Passport Panic

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Have been pretty busy lately to blog anything of note. There was a sudden requirement for me to travel to US for work, and looks like I was caught napping :(. My passport expires in April and to get a US visa, your passport need to have 6 months validity. So, I have been running around trying to get a passport issued on Tatkaal. Turns out it is a pretty straigh-forward process. You land up early morning at the Regional Passport Officer’s office in Koramangala with your passport, three copies of an address-proof (I took my driving license, PAN card, and Voter ID card) and the visa fee (1500/-). You also need to get Annexure F and Annexure I. Annexure I is a basic document that you get printed on stamp paper and notarized. Annexure F is a bit more complicated. You need some one from the magistrate’s office, the GM of a Government Corporation, or an AG or Police Commissioner (or any other Commissioner) of a Government institution (such as excise). Thankfully, my father-in-law is from HAL, and he knows the GM of HAL (Helicopter division), and he wrote out this letter for us.

The passport was despatched to me within 3 working days through speedpost. I definitely did noy expect to get it so fast. Now I have started the procedure to get the US visa. Fingers crossed that it will come through!

Below are some links that are useful in case you need to get a Tatkaal passport:
http://nitpu2.kar.nic.in/passport/whats_new.htm

Format of the annexures:
http://passport.gov.in/cpv/ANNEXUREF_vc_tatkaal.htm
http://passport.gov.in/cpv/ANNEXUREI_std.htm

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