Apply for Passport in India through MEAIndia Mobile App On Android & iOS

The Government of India has got the Ministry of external affairs launch a new mobile app called MEAIndia that can help with your passport, visa, and if abroad, get consular assistance, or even ask questions of the external affairs minister, all on your smartphone  from anywhere in the world through Android and iOS platforms. The ‘MEAIndia’ application, being launched by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, will help users find out the nearest Indian mission or post for emergency consular assistance, if required, and also find out how to undertake the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and Haj Pilgrimage, according to a ministry statement.

The MEA is the first government department to have a mobile app for smartphone users. Developed by engineers from National Informatics Centre, Silver Touch Technologies and MEA under-secretary E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, the MEAIndia app is one Aspiring project that is going to get thousands of users with its launch.

The MEA envisages the application be a “one-stop shop” for you. From getting updates from all the 124 Indian missions in the world, to getting information for consular access in case you are abroad, to booking yourself for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, everything is now available on your fingertips. It doesn’t end there. The Regular quiz will be conducted with users on foreign relations to increase interactivity with people. The app will let the users to directly ask questions about India’s foreign policy to none other than India’s foreign minister Salman Khurshid “on the go, anytime, anywhere and get answers to your queries directly from him on foreign policy issues that matter to you most”. That is your Right-To-Information power at the finger tips.

“Whether it be information on passport status applied anywhere in India or location of centres which attest documents in India, or pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for the Haj, this one stop-shop will provide you all you need to know,” said Mathai, who played the lead role in the development of the app. “Diplomats were earlier encouraged to work in anonymity but the requirements of communication have changed and evolved and so have we in MEA,” he added.

MEA India Passport Mobile App

The MEAIndia has already taken over the major attention in the apple and Android app market. The people started liking the on the fingertip features of this app. The MEAIndia App already earned Four and a Half stars in the Google play store and Apple store. Mobile application for Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEAIndia). It acts as single window source of all information related to Ministry’s citizen centric services and outreach activities. The application is completely user oriented, intuitive and interactive with smart visuals/graphics. You can download your Respected MEAIndia Application form the link given below.

Indian Foreign Services is leading India toward The Advanced Futures by lot of changes over the years like the anonymous nature of work has seen a sea of change. There’s now more openness in the operations. The MEAIndia is developed with this point of view. Through MEAIndia Application for the Android and apple users can download and watch pictures and documentaries on India, share and contribute their own pictures and suggestions or even follow the prime minister on his visits abroad. “The requirements of communications have changed and so have we brought changes in the Ministry of External Affairs. We have adapted to the new demands of technology and means of communications,” are the word of Mathai.

MEA India Passport Mobile App

Last but not the least, MEAIndia has got dedicated modules on Haj and Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. It will come in handy by bringing you the latest Haj News and providing details of your flight, accommodation and tour operator. MEAIndia has dedicated modules on Haj and Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. It will come in handy by bringing you the latest Haj News and providing details of your flight, accommodation and tour operator. The app also helps you apply for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and track your selection status. The MEAIndia is now considered as a new flagship of government in the field of Technology and development.

Online Payment System for Passport Applicants

Online Payment System For Passport Applicants

The Passport Seva system launched new online Payment services for the passport applicants. The New services of online payment based appointments, applicants will be required to make payment at the time of booking appointment on the MEA website. This online payment system will reduce number of no-show appointments and only genuine applicants will book the appointment. The Online Payment System is up and effective from 21st June 2013.

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The following Passport Seva Kendras are already taking appointments through Online Payment System:

  • Dehradun

  • Chandigarh

  • Ambala

  • Ludhiana

  • Visakhapatnam

  • Ahmedabad1- Arya Arcade

  • Ahmedabad2- Sheetal Varsha

  • Rajkot

  • Vadodara

  • Surat

  • Jammu

  • Srinagar

  • Guwahati

  • Saligramam

  • Tambaram

  • Aminjikarai

  • Madurai

  • Tirunelveli City

  • Trichy

  • Thanjavur

  • Coimbatore

  • Amritsar

  • Jalandhar1- Eminent Mall

  • Jalandhar2- Aman’s Plaza and at Hoshiarpur

Passport Seva Kendras was an assertive steps to deliver passport services to citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible and reliable manner. After the operations for over the last one year, it was observed that despite taking valid appointment large numbers of applicants do not turn up at the Passport Seva Kendras. This was not only resulting in lesser utilization of processing capacity of the Passport seva kendras but was also causing denial of appointments for other genuine applicants. The Online Payment system was introduced to resolve the issue of non-availability of appointments and to reduce no-shows of applicants, Ministry has launched online payment System for booking appointments.

