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dipzy2827

Star Member
Nov 30, 2020
84
17
Toronto CA
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Mississauga
I don't want to mislead--> Please submit what they mention in the BLS checklist (province issued id with address, utility bill).
Bank and credit card, mobile statements are,in general,not accepted by BLS.

If you have issues with submitting local address proof, write to HCI Ottawa (cons.ottawa@mea.gov.in) explaining the situation and see what they say.

I did and got below reply from HCI:
You can retain the existing Address, for 'address to be printed' on the new Passport. You need not to submit any address proof for that.
For other address you can submit your Montreal address. for this you need to submit any of the prescribed address proof.
In case proper address proof is not available and you can submit your application for renewal of Passport, with the available proof of address viz., bank statements, lease paper, etc.
It may happen due to unavailability of proper address proof, you may get a Short Validity Passport (valid for 1-2 years only)."


BLS accepted bank statement but asked for the printout of the HCI email.
I also submitted a covering letter explaining this.

Whether you want to risk getting a 1/2 year passport by submitting bank st is entirely up to you, depending on your situation.
Thanks for the detailed reply :)
 
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pratik2525pratik25

Full Member
Feb 27, 2017
28
1
Hello Everyone,

I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada and needed to renew my passport.

I am seeking for your help for passport renewal at Brampton Location. It would be greatly appreciated, if any useful information will be provided on this thread.

Scenario:

I've already sent an application on 09/01/2021 (Jan. 9th, 2021). Following is my current Status. Its been like this since 9th.

Application Reference Numberxxxxxxxxxxx
Date Of Birthxx/xx/xxxx
Applicant Namexxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx
StatusPassport application form has been submitted.

My questions are :

1. Is it normal ?
2. Do I need to wait for the status to be changed to something ?
3. Should I ignore the status and directly go to the Brampton location and submit my file ?
4. Are walk in open ? Did anybody recently go this location ?
5. Would anybody help me to provide required documents for Passport Renewal which they have brought or submitted by postal services?

If I follow this, https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/general-info-passport/, it is asking for Landing Paper to be submitted with the file too. Is it required or PR card should be enough to provide them proof.

Please help me out, if you have recently done it or have any idea about it.

Thank you.
 

dipzy2827

Star Member
Nov 30, 2020
84
17
Toronto CA
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Mississauga
I don't want to mislead--> Please submit what they mention in the BLS checklist (province issued id with address, utility bill).
Bank and credit card, mobile statements are,in general,not accepted by BLS.

If you have issues with submitting local address proof, write to HCI Ottawa (cons.ottawa@mea.gov.in) explaining the situation and see what they say.

I did and got below reply from HCI:
You can retain the existing Address, for 'address to be printed' on the new Passport. You need not to submit any address proof for that.
For other address you can submit your Montreal address. for this you need to submit any of the prescribed address proof.
In case proper address proof is not available and you can submit your application for renewal of Passport, with the available proof of address viz., bank statements, lease paper, etc.
It may happen due to unavailability of proper address proof, you may get a Short Validity Passport (valid for 1-2 years only)."


BLS accepted bank statement but asked for the printout of the HCI email.
I also submitted a covering letter explaining this.

Whether you want to risk getting a 1/2 year passport by submitting bank st is entirely up to you, depending on your situation.
After 3 days of continuous calling and mailing, today got connected to BLS helpline. They said they will accept letters from CRA as address proof.
 

pitra426

Full Member
Jan 1, 2016
30
3
After 3 days of continuous calling and mailing, today got connected to BLS helpline. They said they will accept letters from CRA as address proof.
Ok, that's good-hope you received that in an email from BLS to avoid any further delays or issues later.
 

Parminder Gill

Star Member
Dec 6, 2019
130
38
Hello
My uncle passport is issued in 1975. . He applied to surrender it now BLS send email to submit handwritten application. Anyone has idea what that means .
 

dipzy2827

Star Member
Nov 30, 2020
84
17
Toronto CA
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Mississauga
Ok, that's good-hope you received that in an email from BLS to avoid any further delays or issues later.
Not really, They told me that over a call. But he said that is acceptable proof. Anyway will try with this now.
 

rshangle

Newbie
Jan 21, 2021
7
0
Hi everyone,

I did a walk-in passport renewal submission to HCI Ottawa through BLS Montreal on 22nd Dec.
Status until 8th Jan: Processing at High Commission
Status on 8th Jan: File number got generated, status changed to 'Passport application under review'

But, I haven't received an email for police verification until today (12th Jan).
Is this normal-is there usually some number of days b/w file number generation and receiving police verification email?

Or, do I have to be concerned and email HCI to check on this?

Thanks for your help.
Hi Pitra426,

Did you finally get the police verification mail? And what does your status show now?
I submitted a postal application via BLS to HCII Ottawa.

My passport renewal timelines-
Postal Application submitted to BLS - 26 Dec
BLS request for additional documents - 29 Dec
Additional documents submitted via email - 1 Jan
Application submitted to HCI Ottawa - 4 Jan
Police Verification Initiation email - 9 Jan (due to change in my permanent/Indian address on passport)
Police Verification completed at my Indian address - 14 Jan

Current Status-
passport.gov.in - Application is under review at embassy/consulate
BLS - Processing at High Commission

Thanks in advance.
 
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pitra426

Full Member
Jan 1, 2016
30
3
Hi Pitra426,

Did you finally get the police verification mail? And what does your status show now?
I submitted a postal application via BLS to HCII Ottawa.

