Indian Passports are now normally issued with a validity of 10 years (except in the case of children up to the age of 15 years where it is issued for a validity of 5 years). Their re-issue thereafter involves the issuance of a new Passport. Wherever any change is to be effected in personal particulars in the laminated pages of the Passport, a new Passport needs to be obtained as the practice of hand written endorsements in the existing Passport has been done away with. Similarly, a new passport needs to be obtained where the existing Passports have run out of available pages for visas etc.A new Passport can be issued one year before final expiry or on final expiry of any Passport issued for full validity of 10 years(5 years in the case of minors).
NOTICE : Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding non-Machine Readable Passports ( handwritten passports) with validity beyond the 24th November, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of passports.
How to apply:
- Online passport application form is available at https://passport.gov.in/nri/ all are required to fill in the online form. This will generate a Web File Number and a passport application in PDF format.Take a print out of the passport application/PDF file, sign the application (at required four places in BLACK ink) , paste one good quality photograph (size 2 inch X 2 inch) on the first page), duly fill in the blank columns of the application form (page2 and 3) and relevant documents (depending on category under which passport application is made) be submitted at BLS center. Photocopies of documents submitted with the application should be self attested/signed.
- Processing Time: Processing and issuance of Passport booklets may take between one to two months.
Where to submit the Passport application:
All applications for Passport should be sent to the Indian Visa & Consular Services Centres managed by BLS International Services Canada Inc at :
Brampton : 20 Gillingham Drive , Unit 701 , ON, L6X5A5
Toronto : 1448 Lawrence Avenue E, Unit 6 A, Toronto ON, M4A2V6
Winnipeg – 1806, 201 Portage Avenue, 18th Floor, MB R3B3K6
You may also visit their website http://blsindia-canada.com for more information.
You are advised to book an appointment before visiting BLS centers at : http://www.blsindia-canada.com/bookappointment.php
In case of emergency only, the passport applications will be accepted subject, to verification at the Consulate ( 7th Floor, 365 bloor Street East, Toronto) under Tatkal scheme for which there is an additional fee of C$ 199/-* per applicant.
* Total fee for applicant over 15years of age is C$ 301/-( C$ 100 + C$ 199+C$2 ICWF) and for minor it is C$ 268 ( C$ 67+ C$199+C$2 ICWF) payable by bank draft in favor of Consulate General of India.
- No Passport or Consular Services are admissible to the claimants of refugee status.
- Fee structure is subject to change without notice.
- All relevant documents must be presented in original with a self attested photocopy. These are the broad guidelines. The Consulate reserves the right to examine each individual case on its merit and may require additional information / documents / personal interview with the applicant. Please send a written query by letter / fax / e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please attach with your application a typed or neatly hand-written list of all original documents submitted with your application.
For details visit BLS International Services Canada Inc. website http://www.blsindia-canada.com or call Helpline number 647-776-7970 (8.00 AM to 5.00 PM) (between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm from Monday - Saturday except on closed holidays.
OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION
- An ordinary passport is normally valid for ten years from the date of issue. However, Passport Issuing Authority, may issue passport(s) for a shorter duration. Minors upto the age of 15years are issued passports of 5 years validity.
- It is an offence under the Passport Act 1967 to furnish false information in the application. Passport facilities would be denied on grounds of suppression of material information, submission of incorrect particulars, willful damage/loss of passport or for unauthorized change/tampering. The Passport can be impounded or revoked for violation of one or more of the provisions of the Passport Act.
- It is an offence for an Indian national to hold more than one valid passport at a time.
- Your Indian passport establishes your identity in a foreign country. Hence it is important to have it re-issued before the date of expiry. The passport can be submitted for re-issue up to one year before the date of expiry
- Your Indian passport is a valuable document. It should always be either in your own custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by you. If lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Indian Consulate/High Commission/Embassy and to the local police.
- It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your Indian passport in a safe place, separate from the passport. The photocopy should include the pages showing the personal particulars, validity of the passport, date/place of issue, also the stamp of departure from India, entry in Canada and the visa issued by the Canadian authorities
- All minors are required to have a separate passport. Old practice of including a child’s name in the Passport of either of the parents has been discontinued.
- On acquiring Canadian nationality, the Indian passport should be submitted to the nearest High Commission/Embassy of India/Consulate General of India for cancellation. It is returned to the holder after cancellation. Use of Indian passport for travel to India after acquiring any foreign nationality is an offence and invites penalty. After acquiring Canadian citizenship, you do not remain an Indian citizen and need an Indian visa to travel to India.