I would like to know if anyone who got their PIO approved from washington DC who has applied
from 20th oct to 1st Nov. The CKGS tracking website is down since couple of days. I would be happy
to know the status of the applications during the above period.
It seems like in Houston Applications submitted to Consulate on Nov 6th are mostly approved, the next batch after that is Nov 12 which is pending.
The batch before Nov 6 was Oct 31 which has been mostly approved.
To me it indicates CKGS makes delivery to consulate once a week and picks up once a week or another hypothesis is that the data update of submission and pickup to and from Consulate happens only once a week.
We have applied for our 2 year old son's PIO card, in first week of Nov to Houston. The CKGS website shows that they have sent the application to Indian consulate on 19th. We have tickets booked to India next week, Dec 3rd. How many times, we call CKGS, we are getting the same response that once the application is with the embassy, they can't track any thing.
Is there any thing possible, if we go in person to Houston? Is the applicant need to be there? Can any one please help me with this. We are really under great confusion.
My date is 11/03, I see from tracking is upto 11/30 they approved it. Please post to the forum if any applications are getting approved. I am checking every hour immihelp and CKGS website as my travel date is less than a week
I recently applied for PIO card for my 2 month old son and I received it in less than 2 weeks. I had smooth experience except for hold-time on CKGS helpline and conflicting instructions on the forms!!
Application sen tby FEDEX ground - 11/3
Application received by CKGS - 11/5
Application Sent to Embassy - 11/6
Application received from Embassy - 11/17
PIO sent by FEDEX - 11/20
PIO received by me - 11/21
I prepared two separate sets of everything for easy sorting. These two sets were submitted with my son's original US passport, two additional photographs and money order for USD 220 (I did not send any return service envelope). The two sets contained:
1. Checklist (on top of each set)
2. PIO Application form
a. Photograph pasted on 1st Page
b. Child thumb print in the rectangle on Page # 1 abd Two prints on Page # 3.
c. Notarize parents signatures on Page 3
d. Left BLANK wherever not applicable
3. CKGS Declaration (Notarized). CKGS helpline agent did not ask me to notarize this but I did following experiences of some users on this forum.
4. CKGS order form
5. Parental authorization form (Notarized for Parents signature)
6. Copy of child's US passport (First 4 Pages, and Page 25,26,27)
7. Original Birth certificate issues by county clerk
8. Copy of Both parents' Indian Passports ( both are Indian citizen)
a. First 4 and last 4 pages
b. US visa pges with entry-exit seal
9. Copy of parents' Marriage certificate
10. Copy of Both parents' US drivers license indicating current US address
11. Copy of utility bill
Note: You may have to watch out for these things depending on your case:
1. CKGS helpline agent told me it is not necessary to submit Disclaimer form and hence I didn't submit. (CHICAGO)
2. Our permanent address in India is same as on our passports and hence no additional address proof required for India address
3. Spouse names have been updated in Passports and child's birth certificate has names of both parents as they appear on the passports.
I am kind of stuck at the final step for my infant son's new PIO card. Below is the trail of my application status and it looks like they created the shipping label yesterday. However when I checked the shipping label yesterday, it looks like they have put in wrong zip code and destination is showing up as some place in VA instead of my place in MA.
I called CKGS customer service this morning and they picked up the phone after 45 minutes of wait. They admitted the mistake and said they are escalating it to dispatch team. But other than that, there is no way to track what is going on with this escalation or correction.
I also talked to Fedex and they confirmed that the address is correct but zip code is wrong. So it is going to head to the wrong city as they said they cannot correct the zip code. The best Fedex can do is to hold it for me at their NY center and I can pick up from there.
I am thinking that it would have been better to let it reach Fedex and ask them to hold rather then calling CKGS help desk to correct it. My tickets are booked for Thursday and I think I have to visit NYC tomorrow to get this sorted out either by visiting CKGS or Fedex depending on status of package at that time.
Any other suggestions to get this sorted out in a faster/easier way?
Passport sent by post/courier number xxxxxxxxxxxx 11/24/2014
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. 11/21/2014
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 11/06/2014
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USANxxxxxxxx 11/05/2014
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 11/05/2014
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