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PUBLIC NOTICE - Phasing out of Non-Machine Readable Passports /  Restrictions on Tourist Visa Re-entry within 2 months lifted.



Since Passport, Visa, OCI, PIO and Renunciation services have been outsourced to BLS  International Services Ltd., all information on this may be seen at http://www.blsindia-usa.com/ and all enquiries on this should only be made at :

For Passport 
BLS International ServicesLtd.
28 West 30th Street, Suite 202, New York, NY10001   
Call Center No.: +1-773-358-1742 
E-mail: enquiry.ny@blsindia-usa.com

For Visa, OCI, PIO and Renunciation 
BLS International ServicesLtd.
13 East, 37th Street, Between 5th and Madison Avenue, 6th Floor, NY 10016   
Call Center No.: +1-773-358-1742 
Email: enquiry.ny@blsinidia-usa.com


Consulate General of India provides following emergency services directly :

Visas for Diplomatic/ Official Passport/ Laissez-Passers holders

Applicants should fill in the application form online (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/) and approach the Consulate with the completed application along with the Note Verbale, ID, passport/ laissez passer and two photos. The visa is gratis and issued the same day. Kindly check the Consulate working hours.

Emergency Visa

Emergency Tourist Visa for short term period is provided to naturalised US citizens of Indian descent only to facilitate visits to India due to unfortunate incidents of loss of life, accident or serious illness of parents, children and nearest relatives.

Applicants should fill in the application form  online  , (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/) as prescribed for the Tourist Visa and approach the Consulate in-person with the completed application, all necessary supporting documents including the evidence of emergency and visa fees (US$163). Working hours for Emergency Visa: All working days (9.00 am – 12 noon) and also on Saturday (11.00 am – 1.00 pm). The service is rendered the same day.

Documents essential for grant of short-term  Tourist visa in Emergency

  • Online visa application form, duly filled.(http://visa.blsindia-usa.com/)
  • One color (2x2) inch photograph.
  • Proof of Address (Recent utility bill, driving license).
  • Documented proof of emergency such as death or medical certificate.
  • A confirmed printed flight ticket.
  • Visa fees, in cash.

In case of Previous Indian citizen

  • Renunciation of Indian citizenship/Surrender of Indian Passport or last held Indian passport in original. (http://visa.blsindia-usa.com/surrender.php)
  • Copy of naturalization certificate or old US passport (in case of loss naturalization certificate)

If the applicant is minor following documents are required:

  • Both parent notarized signature on form .
  • Copies of parents passport.
  • Copies of birth certificate.

Emergency Certificate

An Emergency Certificate (one-way travel document), which authorizes an Indian citizen to enter India, is issued to individuals who have lost their passports or their passports have been stolen or damaged and to whom new passports cannot be issued without approval from India. This document is issued primarily with the objective of ensuring the applicant’s return to India in an emergency.

Applicants should fill in the application form online (https://passport.gov.in/nri/OnlineRegistration.jsp?pocode=) as prescribed for the issue of a new passport and approach the Consulate in-person with the completed application, all necessary supporting documents and fees (US$18). The service is rendered the same day subject to the nationality verification. Kindly check the Consulate working hours.

Address: Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street
(Between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY 10065.

Working hours: 0900 hours to 1730 hours (Monday to Friday)
Telephone Numbers: (212) 774-0600
Fax Number: (212) 861-3788
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