Here is an actual timeline for a New PIO (Minor) done through Travisa Outsourcing for a case that falls under Indian Consulate at New York City. This is just for reference as individual case times may differ. However if there are no issues with the paperwork and approval, this is probably how long(2-weeks) it would take.
|01/30/2013 10:59pm EST||Service order form completed online|
|02/04/2013 11:20am EST||PIO application arrived in the mail at Travisa Outsourcing. Please allow Travisa Outsourcing up to 7 business days before the application status changes. Note that your application will undergo several steps before the status is updated.|
|02/04/2013 11:21am EST||Application assigned for processing|
|02/05/2013 9:43am EST||Application assigned for processing|
|02/05/2013 9:47am EST||Additional documents have been received. It may take several days before further action is displayed.|
|02/05/2013 1:59pm EST||Order form and supporting documents received, payment processed|
|02/05/2013 4:13pm EST||Documents prepared to go to Embassy.|
|02/06/2013 8:30am EST||Documents dispatched from Travisa Outsourcing Office to Consulate|
|02/06/2013 12:57pm EST||Documents received by Consulate|
|02/11/2013 2:00pm EST||Pending approval of the Government of India|
|02/13/2013 10:52am EST||Outsourcing office has verified the PIO is processed correctly. Waiting for mail courier pick up and is likely to be mailed out tomorrow.|
|02/13/2013 11:36am EST||Passport mailed out. Please note that the tracking information may not be active for up to 1 business day.|
Couple of suggestions/Comments:
- Don’t put any staples/clips, just put the papers in order as per the instructions on the website (https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/pio/homepage).
- You need 4 passport size pics in total. You may choose to paste two of them on the application forms or send all 4, Travisa Outsourcing will stick them before submitting the papers to the consulate. This was confirmed with their customer service. I pasted mine on the application and sent 2 additional.
- I chose to use the prepaid Fed-ex service provided by Travisa as part of the initial order. It costs $24 each way but takes the hassle of sending a prepaid Fedex enevelope etc out of the process and you can focus on getting the application paperwork done.