In order to be safe, I applied for my wife's OCI first and not mine. We applied for her in April 2014 with BLS. The process as many have experienced was not very smooth. We learned a couple things in the process.
As we continuously checked the status of her application on the CKGS site. We kept on seeing that it said "In Process", which we assumed that they were still working on it. In early August or so we thought that it had been a while. So, we googled and found a contact phone number for CKGS.After inquiry we found out that her OCI card was approved and was at the Consulate, a while back. We were not informed. There was no email, no letter, nothing.
What we learned was that we should have checked the status of her application at the below Govt. of India site
To get her OCI, my wife then went with a screenshot of the status results to the CKGS office and she got her US passport and the OCI card in the mail in about a week or so,
For my OCI, I applied soon after. I checked in middle of Oct by sending an email to CKGS and they told me it was still in process. They also told me to check on the Govt. of India site. I checked and there was not update
I checked couple days back and the status showed that my OCI was approved and is at the New York Consulate. Similar to my wife's case, we received no notification - no email, no letter, nothing. I have sent my passport for matchup via FedEx. Hopefully it comes back to me in time
1) Follow up on a regular basis with folks via email at: [email protected]
2) Check you status online at a regular basis: http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury
3) Use FedEx or UPS. While US Postal mail works, they seem to work better with FedEx and UPS. I used Postal mail once earlier and then later, I used FedEx which worked best. Open an account on Fedex.com. Create a shipment. Print the Airway Bill. Stick the Airway Bill to a FedEx envelope and send your application
4) For my application, I sent them a money order for $15, so that they can send me my stamped US passport and OCI. I also sent a pre-printed Airway Bill from FedEx's site and an envelope. Guess that doesn't work for these guys. Note that you can print as many Airway Bill's from FedEx as you want. If you do not one uses it, you are not charged.It is just safer to send them an return Airway bill. If they don't use it, you don't pay.
Hopefully this helps some of you out there.