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What is a passport?
Passport is a travel document issued by the government of a traveler's native or adopted country as proof of citizenship.
What is a visa?
Visas are the permission that are granted by a sovereign nation to a traveller permitting entry into that country for a specific purpose. Most visas are stamped into the traveller's passport.
The most common types of visas are granted for the specific purposes of tourism, conducting business or attending a conference or symposium, establishing temporary or permanent residence, or going to school. A traveller must follow very distinct guidelines and procedures established by each sovereign nation in applying for the appropriate visa category.
Emergency Situation?
All government offices ( Passport office and all Embassies ) are closed on weekends and in the evenings. If you lost your passport or need a new passport, follow our passport instructions and have the all the documents delivered to our Visae Inn office.
If you need an emergency travel visa, gather all the required documents and deliver ( or courier) them to Visae Inn.
What does Visae Inn do?
Visae Inn assists individuals, travel agents, and corporate travel departments, allowing them to meet travel deadlines without worry. We understand the passport process can be confusing, time-consuming, and extremely stressful when your trip is on the line. Visae Inn is not a government agency - but we liaison with the passport office to get passports processed and back to our customers on priority. The government can take 6-10 weeks or more on its own to process a passport.
Why do I need a visa if I already have an Indian passport?
A passport is a proof of citizenship, and permits you to re-enter the after your trip abroad. However, a passport does not automatically permit entry into every country without a visa. Some countries allow Indian passport holders to enter without a visa because of reciprocal visa waivers and long-standing diplomatic relations; many countries do not.
I do not have a passport and need to travel to a foreign country, how quickly can I get a passport?
Visae Inn can help you get your passport quickly. Indian Passport Office will process passport under tatkal scheme for an additional fee. Depending on the agency location, tatkal service is available if the following requirements are substantiated with plane tickets, travel itinerary or proof of confirmed reservations and reason for urgency. Departure is in LESS THAT TEN DAYS; Departure is IN TWO TO THREE WEEKS AND FOREIGN VISAS ARE REQUIRED.
How long is my passport valid?
Unless restricted to a specific validity, most Indian passports issued to adults (over 15 years at the time of issuance) are valid for 10 years. Passports for minors under the age of 15 are valid for only 5 years.
I have run out of blank visa pages on my passport, but it does not expire for another three years, what do I do?
If you are an Indian citizen, submit your passport to the nearest passport office of your jurisdiction as per place of residence for the addition passport booklet, which will be issued by the Indian Passport Office. Call Visae Inn to obtain a list of the required documents and form.

Why must I have a full blank visa page in my passport when I need to get a visa? Why can't a visa be issued on a blank amendment page at the back of my passport?

Most visas are stamped, or affixed, in your passport on the pages specifically marked for them, and countries require that visa stamps be placed on those pages that do not contain any other stamps.
Amendment pages at the back of Indian passports are specifically designated by the Indian Passport office for changes and endorsements to a passport, after initial issuance. Countries generally refuse to recognize the un-ability of an amendment page for visas.

Does a minor need a passport?
Yes, every traveller needs a separate passport. The Indian Government requires a separate passport for each traveller.

The name on my passport does not match the name on my ticket. Will this be a problem?
For many reasons, which include security issues, you may be denied boarding if your travel documents and tickets have different names.

Why do I need a visa for some countries and not others? How do I find out if I need a visa for a specific country?
Most visa requirements are based on treaties of trade and commerce between nations. Still other nations base visa issuance on diplomatic or historical relations. For example, the exemption of citizens of former colonies or dependent territories from visa requirements is fairly common. Please contact Visae Inn office for nationality-specific information. Or, Indian citizens may check our web site at for the particular country information you require.

If a visa is required, do I need to send Visae Inn my actual passport?
Yes, a passport needs to be submitted so the visa may be stamped on one of the blank visa pages.

What is the difference between "single-entry" and "multiple-entry" visas?
Depending on the reciprocal treaties governing visa issuance for each nationality, a visa may allow one entry before its expiration, or it may permit the traveller to enter at various times. A single-entry visa may only be used for one entry for the specific purpose for which it was granted. In general, the number of times that a multiple-entry visa may be used depends upon restrictions of time (expiration date of the visa), the nationality of the traveller, or restrictions placed on the total number of days permitted in country during any year.

Why can't the picture in my passport be used for the visa application?
When photos are required to obtain visas, the photographs must be attached to the visa application forms and submitted to the country issuing the visa. Thus, the photograph in a passport cannot be used for visa applications. Most countries will accept either black and white, or color, passport-type photos taken within the last 3 months; digital photos are not usually accepted. Photographs are sometimes, as in the case of Russian visas, affixed to the actual visa.

Why can't I fax my passport or visa application to you for processing?
For a visa or passport request, most countries require the submission of not only the actual passport, but also original photographs and completed application forms bearing the applicant's original signature, as well as various supporting documents. These requirements, which vary by country to country, are imposed by sovereign nations in consideration of granting a visa to a particular individual for a specific purpose. Thus, faxed documents are not usually accepted.

Does the traveller actually have to sign passport and visa applications?
Yes. The applicant, through signature, is acknowledging that all the information appearing on the application is true and correct, and formally petitioning a sovereign nation for the right to enter that country.

What is the difference between the "Consular Fee" and "Passport Fee," and the "Visae Inn Service Fee"?

"Consular Fees" are fees paid to an embassy/High Commission or Consulate in order to fulfill visa issuance requirements, passport issuance requirements, or document authentication / legalization charges. Most consular fees are reciprocally charged, according to the current treaties of trade and commerce between nations. It is not unusual for consular fees to change, without advance notice, as trade negotiations take place and treaties are amended. If a country arbitrarily changes consular fees, reciprocal action generally will be taken. The "Visae Inn Service Fee" is charged for actions performed by Visae Inn in facilitating the issuance of visas, passports, or other documents and services to successfully fulfill each order. Visae Inn's Service fees are separate from the fees charged by the Indian Passport office, embassy/High Commission or consular offices. The 26-year special working relationships developed by Visae Inn through daily interaction with foreign governments, and the Indian Passport office, allow you to have your own, personal diplomatic representative for a modest charge.

Do I need to expedite my passport through Visae Inn?
You can contact team at Visae Inn who will assist and guide you to fulfill the requirements to get the passport issued on priority basis.

Why does the government quote an outdated, unattainable timeline?
Cynics would say it's arrogance or that the government simply does not want to admit publicly that it takes this long. It is more likely that the increase in processing time over the previous few years has not been properly communicated through government channels. The designers of the website may have been referring to outdated information when building their 'Passport Information' website. The Acceptance Agents, who are only involved at the beginning of the application process, probably just never hear from all the people who miss their scheduled trips because they did not get their passports in time.

Why does it take the government so long?
Well it's not all the government's fault. As recently as 2007, the Indian Passport office processed around 3.5 million passports. This was about the same amount as for each of the previous 20 years. As a result of a strong economy and increases in foreign travel, there was a dramatic increase of passport applications beginning in 1994. Last year, the Indian Passport office issued over 6.5 million new passports. That's quite an increase!

How has the Indian Passport office compensated for the increase in passports?
Well it certainly has not been able to double its staff to handle the additional applications. With all the work done to balance the Indian Budget, no government agency is allowed this type of employee increase. Instead, the Indian Passport office process passport on the priority basis
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