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Indian Passport Renewal CKGS New York

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Posted by hopefuldesi (45) 23 May 2016#1
has anyone started a recent application with ckgs in new york for indian passport renewal?
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Posted by hopefuldesi (45) 25 May 2016#2
anyone?
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Posted by rightsreserved (27) 31 May 2016#3
to hopefuldesi:

Yes i have .. I will update with details very soon .. At work right now .. :)
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Posted by coolguy2314 (240) 31 May 2016#4
to hopefuldesi:

Yes. The process was pretty straight forward.
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Posted by Rajaraobabu (3) 04 Jun 2016#5
to rightsreserved:

Hi
Can you tell me how you you have put for Amount paid $/E and For delivery by mail $/E ?


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Payment of Fee(to be filled by Applicant)
Amount paid $/E ............................................. by .......................................................... Mode of payment
For delivery by mail $/E ..........extra to be paid as postal charges for each passport
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Thanks in advance
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Posted by coolguy2314 (240) 08 Jun 2016#6
to Rajaraobabu:

I put in 90 something, the amount shown in the first line on the CKGS payments page under my account.
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Posted by pushrawal (2) 10 Jun 2016#7
Hi,

Im trying to fill forms for my mom's Indian passport renewal. she is 72 and is a green card holder. Could somebody pls help me with the following ques in the online passport application:
1. my payment receipt shows passport fee: $75.00, ICWF Fee: $3:00 and CKGS SERVICE FEE: $19.95
Shipping: From You to CKGS: $15:00 and from CKGS to You: $15:00; text message: $5:00; convenience fee: $4.65
Total amount: $137.60..... What should i fill in the Amount paid 4/E...... and for delivery by mail $/E....
2. Would would be the answer for ECNR or ECR: she is above 70 so would it be ECNR
3. Ques 19: Name and address of two relatives/friends : do i need use US address or Indian relative addresses here
4. particulars of children, if any, to be deleted: Is this for parents with children(minor)....should i just say NA: none of her kids are minors
Last but not the least: I see that when i filled the National verification form: the address in India is displaying SECTOR-4, SECTOR 4, chandigarh (dispaying sector twice). I have filled all the forms and printed them, not sure if i can make any changes in this form now. Would it be ok if i manually cut the 'SECTOR-4' from all the 3 printed copies and sign with her initials?

Please help me with the above questions. Sincerely appreciate your help.
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Posted by toobrown (324) 10 Jun 2016#8
to pushrawal:

1. Amount paid 4/E= $137.60 and for delivery by mail $/E= N/A (I also paid the entire amount including shipping both ways)
2. Most likely ECNR (look for this information on her existing passport, it's most likely on the last 2-3 pages, mine was stamped with ECNR)
3. Indian relative address
4. None
5. It should be fine to manually strike the repeating word.
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Posted by pushrawal (2) 10 Jun 2016#9
to toobrown:

Thank sooooo much, Toobrown. May God bless you with all the happiness. Thank you for all your help.

Regards n Best wishes
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Posted by coolguy2314 (240) 15 Jun 2016#10
I had a pleasant experience with passport renewal with CKGS:

Online application submitted: May 31 2016
Fedex shipping label generated: May 31 2016
Application dropped at Fedex: May 31 2016
Application Received by CKGS: June 01 2016
Application Verified for documents: Jun 06 2016
Application at Consulate: Jun 08 2016
In transit to CKGS - Jun 13 2016
Passport Dispatched via Fedex: Jun 14 2016
Passport Delivered: Jun 15 2016

All the best to people applying for passports.
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Posted by toobrown (324) 15 Jun 2016#11
to coolguy2314:

you got it really fast. I submitted my application at the Houston Consulate and it is still under process
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Posted by DesiKutta (93) 30 Jun 2016#12
to toobrown:

In NY it took 7 working days. Maybe Houston is slow or the clerk must be needing guidance.
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Posted by kapildalke (1) 06 Jul 2016#13
to DesiKutta:

All the documents should be notarized or not ?
like 797, I-94, Rental agreement , visa copy and others...
Please let me know, i am also planning to renew my passport from NYC
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Posted by coolguy2314 (240) 12 Jul 2016#14
to kapildalke:

