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Old 10th May 2016, 14:28   #2026
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My old cancelled passport has a valid B1/B2 visa which expires in Dec 2016 issued by previous organization (no annotation). Can I travel immediately with new passport and old cancelled passport with valid visa?
US visa validity is independent of the passport it's stamped in. You can travel as long as you have a valid (non-expired) visa AND a valid Passport. Just ensure you carry the old Passport that has the visa. Here's the relevant quote from FAQ:

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My passport has expired, but the U.S. visa in it is still valid. Do I need to apply for a new visa?
No. If your visa is valid and unmarked or undamaged, you can travel with your two passports together (old and new), if the purpose of your travel matches your current nonimmigrant visa. Also, the name and other personal data must be the same in both passports (unless the name change was due to marriage), and both passports must be from the same country and of the same type (i.e., both tourist passports and both diplomatic passports).

If your name changed due to marriage, you can travel to the United States with both passports as well as your marriage certificate.

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I am also in the same boat. Aadhar cards of parents and kid are in the old address. But Electricity Bill is in New Address. And have HDFC Bank statement with updated address. Will these suffice as POA. Btw, Both parents names are endorsed in each others passport and in kids passport.

Any guidance is highly appreciated.
Bank statement and electric bill will serve as POA. I suggest don't complicate things by submitting Aadhar cards with an older address. If however you have moved within the last year, use the Aadhar cards as proof of previous address. That should work.
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Sharing my experience from last week:
Had to apply for renewal of passports - mine and daughter.
The experience was good, unexpected and smooth. Last I'd applied was in 2006 (be at the passport office gate by 7am to join the queue) and for spouse and child in 2009 (great leap - we could get online appointments) to now when we don't even have to carry photographs, seamless really.
The threads here on TBHP have already outlined the details but just my 2 cents here.

** My experience was from a visit to the Passport Seva Kendra at Sai Arcade, Outer Ring Road near Marathahalli/Bellandur.

1.Appointment, Process - once you get the appointment online, plan to reach the Passport Seva Kendra at least 30 minutes earlier. Keep enough buffer time for traffic related exigencies. I started early, took the Yamalur road, then the service road at Bellandur only to find that the road was blocked near Pratham Motors. Made a U-turn and headed back to the Main carriageway of the ORR to reach the seva kendra. Parking is managed well and located right behind the building, but you need to take the second left after the office (first left is a one way but many impatient morons take this!). Once on this road, you will see a signage with arrow, make a left turn for the Passport office parking.
It is paid parking, take the ticket, park the car and take the small bridge and enter the building from the rear entrance. Head to the front entrance, show your appointment letter and enter.
At the reception counters, they check your appointment, documents and give you a token (printout with Token Number and bar code). The Reception and Zone A counters are outsourced and manged by vendors (I think it's TCS). Passport office officials are only involved in Zone B and C processes.

You now enter the main hall to begin the process. The entire process is a 3 stage process involving counters in Zone A, B, and C.
Be seated in the waiting area and pay attention to the multiple displays for status of Tokens. When your token is displayed, move to the inner hall to the counter # listed (A Zone). Here, all details are verified, copies of documents are scanned, bio metrics and photograph is taken and information is uploaded.
The Zone B counters are nearby and there are more displays for them. When your token comes up for Zone B, move to that counter, the official will verify your documents.
Next, wait in the same area and once your counter for Zone C is displayed, go over for the final verification (Grant of passport). Once done, move to the exit counter, present your token and get an acknowledgement and you can head outside - yes, it's that simple!

2.Time Management - Since we had 2 appointments almost back to back, the person at the reception counter asked me to complete my Zone A process and then come back for another token for my child. I was apprehensive about this initially but it worked out wonderfully and the timing was just perfect. By the time my token came up for Zone B, my child had completed here Zone A process and then once my Zone C process was complete, her Zone B was done so it was perfect.
In all, we took about 2 hours from the time we parked the car to reaching the parking lot again after submitting our applications.

3.Document Management - I simply cannot stress on this point more, you have to be well organised to avoid delays. When you print the appointment, 2 additional sheets are printed with details of the documents that can be used as proof. Read this thoroughly and be prepared with originals and copies of these documents. Organise the documents into photocopies and originals separately. One photocopy of each proof document with self attestation is enough, keep additional copies and other original documents separately so that you don't have to struggle finding the one you need when asked for verification.
*For children, print the Annexure H, self attest it (parent).

