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VRviki     08/14/2019 09:59 AM
 


Hello Everyone ,

I submitted my passport renewal normal process with spouse name addition and change of appearance.It took me only 5 days in CKGS NYC.

5-Aug: I went and submitted the application in person to CKGS center NY.I booked 9 am appointment and i was the second person in the hall...The token should be taken once you enter the office on the left side black machine.they will call you by token number. Submitting it was over within 10 minutes I came out but 9:15am

5-Aug: your Application is now ‘Under Process’ at CKGS
6-Aug: Your Application has been ‘Processed’ at the CKGS Application Center and 'In Transit' to the Consulate for decision making
6-Aug: Your Application is ‘Under Process’ at the Consulate.
8-Aug: Your Application has left the Consulate and is ‘In Transit’ to the CKGS Application Center
8-Aug: Your application with your Passport has 'Returned' to the CKGS application Center and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.
8-Aug: Your Passport has been picked up by FedEx
9-Aug: Passport was delivered by the evening.

Attach all the documents in the checklist given to you the CKGS website and self attest whichever is necessary.

Docs for adding spouse name:
applicant self attested copy of marriage certificate.
applicant self attested copy of spouse passport copy.(not necessarily mentioned but it is better to add it)

TD bank will Notarize for free.They are available even weekends which was helpful for my case.

all the best for your passport process.
good luck

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maheshkha     08/07/2019 01:03 AM
 


Hello Everyone,

My passport renewal at San Francisco in 10 days.

Aug 05, 2019 - Passport picked up by FedEx.
Aug 05, 2019 - Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.
Aug 05, 2019 - Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Jul 25, 2019 - Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.
Jul 25, 2019 - Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.
Jul 24, 2019 - Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.
Jul 23, 2019 - Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
Jul 23, 2019 - Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Thanks

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ravindsm     07/24/2019 19:31 PM
 


Hello:

I'm having a tough time with renewing my passport. I applied for a renewal of my Indian passport. I got married to my US citizen wife in the past year and have a marriage-based greencard. In my application, I am required to add my wife's name as a result.

Context: My wife has changed her last name to match mine since the wedding.

In my application forms (both CGKS and the NRI online form), I have put her new name (the name that is also on all formal documents now). In our marriage certificate of course, we have her old name (since she changed it later).

I anticipated the documents CKGS would require and supplied both the marriage certificate AND the government certified Change of Name form showing both her old and new names. For good measure, I also included a letter explaining what these documents were for.

Today I received a notice saying my application is rejected since "Spouse name on NRI Application form does not match spouse name in previous passport OR marriage certificate." What? I've provided the only documentation I can possibly provide showing that her name on the certificate changed after the marriage.

They are sending the documents back without letting me explain anything. Did they even see that Change of Name document? I don't know.

What should I do? Can I have them hold onto the documents? Will they charge me again for another round of applications? I can only provide the same documents next time.

Can I go to San Francisco and do this in person instead of by mail?

I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you.

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koti782     07/22/2019 15:15 PM
 


Hello Everyone,

I have applied for passport renewal (Normal Process) with Change of Appearance/Signature on 07/15/2019 and received a new passport today. It took a total of 7 days to receive the passport in hand if it wasn't for week-end in between it would have been 5 days only. I followed the document checklist on CKGS portal and made sure everything was in place as per the specifications provided and shipped it through UPS.

Below is my timeline for passport renewal.

Jul 22, 2019 - Passport delivered by UPS.

Jul 19, 2019 - Passport picked up by UPS.

Jul 19, 2019 - Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application center and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Jul 19, 2019 - Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
 
Jul 17, 2019 - Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Jul 17, 2019 - Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Jul 16, 2019 - Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Jul 16, 2019 - 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.

Jul 16, 2019 - Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

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

Overall, It was a pleasant experience and I was surprised that the process completed in 7 days and passport was delivered to me.

Thanks!

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Kiwi111     07/15/2019 15:32 PM
 


Hello,

My mother’s date of birth is incorrect in her passport. When I compare it with my date of birth it’s only 12yrs gap but that’s not true. I realized this when I was filling DS-160.

There are only 2 options to correct it. 1. Get DOB certificate and 2. Cancel passport in the Court with correct evidence. She doesn’t have date of birth certificate and now we can’t get it because she is 50+. I spoke with few lawyers in HYD but they said they can’t do it.

Should I apply for visiting visa ? Any suggestions ?

I’m married and my husband has a GC. Will she get the visiting visa without any issues if my husband?

Thanks in advance.

