I have a question for someone who's gone through the process of applying for an Indian visa via an American-based consulate. Or, perhaps, for anyone who can understand this paragraph better than I can.
From the Chicago Indian consulate:
Receipt and Delivery of Passports:
BY MAIL: Depending on the seasonal rush, applications received by express mail will take up to three days to process. Passports sent through certified mail may take at least 2 weeks to be received back. Certified mail enquiries may be made only after 2 weeks from the date of mailing. Following additional return mail charges should be sent for return of serviced passports.
i) For certified mail $ 5.00 for one passport and US $ 1.00 for each additional passport. ii) For Express mail - $ 15.00 for one passport and US $ 1.00 for each additional passport.
Note: 1. Payment of return mailing charges through Credit Card is not acceptable.
Note: 2. Applicants may also send a self-addressed pre-paid return envelope with the application instead of mailing charges.
Does this mean that I should take my precious passport, wrap it up in an express mail envelope along with the visa application, on the understanding that they'll mail it back to me?
I have no problem doing that, if this is, in fact, what the paragraph means -- I just want to make sure that they're not meaning I should send a photocopy or anything like that.
Thanks in advance. ^__^