I have some good experience with little bit delay to share with all people here -
-> Tracking: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/track-application
1/12/2021 Sent Passport Package by Fedex
1/13/2021 Received Email from VFS for Package receipt
1/15/2021 ‘Received’ and ‘Under Process’ at Houston
1/20/2021 ‘Processed’ at the VFS, ‘In-Transit‘ to the Embassy
1/21/2021 Your application has reached the Embassy
1/26/2021 Sent an email to VFS for Status - [email protected]
& [email protected]
but they Responded on Jan 30th (After Embassy responded)
1/29/2021 Your application has been dispatched from Embassy
2/1/2021 Your application has been dispatched via courier
2/2/2021 Received Passport by Fedex (However, No tracking updated with the Shipping Label and it is just delivered)
-> Tracking: https://portal4.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html
1/23/2021 Passport application is under review at Indian Embassy/Consulate
1/24/2021 Print has been initiated for passport.
1/27/2021 Sent email to Indian Embassy Houston - [email protected]
1/28/2021 Received Response from Embassy - "You will get it in coming week"
1/29/2021 Passport has been Printed (It took 5-6 days to update from Print Initiated)
1/29/2021 Passport is printed and will be delivered shortly.
1/29/2021 Passport has been handed over by the Embassy/Consulate to the OSP executive for further dispatch to the applicant.
Few Points -
1. SMS service is not so useful, only received 2 text (For receiving the application and for Dispatching the Passport)
2. Sometimes Print Initiated takes 4-5 hours only but in my case it took 5-6 days so I sent email to Embassy and they responded in a day as well
3. I have never tried to call VFS since my status was keep updating within expected time
4. I sent the Return Envelope just in case but new Passport came in diff envelope. So the return Envelope is not required to sent but Fedex people confused me while dropping the application.
Overall, it was good Experience with proper documents without any Hassle. If anybody has questions regarding documents, I can try to help.