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PIO - NY - Applied 13th Jan
Guys, CKGS have no idea whether we will get PIO or application . See below response from them. I am also on same boat. I will update once I will receive my package. See the words:)

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for contacting CKGS via email.
With respect to your PIO Application, we see that your documents are ready for collections. Since you have paid $15 for the return shipping from CKGS, we have send the intimation to our CKGS Application Center to dispatch the documents as soon as possible and update to you with the tracking details.
As per the ne update all PIO applications, pending with CKGS / Mission for processing, are being returned to the applicants with a request to apply for an OCI card on the same fee prescribed for the PIO card. Henceforth, applicants may apply for an OCI card only, as the PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.
However, once you receive your documents please check if the PIO card is issued to you or not. As we are not informed by the Consulate weather your PIO card is approved or not.


If you received the approved PIO card, then there is no need to apply for OCI. However, if you found that there is not PIO card and only your application along with all the documents are sent back to you. Then you can apply for OCI.
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I am in confusion on PIO since I just applied
Hello Team, My PIO application reached CKGS on 12th Jan and they sent to Embassy on 13th Jan. After that there is no new status on their website. I am in a dilemma whether my minor twins will get the PIO / OCI or will the application be returned back. Does anyone know if they are going to process the applications which are already with Embassy? Your thoughts will be appreciated...
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Please post updates if you receive PIO
Dear Members: Please post your update as soon as you receive PIO or you receive your passport and application back. This will give a direction to the rest of us who can plan accordingly. In my case, I don't know whether I should apply for VISA once they send it back since I will be left with only 2 more weeks. I would most probably go for VISA-On-Arrival. But that again is a guess since we don't know when will Embassy send the passport back. Such a huge mess. Appreciate the updates when you receive updates from CKGS. Thank You Everyone!!
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PIO Issue since scheme cancelled
Some of you says CKGS was helpful? WTF? these guys are bunch of idiots as expected sitting in india getting paid for taking phone calls and read what's on screen. You can never and will ever expect these useless bunch of CKGS team to beyond their role and put efforts to find out the issue and resolve it. But wait have one mantra "Wait for couple of days" and bet you most of them don't even know how many couple means? Useless, pathetic, sluggish and ofcourse typical indian company/employees who are stuck to their seats
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Applications currently at embassy will not be returned. True : False?
Heard from rep that applications at embassy are less likely to be returned. They will be processed for a PIO deemed as OCI. That means, any PIO applications that CKGS has send to Embassy will get processed. That means even a later date such as 01/15. How far is this information true for New York Embassy?
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Anybody received PIO for minor from SFO?
Has anyone yet received a PIO (minor) @SFO if application was submitted to Embassy before 01/09/2015?
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PIO & Renunciation
• Received two packages on Tuesday January 20, 2015, one had nephew’s PIO with issue date of January 9, 2015. Other package has RETURNED renunciation application of brother in law with handwritten note that “according to Indian consulate – applicant is not eligible for renunciation” REALLY? Anyone has come across same reason from consulate/CKGS?
• Received email on January 16, 2015 that application has been collected from embassy and is being sorted. Went online and saw PIO related notification so was in fear that they will return the application and would have to apply for OCI.
• Received email on January 5, 2015 that applications has been submitted to consulate.
• Mailed so called missing document on December 30, 2014 that was received by CKGS on December 31, 2014
• Received email on December 26, 2014 – that PIO application is on hold because renunciation application of father has missing document(though it had everything)
• Applied for nephew’s PIO with brother in laws renunciation on December 22, 2014. Application was delivered to CKGS on December 23, 2014
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Applied PIO - NOT yet received back (Houston)
my cousin applied PIO card for his kid at houston center, the package reached by the Indian consulate exactly by 1/9/2014 (status email received). Till now no status update after that and NOT received the PIO card or the rejected package???

When called CKGS they are telling the package is in Indian Consulate. When tried calling/emailing Indian consulate NO response... Really bad... at least they have to give a status on the application. With the travel date coming soon he does not know what to do next....

Any help/suggestion will be appreciated.
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Applied PIO on Jan 09, 2015...Recieved PIO on Jan 20..
Applied for PIO card on Jan 09 th. 2015...
Shock and anger on Jan 15 with new gazette... couldn't believe they can just throw it at us without notice.... was very furious... called, mailed CKGS, Consulate guys, but as you guess, its of no use... was worried since i had to travel to india on Feb end... and with the style of working of CKGS or Consulate ( btw they don't even pick your calls :( ) was thinking about applying for VISA.....

CKGS update said they will sending back application... ...and received package from them on 20th as expected....
and guess what..... a surprise ...CKGS have sent PIO card the card is issued on Jan 14 th and I am sure it will be treated as OCI card hence forth....

Anyway I went thru worry,,shock,,,anger,,,and finally sigh of relief....

I hope it will work with all of people who are going thru anxiety ....and hope Govt of India improves on treating Indians well, henceforth....

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Received PIO Cards but....
I received PIO cards for my family. Three PIO cards were issued with issue date of Jan 9th, 2015 and one with issue date of Jan 12th, 2015. So according to the Gazette notification the 3 PIO cards would be deemed as OCI and the fourth is in Limbo. I have contacted the Consulate and waiting for the reply.

It would have been better if the Gazette had a language that all existing PIO cards will be deemed as OCI cards and not have the Jan 9th, 2015 date... The language in the Gazette is not clear... so maybe someone with a law background can explain what this means....
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