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Globalisation has opened up many career options. The number of Indian students on foreign shores is increasing by the day. Keeping this trend in mind, the government has started issuing special student passports. The application procedure and processing time for these are the same as for a regular passport.

If you are planning to go abroad to study, read on to find out how you can get a passport with ease.

(Read more: Passport FAQs and queries)

Step 1: Application

  • Register on the Passport Seva portal. (Click on Register Nowlink on the Home Page).
  • You will get a log in ID and password.
  • Log in and choose the applicable options (e.g. Fresh or Reissue).
  • Fill in the required fields of the form with care and submit.
  • Pay the fees and schedule an appointment on the Passport Seva portal. To do this, click on the Pay and Schedule Appointment link within the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ sections.
  • Click on thePrint Application Receipt’. The receipt contains your application reference number (ARN) or appointment number. It also mentions the time and date of your appointment.

(Read more: Form submission at district passport cell)

Step 2: Appointment

  • Go to the PSK where the appointment has been booked.
  • Remember to carry the originals of the documents that you provided for your application. To be on the safe side, carry some self-attested copies as well.
  • Carry a copy of the online payment receipt as well. An SMS receipt will do as well.
  • Head to the pre-verification counter to collect your token.
  • When it is your turn (as per the token), go to Counter A to submit your documents.
  • Following this, you will be called to Counter B. Here a verification officer will verify the documents and details you have submitted.
  • Finally, a granting officer will review your application and decide whether or not to grant your application. Upon approving your application, the granting officer will send a request for police verification of your case.

 

(Read more: How to cancel or reschedule passport appointment online)

 

Once your police verification report comes in and it is clear, the authorities issue your passport. It gets printed, laminated, and finally dispatched to your address. The whole process takes anywhere between 25 and 30 days under the normal mode.

(Read more: How to get passport in 7 days)

Documents required for student passport

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Address proof:
    Any one of the following would work:
  • Aadhaar card
  • Electricity bill
  • Water bill
  • Telephone bill (landline or post-paid mobile)
  • Proof of gas connection
  • Voter ID
  • Income tax assessment order
  • Registered rent agreement
  • Photo passbook of bank account
  • Proof of date of birth:
    You will have to submit any one of the following:
  • Birth certificate issued by a municipal body.
  • Secondary school-leaving certificate or a certificate issued from a recognised board.

In addition to the above, you will have to provide these documents as well:

  • Student ID card
  • Bona fide certificate (study certificate) issued by the college
  • A certificate or letter stating that original educational certificates are not available
  • Photocopies of certificates attested by the head of the institution.

(Read more: Documents required for background verification for GEP)

Student passport for minors

Anyone below 18 years of age must keep the following information in mind when submitting a passport application:

  • It is assumed that the consent of both parents is available unless specified.
  • The present address proof document in the name of the parents is accepted.
  • You should carry both original and self-attested copies of parents’ passport to the PSK, if the parents have passports.
  • Documents can be attested by parents.
  • The minor applicant is entitled to Non-ECR (emigration check not required) status until he/she turns 18.

(Read more: Minor passport)

Student passport fee

The base cost is Rs 1,000 for a fresh passport. This is applicable to fresh passport applications under the normal scheme for minors.

The cost increases based on certain factors:

  • Applicant’s age is 18 years and above
  • Application is under the Tatkaal scheme
  • Applicant is seeking a passport valid for 10 years
  • Applicant is seeking a 60-page booklet (applicable to passports with 10-year validity)
  • Applicant is seeking reissue of a passport that is lost or damaged but has not yet expired

(Read more: Passport fee calculator)

Summing up

The government has launched a new initiative in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Aptly named ‘Student Connect’, it is aimed at creating more awareness among students about the passport application process.

So, take the first step towards fulfilling your dream. Apply for a passport today and work towards fulfilling your dream to earn a degree abroad.

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