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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby jaysingh2k » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:39 am

FINAL UPDATE

OCI based on Spouse

Application Date : 06-10-2016
VFS Center: London Hounslow
Date of acknowledgement : 07-10-2016
Original docs Received : 08-10-2016
Documents Printing Status: : PROCESSED 13-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 13-12-2016
Document received At London: 13-12-2016
Passport Submitted in person : 29-12-2016
Passport and OCI document received : 06-01-2017

Thanks all for your help and advice during this long journey. Best of luck to those all who are still waiting.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby GB85 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:05 am

GB85 wrote:Application Date :27-10-2016
VFS Center: London-Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgement : 28-10-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : 15-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 16-12-2016
Document received At London: 16-12-2016
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 10-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :Awaited


Hi All,

I submitted my passport today for collecting the OCI. I have two questions:
- When can I expect to receive my OCI booklet and passport? I know the official guidance says 7-10 working days. But how long has it taken for people on an average. I am due to travel on 29th January and I am feeling slightly nervous with the timelines.

- Will I get a sticker in my British passport or is it just the OCI booklet?

Thank you for your help!
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby jaysingh2k » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:30 am

GB85 wrote:
GB85 wrote:Application Date :27-10-2016
VFS Center: London-Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgement : 28-10-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : 15-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 16-12-2016
Document received At London: 16-12-2016
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 10-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :Awaited


Hi All,

I submitted my passport today for collecting the OCI. I have two questions:
- When can I expect to receive my OCI booklet and passport? I know the official guidance says 7-10 working days. But how long has it taken for people on an average. I am due to travel on 29th January and I am feeling slightly nervous with the timelines.

- Will I get a sticker in my British passport or is it just the OCI booklet?

Thank you for your help!


Hi GB85,

You will get your passport and OCI booklet back within the timeline given 7-10 working days. It may come quicker, but it's all subject to how busy VFS are. You will be sent emails and text messages (if you requested this paid service from VFS), so you will know when they have posted your passport and OCI booklet, so keep any eye out for this.

They no longer place the stickers in the British passport, so it's now just the OCI booklet.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby jaysingh2k » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:32 am

GB85 wrote:
GB85 wrote:Application Date :27-10-2016
VFS Center: London-Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgement : 28-10-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : 15-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 16-12-2016
Document received At London: 16-12-2016
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 10-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :Awaited


Hi All,

I submitted my passport today for collecting the OCI. I have two questions:
- When can I expect to receive my OCI booklet and passport? I know the official guidance says 7-10 working days. But how long has it taken for people on an average. I am due to travel on 29th January and I am feeling slightly nervous with the timelines.

- Will I get a sticker in my British passport or is it just the OCI booklet?

Thank you for your help!


Hi GB85,

You will get your passport and OCI booklet back within the timeline given 7-10 working days. It may come quicker, but it's all subject to how busy VFS are. You will be sent emails and text messages (if you requested this paid service from VFS), so you will know when they have posted your passport and OCI booklet, so keep any eye out for this. I made to two seperate applications for OCI and both of them came back within 7 days after submitting our passports. So yours should come back within a week.

They no longer place the stickers in the British passport, so it's now just the OCI booklet.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby GB85 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:39 am

jaysingh2k wrote:
GB85 wrote:
GB85 wrote:Application Date :27-10-2016
VFS Center: London-Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgement : 28-10-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : 15-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 16-12-2016
Document received At London: 16-12-2016
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 10-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :Awaited


Hi All,

I submitted my passport today for collecting the OCI. I have two questions:
- When can I expect to receive my OCI booklet and passport? I know the official guidance says 7-10 working days. But how long has it taken for people on an average. I am due to travel on 29th January and I am feeling slightly nervous with the timelines.

- Will I get a sticker in my British passport or is it just the OCI booklet?

Thank you for your help!


Hi GB85,

You will get your passport and OCI booklet back within the timeline given 7-10 working days. It may come quicker, but it's all subject to how busy VFS are. You will be sent emails and text messages (if you requested this paid service from VFS), so you will know when they have posted your passport and OCI booklet, so keep any eye out for this. I made to two seperate applications for OCI and both of them came back within 7 days after submitting our passports. So yours should come back within a week.

They no longer place the stickers in the British passport, so it's now just the OCI booklet.