If you're missing any photocopy, the reception counter folks will tell you but there is no need to panic - there's a photocopier right there and you can get it done quickly at Rs.1.50 a sheet

4.Be alert, watch the token status displays and move fast - In addition to these displays, they also have staff near these displayed shouting out the token number and counter number so please do pay attention. When your chance comes, move fast and don't miss it as it can cause a lot of delay.

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Hi folks,

Need some help - I applied for passport renewal at Bangalore PSK. It was put under Police pre-verification mode (even though no change of address). I went for that last week, and the passport status is showing as "Passport application is under review at Regional Passport Office" for last 1 week.

Can anyone suggest if the police verification is completed or not, and what state the passport application is in ? I am unable to figure that out and not sure if there is a clear sequence of the status messages.
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what is the point in uploading attested document proofs and carrying 2 sets of them in hardcopy? where do they use these hardcopies?

I need to apply for my passport renewal. I just noticed that it has expired on 7th :(
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what is the point in uploading attested document proofs and carrying 2 sets of them in hardcopy? where do they use these hardcopies?

I need to apply for my passport renewal. I just noticed that it has expired on 7th :(
From what I know based on my experience, even if you've uploaded the documents, you will have to carry at least one hardcopy, 2 is just if you're paranoid!
The best thing (or worst depending on how you see it) is that you will carry back the entire set of hard copies of documents with self-attestation, since they scan all of them into the system and do not collect hardcopies from applicants

Regarding the expiry on 7th (this month ?), nothing to worry since the process is same upto 3 years of expiry. You can check this on the document advisor on the passport website. Documents required will vary based on when your passport has expired.

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Greetings.

I'm planning to apply for passport renewal with change of address and addition of Spouse name on it. I am aware of the documents required as well as general procedure (thanks to details given on this thread)

Only question is, how much time will it take to get the passport in hand. I am planning to apply next week. I stay in Bengaluru.

Thanks in advance
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Only question is, how much time will it take to get the passport in hand. I am planning to apply next week. I stay in Bengaluru.
AFAIK, it might take anything between 2-4 weeks due to pre-verification by the cops.

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Greetings.

I'm planning to apply for passport renewal with change of address and addition of Spouse name on it. I am aware of the documents required as well as general procedure (thanks to details given on this thread)

Only question is, how much time will it take to get the passport in hand. I am planning to apply next week. I stay in Bengaluru.

Thanks in advance
Hi, I stay in Chennai and got my passport renewed recently. Old passport had Mumbai address which I wanted to change and also wanted to add spouse name.
I had post verification and was a normal application.
Now, I went to PSK on 6th June and passport was delivered on 11 June. I waited for a couple of days for police to come for verification but that didn't happen. So on 14th evening went to police station and got it verified. That's it. If you plan to go to police station then carry photocopies of all documents that you submitted to PSK. So for me it took less than 10 days. Hope this helps.
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Is post police verification for Passport reissue without any changes a random call of the Passport Granting officer?
My bro was born in Jammu some 35 years ago. Would that be a reason for random selection for PP verification ?

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Is post police verification for Passport reissue without any changes a random call of the Passport Granting officer?
My bro was born in Jammu some 35 years ago. Would that be a reason for random selection for PP verification ?

//RJ
I think post police verification applies only if you have changed your address or your name ie it is different from that on your expired passport.
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I think post police verification applies only if you have changed your address or your name ie it is different from that on your expired passport.
No there was no change at all. Every thing same.
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I am quering regarding my mother's paasport renewal.

Her first passport is nearing expiry in Decemeber.

We are planning to apply for renewal in August when I would be in India on 2 weeks vacation.

The home address on her first passport is rented now. The electricity bills are on her name paid by tenent. She might have a bank account with the rented home's address. Otherwise all her other documents have the address of my late father's home in another town which we have sold.

In short, what all minimum documents would she require as senior citizen, for passport renewal. I haven't searched elsewhere being conscious that I would get the most uptodate and authentic advice here. Quering in advance will help accumulate documents as well.

Thanks in advance.
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Quick one please. Don't we need photographs anymore for passport applying? I see from above posts that they take fingerprints and photographs there.
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Quick one please. Don't we need photographs anymore for passport applying? I see from above posts that they take fingerprints and photographs there.
That's right. For Adults, fingerprints and photographs are taken at the PSK. For infants/toddlers, photographs need to be taken with you.

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