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amungrey     02/02/2015 14:51 PM
 


Hi Guys,

Thank you for all the help and it is good to see some of our virtual friends are getting the PIO's issued. However, my application(PIO-minor) is not moving forward. I had submitted my application on 01/07 and i am still waiting.
CKGS is not updating the details and Consulate doesnt care to respond to my emails or phone calls. We have a itinerary in last week of Feb and i am now worried they might not even issue PIO's.

is anyone else in the same boat as i am in? I have a Visa appointment tomorrow and CKGS call center(the so called supervisor with fake american accent) told me to go and pay for entry Visa(he believes consulate with hold the passport and send back to me with the visa)

Please help as i really dont know what to do!!!


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ananyha     01/31/2015 22:50 PM
 



* My daughter's PIO application reached SFO center on 16, Jan 2015
* 19, Jan 2015 found PIO has been discontinued
* After calling & sending numerous mail - got the passport & document back on 31, Jan 2015
* Have non-refund ticket booked for 22, Apr 2015

1) Any experience on applying OCI card after this PIO - OCI merge
2) Should i apply for OCI or Entry visa ???

Please suggest...

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reach2shaunak     01/31/2015 01:21 AM
 


 
Your application has been collected from the Embassy/Consulate and is being sorted. Your application will be ready for collection from our Application Centre within one business day. 01/27/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 01/02/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is: 01/01/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 01/01/2015

I have been calling those guys for last 3 days. Today evening the guy in call center told me new story . he said my application will be sent back to embassy as those are recalled by embassy. They wont even ask us before sending.

Right now only option for me is to go there :(..

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Rawraw     01/30/2015 20:15 PM
 


Application Status Remarks Date of Status
Your application has been collected from the Embassy/Consulate and is being sorted. Your application will be ready for collection from our Application Centre within one business day. 01/27/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 01/02/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USAS70000315 01/01/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 01/01/2015

They r not sending the application even when courier is paid

I proved it by checklist bY email my receipt number what else now no one knows where the application is

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anee     01/30/2015 16:54 PM
 


Finally the much awaited email of my lifetime !!!!!!!

Dear XYZ,

Your completed application has been recieved from the Indian Embassy/Consulate and is being sorted.
Your application will be ready for collection from our Application Centre on next working day during the collection time specified on our website for your location. Kindly carry your identity proof and copy of payment receipt for collection of documents.

In case you have applied for courier or postal service, we will despatch the same within 24 working hours.

Kindly note the Tracking ID of your application USAXXXXXXXX. You can track your application using this number on our website www.in.ckgs.us.

With Regards,
CKGS Team

But the webpage has not been updated with the status yet.

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rawraw     01/30/2015 13:06 PM
 


https://www.facebook.com/IndiaVisaProblems/posts/1446466998939833

click on this link and escalate - send the emails as directed and talk to the officials. We are stressed out and annihilated by the CKGS and consulate. Don't let your efforts wasted and do something - all you need to do is type!!!!!!!!!!!

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rawraw     01/29/2015 19:06 PM
 


they don't find proof of courier and hence not sending the documents. bull shit - checklist has this and if it was not there why was application processed. Blind, irresponsible shit and delaying things for no reasons shirkers! I re sent the courier proof my email and now it will go to the concern department with another few days delay.

Why couldnt they print it online themselves, why was application processed, why was checklist accepted with check mark (Courier proof was submitted with the documents, why no calls were made when passport was sitting on their desk for 2+ days.

And then that mouth punching answer " please wait for COUPLE of days"

did anyone got their PIO shit today??????

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sidind     01/29/2015 17:18 PM
 


Applied for PIO (houston) on Jan 6th 2015 and got call from ckgs on 21st saying PIO scheme is cancelled effective Jan 9th 2015. Applied for temporary visa for 10 years on 22nd Jan 2015 and received passport with temporary visa for 10 years multiple entry with a maximium stay of 180 days in India.

Booked tickets for Feb 15th 2015, so temporary visa was our only option and luckily got it before our travel.

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columbus131     01/29/2015 16:01 PM
 


Wanted to share My experience.

Applied the [email protected] on Jan 8th 2014
Sent to Indian Embassy on Jan 9th

Received an email from CKGS on Jan22

I’m writing to you in regards with the PIO application you submitted to CKGS.
 
STATUS OF YOUR PIO APPLICATION
As per a new notification regarding OCI / PIO applications, you are requested to note the following:
 
· Effective 9 January, 2015 the PIO card scheme has been withdrawn.

· All PIO applications, pending with the Mission for processing are being returned to the applicants.

· Applicants are requested to apply for OCI cards.

· CKGS will not accept any fresh PIO applications.

 

You may read about this notification in detail on our website www.in.ckgs.us

 

STEPS IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR OCI

If you are interested in applying for an OCI card then you may follow the steps listed below:
 

Step 1

You can get detailed information about OCI at http://in.ckgs.us/oci.shtml

Step 2

Fill your online OCI application on Govt. of India website https://passport.gov.in/oci/

Step 3

Print, Sign and send us a scanned copy of your application to [email protected] for further processing.

Step 4

Note that minor applications, you will have to notarize the OCI application with both parent’s signature after printing and then send us the scanned copy of the application to [email protected] for further processing.

Note

OCI processing usually takes 6-8 weeks.

 

 
YOUR DOCUMENTS & FEES
Only for those PIO applications which were pending with the Mission for processing, are being returned to the applicants with a request to apply for an OCI card on the same fee prescribed for the PIO card.
 
Your PIO fees will be used for your OCI application and there shall be NO refund.
 
Your passport is not required during the initial OCI process. We will need it once your OCI has been granted, printed & dispatched from New Delhi to the Embassy in USA; and you will be notified once it is ready for Match Up.
 
Currently we will go ahead and return your passport back to you using the return shipping method you opted when you submitted your PIO application.

You will be required to resubmit your passport to CKGS for Match Up only then. You will be required to include $30 for courier fees for sending your passport to CKGS and the return shipment of the passport and the OCI card back to you. Click http://www.in.ckgs.us/VPOOnline/StartPage.aspx?courierservice/ to purchase your courier service
 
 
Warm Regards
 
Vanitha Sethu
cid:[email protected]

Received my passport today without PIO card no fees or documents returned I think I may need to apply for OCI now.


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ab's     01/29/2015 11:47 AM
 


I am planning to visit India in April with my son, whose PIO is issued on 01/13/2015.
I checked with OCIPIO wing of Indian embassy Washington DC and they said its valid for travel.

but want to know if anyone traveled to India with PIO card which is issued after 01/09/2015.


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