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Move while waiting for reissue of passport
Hello, what needs to be done if we move ( in US) while waiting for reissue of Indian passport ?
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Passport renewal - Atlanta - Normal processing - Nov 2022
11/1/2022 - Fedexed documents
11/2/2022 - Delivered at VFS
11/3/2022 - Police verification initiated. Family in India received a visit from a police constable. Standard stuff. Asked for ID, marriage certificate, etc
11/7/2022 - VFS status updated to passport dispatched and to expect a Fedex email with tracking confirmation
Nightmare begins.
No email.
Pored over forums and figured that some people never got a tracking email but did get the passport right away. Expected my passport to arrive by 11/9/2022 since I live in Florida and Fedex from Atlanta would take a couple of days max.
11/9/2022 - Still no sign of the passport or tracking email. Begin to worry. Open a ticket with VFS. VFS' automated reply says response takes 24-48 hours. Decide I don't have the luxury to wait and call VFS customer service at $2.48 a minute after the first 5 minutes. $15 later, VFS customer rep reassures me that the passport was indeed dispatched and I will get it the day of or the following day.
11/10/2022 - No passport or tracking email. VFS email response says nothing useful. Basically tells me to wait.
11/11/2022 - Govt issued ID with no tracking? Not good. Decide enough is enough and log another ticket with VFS and call their customer service again. $10-15 later, same story. Your passport was dispatched. You will get your passport by the end of the day.
11/11/2022 - End of the day. No sign of passport. Call VFS customer service again who escalate my ticket to Atlanta VFS center. It's Friday evening. Receive email response to latest ticket basically asking me to wait 24-48 business hours for a response.
11/14/2022 - Ah, Monday. Hope is renewed but dashed by the end of the day because...you guessed it, still no passport or tracking email
11/15/2022 - Worried sick. Where is my passport?! Call VFS customer service again. At least it's a new week and the first 5 minutes of call time is free. Finally rep gives me a Fedex tracking number. Resist the urge to kiss the phone, hang up, and look up Fedex. Tracking says package delivery failed since 11/8/22 because address was incomplete. What?! How?! Call Fedex and the rep tells me package was missing apartment unit number and therefore they could not deliver. It's been sitting at a local Fedex location TWO MILES from me the entire 9 days that I had been gradually losing my mind.
11/15/2022 - Ask Fedex to hold the package. Picked up passport.

Riddle me this. I submitted some 8 forms for the passport renewal, at least 6 of them with my address mentioned in multiple places. My courier label to VFS, confirmation email, etc all have my full address. I went through the application several times AND had my partner review it for me and there is absolutely NO WAY of missing the apartment unit number. VFS clearly states that the address in the passport application, VFS website, and courier label must be the same as the delivery address. The first 3 have my unit number, so how did they miss it on the return package? Let's say it was a mistake. Why did I not get a Fedex tracking number? Surely they had my email address. Why did I have to spend more money and time, not to mention valuable time with a nagging fear of losing my passport?

All I have to say is, follow up like crazy, expect delays, and thank your lucky stars that one only needs to renew passport once every 10 years.
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Passport Renewal Experience - San Francisco - Normal Processing - Sep\Oct\Nov 2022
Thank you all who shared your experiences in this forum. It really helped to me see the current trend. Below is my timeline\experience. It took exactly 6 weeks for me to get the passport with normal processing. I have travel planned next week so it was very stressful. As the timeline varies based on travel demand\holidays etc, I would recommend to go with tatkal processing if you have any travels plans like me. Good luck with your processing..!

09/28/22 - Sent all documents via Fedex
09/29/22 - Fedex package delivered at VFS
10/03/22 - Email notification from VFS - We have 'Received' your Application and your application is now 'Under Process' at San Francisco and will be submitted to the Mission for Decision making
10/07/22 - Email/Text notification from VFS - Your Application has been 'Processed' at the VFS India Consular application Centre and currently is 'In-Transit' to the Embassy of India/Consulate General of India for Decision making
10/10/22 - Passport Seva Website Update - Passport application is under review at Indian Embassy/Consulate.
10/21/22 - Passport Seva Website Update - Print has been initiated on Passport
10/25/22 - Email notification from Passport Admin - Initiation of Police Verification Request(s) for your Passport Application File
10/28/22 - Passport Seva Website Update - Passport application is under review at Indian Embassy/Consulate.
10/31/22 - Parents confirmed Police Verification is complete
11/02/22 - Passport Seva Website Update - Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly
11/03/22 - Passport Seva Website Update - Your passport has been printed and being forwarded to Embassy/Consulate. The Embassy/Consulate will contact you once they receive the passport for dispatch.
11/04/22 - Email response from embassy stating that my passport was sent to VFS for dispatching on Nov 3rd
- VFS said they never received my passport. Multiple follow-ups with embassy\VFS
11/09/22 - Email notification form VFS - Your Application has been reviewed by the Embassy of India/Consulate General of India & will be dispatched using the courier service you had opted
11/09/22 - Email notification from VFS - Your document (s) is dispatched using the return label purchased or sent by you. If using VFS courier, please check for email from "[email protected]" for details.
11/10/22 - Received OLD & NEW Passports

Few additional Details about my case:
 - US Address changed (Primary address)
 - India Address also changed
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Traveling to India with USC husband
Hi all! Me (Indian citizen, Green card holder) and my husband (US citizen) are planning to travel to India (Delhi) soon. This might sound silly but I am an Indian citizen with Indian passport and US green card (10 year validity) - will I need anything else to enter India?

