6. SUBMISSION OF PASSPORT:
The Haj Applicants will be required to submit their passport in following two Groups:
A) GROUP ONE:
(a) the States of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tripura and West Bengal; and
(b) Persons applying under 70+ age category (age 70+ with Companion)
shall submit downloaded copy of online HAF along with original passport and one photograph attached to the back of passport with adhesive tape.
Submission of original passport along with HAF does not guarantee selection. If the number of applicants are found to be more than the Haj quota earmarked for a State/UT, the selection of the pilgrims will be done through Qurrah (draw of lots).
(B) GROUP TWO:
All selected applicants other than those mentioned under Group One above, shall submit downloaded copy of online HAF along with a self-attested copy of passport. The provisionally selected pilgrims have to submit their original passport and one photograph attached to the back of passport with adhesive tape, within one week after Qurrah to their respective SHCs. Failure to submit the passport by the specified date will lead to cancellation of the provisional selection.
(C) Extended date for submission of passport:
In the following cases, the extended last date for receipt of original passport in the office of HCoI shall be 15th Shawwal, 1444 (H) on specific request of the applicants of either Group One or Group Two below:
(a) Non-resident Indians (NRI);
(b) Frequent flyers;
(c) Umrah Pilgrims;
(e) persons visiting foreign countries on medical grounds, family visits etc.
The intending pilgrims may apply for late submission of Passport in writing mentioning reasons thereto along-with documentary proof including self-attested copies of passport, working/residence Visa, Employment letter etc. It may be noted that such extension will be permitted only to the individual concerned and not to his co-applicants. It may be noted that Haj Visas will be obtained only after receiving passports of all applicants of a Cover.
NOTE: It may be noted that there shall be no extension in the last date for payments of Haj amounts.
(D) Non–returning of Passports before Haj:
As a general rule, passport once submitted to HCoI is returned to selected pilgrims at their respective Embarkation Point before boarding the Haj flights. In any case, since Haj Visa is endorsed on the passport, the same can be returned to the pilgrim only at the Embarkation Points or on cancellation of Haj Visa.