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New US born kids OCI on H1B extension in progress
Dear experts,

Quick Help : Can I apply my new US born kids OCI card when My H1B extension(on receipt number currently) is in progress ?

Thanks
Nageswara
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OCI Adult Chicago - Very Fast Service!
Below is my experience and hopefully will be useful to some folks. I am a naturalized US citizen and took my oath in November 2019. In Chicago they have discontinued the option of renunciation + OCI so I had to do the renunciation first and get the Indian passport stamped with the cancellation stamp as well as get the renunciation certificate first. The "certificate" is just the same printout that you send out with a govt. stamp on it. Anyways after I received that I applied for the OCI booklet. Make sure to take a different photo than what you used when you applied for your US (or other) passport. Use that same photo to scan and upload on the govt. site for OCI. I submitted black and white photocopies of all the documents asked, except for the passports. I sent both the US and cancelled Indian original passports with my application. Also included the photo copies of the relevant pages asked in the CKGS checklist. The checklist is very good and explains clearly how to prepare the application. Please make sure to go through it properly before starting to fill out the forms. The passports are returned back within a week, give or take. Below is my timeline for CKGS:

Dec 13, 2019 - Friday
    05:27 pm
    Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.

Dec 13, 2019 - Friday
    05:38 pm
    Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.

Dec 13, 2019 - Friday
    06:06 pm
    Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Dec 16, 2019 - Monday
    11:37 am
    Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Dec 17, 2019 - Tuesday
    11:34 am
    Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Dec 18, 2019 - Wednesday
    02:49 pm
    Passport 'Reviewed' by Consulate and is ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

Dec 18, 2019 - Wednesday
    02:49 pm
    Original Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Dec 18, 2019 - Wednesday
    04:46 pm
    Passport picked up by FedEx.

Jan 07, 2020 - Tuesday
    05:07 pm
    Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.

Jan 07, 2020 - Tuesday
    05:11 pm
    OCI Card ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Jan 07, 2020 - Tuesday
    05:23 pm
    OCI Card picked up by FedEx.

Jan 08 - Booklet in hand

Below is the Govt. site statuses:

Date Of Acknowledgment - 17-DEC-2019
Documents Printing Status PROCESSED On 06-JAN-2020
Dispatched From MEA (OCI ) NEW DELHI On 06-JAN-2020
Document received At CHICAGO On 06-JAN-2020

All in all it was done in 26 calendar days even though it was the holiday season, just 15 business days!! I am really very pleasantly surprised by the extremely quick turnaround. Kudos to the CKGS Chicago team and the Chicago Indian mission. They have my heartfelt thanks.
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OCI and E-Visa both causes issues
Hi experts,

Due to various reports like the one pasted below, and after talking to Indian immigration authorities in India, I decided to get an e-Visa, in addition to already existing OCI (but stamped on an old passport).

Upon immigration in India, I was challenged on why I had both OCI and e-Visa, even though the recommendation to procure eVisa came from Indian Immigration authorities. Anyways, the whole immigration check took a long while, as the officer-on-duty had to "manually" workaround the system to allow entry. Same experience while leaving India. The officer-on-duty during Emigration at India said that we will have to live with this experience till the life of eVisa.

My question to experts: has anyone faced a similar situation? any way to rescind OCI/eVisa and start afresh? I don't want to go through the same hassle every time I go to India. I am sure neither do the immigration officers.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/oci-card-holders-facing-problem-while-travelling-to-india-ambassador-told/article30243054.ece
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OCI card delay @ Washington DC
Hello

I applied for mine and mine wife OCI card at Washington DC with a receipt date of 22nd September. I have not received the OCI card so far and government of India website shows it is still under process. My understanding was that it could take upto 60 business days but we are past that processing window. CKGS folks seem clueless. They first said to contact after 60 business day and when I did so now they are saying that 60 business day is an average processing time and there is no limit to amount of time it could take.

I was wondering if someone is in a similar boat with Washington DC consulate and if there is any way to get an accurate status of the application? I have a upcoming travel in about 15 days to India and would rather like not to apply for eVisa if this OCI shows up. It is really a frustrating experience.
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Error in OCI card
  My wife got her OCI card recently but there is an error in the US address printed on the OCI card. The state should have been AZ (Arizona) but they have printed AR. I have checked the application form and it shows ARIZONA. This an error at their end.
  Has anybody experienced this?
  What should I do for corrections?

Regards
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OCI Renewal
Recently there has been process change notice from US Consulates Washington and Houston mentioning - OCI applications can be sent to any consulate irrespective of jurisdiction. I checked with CKGS and they mentioned this is allowed now. Has any one leveraged this process? For example, sending to NY consulate from Texas.
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No change in CKGS status
Please forgive me, not sure if this is the place to ask this quick question.

How long did it take from when your application was delivered to CKGS to the status on CKGS changing to “received”?

For example, if your package was delivered on the 19th with the application and the US passport, did the online status change to “received” on the same day, or did it a take a couple of business days?

