.

What can go wrong with passport application? ›

Some of the most common mistakes during the passport application process include misspelling of Applicants names, using the wrong procedures to cancel out mistakes, filling in the form using a ballpoint pen colour that is not recommended and the presence of smears and smudges on your application form.

Do you have to pay again if your passport is rejected? ›

A rejected application loses its priority. We will return any fee sent with the application unless the application is rejected after we have started processing it, in which case we will retain the fee and either credit it to a renewed application or refund it upon request.

What documents do I need for a Indian passport renewal in USA? › Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:

  • Copy of the VFS Order Form.
  • A Filled and Signed Checklist. …
  • Online Application Form filled and signed by the applicant.
  • 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.

Do we need 3 address proof for passport? ›

Proof of Address

Photo Passbook of running bank account in any public sector bank, private sector bank and regional rural banks. Water bill. Election Photo ID card. Landline or Postpaid mobile bill.

Can I use US address for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

Indian address proof for passport renewal is only required if you want the Indian address to be printed on your new passport. If you are okay with a US address printed on a renewed passport, you do not need to provide any Indian address proof. Recent Bank Statement from Indian Government bank.

Is Aadhaar and PAN enough for passport? ›

Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services.

What happens if Indian passport expires in USA? ›

What happens if my Indian passport expires in the U.S.? If your Indian passport expires in the U.S., you have to immediately apply for a passport renewal with VFS Global.

What happens if you don’t return Indian passport? ›

Penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for retention of passport and penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs. 50,000/-).

Can I travel to India with 2 months left on my passport? ›

For any international travel Passport Must by valid for minimum 6 months, so you can not travel on this passport.

How long is taking to renew the US passport? ›

Routine processing of applications is currently taking approximately 6 to 8 weeks. A request for fast passport renewal by mail takes 2 to 3 weeks to process. When requesting this service, you need to pay the additional fee of $60 and write “Expedite” on the front of the envelope.

How long does it take to get a US passport renewed? ›

The processing time for routine passport renewals is 3-4 weeks.

Can I walk in for passport renewal 2022? ›

All applicants must be physically present at the DFA Office on your appointment schedule. The renewal process entails collecting your biometrics data and taking a photo of you. For passport photo capturing, take note of the proper attire or dress code.

Can I walk in for passport renewal? ›

The DFA said walk-in applicants should be fully vaccinated, qualified to avail of the courtesy lane, and able to present core passport application requirements along with the following required documents: Senior citizens: senior citizen identification card (may be accompanied by one adult)

What’s the fastest a passport can arrive? ›

Routine 6 to 9 weeks
Expedited 3 to 5 weeks
Expedited at Agency Must have international travel within 14 calendar days

Can you make your passport come faster? ›

There are two ways to speed up a passport application: use the one-week fast-track service or premium online service.

Why does it take so long to renew a US passport? ›

In 2021, the U. S. Department of State faced a massive backlog for new and renewed passports due to coronavirus restrictions and, subsequently, foreign travel restarting after a year-and-a-half long break.

Why are US passport renewals taking so long? ›

Since 2020, shuttered passport offices and personnel cuts at the State Department have bogged down the system, with wait times for passport renewals stretching as long as 18 weeks. A slashed number of in-person appointments makes options for emergency or last-minute travel documents elusive.

How do I check the status of my passport renewal? ›

If you renewed online, you must log-in to your MyTravelGov account to check your application status. Before you may enter your personal information to get a passport application status check, you must review the Department of State’s Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts Notices and Disclaimers.

Which option should I choose for passport renewal? › So, you can follow these steps to renew passport:

  1. Visit the official website of Passport Seva.
  2. Select the option ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport. …
  3. Once you fill in the form, click on ‘Validate’.
  4. After verifying all the details, upload this form and submit it.

What should I wear to my passport appointment? ›

Collared shirt/decent attire. Both ears visible/both eyebrows visible (no bangs)


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