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suryarao.r     01/09/2019 14:10 PM

I have submitted my child passport along with completed CKGS application, it is currently on HOLD due to Incomplete documents. They are asking for BOTH of the parents receipt notice. I got charged lot of money for calling CKGS but they keep on giving different answers. Currently I have only my H1B receipt notice. Requested USCIS for my wife's receipt notice copy. They said they will send it, waiting for the document, once received will send those documents to CKGS for processing, very frustrating.
Does any one know:

1. Do we need to submit receipt notice of both parents?

2. I have completed 'Affidavit for No Status Form' form as per CKGS checklist and provided the USCIS receipt number in the box and mentioned the reason as
I could not apply for renewal / reissue of my passport in time due to H1B extension application is pending with USCIS for more than seven months. Does it look good?

3. Do I need to go physically to Indian consulate at Houston to get this process completed quickly?

4. Is physically going to consulate at Houston is mandatory for all pending at USCIS cases?

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ashish200721     01/07/2019 00:10 AM

I have applied for a fresh passport for my new born baby through CKGS Washington DC. I have submitted my application and since Dec 17, 2018 it is pending at embassy. I am not sure how much time will it take?

I contact CKGS regarding this and they said that now it would be a sole discretion of embassy. I tried to reach the number provided and no one picked up so far I tried for 7-8 times. Also, I have emailed them (4 Jan 2019) to get the answer. I haven't received any reply yet.

"On Passport and Miscellaneous Services
Telephone: (202) 939 9880
Email: cons1.washington[at]mea.gov.in"

Is any one in the same boat or received any reply from Washington DC ?


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ak12345     01/04/2019 16:30 PM

My Passport has been under processing at the SF consulate since 5th Dec and I finally received it today.

Sharing my experience hoping it would help people that have immediate travel plans to India but are still waiting for their passports:

Called CKGS post the 3 weeks timeline on Dec 28th and was told that the embassy is facing technical issues and no passports would be issued until Jan7th. Was ready to withdraw my passport as I have travel plans for next week and as a last resort I had called up the emergency line at the SFO consulate and told them my situation. They asked me to send an email to [email protected] describing the situation and they immediately responded saying that my passport would be dispatched the same day. They dispatched it the same day and I received my passport in 2 days. Kudos to the people at the SF consulate.

My Recommendation:
If it's already been 20 working days since your passport reached the consulate and you have a travel emergency, please send an email or call the consulate. If the regular line doesn't work please call the emergency line. They are very helpful.

Don't waste your time reaching out to CKGS as they just give you standard responses which are of no help and also rip you off by charging you when you call them.

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siang     12/29/2018 20:30 PM

Submitted passport for renewal on Dec 3 and received by the embassy on Dec 4th. It has been more than 4 weeks and the application is still in process. Any other folks waiting for more than 4 weeks to renew their passport?

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pct     12/17/2018 18:38 PM

Applied for passport renewal on 1st December 2018. Documents received on 3rd December
Status online shows its with embassy and no update after 3rd December.Sent email regarding the status but did not receive any response.
Only change is addition of spouse name. Is anyone here on same boat ?? Any one else applied same time ?

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rg31     12/14/2018 13:45 PM

Hi, had anyone applied for an Indian Passport renewal with a Cr (Conditional Resident 6) category? I have a GC through a US citizen but not sure what to enter under Do you have IR-6 Visa Category? My category is not IR6 but I am married to a US citizen.

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manikandanp29     12/07/2018 22:51 PM

I applied for passport renewal and it reached embassy on Nov 20. I have travel plans to India on Dec 20 and I just got a reply from CKGS that processing of renewal might take more time because of a system upgrade.

is there a way to get back the old passport and stop the renewal process? There are couple of months remaining in my passport and I can use that to travel. Thanks.

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bvsuri1986     12/03/2018 15:57 PM

Finally today on Dec 3rd , passport is received. My case was there with Embassy from Oct 29th till Nov 29th. I have sent emails to Embassy describing the emergency of travel. So whoever is waiting still long can send email to embassy and then can push your case .

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victor2610     12/03/2018 09:28 AM

I applied Passport renewal in Chicago on Nov 13, 2018 in person and received passport in 15 days.

• Nov 28, 2018 - Wednesday
05:13 pmPassport picked up by UPS.

Your AWB Number is XYYYYYYY

To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of UPS and enter your AWB Number.
• Nov 28, 2018 - Wednesday
02:54 pmPassport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 28, 2018 - Wednesday
02:53 pmApplication 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 14, 2018 - Wednesday
10:22 amApplication is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 14, 2018 - Wednesday
10:00 amApplication is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 13, 2018 - Tuesday
01:05 pmApplication is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 13, 2018 - Tuesday
11:50 am Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.

The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
• Nov 13, 2018 - Tuesday
11:50 am Application ‘Received’ and ‘Verified’. Processing of your application will continue.

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DesiIndian     11/29/2018 18:09 PM

Can we walk-in the Consulate to get advising about the pending case

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