About Us Passport Related Services

Please Note:All Applications for Passport must be sent to the VFS Global Centre at 228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA - 94108

VFS Global has been awarded the contract for Indian Passport Application Services for the Embassy of India and its Consulates in USA with effect 4 November, 2020. VFS Helpline Number for Passport services: +1 800 320 9625

Passport Guide

You must apply on the VFS Global website https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind and follow the process as defined.

Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the VFS Global website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind .

For USA applicants, the VFS Global website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms are as per the requirements of the Embassy of India in USA.

The VFS Global website will identify your passport category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. To assist you, further many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.


  • Editing of applicant's personal information WILL NOT be allowed after their applications are physically received at the VFS Global Passport Application Center.
  • The application will be REJECTED on technical grounds if there is a variance with information in passport.
  • The rejected application will be returned back to the applicant and they will have to redo the entire process.

Please Note:

  • Any variance in the data mentioned in the applicant's passport and that mentioned in the online application form will be the sole responsibility of the applicant and they have to ensure that the data is validated correctly before sending their application to VFS Global Center. VFS Global will not undertake any 'Edits' in the applications.
  • In these cases VFS Global Service fee, convenience fee (bank charges for online payment) and any shipping fee purchased through VFS Global will be non-refundable (which will be used to ship back the application to the applicant).
  • It is absolutely necessary to use your Recent Original Indian Passport details whilst filling your Passport Application.
  • Information on the government online passport application form, your existing passport and all supplementary forms must be identical.
  • In the Nationality Verification Form, you must ensure that your details are exactly identical to the details in your Recent Original Indian Passport & online passport application form, unless there is a change required (requested).
  • To change your personal details, you must select the appropriate options under Miscellaneous Services at VFS Global website

How to Apply?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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VFS Global Indian Passport

Application Center (IPAC) 

228 Grant Ave, Floor 5,
San Francisco, CA 94108

Contact / Feedback

Click on VFS Global; you will get a reply within 24 hours.

For an existing applicant, VFS Global will only be able to assist you once you provide the following information.

 1.  Web Reference Number

 2.  Passport Number

 3.  Date of Birth

Call VFS Global
+1 800 320 9625


TATKAAL  Passport Services

TATKAAL’ Passport Service is an ‘Emergency’ Passport Service. All applicants (except below mentioned categories) residing in the Jurisdiction of CGI, San Francisco and having valid Passport and Valid Visa Status (i.e. Visa Page/EAD/Green Card/I – 797 etc.) are eligible to apply for re-issue of Passport under Tatkaal Passport Scheme.

Following Category of applicants can not apply under Tatkaal Passport Scheme:

a). Lost / Damaged beyond recognition / Stolen Passport

b). Renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

c). Major Change in Name (cases different from minor change case)

d). Change in Sex

e). Change of Appearance

f). Change/ Correction of DoB

g). Change/ Correction of Place of birth

h). Change in Signature

i). Change of Father/ Mother name


Processing Time

  • Tatkal Applications: Five (5) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate.
  • Normal Applications: Thirty (30) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate.
  • Please note above timelines are subjected to 'CLEAR' Police Verification Report. Any adverse report by concerned police authority may result in extension of above timelines.
  • In complex cases, such as adoption, application on behalf of a minor from single parent, major change in name, change in Place of Birth, Change of Date of Birth, lost passport, incorrect documentation, the processing time will be more depending on the nature of the applications.

Note :

  • Issue of passport is subject to provisions of Passport Act 1967 and relevant rules/regulations and no adverse report. The final authority for the issuance of passport under the Tatkaal scheme lies with Consulate General of India, San Francisco and no claim for reimbursement of fees will be entertained.
  • No bookings or travel arrangements should be confirmed until a Passport decision has been made. Consulate will not be responsible for any financial loss of bookings made in anticipation of obtaining a Passport under Tatkaal Passport Scheme.
  • It is a criminal offense under the Passport Act 1967 to furnish any false information or to suppress any material information with view to obtaining passport.

How To Apply ?

Jurisdiction of CGI, San Francisco

Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

Application Process

Visit VFS Global Website : https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

Apply online for reissue of Passport under Tatkaal

Pay required fees online & Submit your online application

Print the submitted copy of online application

Submit physical copy of application along with required documents to VFS Global center by In Person (Walk-in) OR Mail/Post Mode (as per below)

Mode of Submission


You can purchase your shipment through VFS Global as this will save you the need to travel, parking charges, as well as waiting time at the VFS Global Application Center.

The Shipping page will appear as a part of the Tatkaal Application process on the VFS Global website if you opt for Shipping as your mode of submission.

Documents Required

a. Printout of filled Passport Application form

b. All relevant documents, letters and forms as per the document checklist which will be a part of the Tatkaal Application process.

c. Copy of below mentioned document



Recent Original Indian Passport

Recent Original Indian Passport

(In case of renewal)

Spouse Passport

(If endorsing spouse name)

Parents Passport

US Legal Status details (i.e. Visa status)

US legal Status details

(i.e. Visa status)

Timing of VFS Global

(No appointment required)

Monday to Friday (except Holidays) between

09:00 – 15:30.


Global Entry Program (GEP) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for Indian Citizens

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select U.S. airports .

How to Apply for Global Entry:

Citizens of India are eligible for Global Entry. Applications must be submitted through CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website 

Application Process for background check for GEP:

  1. Apply Online with US CBP: Apply and complete application process at TTP website https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry   of US CBP.
  2. For the applicant presently living in USA, after completion of step ‘1’, he/she needs to submit the requisite information in the website of Global Passport Seva Project (https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in/) for completion of background check in India. After completion of online submission, he/she should submit the application at VFS Global office according to the Consular jurisdiction, along with the applicable fee of US$ 25 (and VFS Global charges of US$ 16.95 and US$ 2 as Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)) and required original documents.



FAQs - Passport Services

Other Passport related Services - Helpful tips

Change of Name (Maiden to married or Otherwise)

Change of Date and Place of Birth

Change of Address

Addition of Spouse name after marriage

Deletion of Spouse name after Death/Divorce

Correction (Spelling only) of Parents name

Tatkal Service (only for passport re-issue cases)

Photograph Specifications