I am Indian National living in the UK on a TIER-2 General Visa. I have recently applied for my Indian Passport renewal, technically Re-Issue from VFS Birmingham and thought of sharing my experience here.
I have successfully renewed my Indian passport, which was due to expire in less than 6 months.
My case: I have applied for my passport re-issue, which is due to expire in less than 6 months.My wife is India. When I googled, most of the people said, you need your Spouse original passport. However, I cannot have her passport with me as she is in India. And it is against the law to courier / post any Passport outside the country. Also, I couldnt find proper information about the Address part of the online application form.
1. How to apply
2. Documents required
3. How to book the appointment
4. what happens at VFS
5. What next
First of all, as per the new rules: if you are married and your spouse name is not printed on your passport, then it is mandatory to have your spouse name on your passport.
How to Apply?
Remember, technical name for renewal of an Indian passport is Re-Issue.
go to http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/how_t ... html#appnt
to know your Jurisdiction.
go to http://www.passport.gov.in/nri/index.jsp
and click on "Online Registration Form" or directly go to
Fill in your basic details as per your current passport.
When it comes to the address,
Address on Passport: This is your Indian Address
I didnt want to change this address, so I gave this as the printed on my passport.
Other Address: I gave this as my current UK Address
Parents Names: As per my passport
(look at the address page of your passport)
Spouse Name: As per her/his passport
File Number: Look at the address page of passport, you will see a field with name "File Number"
when you are ready, click Down load the form. After downloading, you need to fill additional details. Use a pen and fill in as many details as you can in capital letters.
you need to sign at three places. One in the box at the Top and two at the bottom of the form.
1. Original filled in Online application form
2. Original VFS Appointment Letter
3. 2 copies of Filled in Annexure-E (download from VFS website)
4. 2 copied of filled in Declaration form (download from VFS website)
5. Your Original BRP Card + 2 copies of the same.
6. Your current passport + 2 copies of Front Page (where your name and dob etc are printed) and last page (where your address is printed)
7. Original Marriage Certificate + 2 copies
8. Your spouse passport front and back xerox copies, signed by him/her. No need of original, if you have it then take it along with you.
9. Your spouse BRP card front and back xerox copies, signed by her/him. No need of original, if you have it then take it along with you.
10. in the VFS website, they are also asked for self attested 2 sets xerox copies of Passport observations page(of both you and your spouse). I took them with me, but they said its not required and gave it back to me.
11. in the VFS website, they are also asked for self attested 2 sets xerox copies of all previous VISA stampings (of both you and your spouse). I took them with me, but they said its not required and gave it back to me.
12. your 4 Passport size recent photographs. Look at the VFS website for photo specification.
How to book the appointment
Once done, go to vfs website, http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/how_t ... html#appnt
and book an appointment.
what happens at VFS
Please be on time or before time, never be late.
Show you appointment confirmation and your application form at the reception, the receptionist will give you a token number.
I have to wait for 1 hour as it was Friday afternoon and also there are so many people applying for Indian Visa, I believe it could be due to holiday period.
Once I reach the counter, it took only 10 minutes. You can pay by card, so dont worry about having cash in hand.
The guy who was looking at my application was very helpful. I wasnt sure about some fields in the application form, so I left them blank. He helped me fill those details.
He took only one set of the xerox copies and gave me back the other set.
Also, he took two photographs from me, and gave me back the other two.
I have submitted my application on a Friday, exactly after 5 working days, I got my original documents back. In my case, its just marriage certificate.
On the 10th working days, which is again Friday, I have received a text message that my Processed application has been posted. On the Next Monday morning, I have received both my Old Passport and New Passport.
They cut the corners of my old passport and also there is a stamp in Front Page "something like, cancelled due to re-issue bla bla"
I hope this helps if some one is planning to renew their Indian passport.