Emergency Certificate (EC) Consular Services

Emergency Certificate (EC)

An Emergency Certificate (EC) is a one-way travel document which is issued in following cases:

     (a) validity of Indian passport has expired and applicant has no valid and legal visa status to live in USA.

     (b) Applicant is under orders of deportation by US authorities and does not have travel document to go back to India.

     (c) Passport of the applicant is lost/stolen/damaged/misplaced and not traceable. Also applicant is without valid visa status in USA and has to return to India on emergency grounds.

EC is issued primarily with the objective to ensure applicant’s return to India in an emergency situation. Decision of Consular Officer will be final in connection with issuance of EC.

Documents Required: Applicant must submit following documents along with the application form:

          (I) Fill in EC form (Click here)

          (ii) Nationality Verification Form (Click here)

          (iii) Original and one photocopy of the Indian passport (in case passport available).

         (iv) Copy of police report in case of lost/stolen/misplaced (The police report must have name of the applicant (s) and a reference of loss of passport)

          (v) One self attested copy of the residence proof (Driving License/Utility Bill/Lease Agreement/Mortgage Deed.

        (vi) Three recent passport size photographs (one affixed on application and Nationality Verification from and two enclosed with application).

Fee: A non-refundable fee of US$ 17/- (Cash only)

Processing Time: Grant of EC is dependent on confirmation of passport particulars and Indian nationality of the applicant. If both things are confirmed at the level of Consulate, EC would be issued within 1 working days or in case of extreme emergency it can be issued same day. However, in case passport particulars and Indian nationality of the applicant is not confirmed at the level of Consulate, matter would be referred to concerned authorities in India and EC would be issued only after receiving confirmation/clearance from India.