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d4devendra     01/16/2019 13:02 PM

Just wanted to share experience of Passport Renewal with New York consulate / CKGS center.
I opted for CKGS's Fedex shipping services and sent the current passport to CKGS New York. The passport was received by CKGS on 7-Jan-2019 and I received the new passport back on 16-Jan. Overall it took 8 business days / 10 calendar days. Pretty good turn-around time by CKGS and Indian Consulate in NY.

Below is the timeline, in case anyone is curious.

Jan 15, 2019 - Tuesday09:39 amPassport picked up by FedEx.

Your AWB Number is 7849777XXXXX

To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of FedEx and enter your AWB Number.
Jan 15, 2019 - Tuesday09:26 amPassport ‘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.
Jan 15, 2019 - Tuesday09:25 amApplication 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Please continue tracking your application status online.
Jan 08, 2019 - Tuesday11:07 amApplication is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
Jan 08, 2019 - Tuesday09:45 amApplication is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
Jan 07, 2019 - Monday03:55 pmApplication is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Please continue tracking your application status online.
Jan 07, 2019 - Monday01:35 pmApplication 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.
Jan 07, 2019 - Monday11:58 amApplication ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

You will receive an E-mail advising you of the outcome of the verification process.

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Harika101     01/15/2019 14:32 PM

Hi All,

I have sent my passport for the renewal to SFO Indian embassy on Dec 2,2018. I did not receive any update since then. It’s already been 43 days and still showing under process with CKGS. I emailed to ‘passport.sf@mea.gov.in’ and tried reach the Embassy number (?(415) 668-0662?/ ?(415) 668-0683?) manier times But there is no response to the call and emails.
Is there any process to expedite the process or to reach out to them.

Appreciate your help.

Thank you very much.

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ana123     01/11/2019 15:35 PM


I am posting my recent passport renewal experience at New York Embassy via mail option (normal processing)

December 31, 2018 - CKGS received my package
January 2, 2019 - Sent to Embassy for processing
January 9, 2019 - Got email update saying Embassy has returned my passport to CKGS
January 11 - FedEx delivered my passport to my home address

I found the process pretty straight forward and had no issues. Hope my experience helps to someone.

Also just a note, in case you want to do passport renewal in tatkal, just drop an email to CKGS (details are mentioned on their website , varies for each embassy) before filling out online application, they certainly gets back to you within 4-48 hours with tatkal approval/rejection update.

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ikavithab     01/10/2019 21:23 PM

I have submitted my passport renewal to split my name and the status is under process at embassy from Dec 17th. I did follow up with CKGS today and got reply today that embassy is taking time to review the documents and processing time may differ on case to case basis & also depends on the clearance of the application.

Is any body is in the same situation? Any way to follow up with Consulate via email or any other mode. Request your help on this, thanks.

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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 passport.sf@mea.gov.in 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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