Follow the document checklist generated for your case. It mentions what all needs to be notarized.
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Posted by henucu (614) 20 Jul 2016#15
to toobrown:

I too had a pleasant experience with passport renewal with CKGS NYC(postal):

Online application submitted: July 09 2016
Fedex shipping label generated: July 09 2016
Application dropped at Fedex: July 09 2016
Application Received by CKGS: July 12 2016
Application Verified for documents: July 12 2016
Application at Consulate: July 13 2016
In transit to CKGS - July 18 2016
Passport Dispatched via Fedex: July 18 2016
Passport Delivered: July 19 2016
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Posted by hopefuldesi (45) 25 Jul 2016#16
for those who need passport renewed under new york jurisdiction, here is the process we followed. i sent my passport under tatkal. husband’s passport went under regular.

for regular processing:

1. go to http://passport.in.ckgs.us.

2. read “passport application guide” thoroughly.

3. follow directions exactly as listed. where things were confusing i called the contact center number and asked questions directly. minimal hold time. call center people were helpful and courteous.

4. it seems to be important to first complete the steps on the ckgs website before filling the government form online. the forms are not complicated and if you have copies of the previous forms (we did, from 10 years ago), filling in details exactly as they were the last time and how they are reflected on the passport itself will help. please note: we did not need anything changed on the passport. address was same (we chose to keep indian address) and spouse’s name was already endorsed. this was a straightforward application, passport going to expire within one year of validity, previous passports also issued in new york.

5. gather documents as per the checklist generated for specific application. the checklist is simple and states very clearly what documents are required and which ones are to be notarized, which ones need to be in color, etc.

6. it is advisable to purchase the mailing label via ckgs. print this label to send each passport in its own envelope. must use fedex envelop as shown on site.

7. the only thing that seemed odd in this whole process was the insistence of ckgs that the application with the fedex printed label in a fedex envelop must be dropped off at a fedex shipping location, not scheduled for a pickup. there didn’t seem to be any logical reasoning for this, but this is written in bright red on the site and the call center folks insisted on this as well. we live in a rural area and the fedex ship center closest to us is a one hour drive away. this was the only inconvenience. but, it's for passport, so we do what we are told.

8. once sent, here was the regular processing timeline:

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 04:47 pm Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 04:52 pm Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 06:05 pm Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 06:35 pm Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Jul 18, 2016 - Monday 10:12 am Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Jul 21, 2016 11:36 am Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

Jul 21, 2016 04:09 pm Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Jul 22, 2016 09:33 am Passport picked up by (fedex).

Jul 25, 2016 10 am Passport received via fedex

*****

for tatkal:

1. send email to consulate requesting tatkal application. information is on ckgs website and here: http://www.indiacgny.org/pages.php?id=1085. i had sent the email on a friday morning. when i did not hear back by monday afternoon, i called the consulate. they asked me to resend the email and by 4:30 in the afternoon i heard back.

2. follow steps 1 to 8 as above.

3. once sent, here was tatkal timeline:

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 04:33 pm Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 04:38 pm Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 06:16 pm Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Jul 15, 2016 - Friday 06:37 pm Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Jul 18, 2016 - Monday 10:12 am Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Jul 19, 2016 - Tuesday 11:09 am Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

Jul 19, 2016 - Tuesday 04:24 pm Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Jul 20, 2016 10:26 am Passport picked up by (fedex).

Jul 21, 2016 10 am passport received via fedex

*****

you’re welcome. and best of luck. …r
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Posted by MuraliCh (17) 26 Jul 2016#17
to hopefuldesi:

Can you please tell the dollars you put in for Amount paid 4/E...... and for delivery by mail $/E.... for your husband passport applied under regular process.



Thanks in advance
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Posted by hopefuldesi (45) 26 Jul 2016#18

Can you please tell the dollars you put in for Amount paid 4/E...... and for delivery by mail $/E.... for your husband passport applied under regular process.



