Indian Visa application - dual citizenship, 1 passport expired

#1 Oct 10th, 2012, 00:28
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Hi all, I am in the process of completing the online tourist visa application, and I am unsure what to do about the field asking for additional valid passport / IC details.
I have dual citizenship, but only 1 valid passport (PT), the other passport from my country of birth (US) expired.

I searched around the forum but only discovered two similar threads: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...8/#post1323197
http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-visa-and-passport-questions-f9/visa-application-process-from-australia-t87820/9/

So far I had to fill in the following on the application form:
Country of Birth: US
Nationality: PT
Nationality by birth or naturalisation? Naturalisation
Previous Nationality: US
Then it asks you to provide details for another valid passport, if you have one.

If I leave it blank, will they find it odd that I have dual nationality but dont keep the passport from my country of birth, thereby reducing my chances of having my visa approved?
Maybe I should just renew my passport ASAP. My trip starts end of December and I really want to get this sorted.

I plan to go to the embassy on Thursday, seeing as unfortunately they are closed tomorrow and no one answers the phone or replies to emails. =/ Hoping someone can help in the meantime. Thanks!^^
#2 Oct 10th, 2012, 02:53
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You could give the expired passport number.
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Thanks for your reply! Unfortunately there is a field saying "date of issue" which would be a LONG time ago (it was a 10 year passport). =/
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Another question has occurred to me. Say I go and renew my US passport, and provide these details on the visa application.

Will I have to send in both passports for the application?

And if not, will I be expected to travel with both passports?

In the meantime, if anyone has insider knowledge, or has been in a similar situation, I'd love to hear how it turned out.
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There is no information on http://www.indembassy-lisbon.org, so I am sifting through the vfs and travisa sites. I am also trying to call them, but keep getting disconnected even when calling through voipbuster with an unkown number.

I have not found anything useful for my situation yet, but I will copy the contacts and links below in case it helps any one else.


http://www.vfs-in-au.net/pdf/Tourist..._Checklist.pdf

Condition 2: Are you planning to apply on a Foreign Passport? [Non- Australian Passport]
 For Non Australian Passport holders, Photocopy of Visa Status showing valid visa OR Residency Proof from DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) issued within the last 1 month of the current date stating the type of Residency applied for e.g. Bridging Visa A awaiting Permanent Residency
 EXCEPTION: For example, if you are a DUAL national Australia and UK, and wish to apply on your UK passport, submit a copy of the photo page of your Australian
passport.



Contacts:

Travisa New York: +12127549900 https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/contact-us
VFS UK +442078113976 http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/feedback.html


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Like ncyank said, just put down the passport number, date of issue and expiry date of your US passport, even if it's expired. You won't be asked to show both passports.
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I actually went to to the Indian Embassy in Lisbon this morning. I was left with the impression that the person I spoke to had not encountered this problem before.

- Their #1 advice was "be honest."

- They said not to include the expired passport #, since the form asks for any other valid passport.
- They said they could not give me a firm answer, but that I could either leave it blank, or, if I had any concerns, just go ahead and renew the expired passport, since the visa only takes 4 working days to process and I still have about 10 weeks before my trip.

I have decided to go with the second "better safe than sorry" option. I was going to renew it anyway at some point, so I might as well do it now since it is valid for 10 years.


Thanks for all your replies!
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I have decided to go with the second "better safe than sorry" option. I was going to renew it anyway at some point, so I might as well do it now since it is valid for 10 years.
Let me know how many weeks does US Embassy takes to renew your expired passport. I am just curious, if it is faster outside than in-state.
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I was told 2-3 weeks, since it has to be mailed from the US

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