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PASSPORT AND POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

The Ministry of external affairs, Government of India has initiated integration of Passport services at all Indian Embassies and Consulates across the globe, as part of worldwide implementation of Passport Seva Project, and the Global Passport Seva Program (GPSP) has been rolled out for the Indian citizens living in Kuwait.
The new GPSP system helps in easy and convenient application submission process. It also ushers in standardisation, digital overhauling, end-to-end status tracking, enhances security and makes Passport services more accessible and user friendly.
With effect from January 11, 2022, the Embassy of India, Kuwait has outsourced its Passport, Indian Visa and Consular attestation services through open bidding process to M/s. BLS International Services.
All applications for Passport, Indian Visa and Consular Attestation are accepted and delivered only at the three Indian Consular Application Centers (ICACs), operated by M/s. BLS International Services, the Outsourcing Service Provider of the Embassy. The address, contact details and timings of the three Centers are as given below:

ADDRESS AND TIMINGS OF INDIAN CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTERS, INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, KUWAIT BLS

  1. BLS CENTER, KUWAIT CITY

3rd Floor, Jawahara Tower, Ali Al-Salem Street, Kuwait City.

Saturday to Thursday
8.00 A.M. to 12.00 NOON (Issuance of last token - 11.30P.M.)
&
4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M. (Issuance of last token - 7.15 P.M.)

Friday
4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M.
(Issuance of last token - 7.15 P.M.)

Documents for Attestation deposited at the Center from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. will be returned to the applicants
the same day evening between 6-8 P.M.
Documents deposited after 10.00 A.M. will be returned the next working day between 6-8 P.M.

2. BLS CENTER, FAHAHEEL

Al Anoud Shopping Complex, M floor, Mekka Street, Fahaheel, Kuwait.

Saturday to Thursday
8.00A.M. to 6P.M.   (Issuance of last token - 5.15 P.M.)

(Friday closed)

Documents for Attestation deposited at the Center from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. will be returned to the applicants
the same day evening between 5.30-6 P.M.
Documents deposited after 10.00 A.M. will be returned the next working day between 5.30-6 P.M.

3. BLS CENTER, Jleeb Al Shuwaikh

Olive Supermarket Building, MFloor, Jleeb Al Shuwaikh, Kuwait.

Saturday to Thursday
8.00 A.M. to 6P.M.  (Issuance of last token - 5.15P.M.)

(Friday closed)

Documents for Attestation deposited at the Center from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. will be returned to the applicants
 the same day evening between 5.30-6 P.M.
Documents deposited after 10.00 A.M. will be returned the next working day between 5.30-6 P.M.

Requests for same day attestation in emergency cases will be decided by the Embassy on a case-to-case basis, depending on the nature of emergency.

BLS Helpline numbers: +965-22211228 (Phone);
+965-65506360 (Whatsapp - Text only)
Website :  https://www.blsindiakuwait.com
Email : Info.indkwi@blsinternational.com

General Guidelines:
i)   Applicants for Passport, Indian Visa and Consular Attestation services have to visit one of the BLS Outsourcing Centers in person for submission of application.

ii) The Applicant must produce Passport, Civil ID and other related documents in original for verification.

iii) All applications must be accompanied with a self-attested (signature and date) photocopy of the prescribed pages of the Passport (first/photo page, last page and the page containing valid visa), valid Civil ID/residence page of the Passport and other relevant documents.

iv) Additional documents might be required for verification, depending upon the documents submitted.

v) The scale of fee for various Passport related services and all kinds of miscellaneous services based on Passport are prescribed/revised by the Government of India from time to time and are subject to change. Please note that all fees mentioned on the website are excluding ICWF charges.

vi) Delivery of the serviced document would be done, preferably, to the applicant himself/herself or to the person authorized by the applicant in writing, on production of official receipt issued at the time of submission of the application.

vii) Photography/Videography/Recording with any type of Camera/Mobile phone is prohibited inside the premises of the Embassy and inside the CPV Outsourcing centers. All these office spaces are monitored on CCTV cameras and suitable action shall be initiated against violators of these norms.

viii) If applicants have any grievance/suggestions regarding the service/amenities at the Outsourcing Center please use the Feedback Forms available at the Outsourcing Center (in Hindi, English and other Indian Languages) to convey the same to the Embassy. Completed Feedback Forms may be deposited in the Feedback Boxes provided by the Embassy at the Outsourcing Centers.

