Finally some relief with the Passport Application – 5th visit.

Today was my 5th visit to the Ghaziabad PSK since last July. They finally accepted my application. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed till I actually have the new passport in my hands.

The day was positive – but not without some drama. In my old passport, my father’s name was spelt “Rajeev”. But his name is actually spelt “Rajiv” in all other documents, including in the verification certificate (Annexure F) that I had got made for my passport application. I had to spend some time convincing the head of the passport centre that it is a minor spelling difference. Finally she agreed and let me use the verification certificate with “Rajiv” (though she refused to let me update the spelling in the new passport).

Let’s hope this comes through.

For those looking for guidance on passport application matters, please refer to a series of posts by me (in chronological order). This should give you a fair idea of what to expect.

1. https://insertindian.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/trouble-renewing-passport-last-passport-was-issued-abroad/
2. http://dharmbhai.blogspot.in/2011/08/passport-tatkal-annexure-f-woes-galore.html
3. https://insertindian.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/passport-application-round-2/
4. https://insertindian.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/passport-application-round-3-failed-again-annexure-f-too-old/
5. https://insertindian.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/passport-woes-continue-the-system-really-needs-some-streamlining/

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Passport woes continue – the system really needs some streamlining

Went for the fourth time to the Ghaziabad Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) yesterday. Multiple issues to report.

  1. My wife & I got appointments on different days, even though we booked appointments within a 30-second timeframe.
  2. I tried going into the PSK with my wife on her appointment – but that wasn’t allowed. Fair enough.
  3. The passport website’s document advisor clearly states that a copy of a spouse’s passport is enough address proof. I gave my wife all the following documents, but the PSK folks refused to accept them as valid address proof: My passport’s copy, My bank statement copy, and our marriage certificate. This is clearly in contradiction of what they say on their own website.
  4. On our last visit to the same PSK they had accepted the above documents as proof of address (but had complained about something else, and not accepted our application). They are contradicting what they themselves were willing to accept a few months ago.

Overall I think there’s some scam going on – I just don’t understand what. We even asked them to “recommend” a good passport agent – but they point blank said that applications can’t be made through agents. If any of you have ideas on how to deal with these folks please tell me – I have been struggling now for almost a year!