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bob24     06/25/2019 23:59 PM
 


Passport renewal at Washington DC took 8 calendar days

Jun 11, 2019 Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.
Jun 11, 2019 Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
Jun 12, 2019 Application is 'In Transit' to the Embassy.
Jun 18, 2019 Application 'Reviewed' by Embassy and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Jun 18, 2019 Passport picked up by FedEx
Jun 19, 2019 Passport delivered

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gautam_0     06/12/2019 00:17 AM
 


Hi
I think the upgrade process is probably complete. I received the renewed passport in 7 days.
The timeline is as follows :
May 22nd - docs deemed incomplete as GC/DL are not self attested (not specified as per checklist, but apparently, even though these are notarized, these need to be self-attested.)
May 28th - replacement documents received by CKGS
May 29, 2019 - Wednesday 11:16 amApplication is 'Under Process' at Embassy for decision making.
May 29, 2019 - Wednesday 10:12 am Application is 'In Transit' to the Embassy.
May 29, 2019 - Wednesday 09:13 am Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.
Jun 10, 2019 - Monday 12:47 pm Application 'Reviewed' by Embassy and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Jun 10, 2019 - Monday 12:53 pm Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.
Jun 10, 2019 - Monday 03:01 pm Passport picked up by UPS. Your AWB Number is xxx
Jun 11, 2019 : Tuesday 4:30 pm - passport delivered.

Same dateline sequence for wife's passport as well.
Considering that June 5th the Embassy was closed, this was completed in 8 working days.

No follow up emails etc were needed.

Best of luck to all of you with your application

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gravi2     06/11/2019 04:17 AM
 


Hey guys:
         I am applying for my wife's passport renewal in SF consulate. We have a approved Tatkal email and preparing the document/packet to send to CKGS. I have few questions if anyone has recent experience with tatkal in SF:

1. We are travelling to India in 25 days, hence the tatkal request was approved. What is the current tatkal processing times? Anyone has recent experience to share?

2. We are adding husband's name on the passport. We did check with the CKGS call center that this was a allowed request for tatkal, but again if anyone has recent experience to share?

3. If the application is rejected, I assume they return all the documents back to you? I am thinking worst case if its rejected, we can atleast get the returned passport in time, travel to india and then deal with the renewal when we return back. ( She has 6+ months valid passport at present)

4. Change of appearance. There is not much change in appearance, but ofcourse the usual aging. I assume we can click yes for change in appearance and hopefully no issues with tatkal?

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Bhu$han     06/03/2019 15:35 PM
 


Hello everyone,

It took just shy of 4 weeks for me to process the passport renewal at DC. I was given the reason of system upgrade at DC for extended process time (normally 1 to 3 weeks). I did followup with CKGS every week and Indian Embassy (passport services) on completions of 3 weeks for the updates. I do believe following up with passport services did help to expedite my application. Good luck everyone who's planning to apply at DC.

Here's the timeline:
Jun 03, 2019 – Monday 03:13 pm
Passport picked up by UPS. Your AWB Number is XXXX. To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of UPS and enter your AWB Number.

Jun 03, 2019 – Monday 11:05 AM
Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application center and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Jun 03, 2019 – Monday 10:32 AM
Application 'Reviewed' by Embassy and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

May 08, 2019 – Wednesday 11:23 AM
Application is 'Under Process' at Embassy for decision making.

May 08, 2019 – Wednesday 10:04 AM
Application is 'In Transit' to the Embassy.

May 08, 2019 – Wednesday 09:45 AM
Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

May 07, 2019 – Tuesday 01:27 PM
Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
The Embassy may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

May 06, 2019 – Monday 11:01 AM
Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Thanks!

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Pratik007     05/29/2019 14:31 PM
 


Hi Friends,

Would like to share my Passport Renewal experience which I did recently via SFO consulate and which may benefit others. The process was very smooth and expedite and completed within two weeks.

I processed my passport on May 17th 2019 and got the confirmation of Dispatch delivery notice on May 29th 2019

[ May 29, 2019 - Wednesday ]

01:55 pm Passport picked up by UPS.

Your AWB Number is XXXXXXXXXXXX

To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of UPS and enter your AWB Number.

[ May 29, 2019 - Wednesday ]

01:50 pm Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application center and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

[ May 29, 2019 - Wednesday ]

01:49 pm Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Center.
 
Please continue tracking your application status online.

[ May 20, 2019 - Monday ]

01:37 pm Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

[ May 20, 2019 - Monday ]

12:22 pm Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

[ May 17, 2019 - Friday ]

08:07 pm Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

[ May 17, 2019 - Friday ]

06:56 pm 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.

[ May 17, 2019 - Friday ]

01:50 pm Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

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

Thanks!!!

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