Also - as my husband has a US passport - how can we apply for an Indian visa for him? Can he travel on an e-visa?

Thanks so much for all your help!
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Houston Passport Renewal
Hello all, I applied for Passport Renewal in Houston Consulate under damaged category (was asked to since apparently the passport bindings were a little torn) and I am changing my address on the passport to a new one (provided Adhaar Card). Its currently been 4+ weeks and have not received any update. Here is the timeline -

October 6 - left VFS
October 7 - received email that it reached Embassy
October 8 - received email that it is under review.

I had sent an email to the embassy and had received the following response -
`Passport will be issued after confirmation of applicant’s Police Verification Records (PVR) from the system of the Consulate. In the absence of PVR status in the system, the case will be referred to the concerned authorities in India for clearance. Processing time for a Police Clearance Certificate depends on the availability of clear PVR form Concerned authorities in India.

The normal processing time of passport is 4 weeks.`

Are there any more people who have been waiting for renewals from the Houston consulate or does anyone have suggestions to what I can do to check for any updates or expedite it ? Any suggestions would be very helpful as I need my passport for a my DL renewal as well.
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Passport Renewal Experience - San Francisco - Normal Processing - September/October 2022
First of all, I'm thankful to this page and the user community for sharing their experiences since this was one of the ways I was able to control my anxiety while my passport was out for renewal. Wanted to share my experience in case it helps someone else:

Timeline:
9/20/22 - Sent all documents via Fedex
9/22/22 - Fedex package delivered
9/26/22 - Email notification from VFS - Your application is kept "on hold" and reason - photograph is blurry. Please re-send 2 clear photographs.
9/27/22 - Sent new photographs via Fedex
9/28/22 - Fedex package delivered
9/29/22 - Email notification from VFS - We have ‘Received’ your Application and your application is now ‘Under Process’ at San Francisco and will be submitted to the Mission for decision making.
10/3/22 - Your Application has been ‘Processed’ at the VFS India Consular application Centre and currently is ‘In-Transit‘ to the Embassy of India/Consulate General of India for decision making.

This next phase is possibly the longest one and it is time when you start tracking your application status on the VFS website (https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Passporttracking/Track); as well as Government of India website (https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in);.

The status on the Government website was showing as below:
10/4/22 and 10/5/22 - "Application Received"
10/7/22 - " Application under process"
10/13/22 - "Print has been initiated on Passport"

After this, followed the most stressful days since there were no more updates on the Government website for 2 weeks. Since my travel to India was planned for November, I was getting a bit tensed and wanted to figure out what's taking so long after Print being initiated for passport. I tried contacting the emergency number - ***.415.483.6629 provided by the SF Consulate on their website https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/contact-us. No response after multiple calls to this number - you can sometimes hear someone intentionally picking up and dropping the phone since they don't want to answer - horrible. They also say Call/Text/*** but I did not get a response after all 3 methods and more than 4-5 days of continuous efforts. I emailed VFS and they responded back saying standard processing time is 3 weeks and if the delay is more than 20 working days after application is received by the consulate (10/4/22), they can help follow up. Receiving a response felt much better than being in the dark on the status of the application.

Finally on 10/27/22, status updated to "Passport has been printed"
At EOD on 10/27/22, status updated to "Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly"
On 10/28/22, received an email from Fedex shipment notification with my package details and tracking information.
10/31/22 - Received Fedex envelope containing Old and New Passports (Finally!)

Few details of my application -
State of residence and primary address used for new passport is WA
Indian address had changed since last passport
No Police Verification happened in India nor did I get any emails for it.

Took some time to manage this process and I'm glad it worked out. Hope this helps you somehow in your application or waiting stage. Best of luck!
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Police verification question on passport renewal
Dear all- Feedback Hi Team, My passport application is currently in police verification stage and today I got to know from my father that my local police station is asking for my signature along with passport size photo, passport copies.so could you please let me know is this a correct procedure or do we need to send any other document to police station with a signature Last year my husband had applied passport renewal for him from US and my local police station did not ask any thing like this so kindly clarify my question and let me know if I need follow any procedures thank you
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Travelling to India with Green Card - travel requirements?
Hi all! This might be a silly question but this forum has always been helpful throughout my journey so far.

I am an Indian citizen married to a USC. I got my 10 year green card last year November. We are planning to go to India soon to visit my parents.
As I have an Indian passport and a US green card, would I need any visa/anything else to go to India? (I don't think so because I have an Indian passport and so Indian citizenship). And would I need anything other than a green card to come back to the US? We recently travelled to Mexico and back to the US and all I needed was my Indian passport and US green card.

I just wanted to confirm that these documents are enough to travel to India and back to US.
Again - I know it is a silly question but I rather know more from someone's personal experience before travelling.

Thanks everyone!
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Passport Application has been granted status
Passport Application has been granted status - what does that mean and how long before I get the passport. Thanks for your help..
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Indian Passport Renewal (Atlanta Embassy)
This is my first time renewing passport (Regular) from USA and i must say i was blown away by experince as I got my passport within 3 days of receipt by VFS global

9/6/2022- VFS received and verfiied the documents and subsquently the documents were send to Atlanta Embassy
9/8/2022- Police verification initiated in India and got an email that Fedex has picked my documents from Atlanta Embassy
9/9/2022- New passport received by noon

Note:- Police verification did happened at my home on 9/10/2022 but after i received the passport

Cheers!
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