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  • How To Apply For Indian Passport In Kolkata

    A passport is an official document issued by a government that permits the holder to travel beyond the borders of the issuing country. The passport also acknowledges that the holder is a citizen of the issuing country and has been cleared for travel overseas.

    Besides being used a travel document, a passport also acts as a proof of identity and address for everything from buying a house to taking a loan.

    Applying for a passport used to be a long process entailing multiple visits to the Regional Passport Office (RTO) as well as a long wait period. However, the Ministry of External Affairs, which issues passports on behalf of the Indian government, has introduced an online application process that is easy and convenient to use.

    Passport applicants in Kolkata can follow the steps outlined below to apply online for a passport:

    1. Visit the Passport Seva Online portal and click on the ‘Register Now’ link on the homepage.
    2. Sign up and log in to the Passport Seva Online portal using the log in credentials.
    3. Click on the ‘Apply for fresh passport/re-issue of passport’ link on the page.
    4. Enter the details requested in the online form and submit it.
    5. Go to the ‘View saved/submitted applications’ tab and book an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra or Passport Office.
    6. Make the online payment to complete the appointment booking (through either debit/credit card or internet banking or State Bank of India challan).
    7. Print the application receipt that mentions the application reference number or appointment number.
    8. Visit the Passport Seva Kendra/Passport Office with the application receipt and all documents.

    How To Apply For Passport Offline In Kolkata

    Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) are designated passport application centers where applicants are required to submit their documents and complete additional formalities.

    Generally, a fresh passport application cannot be filed at the PSK without an appointment unless it is an urgent case or a tatkal passport, or if the applicant is handicapped, a minor or a senior citizen.

    All other applicants are expected to schedule an appointment and visit the PSK on the appointed date.

    The procedure to be followed is given below:

    1. Buy a form from the passport office or download it from the passport website.
    2. Submit the filled in form and all supporting documents to the passport office, whereupon a file number will be issued.
    3. Pay the prescribed processing fee, after which the application will be processed.
    4. The application can be tracked on the passport website by mentioning the file number.
    5. On successful verification and processing, the applicant will be notified and will have to collect the passport in person.

    As per existing rules, passports cannot be applied for at Regional Passport Offices (RPO). However, notifications are sometimes issued that enable applicants to apply for a fresh passport at the RPO.

    As mentioned above, the process for applying for a passport in Kolkata has become a more streamlined one, with a greater emphasis on online applications, which results in quicker verification and processing time. In case of any difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs can be reached through helplines mentioned on the website as well as at the PSK/RPO.

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    News About Indian Passport

    • Transwoman faces some gender issues at the Kolkata passport office

      The Kolkata passport office will examine a transwoman’s passport application, which had been apparently rejected due to gender issues. The authorities are ostensibly in a big dilemma as to what can be done if she insists to declare herself a female. Though the applicant has called the seeming predicament prejudicial, lawyers and activists termed it absurd and in disrespect of the guidelines imposed by Supreme Court.

      Though the applicant changed her name to Sandeepta legally in 2016, she is actually born as a male with the name - Sandeep.

      She is a freelance designer and has revised her name in all the ID documents —Voter’s card, Aadhaar card, PAN card but was still mystified when a few passport representatives denied to recognize her as a woman.

      She was insisted to declare herself either as a “transgender” or a “male” in the absenteeism of an SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery) report. She said, “I consider myself as a female and even had changed my name legally but the authorities denied to see and understand the real reason.”

      When she asked the officials to show the law where a transgender cannot declare as a male or a female without the SRS report, they couldn’t do so. It is truly sad that the officers in such designations remain to take vital decisions based on their opinions and affect a person’s life deeply.

      1 March 2018

    • Kolkata Regional Passport Office organizes passport fair at its 5 centers

      The Regional Passport Office (RPO) of Kolkata will organize a passport fair on 24 February at all of its five primary passport service centers – Murshidabad’s Behrampur, Agartala, EM Bypass-Rubi, and Sikkim’s Gangtok. In Siliguri, however, the fair will be organized at the recently inaugurated passport center in Himachal Vihar, Matigara.

      The passport fair intends to make the process of passport services simpler and trouble-free for the people. For participation, a candidate has to book an appointment online from the official Passport Seva website followed by a payment.

      23 February 2018

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