Folks out there,
I'm writing to let you know about my positive experience. Here is the time line -
I posted my application via FedEx on Mon Jan 12th to CKGS NY. Based on others' experiences, I tried contacting CKGS and their customer service mentioned that application would be coming back (they had no idea what's going on at the Indian Consulate). Other fellow members mentioned that if weight of the return package (if = 0.5 lbs) equates to the PIO card but my return FedEx envelope showed as 1 lb so I was convinced that my application is coming back; luckily I got the PIO card which was issued on 01/19/2015.
My guess is - there is no one holding the Indian Embassy folks accountable for processing or non-processing the PIO applications. If they process them after the Jan 9th deadline, folks like me would turn out lucky. If not, they can always say that "You bypassed the Jan 9th deadline".
I think they would have expected a huge volume of PIO card applications if they had mentioned that the PIO card scheme would end by, say Jan 31st, and they along with CKGS would have been bombarded with queries.
This act of theirs is more like the "Chhupa Rustam". Anyways, I wish all the folks the very best and hope these surprises of our Embassy end soon.
Application Status Remarks Date of Status
Passport sent by post/courier number YYYY YYYY 01/23/2015
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. 01/21/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 01/13/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USAN YYYY ZZZ 01/13/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 01/13/2015
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