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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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abhijeetg     05/28/2019 15:45 PM
 


Hi all,

I had applied for renewing my Indian passport from Indian Embassy in San Francisco earlier this month. I have been checking CKGS website for tracking and it has been over 2 weeks now that I haven't heard anything since it went under processing at consulate.

I remember reading about some delays in processing passport renewals at SF consulate. I was wondering if that is still an issue today. Anybody else in the same boat? I also have two emails to reach out to if I do not see any updates by next week.

Here is my timeline:
May 10, 2019 - Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.
May 10, 2019 - Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.
May 09, 2019 - Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.
May 09, 2019 - Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
May 09, 2019 - Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Thanks in advance.

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nnsa     05/28/2019 13:44 PM
 


Hi all, I am in the processing of applying for renewing my Indian passport from Indian Embassy in Houston. I hold one old original passport, along with the current passport which is getting expired this oct 2019. My question: Do we have to mail my old original passport which was expired along with my current original passport which will be expiring this oct 19? or just mail my current original pp?Also how many photos should we send ( one to paste on application form) and the rest must be just put in envelope or stapled somewhere?Do we also have to mail doc checklist, if so where can i print it? I cant figure out the Nationality Verification form. I plan to only mail, my US residence notary, US visa notary, original pp, photocopy of 1st 5 and last 2 pages of current pp, aplication form. Is there anything else missing?

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namitha.hadimani     05/18/2019 15:24 PM
 


Hi all,
        I wish to share my experience with the passport renewal at newyork consulate. It took me a week to fill all the details in the application and collecting all the required documents. I was reading delays up to 4 to 6 weeks to get the renewal done. BINGO i received my passport within 12 days, which included 2 weekends.

May 3rd: Dropped at FedEx office by 4pm.
May 6th: Package received by CKGS by 3.15.pm but not verified.
May 7th: Application processed at CKGS center (11am)& in transit to consulate for
               decision making.
May 8th: Application is under process at the consulate (11.27am).
May 9th: Application is still under process at consulate.
May10th: Application has left the consulate and in transit to CKGS application
                Center( 4.56pm).
May 10th: Application with your passport has returned to CKGS application center
                 & is at the sorting facility for delivery(4.59pm).
May 13th: Passport has been picked up by Fedex.
May 14th: New Passport with old one was delivered at door step.


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passhelp     05/16/2019 13:57 PM
 


At the outset let me state that it was smooth, quick. I had been reading delays of 4-6+ weeks but nothing here.

It took just 2 weeks to renew passport once reached at Embassy - DC. Though there was a initial delay of a week at CKGS as the photo was rejected and I had to send those.

All together in less than 4 weeks, I had sent a mail to Embassy - DC to expedite since it is for minor and that's the only ID proof available while living in US.

The response came to my e-mail in 15 mins after sending it with the exact delivery date for the passport and I indeed received a day before it was committed.

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JosephTheDreamer     05/15/2019 11:54 AM
 


Hello All,

Praise God! Shalom!

I thought of writing this experience regarding the Indian Passport Renewal at New York Consulate.

The process went very smooth. It took just 9 days for the overall process and to receive the Passport in hand.

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May 06, 2019 Monday 5:10 pm - Posted it at Fedex Office

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May 07, 2019 - Tuesday 04:28 pm
Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'

********************************************************

May 08, 2019 - Wednesday 09:21 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.

********************************************************
May 08, 2019 - Wednesday 02:05 pm
Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

********************************************************
May 09, 2019 - Thursday 09:48 am
Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

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May 09, 2019 - Thursday 10:50 am
Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Please continue tracking your application status online.

********************************************************

May 13, 2019 - Monday 03:59 pm
Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
 
Please continue tracking your application status online.

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May 13, 2019 - Monday 04:00 pm
Passport ‘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.

********************************************************
May 14, 2019 - Tuesday 03:09 pm
Passport picked up by FedEx.

Your AWB Number is YYYYYYYYYYY

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

May 15, 2019 - Wednesday 11:21 am

Delivered the old and new passport at the door by Fedex

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Few lessons learned:
1. Forgot to print the shipping label when we reached the Fedex Office for posting. Then came back and printed the shipping label from the ckgs site.

2. For log in to check the status at https://passport.in.ckgs.us/myaccount, it is best to use Firefox browser.
Chrome and IE was having problems and it was not allowing to log in.

3. Credentials for log in to CKGS site was Reference Number from India Gov site, Passport num and Date of Birth.

Hope your processing also be fast and smooth.

Have a Good Day ahead!.

Thanks,
JosephTheDreamer


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p_haze     05/10/2019 00:14 AM
 


Passport received at CKGS- April 5
In-transit to consulate - April 8
In-transit to CKGS - April 11
Dispatched - April 12
Received April 13

Services: Passport renewal, jumbo booklet, name correction (separation of first and last name)

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Kumar2#     05/06/2019 00:27 AM
 


Hi,

I have submitted my application on 04/25 and received my passport on 05/06. Was thinking it will take at least a month. Impressed!


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