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Indian Passport Renewal CKGS New York

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Posted by gcmera (2058) 11 Aug 2016#26
to hopefuldesi:

Got a email from Indian consulate as below.


Your application with your Passport has 'Returned' to the CKGS application Center and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

With Regards,
The CKGS Team
Customer Service Department


Does this mean it's approved and sent. ?
Did anyone get this kind of message /email ?
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Posted by hopefuldesi (44) 11 Aug 2016#27
to gcusr1:

yes, you have to send as many photos as they ask for. one goes on the actual passport form, one on the nationality verification form, and the rest attached loose.

the notarization happens only on the last page in the white space above the signatures.

please note that the ckgs customer service line is very responsive. i called many times and got answers within minutes right when i needed them.
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Posted by hopefuldesi (44) 11 Aug 2016#28
to gcmera:

yes. see my detailed post on first page.
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Posted by gcmera (2058) 11 Aug 2016#29
to hopefuldesi:

I had sent them 6 photos. 4 already attached on application and 2 more.
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Posted by gcmera (2058) 11 Aug 2016#30
to hopefuldesi:

My question was whether the email suggested that it's approved ?
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Posted by hopefuldesi (44) 11 Aug 2016#31
to gcmera:

yes, that seems to be their way of saying so. if it wasn't, they would have emailed you and told you that more documentation was required. at this point if you have doubts it would be best to call their call center number. i did when it was my own application.
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Posted by gcmera (2058) 11 Aug 2016#32
to hopefuldesi:

I think so otherwise they wud have asked.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 23 Aug 2016#33
to hopefuldesi:

Thanks a lot for your input.

My application shows as 'Under Processing at Embassy'. I have opted to use my India address in my passport. So does the police verification happen in India or here in US? Or both? Anybody has any idea?
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Posted by toobrown (310) 23 Aug 2016#34
to gcusr1:

police verification for what?
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 23 Aug 2016#35
to toobrown:

For address mentioned in the application. Not sure if this happens for renewal. But looks like somebody in this thread mentioned the application was pending for police verification.
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Posted by toobrown (310) 23 Aug 2016#36
to gcusr1:

i submitted my application to the Houston embassy and there was NO police verification done. I got my renewed passport in 6 weeks.
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Posted by hopefuldesi (44) 23 Aug 2016#37

Thanks a lot for your input.

My application shows as 'Under Processing at Embassy'. I have opted to use my India address in my passport. So does the police verification happen in India or here in US? Or both? Anybody has any idea?

to gcusr1:



i have my india address in passport. no one showed up for any kind of verification.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 23 Aug 2016#38
to hopefuldesi:

Thanks! just wanted to be clear on this.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 06 Sep 2016#39
Hi All,

I got my passport renewed last week. But there is some wrong information in it which I have to amend. When I contacted CKGS for that, they said they cannot help on this matter and I have to directly get in touch with the embassy which is Washington in my case. I called the phone no mentioned in the website several times but nobody picks up the phone. Can anybody please let me know how to contact the Embassy and what is the process for amendment if anybody has similar situation.

Thanks for your help.
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Posted by rj16 (26) 27 Dec 2016#40
to gcusr1:

Has anyone gone through this process in NY recently? What is the Processing time we are facing now? On the website, it says Regular Processing: Allow additional 10 days.
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Posted by vikcki (103) 12 Jan 2017#41
to rj16:

Hi,

As of now H1 expired and extension filled 4 months ago, so am I eligible to renew my passport in NY using H1 extension filled RECEIPT? or I must wait until approved H1?

Please let me know. Thank you.
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Posted by vikcki (103) 25 Jan 2017#42
to vikcki:

Yes, using H1 extension RECEIPT you can renew PP but you must provide 1) copy of front and back of Indian GC holder
2) copy of first and last page of his/her GC holder passport, this is for Witness from 2 GC people + with their Indian PP

why CKGS website asking for 2 GC + their PP as witnesses the root cause is as below
"I choose my H1 extension is in progress/pending for Legal Status on CKGS website, so
they are asking for 2 GC + their PP as witnesses" this is the scenario.

CKGS NOT ASKING for 2 GC + their PP as witnesses for each and everyone for PP renewal, FYI.

when I choose H1 extension is in progress/pending for Legal Status on STEP-1 then they must inform to the
user using pop-up or message etc., you will be required to submit 2 GC + PP as witness because
your LEGAL STATUS is in pending etc., so that no confusion on STEP-3

Thanks,
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Posted by raj12232008 (33) 27 Jun 2017#43
How much earlier than the Passport expiry date, could one apply for renewal?
Mine expires at the end of 2018 .... can I get it renewed right now in June 2017 ... just to get that task out of the way?
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Posted by shopzpm (5) 27 Jun 2017#44
to raj12232008:

You renew one year before your current passport expiry date.
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Posted by Jesuslovesyou (2) 22 Dec 2017#45
20 DEC 2017 - APPLICATION FILLED
ONLINE FEE PAID
DOCUMENTS PRINTED
SIGNED , PHOTOS ATTACHED
NOTARISED.
SHIPPED
21 DEC 2017 CKGS RECEIVED THE SHIPMENT.
STATUS CHANGED TO RECEIVED
STATUS CHANGED TO VERIFIED
STATUS CHANGED TO INCOMPLETE
CKGS INFORMED THAT PASSPORT IS DAMAGED AS THERE ARE STRAIN MARKS
SO ASKED ME TO FILE AS LOST/DAMAGED PASSPOT.
UPDATED FEE AMOUNT PAID
FORM F FILLED
SHIPPED.
22 DEC 2017 CKGS RECEIVED THE MISSING DOCUMENT.
STATUS CHANGED TO MATCH UP.
STATUS CHANGED TO MANEFESTATION
STATUS CHANGED TO IN TRANSIT TO EMBASSY.
23 24 25 ARE HOLIDAYS SO NEXT UPDATE CAN ONLY BE ON 26 TH
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Posted by durshe (8) 16 Jan 2018#46
to Jesuslovesyou:

How many days does it take for renewal. I have sent my renewal application to Houston.
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Posted by cts2017 (59) 16 Jan 2018#47
to durshe:

three to 4 weeks..
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Posted by durshe (8) 17 Jan 2018#48
to cts2017:

Thanks for the update.
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