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Passport Seva: Everything you should know

by Ravi Sharma

Passport Seva is a nationwide service to hurry the process of passport issuance and processing. It comes under the Ministry of External Affairs which conducts interviews for Indian passport holders who need a valid visa to travel outside India.

While Indians are generally allowed to get passports without interviews on their arrival in a foreign country. Therefore, Passport Seva allows applicants who are unable to attend an interview at the nearest Indian mission abroad for any reason.

The service was started in 2008-09 by Passport Seva. Therefore, The number of applications has seen a steady rise, with over 18 lakh applications under this scheme, in 2017 alone. At present, there are over 140 Passport Seva centers across the country.

 

What is Passport Seva?

Passport Seva is a nationwide service to hurry the process of passport issuance and processing, under which the Ministry of External Affairs conducts interviews for Indian passport holders who need a valid visa to travel outside India.

An Indian passport holder and a family member need to appear in person at an interview location near the applicant’s place of residence. The applicant, who can be accompanied by a family member, brings all necessary documents for the application of the passport.

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How does Passport Seva work?

Indian passport holders and their family members are allocated centers through a computer-generated random number system. After receiving an SMS notification, they visit the designated Passport Seva location during working hours.

Indians are offered two modules of the interview – an A2-category interview and an A1-category interview.

At the A2-category interview, the applicant is screened against the risk of not getting a visa, with an officer deciding on whether the applicant is fit to travel to the relevant country. The applicant receives his/her passport within 1-4 days of appointment.

Material for the interview is provided at all Passport Seva centers. Applicants need to register themselves and bring their address proof (i.e. a copy of the voter ID card, ration card, or driving license).

The applicant needs to take these documents with them to the interview location. For the A2-category interview, an Attestation of Identity was issued by the concerned Regional Passport Office. You need to provide the Date of Birth, after submission of required documents/ in support of identity/date and place of birth.

For the A1-category interview, an Attestation of Identity issued by the Regional Passport Officer (RPO) is required. The applicant will also be provided a certificate after the interview.

 

How to Apply For a Passport?

Indian passport holders can apply for a passport without an interview at any of the Passport Seva centers. As long as they are willing and have the requisite documents needed for submission.

You can submit the applications with the necessary supporting documents and a copy of the identity proof. Applicants can also apply online, using the e-Passport Website. You must also provide scanned copies of supporting documents along with the online applications.

A passport will be available for collection in 1 to 4 days from the date of application.

The applicant receives an SMS notification on their mobile phone after all formalities are done. This is followed by an unstarred email confirmation form.

What Are The Centres Available in India?

The online passport application is not mandatory. The applicant can still choose the offline option. They will be taken to the Passport Seva website and asked to fill in all details again if they choose the offline mode.
Conclusion:
Otherwise, applicants may also use the official mobile app mPassport Seva. You can download it from Android and iOS application stores.

 

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