About Us FAQs

What passport services does the Consulate offer?

Consulate accepts applications for Fresh issue as well as Re-issue of passports.

How do I submit the application?

After filling and submitting the form online (https://passport.gov.in/nri/), applicant needs to submit the hard copy of form with photo, supporting documents and fee.

Where do I submit the application?

Applications are accepted only through BLS. Applicant has to submit hard copy of application with all relevant documents at the nearest BLS center. BLS also accepts applications through post.

Can I submit application at the Consulate in person?

No. Applications are accepted only through BLS.

Can I collect passport directly from Consulate?

No. Passports are dispatched to the applicant’s address as given in application form through post only.

I am a resident of a place outside Toronto. Can I submit my passport application at CGI, Toronto?

CGI, Toronto accepts applications only of people living in its Consular Jurisdiction (Consulate General of India, Toronto, Canada : Consular jurisdiction (cgitoronto.gov.in))

What is the processing time for issuance of passports?

Normal category: 4 weeks

TATKAL category: 5 business days

Note this time does not include postage/shipping delays.

What is the validity of a passport?

Adults: 10 years

Minors: 5 years

I am a minor between the age 15-18 years. Can I get a passport with 10 year validity?

Yes. Minors between 15-18 years of age can obtain passport of 10 years if they pay fee as applicable for adult applicants.

What is the size of a passport booklet?

Normal passport booklet has 36 pages. Jumbo booklet with 60 pages can be obtained by paying extra applicable fee.

Can I apply for fresh passport under TATKAL category?

No. You can only apply for renewal of passport under TATKAL category.

Who can/cannot apply under TATKAL category for renewal of passport?

The following cases are not eligible to apply for TATKAL passports:

1. Lost/Damaged passports

2. Implied status or status expired (PR/Work Permit/Study Permit/Visitor Permit)

3. For changes in personal particulars (including addition/deletion of spouse's name or parents' name)

4. Change in Name/Signature/appearance/sex/date of birth/place of birth

5. Renewal of short validity passport

6. If the applicant is adopted

7. Minors whose parents are separated/divorced.

 

Where I would get Personal Particulars form/affidavit form?

It is available under FORMS on home page.

What additional documents are required in case the applicant is a minor?

Annexure D signed by both parents. (Note- In case the minor is in the custody of a single parent/guardian; Annexure C along with proof of the guardianship should be submitted. Eg. Court order etc.),

And,

Copy of passports of both the parents or guardian. (Note - In case the minor is in the custody of a single parent/guardian only his/her passport copy is required),

And,

Address ID proof of either of the parents or guardian. (Note - In case the minor is in the custody of a single parent/guardian only his/her address ID copy is required)

What additional documents are required in case the applicant’s previous passport has been lost?

Annexure F along with the Police Report clearly mentioning the lost passport details are mandatory.

What additional documents are required in case the applicant’s previous passport is damaged?

Duly filled and signed Annexure F.

Who is eligible to apply for a name change in Passport?

This facility is available only for applicants residing in Canada continuously for over 3 years and having Permanent Resident, Work Permit or Study Permit. Applicants on Visitor permit can not apply for name change in passport.

What documents are required in case the applicant wishes to change his/her name on Passport?

Clippings of two prominent newspapers (One in India and one in Canada) and at least two Canadian documents as ID proof of the new name of the applicant,

OR,

Clippings of two prominent newspapers (One in India and one in Canada) and at least two Indian documents as ID proof of the new name of the applicant,

OR,

Clippings of two prominent newspapers (One in India and one in Canada) and publication of the change of name in the Gazette Notification of India.

NOTE: FOR CHANGE OF SURNAME DUE TO MARRIAGE / REMARRIAGE / DIVORCE: ONLY SELF-DECLARATION ON PLAIN PAPER IS REQUIRED.

I wish to split my name into First and Surname. Do I need any documents to support this change?

No. For splitting name into first and surname, no additional proof is required.

My permit/PR has expired. What documents do I need for Passport renewal?

  1. You will need to apply for extension of permit/PR with CIC/IRCC. Once CIC accepts your application for extension you will receive a letter/email from CIC telling you that the application is under process. Applicant is required to submit this letter/email along with passport application and the expired permit or PR. NOTE: In case of PR extension, applicant needs to submit landing paper too.
  2. If you have received a COPR, then submit COPR with the landing paper.

Can I apply for permit extension with CIC without a valid passport?

Yes CIC accepts permit extension application without valid passport. Please contact CIC regarding this. (Once the application has been accepted by CIC, they will demand for a valid passport to continue the process)

I have a PR card. DO I also need to submit landing paper with passport application?

Yes. If you are a PR in Canada, landing paper is required mandatorily with the application.

I have a valid CoPR, do I need to submit landing paper as well?

Yes. Landing paper is required unless the immigration category is mentioned on the COPR document.

I have lost my landing paper, what should I do?

You will need to submit copy of an old Visitor or Study permit. Work permits are not allowed. If you do not possess old Visitor or Study permit, you need to apply for reissuance of landing paper first with Canadian authorities and submit a new landing paper.

My status/permit is expired but I have applied for permit on spousal grounds. What documents do I need to submit as proof of my status along with passport renewal application?

You need:

  1. Communication from CIC that you have qualified for/application has been accepted for residency/permit under spousal grounds (names of your spouse and yourself should be mentioned).
  2.  (a) if spouse is Indian National: Copy of spouse's passport and Copy of spouse's permit (PR with landing paper/visa); OR, (b) if the spouse is Canadian National: Copy of Canadian passport and old Indian passport.

Can I submit only my Indian or Canadian address in the application form?

No. You need to submit one Canadian and one Indian address in the form with relevant proof. You can choose any of the addresses to be printed on your passport.

What are the specifications of the photograph?

Photo specifications

Can Indian nationals who had been issued Passports with 20 (twenty) years validity also apply for a new Passport?

Yes. It is in the interest of the applicant to get a new 10 year Passport as the Government of India has dispensed with the issue of 20 years Passport as per the extant rules.

Do photocopies of original documents need to be attested?

Yes. All original documents must be accompanied by self-attested photocopies. These documents should be presented for scrutiny at the time of submission of application.

Can I send my Passport application through a travel agent?

No. Consulate has not authorized any agent. Application is to be submitted at the BLS Passport Service Counter or the Consulate by the applicant personally or through a close family member bearing an authorization letter from the applicant. Travel Agents/Agents/Solicitors are not permitted to submit applications on behalf of applicants. Please report to the Consulate if anyone claims to provide such services.

Where can I find more information about passport issuance and application procedure?

Please our website (Consulate General of India, Toronto, Canada : General Information (cgitoronto.gov.in)) or,

BLS website (Indian VISA Requirements | Online Tourist Visa for India from Canada (blsindia-canada.com)) or,

BLS helpline: +1-416 307 2237