 

PASSPORTS
All Passport applications should be submitted in person at one of the BLS Outsourcing Centers, to enable physical identification of the applicant, for physical verification of supporting documents, and for appending/affixing signature/thumb impression on the completed application form before final submission. Even minor children (except newly born babies) are required to be present at the Center at the time of submission of application.
In view of the Government of Kuwait stipulation that a minimum one year plus validity of Passport is mandatory for affixing/renewal of residency (Iqama) in Kuwait, Passports may be renewed up to 18 months before its expiry without assigning any special reason. Passport renewal applications shall be accepted even before this period, for valid reasons to be given in writing, e.g. Exhaustion of pages due to frequent travels, Change/correction in personal particulars, Splitting name in to Given Name and Surname where the Surname column is blank in the current Passport, Change in marital status, Change in appearance/signature, Minor/major damage (explanation in Annexure-F required), or Loss of valid Passport (Lost Report from local Police authorities and explanation in Annexure-F required).
An ordinary Passport is valid for ten years from the date of issue. However, the Passport Issuing Authority (PIA) can issue Passport even for a shorter duration. Minor children are issued Passports for 5 years or up to the date of attaining 18 years, whichever is earlier.
The Embassy reserves the right to summon additional documents from the applicant, if needed, for verification during application processing.

Police Verification:
Passport applicants may kindly note that the prior police verification (Pre - PV) in India is mandatory in cases where clear verification is not available in the previous Passport data (in other cases also Embassy may initiate Police Verification after issue of the Passport). Time taken for verification by State Police authorities differ from State to State. Since State Police Authorities in India are authorized up to 30 days for completing verification, applicants are advised to make provision for a minimum of 45 days for application processing, which involves Document and Data Verification, Granting, Police Verification, Printing, Lamination and Despatch of Passports. In cases where prior police verification (Pre-PV) is not required, application processing will be completed in the Embassy and Passport dispatched to the applicant within 5-7 working days. Cases where incomplete application, incorrect details, photographs not as per prescribed format, signature mismatch, lack of supporting documents, absence of prescribed Annexures/Declarations etc, are noticed at the time of processing, applicants will be required to visit the Embassy/BLS Outsourcing Center to complete the documentation, and this period will be added to the processing time.
Jumbo Passport Booklets with 60 pages:
Applicants who are required to undertake frequent travel abroad and therefore anticipate exhaustion of pages before expiry of normal validity of the Passport, may apply for a Jumbo booklet containing 60 pages by paying total Passport fee of 31.00 KD. All documentation and procedure for Jumbo booklets remain the same as that for a Normal booklet (except the enhanced fee).

Tatkaal Category Passport:
Application for urgent issue of Passports under Tatkaal Category, without prior police verification (Pre-PV) should be accompanied by an undertaking in the prescribed format detailing the reason/s of urgency, copy of two photo Identification documents in India in the present address and additional fee of KD 46.000 (in addition to the normal fee as applicable for the specific category). Approval for Tatkaal category service will be granted by the Embassy for applicants meeting the eligibility criteria, based on previous Passport data, supporting documents and relevant guidelines in this regard. Please note that only a Short validity Passport (up to two years validity) may be granted in cases where clear police verification is not available in the previous Passport data of the applicant. Once an application is accepted under Tatkaal Category with additional fee, the Passport will be despatched within 3 working days. 
Residency Requirement:

Applicants who do not have valid residency in Kuwait as on the date of application [entry visa, residency expired/not renewed, visit visa (if Passport is Lost or Damaged)] shall be issued only a Short Validity Passport of maximum 2 years period, subject to all other usual checks and procedure.

If the residency is due to expire or expiry of residency is anticipated during the application processing/police verification, such applicants are advised to approach the Kuwait Government Authorities concerned for temporary extension of residency (up to 3 months) before submission of Passport renewal application.

Procedure for Passport Application:

All applications are required to be completed online, either at :
(A) One of the BLS Outsourcing Centers (online Form Filling at BLS Centers for an approved fee of 0.300 fils – optional service);
OR
(B) By the applicants themselves.
If the applications are filled online by the applicants themselves, the following Procedure applies:
(i)  One time registration at https://portal5.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html   (Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates) and create a USER ID.
(ii) Login using the newly created USER ID and fill in the user-friendly application form online at the same portal. 

