First of all, I'm thankful to this page and the user community for sharing their experiences since this was one of the ways I was able to control my anxiety while my passport was out for renewal. Wanted to share my experience in case it helps someone else:
9/20/22 - Sent all documents via Fedex
9/22/22 - Fedex package delivered
9/26/22 - Email notification from VFS - Your application is kept "on hold" and reason - photograph is blurry. Please re-send 2 clear photographs.
9/27/22 - Sent new photographs via Fedex
9/28/22 - Fedex package delivered
9/29/22 - Email notification from VFS - We have ‘Received’ your Application and your application is now ‘Under Process’ at San Francisco and will be submitted to the Mission for decision making.
10/3/22 - Your Application has been ‘Processed’ at the VFS India Consular application Centre and currently is ‘In-Transit‘ to the Embassy of India/Consulate General of India for decision making.
This next phase is possibly the longest one and it is time when you start tracking your application status on the VFS website (https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Passporttracking/Track)
; as well as Government of India website (https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in)
The status on the Government website was showing as below:
10/4/22 and 10/5/22 - "Application Received"
10/7/22 - " Application under process"
10/13/22 - "Print has been initiated on Passport"
After this, followed the most stressful days since there were no more updates on the Government website for 2 weeks. Since my travel to India was planned for November, I was getting a bit tensed and wanted to figure out what's taking so long after Print being initiated for passport. I tried contacting the emergency number - ***.415.483.6629 provided by the SF Consulate on their website https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/contact-us
. No response after multiple calls to this number - you can sometimes hear someone intentionally picking up and dropping the phone since they don't want to answer - horrible. They also say Call/Text/*** but I did not get a response after all 3 methods and more than 4-5 days of continuous efforts. I emailed VFS and they responded back saying standard processing time is 3 weeks and if the delay is more than 20 working days after application is received by the consulate (10/4/22), they can help follow up. Receiving a response felt much better than being in the dark on the status of the application.
Finally on 10/27/22, status updated to "Passport has been printed"
At EOD on 10/27/22, status updated to "Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly"
On 10/28/22, received an email from Fedex shipment notification with my package details and tracking information.
10/31/22 - Received Fedex envelope containing Old and New Passports (Finally!)
Few details of my application -
State of residence and primary address used for new passport is WA
Indian address had changed since last passport
No Police Verification happened in India nor did I get any emails for it.
Took some time to manage this process and I'm glad it worked out. Hope this helps you somehow in your application or waiting stage. Best of luck!