Online payment system is a payment based appointments in which applicants will be required to make payment at the time of booking appointment on the passport Seva MEA website. This Online payment system will only permit genuine applicants to book the appointment and number of no-shows will reduce. Online payment system follow the new process of payments that will be made while booking an appointment on the website www.passportindia.gov.in either by Credit /Debit card (both Master and Visa) or internet Banking of State Bank of India. Applicants can also use the Challan option provided on the Website and deposit the money in State Bank of India (SBI) branch after generating Challan online. This online payment system is very effective and simple process which can be followed without any complications. The Challan payment will provide the confirmation of payment receipt by SBI in online system, applicants can take appointment.

With the new smart system, applicants will automatically give earliest available appointment and applicants can chose their available schedule. The online payment system will remove any confusion between appointments and payment. The Passport Seva Project (PSP) has transformed the passport issuance system across India as part of MEA’s e-Governance initiatives through an increased network of 77 PSKs. The Ministry is improving governance in Passport Offices by focusing on citizen-centricity, service orientation and transparency.

Benefits of the Passport Seva Project:

  • Longer working hours to benefit the citizens.

  • 24*7 Call Centres with personnel support in 17 languages.

  • Complete digitization and processing of application when applicant visits the PSK, reducing the overall time spent and eliminating multiple visits.

  • Highly secure environment.

  • Greater transparency due to on desk Decision making.

  • Status of application is available with latest update.

  • Transparency in the process and online real-time availability of data.

  • Ease of monitoring and decision making.

 

Online payment system procedure:

According to the new process, appointment date/time will be automatically allotted by the system as per the availability of appointment slots at the desired PSK. Prior payment of passport service fee will be mandatory for booking appointments at PSKs. An applicant will be able to cancel/reschedule the appointment only twice within one year of first appointment date. System will not allow booking of online appointment for that ARP once two reschedule options are exercised or first appointment was scheduled more than one year ago.

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Step1:

Create an online ARN for the desired passport service.

Click here to create an online ARN.

 

Step2:

Select the ARN and click the Schedule Appointment link.

Step3:

Select the Appointment Quota and click next.

Step4:

Select your Passport seva kendra location and then Enter captcha characters displayed on the screen. Then click next.

Step5:

Click “Book Appointment” to book an appointment to book appointment for the next Available appointment date that will be displayed on the system for your selected Passport Seva Kendra.

“Currently no appointment is available for the selected Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). Please try scheduling an appointment form <next availability date/time> onwords.” Error will displayed In case appointments are not currently available for the desired PSK/appointment Quota.

Step6:

Select your preferred payment method. Steps for the payment are given below.

Step7:

An appointment slot will be automatically booked by the system for the ARN, and the same message will be displayed on the screen.

 

Step7:

Take the printout of appointment Receipt by clicking on “Print Application Receipt” and visit passport Seva Kendra on the appointed date and time along with receipt and required documents.

Step8:

Online payment system support various payment mode in which candidates can submit their fee in following methods. Candidates will only allot appointment if they submit their fee. Various payment are:

Internet banking

Follow the following steps to pay through Internet Banking.

  1. Register at Passport Seva Online Portal at www.passportindia.gov.in.

  2. Login at passport seva online portal.

  3. Click “Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport” link under the services section.

  4. Creat an ARN (Under normal/Tatkaal)

  5. Attempt to schedule an appointment by clicking the Schedule Appointment link on the view Saved/Submitted Applications screen.

  6. Attempt to ‘Appointment Quota’ (Normal/Tatkaal). This option is available only to the applicants with tatkaal ARNs.

  7. Select the preferred Passport Seva Kendra for appointment booking.

  8. System will display the next available appointment date for the selected Passport Seva Kendra. After verifying the detail, click the Pay and Book Appointment button to redirect to the SBI’s Multi Option Payment System (MOPS) website. The MOPS screen will be displayed only when appointment is released for the selected PSK under the desired appointment quota.

  9. Select NET BANKING as the preferred mode of payment by selecting SBI or any other associate bank listed in the menu. Using the Internet Banking User Id and password to make Online Payment of indicated passport services fee.

  10. Login through the internet banking screening to make Online Payment of indicated passport service fee.

  11. After successful payment, applicant is redirected to the Passport Seva online Portal.

  12. The Appointment Confirmation screen is displayed along with appointment details.

  13. Click the Print Application Receipt button to print the Appointment Receipt, which contains details of the payment made along with the payment Reference Number as proof of payment.

Credit/Debit Card

Credit/Debit Card payment is the easiest way of payment.

