Just want to share my experience with you. I applied in person on 11/12 at C&K in New York and it was sent to the consulate on 11/13 (per the tracking). I am traveling to India on Dec 10th. After reading some of the blogs over here, I got nervous and decided to go to the consulate in person to check the status (I live less than 5 minutes walk from the consulate).
Experience at the consulate -
I got there at 8:45 on 11/28, there were about 8 people in line before me (all for emergency visa as their grandmothers either died or was very sick...what a coincidence :) ).
Due to some confusion, I ended up waiting for a hour for a person to speak to me about PIO issue, so I spoke to another lady processing emergency visa. Within 5 minutes a very sweet young lady came to the window to assist me. I gave her my daughters passport number (very important to have to be able to track) and I explained to her that I needed to travel to India soon.I was hesitant to tell her about my sick grand mother (though that is the true reason), before I could give her any reason for coming there, she check the status and told me that it was already approved and that it will be sent to C&K shortly. I asked if she could give it to me, and she asked me to come at 4PM. I went back at 4PM and my daughters passport was ready to be picked up.
What great service, the staff there are very polite and put up a lot with most of the applicants.
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