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Five Day Appointment Window for citizen's convenience

1. The applicants for passport related services have to fill-up their personal particulars online, pay requisite fee and schedule appointment through Passport Seva system before they physically visit a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for further processing of their application. Currently, the appointment is assigned by the Passport Seva system based on its availability and on First-In-First-Out (FIFO) basis.

2.To further facilitate the applicants, the Ministry has implemented a solution, whereby applicants can book their appointment as per their choice. The new provision would allow applicants to choose any appointment date from the earliest five available dates (working days), while scheduling /rescheduling an appointment for Passport related services.

3.To avail the facility, applicants may fill-up their personal particulars online and click on Pay and Schedule Appointment link. After the selection of payment mode either through debit/credit card/netbanking or through challan mode, an applicants will be redirected to Appointment screen. They may choose any of their preferred PSK under the jurisdiction of the respective Regional Passport Office (RPO). At the next step, an applicant will be redirected to Pay and Book Appointment Screen allowing them to choose a date from the displayed Calendar.

The Calendar will highlight latest five days available for the selected PSK as depicted below:
Pay&book

New Delhi
25 January 2016

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Ministry of External Affairs further liberalizes Police Verification procedure for passport issuance and launches a Mobile App to cut delays in submission of Police Verification Report

1. Police Verification (PV) has been an integral part of Passport issuance process since its inception. The modalities of police verification have undergone various changes from time to time, whereas the principles have remained the same i.e., ascertaining the applicant's identity, citizenship and absence of criminal antecedents. Under the Passport Seva Project, the Ministry of External Affairs has streamlined Police Verification System for passport issuance by digitally integrating 685 of 731 Police Districts in the country. This has led to overall reduction in the number of days taken to complete police verification process to 34 days in 2015, as against 42 days in 2014 and 49 days in 2013.

2. In order to further improve and liberalize Police Verification procedure for passport issuance, the Government has decided that henceforth normal passport applications of all first time applicants furnishing Aadhaar, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card and an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I will be processed on Post-Police Verification basis, enabling faster issue of passport, without payment of any additional fees, subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar number. In addition, EPIC and PAN card may also be validated, if required, from the respective databases.

3. In addition to the above, Ministry has also launched mPassport Police App for speedy submission of Police Verification Report(PVR). The App would facilitate the field level verification officers to directly capture the PV report into the system digitally. With the launch of this App, the need to download and print the physical Personal Particulars Form and questionnaire would no longer be required resulting in paperless end-to-end digital flow of the PV process, further reducing the time required for completion of PVR, within the desired time limit of 21 days.

4. The issuance of passports and travel documents is the most visible citizen-centric service rendered by the Ministry of External Affairs. During the year 2015, 1.20 crore passport and related services were rendered by Passport Offices in India and the Indian Missions/Posts abroad. There is an increase of 21% over 2014 in the number of services rendered. As on 31st December 2015, approximately 6.33 crores Indians held valid passports.
 

New Delhi
25 January 2016

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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) and the projects that are available for contributions by Overseas Indians.

Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs chaired the 5th Board meeting of IDF-OI on 5.12.2015 in her capacity as Chairperson of the organization. The attached press release may be referred for details.
 

The link to IDF-OI on Facebook page- www.facebook.com/idfoi . Indian community members are invited to connect with IDF-OI.

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5th Session of India- Norway Joint Commission Meeting November 02, 2015

1. His Excellency, Mr. Borge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway is leading a delegation of senior officials to India from 2 - 3 November 2015.

2. While in Delhi, on 2 November 2015, he called on the Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley and co-chaired, with External Affairs Minister, Shrimati Sushma Swaraj (EAM), 5th session of the India-Norway Joint Commission Meeting (JCM).

3. H.E.Mr.Brende is proceeding to Mumbai on 3rd November 2015, where he is scheduled to meet Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Governor, Reserve Bank of India, to inaugurate the reopened Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai and to address two business seminars on Ocean Technology and on Marine Resources.

4. During the JCM, all the issues of bilateral cooperation and of regional and global interest were discussed. Progress of work under the eight Joint Working Groups under JCM (on Marine Resources, Maritime Affairs, Hydrocarbons, Environment, Science and Technology, Education, Culture and Local Governance) as also additional subjects (defence, polar research, biotechnology, health, renewable energy, hydro power, water, visas) was reviewed. A plan of action to further strengthen ongoing cooperation and add new contents in the months ahead was decided upon.

5. EAM sought Norway's continued support for India's aspirations to become member of MTCR and NSG and for Permanent Membership of UNSC and H.E. Mr. Brende reiterated India could count on Norway's support.