  1. Follow step 1 to 8 in the Internet banking.

  2. Select CARD PAYMENTS as the preferred mode of payment by selecting the desired Debit or Credit Card payment option listed in the menu. Login using the Internet Banking User Id and password to make online payment of indicated passport service fee.

  3. Applicant will need to provide necessary card detail as per the following self-explanatory screens.

  4. After successful payment, applicant is redirected to the passport seva online portal.

  5. Appointment Confirmation screen is displayed along with appointment details.

 

Challan Payment

Citizen applying for various passport services (Fresh Issuance/Reissue of Passports/IC/PCC) online through the Passport Seva Online Portal have an option of making respective application fee payments at SBI branches through a system generated challan. Applicants need to take a printout of the system generated challan and submit it at a nearby SBI branch along with the indicated application fee in cash. Payment will be reflected after at least two working days of depositing the fee in the SBI branch. Application can try booking PSK appointments once the Payment Status is displayed as ‘Success’ in the system. Steps for the Challan Payments are:

  1. Follow step 1 to 4 from Internet banking

  2. Click the Pay using Challan link to navigate display the make payment screen.

  3. Click the Generate Challan button to generate an SBI Bank Challan.

  4. Take a printout of this challan and deposit the same along with the indicated amount (in cash) at any of the SBI branch during banking hours. On deposition, SBI official will enter the fee payment details in the system. The Transaction ID (Bank Journal Number) will be generated and noted in both copies of the challan. One copy will be kept by the bank and the other copy, duly stamped and singed by bank official, will be returned to the applicant. The ARN detail printed on the Challan will be validated by SBI and Payment status will accordingly be updated in the passport Seva system after at least two working days.

  5. The reconciliation process updates Passport Seva Online Portal regarding Payment Status of the challan. Applicant will be notified by an e-mail regarding the actualisation of the Challan.

  6. Applicant can also track the the status of the Challan using the Track Payment Status screen.

  7. Once the Payment Status is confirmed as ‘Success’ an e-mail will  be sent to the applicant (if e-mail ID has been provided while filling application form) to book a PSK appointment. Applicant needs to navigate to the view Saved/Submitted Application screen and click the Schedule Appointment link to schedule an appointment.

  8. Select the ‘Appointment Quota’ (Normal/Tatkaal). This option is available only to the applicants with Tatkaal ARNs.

  9. Select the preferred PSK for appointment booking.

  10. Click the Book Appointment button. An Appointment Slot (if available) is booked automatically for the selected PSK. Appointment confirmation screen with appointment details is displayed

For more detail visit: www.passportindia.gov.in

Emigration Clearance System

“Emigrate” and “Emigration” means the departure out of India of any person with a view to taking up any Employment (whether or not under an agreement or other arrangements to take up such employment and whether with or without the assistance of a registered Recruiting Agent (RA) or Employer) in any country or place outside India.

‘Emigration clearance (EC) is a kind of legal authorization for ‘emigration’ obtained in the prescribed manner and form from the Protector of Emigrants (POE).  Emigration clearance is issued under provisions of the Emigration Act 1983.  This authorization is currently issued in the form of a ‘security sticker’ duly signed by the POE and gets pasted on the Passport of the emigrant who requires Emigration clearance.

Indian passport holders are classified as

  1. ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required).

  2. ECR (Emigration Check Required)

 

Emigration Check Required (ECR)

All Indian citizens whose Passport has been categorized as “Emigration Check Required”(ECR) are required to obtain Emigration clearance(EC) from the POE’s before proceeding to specified “ECR Countries”  for the purpose of Employment.  As of now the Passports of all those persons whose educational qualification is below matric are categorized as ECR Passports. An endorsement (ECR seal/stamp/remark) to this effect is provided either in the second page or in the last page of the Passport (as given in Pictures below) by the Passport authorities at the time of issue of Passports. Emigration Check required for following countries:

  • Afghanistan

  • Bahrain

  • Brunei

  • Kuwait

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq (emigration banned)

  • Jordan

  • Malaysia

  • Libya

  • Lebanon

  • Oman

  • Qatar

  • Sudan

  • Syria

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

  • Thailand

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • Yemen

 

Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)

All those persons who’s Passports do not bear endorsement of ECR seal/stamp/remarks are all exempted from obtaining ‘Emigration Clearance’ from the POE.  The following is the list of persons who do not require “Emigration Clearance” or the persons eligible for ‘ECNR’ Passport:

