Hi everyone, hope you're well.
This is the first time I am posting on this website so I'm unsure about whether I've posted this in the right place however today my husband attended his appointment to renew his Indian passport at the VFS Manchester centre. So I thought I'd share the details here in the hopes that it helps others who may also be doing the same and to ease their worries.
In the application pack we included:
1 application form completed online and printed - in this we included his Indian address and in the 'other address' section I added his UK address. The rest of the form seemed pretty straight forward.
4 2 inch x 2 inch photos - we did not stick these down. The person at the counter did this and had a glue stick although I took one in case.
1 copy of the Annexure E form - we included the UK address on this.
1 copy of the PPF form - initially I wrote 2 indian references but at the centre my husband was asked to cross one out and add a UK reference instead.
original proof of address- an electricity bill.
Indian passport and a photo copy of the front and last page.
his BRP and a photocopy of the front and the back.
Original marriage registration certificate and 1 photocopy too.
We also included a copy of the signed declaration form - however they did not need this.
Other points to consider:
As his form included my name as his spouse he was also asked for a photocopy of my passport which we luckily took with us.
He was also asked to photocopy the page in his passport which showed his initial UK entry visa
As my husband has grown a beard in lockdown, he was also asked for old passport photos but we didn't have any with us and so they made do with his Indian passport picture and made him sign a declaration to state that it was the same person basically.
I took spare copies of the PPF form in case he was asked to fill it out again.
More info: photocopying there costs 50p per page. The DX courier for just his passport cost £12.50 we let them keep the electricity bill but all other original documents were returned to him. In total he was charged £88.50 including text messages, courier, consular charges, V.A.T and passport renewal fee.
I hope this helps anyone who found the VFS website as vague as I did, if you have any questions please feel free to ask