My package has been delivered but still not status change online, so just concerned and hope you can shed some light on this. Couldn’t find answers anywhere. Thank you.
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OCI Card for Minor ( 1 month Old ) - San Francisco jurisdiction
GOVT WEBSITE STATUS

Documents Printing Status PROCESSED On 09-DEC-2019
Dispatched From MEA (OCI ) NEW DELHI On 10-DEC-2019
Document received At SAN FRANCISCO On 17-DEC-2019

CKGS STATUS

Dec 18,2019 Wednesday : Received the OCI Card
Dec 17, 2019 – Tuesday 02:54 pm OCI Card ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.
Dec 17, 2019 - Tuesday 02:54 pm Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
 Nov 05, 2019 - Tuesday 01:30 pm Passport picked up by FedEx.
Nov 05, 2019 - Tuesday 01:29 pm Original Passport ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.
Nov 05, 2019 - Tuesday 01:29 pm Passport 'Reviewed' by Consulate and is ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
Nov 05, 2019 - Tuesday 01:29 pm Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.
Nov 04, 2019 - Monday 04:56 pm Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.
Nov 04, 2019 - Monday 01:15 pm Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.
Nov 01, 2019 - Friday 07:29 pm Application is ‘Verified and Reprocessed’ at CKGS.
Nov 01, 2019 - Friday 07:29 pm We have 'Received' the 'Incomplete Documents' mentioned below but the contents have 'Not Been Verified'. An update on the progress of your application will be sent to you post verification.
Nov 01, 2019 - Friday 07:27 pm We have 'Received' the 'Incomplete Documents' mentioned below but the contents have 'Not Been Verified'. An update on the progress of your application will be sent to you post verification.
Once CKGS receives the documents and post verification, your application process will resume.
Oct 30, 2019 - Wednesday 04:27 pm Your Application is 'On Hold' due to the 'Incomplete Documents'.
Oct 30, 2019 - Wednesday 02:52 pm Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.
You will receive an E-mail advising you of the outcome of the verification process.

Incomplete documents
Document Name Remarks Status
Parental Authorization Form
Parental Authorization Form must be for OCI and not Visa.Please re-submit the Parental Authorization Form in Original with the correct information.Please Note: For child of 5 years and above, signature of the minor child and BOTH PARENTS are mandatory For child less than 5 years of age thumb impression of the minor child and signatures of BOTH PARENTS are mandatory. This must be NOTARIZED. If Single parent of Minor (deceased spouse):Please also submit: Copy of Death Certificate if one of the Parents is deceased. If Single parent of Minor (with legal custody):Please also submit: Copy of court document(s) proving you have legal and physical custody of the child must be submitted. You can get a copy of the document from https://www.in.ckgs.us/myaccount/ under Print
Photograph
Please submit a photograph with no disturbance in the background. The background should be clear white.You can get the complete photo specifications from https://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/photo-specifications.pdfPlease follow the steps detailed below1. Go to https://passport.gov.in/oci/verifyImage and re-upload your Photograph.2. Re-print your application. Check that the photo is clear.3. Sign/ thumb print on Part B of the form4. Send the OCI Government form and a Physical Photograph to the CKGS office.If the applicant is a minor: • For a minor 5 years and above, signature of the minor child and BOTH PARENTS are mandatory • For a minor less than 5 years of age thumb impression of the minor child and signatures of BOTH PARENTS are mandatory.
The photograph submitted has a yellowish tone. Please submit a photograph that has a NATURAL skin tone.You can get the complete photo specifications from https://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/photo-specifications.pdfPlease follow the steps detailed below1. Go to https://passport.gov.in/oci/verifyImage and re-upload your Photograph.2. Re-print your application. Check that the photo is clear.3. Sign/ thumb print on Part B of the form4. Send the OCI Government form and a Physical Photograph to the CKGS office.If the applicant is a minor: • For a minor 5 years and above, signature of the minor child and BOTH PARENTS are mandatory • For a minor less than 5 years of age thumb impression of the minor child and signatures of BOTH PARENTS are mandatory.
Please submit a photograph that is 2x2 and with a WHITE background.You can get the complete photo specifications from https://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/photo-specifications.pdfPlease follow the steps detailed below1. Go to https://passport.gov.in/oci/verifyImage and re-upload your Photograph.2. Re-print your application. Check that the photo is clear.3. Sign/ thumb print on Part B of the form4. Send the OCI Government form and a Physical Photograph to the CKGS office.If the applicant is a minor: • For a minor 5 years and above, signature of the minor child and BOTH PARENTS are mandatory • For a minor less than 5 years of age thumb impression of the minor child and signatures of BOTH PARENTS are mandatory.
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NY - OCI Re-issued for new passport(renewed passport) for minor
Dec 18. 2019: Expected on 8 PM (As per FedEx)

Dec 17, 2019 - Tuesday11:07 amOCI Card picked up by FedEx.
Your AWB Number is 7XXXXXXXXXXXXX
To track the ‘Progress of Your Shipment’, log onto the site of FedEx and enter your AWB Number.

Dec 16, 2019 - Monday12:39 pm
OCI Card ‘Received’ at the CKGS application centre and is at the ‘Sorting Facility’ where it is being processed for delivery.

Dec 16, 2019 - Monday12:05 pm
Application 'Reviewed' by Consulate and ‘In Transit’ to CKGS Application Centre.
 

Dec 11, 2019 - Wednesday10:45 am
Application is 'Under Process' at Consulate for decision making.

Dec 10, 2019 - Tuesday05:32 pm
Application is 'In Transit' to the Consulate.

Dec 10, 2019 - Tuesday12:47 pm
Application is ‘Under Process’ at CKGS.

Dec 09, 2019 - Monday05:27 pm
Application Verification is ‘Complete’. Processing of your application will continue.
Full payment received and payment receipt sent to your registered email ID.
The Consulate may request for further documents over and above those already submitted as per the Document Checklist.

Dec 09, 2019 - Monday05:18 pm
Application ‘Received’ by CKGS and 'Not Verified'.
You will receive an E-mail advising you of the outcome of the verification process.
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OCI CARD
Hello,
Please help with my question regarding OCI card. My son went to India with General visa valid for 1 year.
Can he apply OCI card in India in order to stay longer once he get OCI card ?

Current visa stay is 180 days. Once he get OCI card, whether he stay longer or must be returned.

IF he exist USA to India with OCI card, people can stay longer may be up to 5 years.

Please give your suggestion
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