  • Indian nationals born abroad;
  • Indian nationals holding a matriculation certificate or above certification of education;
  • All holders of diplomatic or official passports;
  • All gazetted government servants;
  • All income-tax payers (including agricultural income-tax payers) in their individual capacity;
  • All graduate and professional degree holders (such as doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, scientists, lawyers, etc.);
  • Spouses and dependent children of category of certain holders of ECNR passports;
  • Seamen in possession of a CDC;
  • Sea Cadets and Deck Cadets who have:
  • Passed their final examination on a three-year B.Sc. Nautical Sciences Course at T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai; and
  • Undergone three months’ pre-sea training at any of the government-approved training institutes such as T.S. Chanakya, T.S. Rehman, T.S. Jawahar, MTI (SCI), or NIPM, Chennai, after production of identity cards issued by the Shipping Master at Mumbai, Kolkata, or Chennai;
  • Persons holding a Permanent Immigration Visa, such as visas issued by the UK, USA, or Australia;
  • Persons possessing a two years’ diploma from any institute recognized by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or the State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT), or persons holding a three years’ diploma or equivalent degree from an institution such as a polytechnic recognized by the central or a state government;
  • Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947;
  • All persons above the age of 50 years;
  • All persons who have been staying abroad for more than three years (whether in one continuous period or in aggregate), as well as their spouses;
  • All children up to the age of 18 years of age.

Passport Seva Portal

Passport Seva Portal

Passport Seva portal is the online passport applications facility by the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India for simple, efficient and transparent processes for delivery of passport related services. Apart from creating a countrywide networked environment for Government officials.

The Passport Seva Portal aims to comfort the piling up number of passport seekers and to deliver all Passport-related services to the seekers in a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner.The Passport seva Portal makes passport services easily available in each and every part of the country.

The Passport Seva Portal needs user registration to on passport portal website. There are two ways to submit application on portal either fill the application form online or you can download the e-form, fill it offline and upload the filled e-form to the website.

The Passport Seva Portal provides various services like:

  • Online application for fresh passport: Fresh passport service is online service on Passport seva Portal to provide and submit application form for fresh passport and confirm appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
  • Online application for reissue of passport: The reissue process has been simplified with the help of Passport Seva Portal. The online application for reissue of passport is available on passport seva portal. The Passport Seva Portal saves your time to get appointment. The portal can provide you the quickest appointment in Passport Seva Kendra.
  • Online application for police clearance certificate (PCC): Police clearance Certificate application provide you simplest method for police clearance certificate. Passport seva portal also provide the officer visit information so that the passport seeker could be available for the inspection.
  • Online submission of any feedback/grievance: Passport seva portal is regularly updated for the latest information about new Passport processes. The Passport Seva Portal also provide easiest and simplest answer for frequently asked question by experts.

For Passport Seva Portal Please visit: www.passportindia.gov.in

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

A Police Clearance Certificate is an official document issued by police agency or government of India to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings, along with the reason for and the nature of each case for which there is an evidence/record.

The basic concerns of police department is to keep a track on applicant’s history, nature and whole period of the applicant’s residence in that locality. According to the Passport Act, 1967 The Police Clearance Certificate is required for each visa applicant aged 16 years or older. The Police Clearance Certificate is cleared by certain laws of Passport Act 1967.

 

Purposes of Police Clearance Certificate

  • Applying for vocational positions requiring clearance;

  • Seeking to immigrate or obtain visas; and

  • Satisfying an individual employer’s request.

 

Period of Validity

A Police Clearance Certificate must be valid on the day your visa is issued and it is valid for one year from the date of issue.

How to apply

We can apply for The Police Clearance Certificate online with the Passport Seva Portal.

  1. Go To Passport Seva Portal –  www.passportindia.gov.in.

  2. Register New User ID by clicking on ”Register” link under the Online Application Filling section on the Home Page (No need to register if you already have user ID).

  3. Login to the Passport Seva Portal with the User ID created in Step 2.

  4. Click ”Apply for Police Clearance Certificate” link.

  5. Fill in the required details in the form and submit.

  6. Click the ”Manage Appointment” link on View Saved/Submitted Applications page to schedule an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).

  7. Click the ”Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.

  8. Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) at appointed time and place, along with original documents.

 

Document Required

  • Valid Passport in original

  • Proof of residence

  • A set of three completed Personal Particulars Form if the applicant has not stayed at the present address for the last one year

  • Application fee of ₹ 300 (subject to change in the future)

 

For More Detail visit: www.passportindia.gov.in

Passport Offices City Codes

Every Region of our country is provided unique code from the passport department to avoid complication and add more meaningful detail in the passport service. Every Region in Country have different jurisdiction which is served by a Regional Passport Office (RPO) located in a prominent city of India. The Passport applications are processed according to the jurisdiction to which an applicant belongs. For example, Mumbai and Greater Mumbai, Districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and the Union Territory of Daman & Silvassa are under the jurisdiction of Regional Passport Office, Mumbai.

