Being an Indian expat living in Abu Dhabi, UAE demands the utilization of the Indian Passport and Visa representation available in the region. You don’t necessarily need to visit the Embassy of India in UAE to execute Indian passport and visa related services. These services are covered by an entity known as BLS International.
BLS International Services Ltd. is an exclusive trusted partner to the Embassy of India / Consulate General of India, UAE which manages the administrative functions of the Visa and Passport applications. Their offices are located across all the 7 emirates of the UAE. Their Call Center Number is +9714-3875777.
I recently had a very good experience utilizing the passport renewal services at BLS International where I submitted an application for the following passport related services for myself:
- Change in surname
- Addition of spouse name
- Change in the address
I am happy to report that the process was seamless and the staff at BLS International was kind and supportive. Always happy to experience services where you get the feeling of “yes, these people know what they are doing”.
Booking of Appointment
Appointments can be booked online via https://blsindiavisa-uae.com/ or by calling their Call Center Number +9714-3875777.
The requirement of documentation varies based on the service that is intended to be performed. For example, for change in address specified in the passport, either of the following original documents are needed: Aadhaar Card, Indian National Voter’s ID or Indian Driving License. More information on Aadhaar Card (Unique Identification for Indian Citizens) is available at https://uidai.gov.in/.
Detailed list of requirements per service can be viewed at:
- https://blsindiavisa-uae.com/passport/passport-requirements-eoi.php – For Abu Dhabi and Al Ain residents.
- https://blsindiavisa-uae.com/passport/passport-requirement-cgi.php – For Dubai and Northern Emirates residents.
The guidelines for the various categories of Passport, Visa, photograph specifications, requisite documents, etc required for making an application and the fee structure for each type are available on the BLS website.
Remember to check the latest version of the documentation that are needed as the list of documentation are subject to change.
Application Processing Time
This is a million dollar question for which the usual answer is “Processing Time of Passport Applications and Visa Applications are decided by The Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi /Consulate General of India, Dubai.”
From my recent experience, I was lucky enough to have my Passport renewal completed within 5 working days, for which I remain grateful to Consulate of India and BLS.
Applications after their submissions can be tracked online at Indian government’s formal portal:
Location of BLS Offices
As mentioned earlier in the article, offices of BLS are located all across UAE.
The Premium Lounges which boasts value added services along with the comfort of skipping queue and documents pre-screening services, are available only in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
More details on the Premium Lounge are available at https://blsindiavisa-uae.com/passport/passport-premium-l-services.php.