Handwritten Passport


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I have an interview scheduled at the consulate in Mumbai on Dec 8 for H1B renewal.


I will be leaving for India on Dec 4.


My passport is hand written (not machine readable) issued in Houston in 2006 and is valid till September 2016.  I was planning on renewing my passport after I come back in Jan 2016.


I just learned about this rule regarding the hand written passports being phased out starting November 25, 2015.


Will the US Consulate refuse to grant me a visa because of my hand written passport?  Will I have to get a new machine readable passport before I can appear for the interview?


There is only less than two weeks left and I don't even have time to get a new passport now! Also, it looks like the "tatkal" service for getting expedited passport at Indian Consulate in NYC is not an option for me since my last passport was issued in 2006 in Houston!

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