Generally all the Passport office code is consist of three alphabets. These alphabets came from the name of the city. The passport office city code helps the passport department of India to track more exact location of the applicant. The passport office city code also helps the Regional Passport Office (RPO) to avoid any kind of confusion. These passport office city codes are also used in the passport file number.

The list of passport office city code is given below:

City

Code

City

Code

Amritsar

ASR

Kozhikode

KOZ

Bareilly

BLY

Lucknow

LKO

Bhopal

BPL

Madurai

MDU

Bhubaneshawar

BHU

Malappuram

MLP

Chandigarh

CHD

Mumbai

BOM

Cochin

COC

Nagpur

NGP

Coimbatore

CBE

Patna

PAT

Dehradun

DDN

Pune

PNE

Delhi

DLH

Raipur

RPR

Ghaziabad

GZB

Ranchi

RCH

Goa

GOA

Shimla

SML

Guwhati

GUW

Srinagar

SGR

Hyderabad

HYD

Surat

SUR

Jaipur

JPR

Thane

THN

Jalandhar

JAL

Trivandrum

TVM

Jammu

JMU

Vishakapatnam

VSP

Kolkata

CAL

Passport File Number

What is Passport File Number

Passport File Number is the temporary unique number provided to the applicant for passport status and other official use. Passport File Number is user identity in the passport department to avoid any confusion in the process. The Password File Number will be mentioned on the receipt you will receive when you submit your passport application at a Regional Passport Office (RPO) or a post office or any other submission centre.

Some case may have problems in the document or there may be delay in delivery of the document. In such cases information or status may be provided by this number. With the help of   this number any applicant can easily see his status from passport office, internet or other facilities. The passport file number provides ease to take necessary action in time by the applicant and solve the problem.

The Passport File number is given once you pay the money and submit the application form of the passport. The file number consists of three parts:

  • City code consisting of 3 alphabets (for example, HYD for Hyderabad)

  • Actual file number consisting of 7 alphanumeric characters (for example, R012345)

  • Year of application consisting of 2 digits (for example, 12 indicates the year 2012

 

For the Passport office city code click here

Passport Application Receipt

The passport File Number can be found on Passport Application Receipt. For example notice the file number highlighted with yellow background in the follow Passport Application receipt (this receipt is not original). As it can be observed that it consists of 12 alphanumeric characters. The Passport file number is also represents in the bar code at the bottom. The receipt shows the key number, date of submission, applicant name, processing fee paid, and the mode of submission, which is direct in this case.

 

 

Regional Passport Office

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The Regional Passport office is a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner & in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained & motivated workforce to deliver all Passport-related services to the citizens in the different Region of the India.  India is divided into more than 35 jurisdictions each corresponding to an Regional Passport Office. Under the supervision of the Joint Secretary (CPV), The Ministry of External Affairs have a subordinate office which is the regional passport office. the Joint Secretary (CPV) functions as Chief Passport Officer in Delhi.

The Regional Passport Office deals with the measures like collection of passport applications, opening of new passport offices and reforms in the Central Passport Organization having fallen short of meeting the fast growing passport demand and heightened expectations of the public, a need was felt for complete overhaul of passport issuance system. The Regional Passport Office offers simple, efficient and transparent processes for delivery of passport related services. Apart from creating a countrywide networked environment for Government officials, it aims to integrate with the state police for physical verification of applicant’s particulars and antecedents and with India Post for delivery.

Each RPO has its own website for the information needs of the applicants belonging to the jurisdiction.

 

RPO Website
Ahemadabad Click to visit
Amritsar Click to visit
Bangalore Click to visit
Bareilly Click to visit
Bhopal Click to visit
Bhubaneshawar Click to visit
Chandigarh Click to visit
Chennai Click to visit
Cochin Click to visit
Coimbatore Click to visit
Dehradun Click to visit
Delhi Click to visit
Ghaziabad Click to visit
RPO Website
Goa Click to visit
Guwhati Click to visit
Hyderabad Click to visit
Jaipur Click to visit
Jalandhar Click to visit
Jammu Click to visit
Kolkata Click to visit
Kozhikode Click to visit
Lucknow Click to visit
Madurai Click to visit
Malappuram Click to visit
Mumbai Click to visit
Nagpur Click to visit
RPO Website
Patna Click to visit
Pune Click to visit
Raipur Click to visit
Ranchi Click to visit
Shimla Click to visit
Srinagar Click to visit
Surat Click to visit
Thane Click to visit
Trichy Click to visit
Trivandrum Click to visit
Vishakapatnam Click to visit