Applied for PIO for the family including a child and received PIO within 3 weeks (in spite of Thanksgiving holidays). The process was quick and it was good experience. For a minor issue, Team Manager has taken initiative to resolve it soon.
Time lines are:
Passport sent by post/courier number 100192346258000430170077180857 12/07/2014
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. 12/05/2014
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 11/24/2014
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USAN70545114 11/23/2014
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 11/23/2014
Notarized on these forms for child:
Additional Particulars Form
Parental Authorization for Minors
PIO Application Form
The process was smooth in the sense that after submitting I was checking the status online and got the PIO.
First by mistake I have sent the documents to Consulate of India (NY) and it was returned to me in the return envelope I had in my first mail, within 2 days.
Then it was sent to CKGS.
For each application, separate reference number was allotted.
First my PIO and passport was sent. Other return envelope got missed at CKGS. I sent a mail with screenshot of tracking number and address, CKGS Team Manager has jumped in and has sent other members PIO and passports on the next day.
The courier number given in the onsite is not the actual AWB/tracking number. It seems like some reference number that is internal to CKGS. If we know the tracking number of the return envelope that we sent, we can check from the tracking number for the status.
As far as documents goes: 2 sets of checklists and one copy of all other documents.
I applied for Indian Renunciation and PIO in the same envelope, for each applicant, for each task all the mentioned documents were attached. No short cut in the sense that if there is proof of address on both tasks then copy of address proof on each application (renunciation and PIO) and for each applicant.
On the child application, parents have signed next to child's signature.
Separate payment (MO) for each applicant. We can have single payment for both tasks.
Overall I am fully satisfied with CKGS of NY center.
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