My passport renewal timelines-
Postal Application submitted to BLS - 26 Dec
BLS request for additional documents - 29 Dec
Additional documents submitted via email - 1 Jan
Application submitted to HCI Ottawa - 4 Jan
Police Verification Initiation email - 9 Jan (due to change in my permanent/Indian address on passport)
Police Verification completed at my Indian address - 14 Jan

Current Status-
passport.gov.in - Application is under review at embassy/consulate
BLS - Processing at High Commission

Thanks in advance.
Had emailed HCI this Monday-18th Jan to ask about the non-receipt of PV email.

No change until 20th Jan. Now, I've been seeing a series of odd statuses-don't know which one is correct

20-Jan-> Print has been initiated
Same day, 10:20pm, got police verification email (but, no change in address --to be printed on passport)
21-Jan->
Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly.


So, I have no idea whether police verification will still be done and whether above 'printed' status is true.
Do they skip police verification if there is no address change? Any idea?
I am unsure if they just issued 1 or 2Y passport as I submitted Canada bank st. for current proof here despite submitting HCI's own email reply too.


All the while ,BLS tracking status is still 'Processing at HC'.

Thanks,
R
 

nixster

Member
Jan 4, 2021
16
1
Hello Everyone,

I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada and needed to renew my passport.

I am seeking for your help for passport renewal at Brampton Location. It would be greatly appreciated, if any useful information will be provided on this thread.

Scenario:

I've already sent an application on 09/01/2021 (Jan. 9th, 2021). Following is my current Status. Its been like this since 9th.

Application Reference Numberxxxxxxxxxxx
Date Of Birthxx/xx/xxxx
Applicant Namexxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx
StatusPassport application form has been submitted.

My questions are :

1. Is it normal ?
2. Do I need to wait for the status to be changed to something ?
3. Should I ignore the status and directly go to the Brampton location and submit my file ?
4. Are walk in open ? Did anybody recently go this location ?
5. Would anybody help me to provide required documents for Passport Renewal which they have brought or submitted by postal services?

If I follow this, https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/general-info-passport/, it is asking for Landing Paper to be submitted with the file too. Is it required or PR card should be enough to provide them proof.

Please help me out, if you have recently done it or have any idea about it.

Thank you.
Please follow the instructions as per https://www.blsindia-canada.com/ website if you are going to renew at Brampton. BLS centres are currently not taking walk-ins in Ontario due to provincial lockdown, only postal applications can be submitted. Please use the checklist and requirements to submit your application package.

There is useful info on this forum as you go through the previous posts.
 
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dipzy2827

Star Member
Nov 30, 2020
84
17
Toronto CA
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Mississauga
Please follow the instructions as per https://www.blsindia-canada.com/ website if you are going to renew at Brampton. BLS centres are currently not taking walk-ins in Ontario due to provincial lockdown, only postal applications can be submitted. Please use the checklist and requirements to submit your application package.

There is useful info on this forum as you go through the previous posts.
Hello Everyone,

I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada and needed to renew my passport.

I am seeking for your help for passport renewal at Brampton Location. It would be greatly appreciated, if any useful information will be provided on this thread.

Scenario:

I've already sent an application on 09/01/2021 (Jan. 9th, 2021). Following is my current Status. Its been like this since 9th.

Application Reference Numberxxxxxxxxxxx
Date Of Birthxx/xx/xxxx
Applicant Namexxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx
StatusPassport application form has been submitted.

My questions are :

1. Is it normal ?
2. Do I need to wait for the status to be changed to something ?
3. Should I ignore the status and directly go to the Brampton location and submit my file ?
4. Are walk in open ? Did anybody recently go this location ?
5. Would anybody help me to provide required documents for Passport Renewal which they have brought or submitted by postal services?

If I follow this, https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/general-info-passport/, it is asking for Landing Paper to be submitted with the file too. Is it required or PR card should be enough to provide them proof.

Please help me out, if you have recently done it or have any idea about it.

Thank you.
I am gonna send my documents by end of this week to BLS Brampton. I called BLS yesterday for some general questions, Asked about walk-in reopenings and the agent said he don't know about it as of now. While on the call itself he forwarded me the payment links for courier pick-up & drop-off (Purolator).
-Regarding (COPR) landing document, Yes! it's mandatory if your PR card doesn't specify the immigration category. (Issued after 2015 if I am not wrong)
 
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dipzy2827

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Nov 30, 2020
84
17
Toronto CA
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Mississauga
Had emailed HCI this Monday-18th Jan to ask about the non-receipt of PV email.

No change until 20th Jan. Now, I've been seeing a series of odd statuses-don't know which one is correct

20-Jan-> Print has been initiated
Same day, 10:20pm, got police verification email (but, no change in address --to be printed on passport)
21-Jan->
Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly.


So, I have no idea whether police verification will still be done and whether above 'printed' status is true.
Do they skip police verification if there is no address change? Any idea?
I am unsure if they just issued 1 or 2Y passport as I submitted Canada bank st. for current proof here despite submitting HCI's own email reply too.


All the while ,BLS tracking status is still 'Processing at HC'.

Thanks,
R
Hi quick question. Did you submitted personal particular form for passport renewal. I heard that it’s not required anymore for renewal.
 

nixster

Member
Jan 4, 2021
16
1
Had emailed HCI this Monday-18th Jan to ask about the non-receipt of PV email.

No change until 20th Jan. Now, I've been seeing a series of odd statuses-don't know which one is correct

20-Jan-> Print has been initiated
Same day, 10:20pm, got police verification email (but, no change in address --to be printed on passport)
21-Jan->
Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly.


So, I have no idea whether police verification will still be done and whether above 'printed' status is true.
Do they skip police verification if there is no address change? Any idea?
I am unsure if they just issued 1 or 2Y passport as I submitted Canada bank st. for current proof here despite submitting HCI's own email reply too.


All the while ,BLS tracking status is still 'Processing at HC'.

Thanks,
R
Have you received further update on your passport? Has it been dispatched to you?