Complex Visa Extension Question Ahoy!

#1 Oct 27th, 2015, 15:43
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Hi all, I have quite a complex visa situation and can't make it into the FRRO for another week or two to ask directly. Any info would be fantastic in helping me plan.

The situation is thus:

I am a British citizen that has been working here for 3 years now. I am on an employment visa, which is due to expire in March 2016.

However, I travel a lot for work, and have nearly filled my current passport. Replacing your passport in India takes ages thanks to cut-backs at the High Commission, so was planning to do a fast-track replacement when I returned to the UK for Christmas this year.

I am currently on an extension to the original visa. As many of you know, this is a stamp to extend an existing visa and is not a new visa in it's own right. So, my concern is that when I go to the FRRO in March to extend for another year they will say that my original visa is in a clipped, expired passport, and so cannot be extended. They will then say I have to exit the country and apply again from outside. I hope this is not the case, but my gut feeling is that it will be.

Does anyone have any similar experiences - ie extending a visa that is in an old passport? I know that I would then have to carry both if it is possible, but that's still less of a hassle than an extra trip back to the UK. Any info at all would be really appreciated.
#2 Oct 27th, 2015, 17:00
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You could always phone FRRO without revealing sensitive details.
#3 Oct 28th, 2015, 14:37
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Passport renewal and Visa

I am a UK national who has been living and working in New Delhi for over 10 years now.

I renewed my British passport whilst in India at the beginning of January 2014. It took approximately 1 month from start to finish which I thought was very good.

I extended my Employment Visa at the Delhi FRRO in June 2014. I presented both passports (new and old) and my new extension was stamped in my new passport with an observation stamp detailing the change of passport in the front page of the new passport. I also had to pay an extra charge for Change of Passport on top of my Visa Renewal fee. That was all that was required, no other changes.

You will need to carry both passports when travelling as the original Visa will be in the old passport. You will not need to return to the UK to get a new Employment Visa, this you will only have to do when you can no longer extend the original Visa if you stay that long in India.
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#4 Feb 11th, 2016, 18:58
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i had the same experience

I was on an entry visa for a year in Auroville recently, and in the meantime, my passport expired.
Went to french consulate in Pondycherry to ask a new passport. It took me 6 weeks to get the new passport, then I had to go to RRO to register the "change of passport", paid the fees, got a paper (similar to the residential permit, but for "change of passport").
than 3 months later, I had to extend my entry visa. I applied, giving my two passport, the old one were the original visa was, and the new one, where extension stamp was to go. So did they, and I carried the two passport until the whole entry visa expires and I went out of the country. Don't worry.
Any more info, ask me !

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