Indian passport applications to be filled online
05 Oct 2017
All applications for a new Indian passport in Qatar will have to be filled online starting from September 15, the Indian embassy has said. Informing this, the embassy has issued a communique on its website that explains the steps involved in applying for a new passport.
To begin, applicants have to visit the online passport application page at http://passport.gov.in/nri/Online.do, where the registration form will appear on the screen. It has three major sections: Online Registration, Application Information and Address Details.
In the Online Registration Section, one has to select the Indian mission that applies to his or her jurisdiction from the drop-down menu, select the desired service (fresh passport, re-issue of passport, new passport in lieu of damaged/lost passport, passport for children up to 15 years of age and emergency certificate), and provide details pertaining to the applicant's name, including any change in name.
In the Application Information section, the applicant needs to enter details under 10 heads, including date of birth, place of birth, qualification, profession, height and others.
In the address details section, one needs to enter the permanent address in India that is to be printed on the passport.
After entering all the details, one should click on `Save and Continue'. This will direct the applicant to the next page.
The second page contains three sections. Under Address Details, one needs to enter his/her Qatar address in the "Other address" field, along with phone numbers and email ID in appropriate places designated on the form.
In the Applicant's Family Information section, one has to enter details such as marital status, name of spouse, nationality of spouse, and various details pertaining to the applicant's parents.
Then comes the Passport Details section, where one needs to provide information on the his/her previous passport.
After filling all the fields, one needs to ensure that all the information provided is correct and then click on "Save and Continue".
This will take the applicant to the third page, where two options are provided on uploading an image. Once the appropriate option is chosen and the "Save and Continue" button is selected, s/he will be directed to the next page.
In the fourth page, one should note down the file number given there for future reference. This may be required for reprinting the application. The applicant will get two options: generate PDF and click for exit.
By clicking on the generate PDF button, the applicant can save the PDF format of the application and take a copy whenever a printer is available. By selecting click for exit, the applicant can exit the last page of the passport portal and the first page will open.
The embassy said that while filling an application, one would normally a get a three-page printout of the application filled online. The circular also specifies various key aspects that people need to keep in mind while applying for a passport, including specimen signatures/thumb impressions, specifications regarding photographs, applications for minors, particulars of the person (including address) who is to be intimated in the event of the holder's death or accident, and details of the driving licence issued by the Qatari authorities.
Some other details are to be filled manually, which include educational qualification, residential details abroad, emigration, profession, citizenship, name and address of two relatives, court cases - if any, lost passport details - if any, and particulars of children.
One has to visit the embassy after completing the remaining columns of the printed application form along with the fee and necessary documents supporting the application.
The circular on the new online application rules is available at http://www.indianembassyqatar.gov.in/NRISEP17.pdf