General guidelines
 

General Guidelines for Indian Passport Holders

Your 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 Mission and the local police.
 
Bullet Always keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place and submit the same while requesting for a duplicate passport. Without a copy of the passport, issue of duplicate passport may be delayed.
Bullet Your passport can be impounded or revoked by the Government of India under the provisions of the Passports Act 1967, in which case you will have to surrender the passport to the nearest Indian Passport Authority.
Bullet If you have acquired foreign citizenship, please surrender the Indian passport to the nearest Indian Mission and apply for renunciation of Indian citizenship. The Indian passport is returned to the applicant after cancellation. The cancelled Indian passport and renunciation slips should be kept in safe custody as these may be required at the time of applying for Overseas Indian citizenship/Person of Indian Origin cards /Indian visa, etc.
Bullet The passport applicant is required to pay the prescribed fees by cash in Moroccan Dirham. Please try to pay the exact amount. Always carry with you bills of smaller denominations.
Bullet The passport application is to be filled online. All applicants are requested to exercise due care while filling the online Passport Application Form. For the link to fill the online application form please check www.passport.gov.in/nri .
Bullet As per International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations, now only machine readable printed passports are being issued. Issue of handwritten travel documents, except Emergency Certificate, is not permitted from 01/04/2010.The ICAO has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
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Bullet Revalidation of Short Validity Passports by handwritten/printed endorsement is not permitted. Upon expiry of Short Validity Passports or in case of any change in the particulars of data page, one has to apply for a fresh passport.
Bullet Processing Time
  If the application is found to be in order in all respects, including supporting documents, and no other prior reference is required to be made, the passport is normally issued within 4 to 8 weeks. Applicants may please call the Consular Section after making allowance for this processing time. If the passport is ready within this time, the Consular Section will contact you at the phone number provided by you.
EQUIREMENT OF RECORDING BIOMETRIC TRAITS FOR INDIAN VISAS WITH EFFECT FROM 18 JULY 2017
All visa seekers have to make their presence necessary at the Embassy for recording their biometric traits (fingerprints and photograph), with effect from 18.07.2017. This also applies in case of such visa seekers who come through travel agents. Minors below 12 years of age and seniors above 70 years of age are exempted only on submission of Biometric Exemption Form available at the Embassy.
 
 
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