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US passport expired but valid PIO card
My daughter is in India but her US passport is about to expire. She is a US citizen. Can you please let me know if she can still be in India if US passport is expired but VISA (PIO Card) is still valid?

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Shipping Documents to and from CKGS
Note: I am writing this before I have shipped my documents to CKGS but after spending some time reading about it. My desire is to reduce confusion in this area. If any of this is not correct, please make corrections. Thanks.

1. After generating documents on the CKGS online site, they have to be sent to a CKGS center along with passport, etc. And they have to be sent back to the applicant after processing.

2. The safest way seems to be to purchase CKGS courier service both ways. Once you do this, you can print labels.

3. In order to ship to CKGS, take the label to a FedEx center. Have them use the free FedEx envelopes. You have only paid for this (and not for shipping in any other envelopes for which Fedex will charge CKGS more).

4. You don't need to include any envelopes for shipping back to you.
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bringing dear friend to the U. S.
I am a U. S. citizen and I have a very dear friend from India. He is currently living and working in London. I am blind and I would like him to come to live with me to assist me as well as work another job while he is here. How can I make this happen? I would appreciate any assistance and suggestions. James
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India visa application via Cox & Kings website
Applying for Indian visa through CKNG (Cox & King Global Services) website is the most frustrating experience. I have never seen such convoluted and poorly designed forms to enter the necessary information for applying for the VISA.

It will really help the people who are applying for Indian VISA if the forms can be simplified and made intuitive by integrating the instructions and help text within the forms. That is really how forms are designed for information/data entry.

There are only two pages of information to enter for the VISA application, but because the way forms are designed, it takes for ever to enter the information. None of the forms are intuitive and the instructions to enter the forms not at all straightforward. The navigation of these forms are designed by some entry level people, a lot more improvements are needed to make these forms efficient, user friendly and easy to enter.

There is so much duplication in the forms and when an error is made while entering the data, many of the information that is already entered get erased and the defaults selected are not at all helpful. Standard website design principles and techniques are not at all used while designing these forms.

What happened to the IT knowledge and expertise that Indians claim to have??

I called the phone number for help several times and most of the people are not knowledgeable and those who have some know-how have too much ego to give any good help.

It is shameful for the Indian Consulates and the Indian Government to let something like this to be given to the VISA applicants, it is really a torture for those who fill the VISA applications. I hoping that the Indian Consulate and the Indian Government will take the necessary steps to improve this.
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OCI vs Tourist Visa
I am in the process of applying for OCI for my mom. It is taking a while just to get all the documents together and follow the process through the CKGS website. I feel like I am losing precious time.

Is it possible to travel to India while applying for an OCI card?
She does not have a visa at all and we would need to apply for visitor/tourist visa in the meanwhile. Is this even possible? How long can one stay in india with visitor or tourist visa? We were thinking OCI offers the most flexibility so we started with that process.

I know OCI will take up to two months, and possibly longer. So I was thinking she can get visitor visa so she can get to india sooner, assuming the visa process is faster than an OCI.

Would love to hear advice and suggestions.
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Husband is dependant
Hello all,

I am H1B holder and my husband is on H4. Please anyone suggest what questions do they generally ask if husband is dependant.

Please reply I'm really tensed.

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India visa
Need suggestion from you guys. I am indian citizen with US green card staying in Usa. My wife and newborn baby are US citizens. We are going to India in decemeber 2015. Already booked tickets. Dnt know what kind of Visa they need? We married in sep 2014. Thanks.
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ds 160
applying for B2 visa for in laws. While filling the form for brother in law, there is a section called travel companions, where I am putting the name of father in law as his father, but when it asks for relationship with person what should i put, child or parent?
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Indian Tourist Visa
This is my first time applying thru CKGS- I must say, so far it isn't going well for me. I filled out the entire application online for a tourist visa to go to India, and I went all the way to the end and printed out my application and it gave me a web file number starting with USA- so I was ready to mail it, but I wanted to print one extra copy of my application. So, I go in and type the web file number it generated and it comes out saying the file does not exist. I tried the number several times and the same message keeps coming. I've already paid the fees for the visa and mailed my application already and I'm not sure if they'll accept it now. I call their office in Houston but no one picks up the phone, I called about 5-6 times already and gave up. Can anyone help with any suggestions. Thank you.
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L1 Individual - Approved at Hyderabad
Hi all,

Thanks a lot for sharing experience at OFC and Visa Interview. It was a great help.

At OFC - They check your DS160 confirmation , Appointment Letter and Passport.
We don't need to carry any other documents.

Please reach before 35-40 minutes of Visa interview, no need to be there before an hour.

Questions Asked at Visa Interview.
1. Why are you going?
2. How much is your Indian salary?
3. How much will be your US salary?
4. What is your Specialization?
5. How much is your experience?

And then the VO said "I am issuing your Visa, Have a great day !"

All The Best and be confidant. Please do prepare well on your specialization,
once the VO is convinced he wont even let you finish and will ask another question.

Good Luck !!!

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