(iii) After submitting the form online, take a print out of the application.

(iv) Affix a photo in the prescribed format at the designated place. (Photos can also be taken at BLS Outsourcing Centers for an approved fee of 0.300 fils - optional service)
Photo Requirements:The photograph should be in colour and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm) and the digital size of file should not exceed 100 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB. Minimum resolution of the file should be 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) and maximum 1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height). Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit and DPI range should be between 200 and 300. The photo print should be clear and with a continuous tone quality. It should have full face, front view, eyes open. Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin. Center head within frame. The background should be  plain white or off white. There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons. Even when applicant use head coverings in such cases, the facial features from top of forehead to bottom of chin and both edges of the face including eyebrows must be clearly visible in the Photograph. The expression on the face should look natural.
Print photo on thin photo paper or stock. Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous tone quality. Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.

Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turn (portrait style). Photo must show both edges of the face clearly. The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames. Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head. No tinted or dark glasses.

(v) Signatures/Thumb impression are required to be affixed only before the Submission Officer at BLS Outsourcing Center. The signature of the applicant should exactly fit in the prescribed column (35mm x 45mm). All signatures in the application form should be done with ballpoint pen of black or blue ink. Those who are unable to affix their signature like infants, minor childrens or illiterate applicants should affix their thumb impression in the signature column (male applicants should use left hand thumb impression and female applicants should use right hand thumb impression).

Submission of completed application:
Submit a clear print out of the online application, along with required documents [Original Passport of the applicant; Self attested copy of the Passports, Civil ID/Residence Page (of both parents and applicant for minor children), and other requisite documents], mandatory Annexures and prescribed fee at one of the BLS Outsourcing Centers.

All applications should be complete in all respects - all columns should be correctly and legibly filled up, no column should be left blank or unfilled/un-responded or vaguely filled with a dash, tick etc. The applicant should fill the Surname column and the Given Name column correctly.

Present Address: In the Passport Printable Address details (in India) column, please ensure that complete postal address including PIN code is filled correctly. Please note that Police Verification will be got done in this address. Therefore, Address details, Police Station details, Contact Number and Email Address should be mentioned correctly, supported by valid Proof of Address.

 

Important Notice:
It is an offence under the Passport Act 1967 to furnish false information in the application (including  in Date of Birth / Place of Birth / Marital Status and Spouse Name / Educational Qualification , Previous Passport details / Emergency Certificate details, Deportation / Repatriation from Foreign Country,  Ongoing Criminal Case / Proceedings / Warrant / Summons / Conviction by Court ,Impounding / Revocation of Passports / Denial of Passport Services, Acquisition of Foreign Citizenship / Foreign Passports,  Surrender/ Renunciation of Indian Citizenship). Passport facilities would be denied on grounds of suppression of material information, submission of incorrect particulars, willful damage/loss of Passport or for unauthorized change/tampering. The Passport can be Impounded or Revoked for violation of one or more of the provisions of the Passport Act. It is an offence to hold more than one valid Passport at a time.

Tracking Application Status:
Application processing at the Embassy of India involves Document Verification, Previous file/Data check and Granting (maximum up to 4-5 working days), after which Police Verification will be initiated (where necessary) at your Present Address in India.

Please use Application Reference Number (Ex: 22-2000000000) and your Date of Birth to track your application processing status at https://portal5.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html. If the status is shown as Passport Application is Under Review at Indian Embassy”, it indicates that your application is pending with the respective State Police authorities for verification. Verification status can be checked from the police authorities using the ‘File Number (KUxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)’ sent to the email address provided by you in the Passport application, or with old Passport particulars.

Time taken for Police Verification by State Police authorities vary from State to State in India. While it is completed within 5-7 days in some places, it might take up to 30-32 days in other places. After receipt of Clearance from the respective SP Office/Commissioner’s Office, the printing process will begin. After Printing, Lamination and Stamping the new Passport will be handed over (maximum 2-3 working days) to BLS Center for delivery (pick up at the respective Center or despatch by courier, as the case may be).

