Getting a passport made in India is the easiest possible thing. Really! And for a new born, even more simple. After all, no police check, no address proof, nothing. All you need is a birth certificate. That's all, right?
My son's passport application is in the works. In order to just complete the application, they require a NOC from me in the form of a sworn affidavit attested by the Indian Embassy in Dubai. In order the apply for the NOC, I needed a bunch of stuff, one of which was that my wife's name has to be attested on my passport. In order to get my wife's name attested on my passport, I needed my marriage certificate to be attested by the Home Department of Maharashtra.
See what I mean!
Anyways, the home department jig is done. Right now, my passport is gone for it's drill. Expecting that on Saturday. Once that is done, then will I finally get my hands on that 'coveted' NOC.
20 days they say for the passport to get delivered. Honestly, I don't trust that number one bit.
Oh, and after the passport is ready, I need to apply for my son's residence visa. But that does not take too long. Couple of days tops.
Guess it is another 4-6 weeks before my wife and son can join me. Alas, the wait continues.
p.s. Did I mention it took 1 month for the birth certificate to be issued? Well, that's another story.
Edited to add:
17-Mar-09: Got my passport yesterday with the endorsement. And this morning, I finally got the sworn affidavit issued by the Indian embassy. Hopefully, the passport application should be submitted today. Fingers 'still' crossed.
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