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Do I get to keep my old passport?

by Anish
(Niles, IL)

Question: I have an Indian Visa that is valid for 2 more years. They have told me that the visa is valid as long as I carry both my old and new passports to India. I am planning to go to India in December and my passport expires in November. I have to renew my passport but want to save money on the visa.

Answer: That is true for visas to many countries. However, the last word that we have is that the remaining validity of your visa should be transferred to your new passport. The process is the same as if applying for a new visa to India except the cost is less.

The first step is to renew your current passport. It will be returned to you along with the new one. The old, canceled passport will be sent separately from the new passport so they may arrive on different days. The State Department recommends that passport holders apply to renew their passport approximately 9 months before they expire. Since yours expires in November, you are encouraged to submit the application and supporting documents soon.

You can access full instructions and download the application form by clicking the link below.

How to Renew a U.S. Passport

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Old passport never received
by: Heather

Question: I renewed my passport by mail and never received my old one back. How can I get it?

Answer: If it has been more than 10 days since you received your new passport, call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative. If the passport was sent but never arrived, contact the local USPS for assistance.

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