6. During discussions, both sides agreed that there is dynamism and energy in Norway-India trade and investment relations though a lot yet remains to be achieved. EAM pointed out that India has a vision of development of India over the next decade wherein India would like Norway to engage in the creation of the next generation infrastructure including ports, roads an railways, establishment of smart cities, revival of heritage cities, rejuvenation of our river Ganga and other rivers, development of hydro-power and cooperation in clean technologies. India and Norway have active cooperation in fisheries / marine resources covering such diverse fields as Krill Fishing, Trout Farming, Marine Cage Culture, and Mapping of Stocks. One of the objectives of the joint effort is to make shipbuilding and shipping more efficient and environmentally friendly. Environmental cooperation has progressed well during the last few years, through a number of interesting projects, including on biodiversity, cement, energy, climate change, air pollution, mercury contamination and forestry. Bilateral collaboration in education spans joint research and higher education at post graduate level in diverse fields including energy, climate change, ocean and arctic/polar research, public health, and information security; urban planning and development; environment; biotechnology and the medical sciences; marine sciences; innovation and geo-hazards.. Close to 2000 Norwegians have made use of the facility of e-Tourist Visa operationalized for Norway since November 2014.

7. While welcoming the dynamism and energy of Norway-India relations, India and Norway decided to give further fillip and launch a Dialogue on Trade and Investment under the aegis of the JCM.

8. The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on India's neighbourhood, refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East Peace Process, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, WTO, Climate Change and other issues of mutual interest.

- Embassy of India, Oslo
November 02, 2015

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Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway to India
November 01, 2015
His Excellency Mr. Borge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, is leading a delegation of senior officials to India for the India- Norway Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) scheduled to be held on 02 November 2015 in New Delhi.

During the JCM, 5th in series, H.E. Mr Brende and External Affairs Minister of India will discuss a variety of bilateral issues including trade, investment, infrastructure, renewable energy, skill development, fisheries, maritime matters, hydrocarbons, education, culture, health. Regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest too are on the agenda of discussions.

India and Norway enjoy close and friendly relations marked by high-level visits, commercial exchanges and people-to-people contacts. The State visit of Rashtrapatiiji to Norway in October 2014 was a milestone which has helped in giving further momentum to our bilateral relationship.

The forthcoming Joint Commission Meeting is expected to take our multifaceted bilateral relations to new heights.

The Norwegian Foreign Minister will also be visiting Mumbai where the Consulate General of Norway would be re-opened on 03 November, 2015.

New Delhi, November 01, 2015

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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

 

Fourth Meeting of the Board of Trustees India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians - 23 May 2015

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Ministry of TourismGovernment of India

Press Release

Union Home Minister & Tourism Minister launch landmark Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization Scheme

Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, along with Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture, Civil Aviation, today launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization(ETA) Scheme.

The TVoA enabled with ETA Scheme will facilitate nationals of 43 countries to travel to India for tourism for a short stay of 30 days. The countries are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua & New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea (i.e. South Korea), Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam and Vanuatu.

The TVoA enabled with ETA would enable the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online. Once approved, the applicant will receive an email authorising him/her to travel to India and he/she can travel with a print out of this authorization. On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country

Union Home Minister stated : There is a great potential for promoting the Tourism Industry in the country. Our Govt. has decided that the existing manual system for processing Visa on Arrival has to be changed to IT based and now Electronic Travel Authorization is available for 43 countries in 72 hours. This is a big facility.
He assured that MHA will create a framework to ensure safety & security of tourists in India.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism & Culture, Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said This is a dream cum true for the entire Tourism Industry of India and is bound to positively impact the economy of the country . Our objective is to boost tourism to our countryand implementation of TVoA enabled with ETA will send a clear and powerful message that India is serious in making travel to the country easy

The Union Tourism Minister thanked all concerned, including officials from Ministry of Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration ,Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Informatics Center, Airports Authority of India and private Airport Operators for their whole hearted cooperation in making this happen.

This facility is available to Foreigners whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight- seeing, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc. and not valid for any other purpose/activities. This will allow entry into India within 30 days from the date of approval of ETA. and will be Valid for 30 days stay in India from the date of arrival in India. The TVoAenabled with ETA cannot be availed more than twice in a calendar year. The facility will be available at 9 International airports in the country namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Goa.

The facility will encourage people to travel with short-term planning, take via routes while travelling to other countries and bring family members while on business visits.

The information and instructions for the TVoA enabled with ETA is available on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/Visa_VOA/tvoa.html

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Updated : 25.05.2015

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