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Got OCI cards today
Hi Folks, just returned from the SFO consulate with our OCI cards and U-sticker stamped on our passports.

Went there this morning and turned in our passports and status printout. They asked us to come back at 4 to collect the passports. We went back at 4 and got everything including our cancelled Indian passport and our renunciation certificate. Looks like the consulate is pretty much handling this process now and giving this new organization CKGS a little "soak time" to clean out their mess. I wish they do so as I was hearing dreadful stories about passports being misplaced/lost by CKGS. Met a lot of people who are traveling from different western regions including hawaii, washington etc.

If you are seeing your OCI status as "Card Received at Mission on so and so date" then don't hesitate to go to the consulate. You might most likely get your OCI the same day.

I wish all of you a very good luck in your OCI journey. Feel free to message me incase any information is required.

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CKGS should be changed
Just got off the phone with a CKGS staff (india call centre). The guy asked for my passport details, and I gave them. He's coming back and telling me that my tourist visa is approved and passport can be collected from their office. I yelled at him literally, can't just control.

Later after explaining things to him, he's putting me on hold and giving me another update that my document is already received by their SF office and I'll get an email in a couple of days. He's strong on that point that "Document Received by SFO" is their office. What's going on here??? Why did Indian consulate outsourced our cases to such a company. I have applied PIO for my daughter, and have applied for attestation previously with travisa. Never faced such problems. Now I leave to my destiny for good things to happen. Planning to visit them this Friday.

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Card received at SF consulate still waiting for update
Our family OCI got approved on June 2nd, cards were received by the SF consulate on the 9th. So far there's no word for CKGS for our passport matchup. CKGS absolutely has no clue on our cases and they don't have an idea on what's the next step in the OCI process.

The phone numbers in their website always connects to their india call centre and the folks over there have nothing to update us except they keep us on the phone line and extract all our information. So far I have been making calls almost on an everyday basis to them and each person has a different answer for me. Have a pending travel in 2 weeks. The guy I spoke to now is telling me to visit the CKGS SFO office in person during collection time to ask about case update. Is this the way it works? I'm totally frustrated with this whole thing. I'm cursing myself for not applying for PIO card which would have already be with me now. We still have the passport matchup pending and haven't received our cancelled Indian passport back yet.

Anyone received an email/call from CKGS regarding their OCI status update??

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Anybody got OCI card lately?
There are lots of OCI approvals around may end and 1st week of June. Accordingly consulate contacted us in the email to mail their passport, So we did. For me it's been more than a week my passport is with consulate but haven't heard from them yet nor have I received them back.

Anybody in the same situation got their passport back via mail with OCI?

Please let me know. Thanks.
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OCI card with BLS
I applied for OCI for my family with BLS which is no longer in operation. They've cashed my cashier check for $1190 and are not returning my message for refund. Has anyone had this happen to them? Any suggestion on how to get money back from them?

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OCI Processing date
Is there any body whose OCI Date of Acknowledgement is April 23 rd of April or Later and the application is processed in Delhi.?
My OCI Date of Acknowledgement is April 22nd of April but it is still showing under-process.
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OCI and Entry visa (sorry state of affairs)
I sent my application for the renewal of my OCI through BLS on March 4, 2014. After several queries, finally my application was sent to Indian Embassy in Washington DC who in turn sent it to Delhi. The Date of Acknowledgement is 22 April, 2014 and Document Printing Status as of today is UNDER-PROCESS. I had to renew it as my age has crossed 50.

  As like everybody else, I too have already purchased my nonrefundable ticket and have made all my plans. The departure date is 23 July 2014 which cannot be changed without hefty penalty.
After reading all the personal experience of so many people on this forum and elsewhere on the internet, I am kind of worried and nervous. I may not get the OCI in time for my upcoming trip.

So in order to save myself from further stress, I decided to apply for Tourist/Entry visa. By the way, it seems people of Indian origin can apply only for Entry visa. While completing the application for Entry visa, I came across a question in the form where I have to fill the last visa number and type issued to me. Obviously it is the u-visa which was affixed when I was issued the OCI last time. However, in the drop down menu I do not see the OCI visa type. I do not know what to do. Do I have to then write the previous visa and its type which I was issued before I took acquiring OCI? Any suggestions in this direction will be appreciated.

The second issue I am facing while completing the Entry visa application is about the renunciation. I acquired the Canadian citizenship way back in 2001. Indian High commission in Ottawa cancelled the Indian passport by stamping a seal which reads “Cancelled on account of holder acquiring Canadian citizenship” when I went there to get a visa on the Canadian Passport. For all these years, the cancelled Indian passport has served well as a proof of renunciation of Indian citizenship. But now, CKGS write on its website that any person of Indian origin who wishes to apply for a Tourist /Entry visa will have to submit the renunciation certificate (which I do not have and I cannot get one as it takes time) along with the application.

So I guess, my second question is: Can I still submit the cancelled Indian passport with the stamp “ Cancelled on account of holder acquiring Canadian citizenship” in lieu of renunciation certificate. On Indian Consulate of Chicago website I do see a statement which says that if someone has a cancelled Indian passport which has the seal that passport is cancelled because the holder of the passport has acquired citizenship of another country then he does not need a renunciation certificate. However, I did not see the similar statement on Washington DC website.
I know the story is long but any light on these questions will be appreciated from experienced persons.
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Passport match-up at GKGS
HEllo All,

Some of us already have their OCI cards at CGISF starting June 2nd. It's already June 9th and CKGS has no clue that the OCI cards have arrived at SFO consulate.

My emails and Phone calls are answered with words like "wait until our database is updated, you will get an email to send passports, don't send passports until you receive an email".

I am wondering what other are doing in this case. I do have print out of saying OCI card has been received by SFO consulate.

Please let me know if anyone has taken bold step to send passport without receiving an email. If so what documents were sent to them beside passport and OCI status printout?

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OCI nightmare
Finally, i see an update on my kids OCI renewal and it is printed as of 6/2/14. DO any of know how long it will take for it to get to SFO? Will it be possible for us to take our passports to CGISFO and get it stamped rather than mail it & wait for a while? MY trip is coming up shortly & I dont know how long of a process is ahead of me.

Any tips/help is appreciated.

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Another OCI tale of woe
I had applied for my minor son's OCI renewal originally in March 2015, to BLS. After lot of asking additional documents (really, for a minor child renewal???) they finally said they submitted the file to Indian Embassy in Washington DC on 1st May 2014.

After that the handover to Cox and King took place, then finish! - No updates, no answer to questions, attempts to track status online with Cox and King shows Records Not Found, also when trying to track with Government of India web site says same thing "no records found".

Needless to say, phone calls to Indian Embassy or Cox and King are never picked up. Indian Embassy never responds to email. Cox and King replies to email, with inaccurate information. What are we supposed to do?

We want to travel to India in end of June. It looks like there is no chance of OCI coming by then.

Can we apply for a tourist visa for my son? Will that invalidate the pending OCI renewal application?

Can any knowledgeable person advise?

Thanks in advance. - SS
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