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AsiAmerica Digest Newsletter - May 23, 2016

Transition of Indian Passport Services

Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) has been awarded the contract for Indian Passport Application Services for the Embassy of India and its Consulates in USA.

Applicants are advised to ensure that their postal applications reach CKGS IPAC ONLY ON OR AFTER 9th May 2016 (Monday).

CKGS will NOT be able to answer any questions regarding applications submitted to BLS International Application Centre.

  • Please do not send BLS applications to us, as we will not be able to process them.
  • Please do not send or redirect applications addressed for BLS to CKGS.
  • Please do not send us the same documents that you enclosed when you were applying through BLS.
  • We will not be able to process these applications out of our system as all applications have to be tracked and audited in CKGS system as per the instructions of the Embassy and Consulates of India in USA.
  • All applicants have to re-apply only through CKGS website.
For further information / clarification on applications at BLS International, applicants may send an email to the following email addresses (as per your jurisdiction) with the subject head ‘Transition’.
  • CKGS Passport Guide

  • Jurisdiction & Address of CKGS India Passport Application Center (IPAC)

  • Passport FAQs

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In transition 

The existing India Passport Application Centres operated by BLS International Services Limited closed operations May 6 in Washington, DC, Atlanta, New York, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago, the Indian embassy and respective consulates said. With effect from May 9, they began accepting passport applications through IPACs operated by Cox and Kings Global Services. 


Details of new IPACs

Atlanta:  5883 Glenridge Dr, Suite 160, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 

Chicago 19 S, La Salle Street, Suite 1002, Chicago, IL 60603 

Houston 1001 Texas Avenue, Binz Building, Suite No 220, Houston , TX 77002 

New York 336 West, 37th Street, 5th floor,  New York 10018 

San Francisco  225 Bush Street, Suite 390, San Francisco, CA 94104 

Washington DC Suite 100-90, 1250 23rd St  NW Washington, DC 20037 

Website: 

www.passport.in.ckgs.us*

Timings: 

Monday to Friday, except holidays 

Submission of passport applications: 0900 hrs – 1530 hrs 

Collection of processed passports: 1530 hrs – 1800 hrs 

Call Centre and Information Desk: 0900 hrs – 1900 hrs 

Note: A service fee of $ 19.95 (inclusive of all taxes) per application will be charged at the IPAC in addition to applicable passport fees. For information/clarification on applications at BLS International, applicants may send an email to the following email addresses (as per your 

jurisdiction) with the subject line ‘Transition’: 

Washington: consular@indiagov.org

Atlanta: cons.atlanta@mea.gov.in

Chicago: pic@indianconsulate.com

Houston: passportcgihouston@swbell.net

New York: helpline@indiacgny.org

San Francisco: sfvicecon@cgisf.org

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