Thanks in advance


to MuraliCh:




i believe i put in $107.95 for amount paid and delivery by mail $40.
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Posted by rsgknev (9) 03 Aug 2016#19
Have anyone renewed passport from Atlanta CKGS site (through post)? How long it takes to receive the passport back once it reached "'In Transit' to the Consulate for decision making" Stage? Thanks.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 07 Aug 2016#20
Hi All,

My passport is expiring in August 2017. Recently got my H1-B extended until May 2018. I am planning to travel India Nov 2016 for stamping. Right now in the process of filling DS-160 and taking interview appointment. I am little confused and looking for you suggestions and help on below questions:

1. Should I renew passport and then schedule the interview? The passport renewal may take around 4 weeks and not sure if after 1 month from now, will there any be any interview slot available for Nov 2016? Right now the wait time is 106 days for my consulate.

2. If I don’t renew the passport now, will I get the visa stamped till May 2018 (as per recent extension) or till the date my passport is valid? What is the impact on I-94?

3. If I renew the passport after I come to US in Dec 2017, what do I need to do regarding I-94 and H1B stamping? Do I need to leave US again and get the stamping till May 2018?

Please advise on this. Thanks a lot for your help.
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Posted by hopefuldesi (45) 09 Aug 2016#21
to gcusr1:

>>"Should I renew passport and then schedule the interview? The passport renewal may take around 4 weeks and not sure if after 1 month from now, will there any be any interview slot available for Nov 2016? Right now the wait time is 106 days for my consulate."

this is entirely up to you. if you renew the passport and then do the visa stamping, your i-94 will be for the duration of your visa, not your passport expiry. it may save some hassle. but it's not essential to do this.

>>"If I don't renew the passport now, will I get the visa stamped till May 2018 (as per recent extension) or till the date my passport is valid? What is the impact on I-94?"

if you don't renew the passport now, the visa will be stamped till your most recent 797 extension, which you say is May 2018. when you enter with this passport, even though your visa is stamped till your extension date, you will get your i-94 only till the passport is valid.

>>"If I renew the passport after I come to US in Dec 2017, what do I need to do regarding I-94 and H1B stamping? Do I need to leave US again and get the stamping till May 2018?"

if you renew the passport after you return, you will have to either leave the us and re-enter to get a new issued i-94, which will reflect your stamped visa, or, you can file for extension of status once the i-94 is close to expiring. remember that the valid visa in the old passport remains valid, despite being in an expired passport. when you travel, you will have to carry your old passport with valid visa in it as well as your new passport. you will not have to redo visa stamping, as long as the visa in your old passport is valid.

hope this helps...r
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 10 Aug 2016#22
to hopefuldesi:

Thanks a lot friend!! This is really helpful. Appreciate your detailed answers.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 10 Aug 2016#23
to hopefuldesi:

I have decided to renew passport and in the process of finalizing application forms and documents. Have couple of doubts. Appreciate if you could kindly let me know the answers from your experience.

1. The doc checklist says it needs 6 passport photos. I am just trying to make sure I really need to send 6 photos?
2. I found only one place where I need to affix the photo. It's printed copy of passport application form. Is there any other place where I need to paste photos? I see a square box on Nationality Verification Form. Its not clear if I need to paste photo there.

Thanks again for your help.
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Posted by gcusr1 (18) 10 Aug 2016#24
to hopefuldesi:

One more question. I filled the Online Passport Application Form and printed notarization. On the first page, it requires a specimen signature and two on the last page. On the second page, it requires one normal signature. Question i: when I notarize the whole form (3 printed pages), do I need to ask notary to put stamp on all the pages or just the second page? I am doubtful if specimen signature needs notarization or not. Thanks for your help again!
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Posted by newportnotary (1) 11 Aug 2016#25
to gcusr1:

The notary will only put his stamp on the second page. Don't forget to sign only in the presence of the notary.

Also, please be aware that notaries in NJ and NY are prohibited from certifying copies. It's against the law for notaries in UPS stores to certify copies of passport/birth certificate/etc. There is a way around this process and it's called "Copy certification by document custodian".

DOS Advisory on Copy Certifications.
https://fam.state.gov/FAM/07FAM/07FAM0860.html

This is just a suggestion and not a legal advice.

Newport Notary NJ
(551) 257-6682 (NOTA)
NewportNotaryNJ [at] gmail [dot] com
https://www.yelp.com/biz/newport-notary-...
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