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PIO @ SFO update

Hi all,

I'm reposting my update from another thread to let everyone know.

I applied PIO on 1/7

I got reply from ckgs([email protected], thanks kvisahelp for sharing this email id) today:
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Dear abc,
 
We have received the passport and file back. Packet should be dispatched today. Fedex 7xxxxxxxx
 
We enclosed a slip with the instruction on how to apply for refund for payment that was made online.
 
You may apply for OCI. For information on how to apply, please click the link below.
http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci.shtml
 
 
 
Thank you for your patience.
 
ERLINA
CKGS

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I confirmed the fedex#in fedex website. label has been created.
This information not yet reflected in 'Track my application' page of CKGS.
I'm not getting PIO. I have the ticket for 2/11. now I have to apply Visa on arrival for my child. I'm rushing for my sis marriage.

Thanks everyone for sharing the thoughts and information.
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PIO @SFO
I have received my child's PIO today from SFO. Issued on Jan/15/2015.

Below is the timeline.

Passport sent by post/courier number xxxxxx 02/04/2015
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. 02/04/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 01/14/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is xxxxxxxx 01/01/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 01/01/2015
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PIO card
I have received my child PIO today !

Below are the timelines for my child PIO card application at San Francisco .

Application Status | Date of Status
Passport sent by post/courier number 1xxxx | 02/04/2015
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. | 02/04/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. | 01/12/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USAS7xxxxxxx | 01/12/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification.| 01/12/2015
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PIO @ SFO

My childs PIO submitted on 2/7. No update yet.

As Rawraw and other friends here mentioned, I too was expecting it early this week.

Anyone received PIO from SFO in the last 2 days?
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Anyone received PIO @ SFO
Did anyone received PIO updates from SFO today, Pls post. My Minor's application is pending with them from Jan 13, NO updates yet.
Have to travel Feb 24. They are leaving with no option to even apply for a Tourist Visa.
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PIO-Chicago

We have submitted 3 pio apllications 2 for minors and one for adult on Jan 11th and reached consulate on Jan 14th and we got one minor application returned without PIO today. Waiting for another 2 applications. Need to apply for 6 months visa now as we are traveling to India on March 1st.
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PIO - SFO - Received today
Hi All,

I received my PIO (SFO embassy) card today. The stamp date is 08/01/2015 and " lifelong " validity.

Application Status Date of Status
Passport sent by post/courier number xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 02/02/2015
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. 01/30/2015
Your application has been submitted at The Indian Embassy/Consulate for further processing. 01/05/2015
Your application is in process. Your tracking id is USASxxxxxxxxxxxxx 01/05/2015
Your application has been received and will be submitted subject to verification. 01/05/2015

Thanks rawraw, vinniemak and others for all the inputs and suggestion I received during the wait time.
I really hope the others who have applied receive their PIO's too..
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My final email to CKGS
I received my PIO today.

After all the experience I had with CKGS team for this consular service, I would like to conclude that you guys are lucky to still be in business with MEA. It is a matter of time when your contract should be taken away as the quality of service, quality of information, efficiency that this team works with is nothing but a disgrace in today's world. It is shocking to see the kind of response your team sitting in India on the phone provide to customer.

They have the audacity to scream back to the client, the supervisor(s) have no guts/responsibility to deal with clients on the phone and always go on hiding.

How dare your team provide information like the PIO is not issued to you as this program is cancelled just from the top of their wild thinking's with out knowing the status of my application. How dare your team lie to me that they will call me back but only 1 of them rings back out of plethora?

Your man tells me that he can't get through to San Fran Embassy because its been shit down today due to "something happened there" or "please wait for couple of days"- - what a typical desi reply in Hindi translated in English and how does he expects this excuse to sell???

Sitting on their desk in India and sipping a cup of tea can never compare to pain applicants get fro the quality of service your provide.

Why n earth my application didn't got dispatched from Jan 27th to Feb 2nd? How was the checklist verification done and why the brainless sitting in CKGS office check online if I ever paid for return courier.

The amount of pain, cost of inconvenience deserves a lawsuit against CKGS and it will be coming sooner for the plethora of pain to thousands of applicant.

I see that you guys are deducting CKGS and courier fee for the applicant whose PIO were not issued - shameless! how can you deduct any fee for not providing any service but pain - if it was me - lawuit was ready!!!

If you guys don't have the answers to calls, stop taking calls or for your own sake stop working for world's most inefficient company!

A parrot-ted answer for every call and email is ridiculous and the quality of fame CKGS brings to India through their various office and call center is surely making India shameful.
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Back with my blog
Vinnie and my other pals!

Finally, document sent back yesterday and expecting them today. Not sure if PIO is coming or only passport will update in few hours.

I threatened to escalate to MEA which I apparently did (but no traction from MEA). I sent escalation to [email protected] and [email protected]

Spoke to Thoma the supervisor yesterday (after 15million calls to CKGS)

I think we are foolish even to call these people again and again.

For all of you new bloggers - Ask my people here - I am the expert now with these issues hence only because you are asking for suggestion here it is:

anyone with travel plans up to May - DO NOT apply for OC but pay extra bucks and get your tourist visa.

Anyone with pending application with CKGS send prior to Jan 15th will get PIO card and people who sent post 15th (basically date to be sent to embassy should be prior to 15th) will get their documents back with out PIO (Exception was Houston and NY but t anymore, especially SFO)

Escalation to MEA goes at : [email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected],
[email protected]

Another email for CKGS only is: [email protected] (well known email which is useless but atleast send your request and get a parroted answer)

Here is manager for San fran : [email protected]

Di anyone did what I asked through facebook link???????? I guess even I will forgot the pain I had if I get my doc's back today but apparently I wont - I promise to abuse these guys once I get my docs back at the best of my profanity....

My ticket is dated Feb 17th so if I am not getting PIO today - I will change the travel and sue these guys for sending my passport back without me sending passport withdrawal form and eating away my fees.

If you applied at san fran - by today I estimate the San fran consulate will be processing (approving or returning) PIO application for date: Jan 6th/Jan 7th.

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PIO at Chicago
Hi Guys, has anyone submitted the PIO application and still hasn't received the application or PIO card? It seems most of the friends in this page are taking about SFO, Houston except Chicago. Anyone has applied from Chicago.

I have applied on 01/13 and still waiting for them to send my application.

Regards
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