 

POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (PCC)

A Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is normally issued by the Police Station authorities in the concerned State/UT in India under whose jurisdiction an applicant has resided while in India.
PCC is usually required to be submitted to foreign government authorities for various purposes, e.g: Residency status, Employment, Long term visa, Immigration, Dependent Visa, etc. A PCC from India may be applied for and obtained in the following ways:
(I) Indian Passport holders residing in Kuwait (apply at BLS Outsourcing Centre of the Embassy):
They can apply for a PCC which is to be submitted to Kuwait Government authorities or to other foreign government authorities, based on their valid Passport, by making an online application at any one of the BLS Outsourcing Centres of the Embassy, specifying the Country and purpose for which the PCC is required. After processing of the application in the Embassy (document verification/ passport data verification, etc) Police Verification will be initiated at the applicant’s given address in India. Once clear verification report is received from the local police authority in India, a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) will be printed and dispatched to the applicant. This PCC may then be got attested from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Government of State of Kuwait.

(II)  Obtaining a PCC directly from India:
(A) Indian Passport holders currently residing in India and desirous of travelling to Kuwait may apply for a PCC at the Regional Passport Office (RPO) near their place of stay in India. A PCC will be issued to them after due Police Verification through the concerned Police authorities in the respective State/UT in India. If required, this PCC can be got attested from the Embassy of India Kuwait (an application for this purpose may be submitted at one of the BLS Outsourcing Centres along with the original PCC issued from the RPO and the requisite fee).

 (B) Residents in India (both Indian nationals and foreigners) have the option of obtaining a PCC directly from the Police Station under whose jurisdiction they are currently residing in India.

 Such a PCC issued by the concerned police authorities from the State should be duly attested by the Home Department of the same State (please note that a PCC issued from one state and attested from another State will not be considered as genuine attestation).

Thereafter, it should be attested by the Regional Passport Office (RPO) or from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi or any of the MEA Branch Offices in the concerned State.

This may then be got attested by the Kuwaiti Embassy/ Consulate in India for submitting to MoFA, Kuwait.
(C)  Foreign nationals (including Kuwaiti nationals) who have resided in India in the past  can directly apply for a PCC from the Police authorities of the State/UT where they have resided, through their relatives, friends, or acquaintances in India.
Such a PCC issued by the concerned police authorities from the State should be duly attested by the Home Department of the same State (please note that a PCC issued from one state and attested from another State will not be considered as genuine attestation).

Thereafter, it should be attested by the Regional Passport Office (RPO) or from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi or any of the MEA Branch Offices in the concerned State.

This may then be got attested by the Kuwaiti Embassy/ Consulate in India for submitting to MoFA, Kuwait.

Revised passport fee w.e.f. 1.4.2022 (excluding ICWF charges)

NAME OF THE PASSPORT SERVICE Fee (Kuwaiti Dinar) KD Form Instructions
New Passport for 10 years to Renew/Reissue of Passports for 10 years.

23.000

Online application form Instructions
Tatkaal

69.000

Jumbo Passport (60 pages)

31.000

Tatkaal

76.000

New Passport for Minor below 18 years

16.000

New Passport in Lieu of Damage/Lost Passport

46.000

Online application form Instructions
New Passport(Jumbo) in Lieu of Damage/Lost Passport

54.000

New Passport with any type of change in appearance including Pagadi (Major)

23.000(ORD)

31.000(JUMBO)

Online application form Instructions
Passport for New Born Baby + Birth Cert. + Birth Registration

30.500

Online application form Instructions
New Passport with Change of Name (Minor)

16.000

Online application form Instructions
New Passport with Change of Name ( Adult)

23.000 (ORD)

31.000 (JUMBO)

Online application form Instructions
Miscellaneous Services:
Instructions
     
Change of Address Attach Form 1 along with the respective forms

23.000(ORD)
31.000(JUMBO)

 
Addition of Spouse’s Name
Miscellaneoeous Services
Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)

 

8.000

Click to Download
   
   
   
   
Miscellaneous Certificates based on Passport

8.000

Click to Download Instructions
Application Form for Emergency Certificate

5.000

Online application form Instructions
Click to Download Sample of General Power of Attorney Instructions
  • One signatory
6.250
  • Two signatory
9.500
Attestation of Translation (per page) 3.250 Click to Download
Instructions
Instructions
Attestation of Degree(per page) 3.250 Click to Download
Instructions
Instructions
Attestation of Commercial Documents(per page 15.250 Click to Download
Instructions
Instructions
General Attestation of Documents (per page) 3.250 Click to Download
Instructions
Instructions
Re issue of International  Driving Permit(IDP)    3.250 Click to Download
Form
Instructions
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