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Renew Indian Passport more than an year before Expiration

My passport expires after 18 more months, but I need to get a new one since I'm going for Visa stamping shortly and US Authorities wouldn't issue Visa/i94 beyond Passport Expiry date! I will lose at least 10 months of stay in USA if I can't renew my passport before I go for stamping.

From Indian Consulate website, I see that passports can be renewed when there is ONLY 1 year left for expiration (so if this is the case I can't renew it now, but only after 6 more months, but that would be after my L1 Visa stamping!). Does anyone know how to handle this situation? Would a cover letter to Consular General, explaining my situation, work? Has anyone experienced this situation in the past? Appreciate any help.

    • GurukulGalaxy

      By GurukulGalaxy

      indian passport officials allow renewal only if the expiry date is less than 12 months.

      • GurukulGalaxy

        By GurukulGalaxy

        Following is the suggestion I got from attorney: "PLEASE NOTE: Your passport will expire in 2012. If your H-1B is approved for the full 3-years requested, you must also have more than 3 years on your passport. The Consulate and/or the officer at the airport may cut the validity of your H-1B visa and/or status based on your passport validity dates. Therefore, please renew your passport at this time. You should have a new passport in time for your visa appointment at the US Consulate. Once you receive your new passport, please upload a copy for our records."

        • GurukulGalaxy

          By GurukulGalaxy

          American consulate requires that the passport be valid for at least 6 months when you go for stamping

          • GurukulGalaxy

            By GurukulGalaxy

            You can re-issues the passport if Students going for higher studies abroad upto 2 years from expiry of Passport.

             

            Reference - http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/ApplicationformInstructionBooklet-V3.0.pdf