Emergency Certificate Emergency Certificate

Emergency Certificate

Please send a prepaid return envelope of USD 20.00 along with your application

Walk-in consular services discontinued


It is mandatory for the applicants of Emergency Certificate (EC) to apply in person at the Consulate.  The applications are accepted on working days only.

How to Apply


The Emergency Certificate (EC) is issued primarily with the objective to facilitate the applicant’s return to India in an emergency situation.  The EC is a one-way travel document which is issued in the following cases: (a) validity of Indian passport has expired and the applicant has no valid and legal visa status in USA; (b)Passport is lost/stolen/damaged/misplaced and not traceable and the applicant is no valid and legal visa status in USA and has to return to India on emergency grounds; and (c) the applicant is under orders of deportation by US authorities and does not have travel document to go back to India. In such cases, request for grant of EC is forwarded through US ICE only.


Documents Required: (i) Duly signed and passport size photo affixed application formdownloaded after filling-up online at the portal:https://portal4.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html bullet.Please register through “Register” link, log-in through “User Login” link and apply for Emergency Certificate; (ii) Filled-in Personal Particulars Form bullet with a passport size photograph affixed; (iii) Original and a photocopy of the Indian passport (if passport available); (iii) Photocopy of the passport (if passport lost); (iv) Self attested copy of the residence proof [US Driving License, Utility Bill (Gas, Electricity, Water or Landline Telephone), Lease Agreement, State Identification Card, and Mortgage Deed].  If the applicant doesn’t have any of these documents, he may submit anotarized copy of any of these documents of a person with whom he is staying and also a letter from that person stating the duration for which the individual is staying with him; (v) Two passport size photographs; (vi) Self attested copy of the police report in case of loss/stolen/misplaced passport. The police reportmust have name of the applicantand a reference to the loss of passport. 


Fee:  A non-refundable consular fee of US$ 15 and US$ 2 towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF).  The fees may be paid in cash or by money orders/cashier’scheques drawn in favour of the Consulate General of India. 

If paid by money orders/cheques, the payment for consular fee and ICWF fee should be made by separate money orders/cashier’s cheques.

Note: Personal cheques, credit cards, debit cards, etc are not accepted.


Processing Time: EC will be issued on confirmation of Indian nationality and passport particulars. If this is confirmed at the level of the Consulate, EC would be issued within 7 working days and in case of extreme emergency, it can be issued earlier.  If the Indian nationality and the passport particulars of the applicant could not be confirmed at the level of the Consulate, the case would be referred to the concerned authorities in India and EC would be issued only after receiving confirmation/clearance from them.