Thank you! I was slightly concerned that they gave me no tracking number etc. But it is good to know that I will get the SMS etc. - I have paid for the service while making my initial application. :) Will wait for the SMS then!
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby ssathish315 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:01 pm

Application Date :03-01-2017
VFS Center: Edinburgh VFS
Date of acknowledgement : 03-01-2016
Original docs Received : WAITING
Documents Printing Status :
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI :
Document received At Edinburgh:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON:
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby crowbar6 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:27 pm

New entry

Application Date : 02 Nov 2016
VFS Center: London Paddington
Date of acknowledgement : 03 Nov 2016
Original docs Received : 08 Nov 2016
Documents Printing Status: : PROCESSED 20 Dec 2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 20 Dec 2016
Document received At London: 20 Dec 2016
Passport Submitted in person : 02 Jan 2017
Passport and OCI document received : 10 Jan 2017

Thanks.
Regards,
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby amitpatel1185 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:17 am

Application Date : 07 Dec 2016
VFS Center: London Hounslow
Date of acknowledgement : 08 Dec 2016
Original docs Received : 10 Dec 2016
Documents Printing Status: : PROCESSED 11 Jan 2017
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 11 Jan 2017
Document received At London: 11 Jan 2017
Passport Submitted in person : Tomorrow

Impressed with the service. cant believe. Super fast despite Christmas and new year holiday
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby haiksuresh » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:53 pm

Hi,
Could some one plz confirm on the below OCI check list.

1) British Passport [Original] + 2 copies self attested
2) Naturalisation Certificate [Original] + 2 copies self attested
3) Surrender Certificate [Original] + 2 copies self attested
4) Online OCI Application print out
5) 2 Photos.
6) Upload scanned copy of Photo and signature , British Passport+ Naturalisation Certificate self attested pdf file , Indian passport + Surrender Certificate self attested pdf file.
7) Appointment letter printout.
8) Two Royal Mail special delivery envelopes.

Please correct me if i miss anything.


Regards,
Suresh
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby Chiligee » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:50 pm

Baby's OCI based on father holding OCI and mother being Indian passport holder.

Application Date : 09 Nov 2016
VFS Center: London Goswell rd
Date of acknowledgement : 10 Nov 2016
Original docs Received : 17 Nov 2016
Documents Printing Status: : PROCESSED 23 Dec 2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 23 Dec 2016
Document received At London: 23 Dec 2016
Passport Submitted in person : 03 Jan 2017
Passport and OCI document received : 12 Jan 2017

We were flying out on 18th Jan so was worried if we will get this on time. However, emailing hciLondon they did reply that oci was sent to VFS. Email correspondence was very quick - within 1hour I had a reply and it was clear where the OCI was etc so I would encourage email as a mode of communication with HCI.
I also called them and the lady asked me to send details by email which she would follow up.

Good luck to all who applied for OCI. It would be coming soon!

Now on to packing!
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby tier1Reading » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:50 pm

Final Update.

Application submitted on: 11-Nov-2016 (VFS, Hounslow)
Date Of Acknowledgement: 15-Nov-2016
Doc Printing Status PROCESSED: 30-Dec-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI): 30-Dec-2016
Document received at LONDON: 30-Dec-2016
Passport submitted in person: 04-Jan-2017
SMS Confirmation from VFS: 11-Jan-2017
OCI booklet received: 13-Jan-2017 (Missed delivery on 12-Jan)
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby pkul7de » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:02 am

SOLVED: Long delay in getting OCI

Hi,

I am a member of immigrationboards since 2010, and used its extensive info from fellow members, for my journey from a normal residing Indian citizen, to Tier-1 General visa in 2010, to ILR in 2015, to finally UK passport and Indian OCI in 2016. I faced some major problems in getting OCI for my family (wife and kid), in spite of complete paperwork and a ‘normal case’. A few months back that problem was solved, and I thought to share that experience and how I got rid of that problem, on the immigrationboards, as I am quite indebted to this board for all the help I had got throughout my journey, just by reading people posting their date updates, and discussing various issues.

If you are not having any OCI issues, you can stop reading here, if you want :) . But if you are facing any long delays in getting OCI (more than average durations posted by other people), then I think this post is a must read for you.

So, I am a family with wife and a kid. We entered UK in 2010 on Tier-1 general visa and my path till UK passport in 2016 was pretty smooth. After that we wanted to move back to India and applied for Indian OCI, where the problem started. We applied on 02-May-2016 at London VFS, for all three of us. Ack date came 03-May. On 25-May, Govt status website updated ‘Documents Printing Status’ to PROCESSED, but only for me. For my wife & kid, it was still showing ‘UNDER PROCESS’.

I came to immigrationboards forum and tried to see the typical timelines. It was perfectly matching for me, and 90% people had got their OCI within those time frames. I thought it will soon be processed for my wife and kid as well, and so I took a bet. My kid’s new school in India was starting in June, so I took a months’ margin from 25-May and booked the tickets for June-end. My OCI arrived in London on 01-June – exact expected timeline. But for my wife& kid, time passed and their OCI status stayed at ‘UNDER PROCESS’. I kept calling VFS but they said application is fine and nothing is asked from HCI, and we just need to wait. Around 20-June, I sort of panicked, and as an emergency measure applied for their 6-months short term Indian visa (mind that our Indian passports were now cancelled, so no other way to enter India).

Within India, we got busy settling and few months passed, but surprisingly their OCI status still stayed at ‘UNDER PROCESS’. Website says that you should get your OCI within 42 days of application, and if there is any delay, they’ll tell the reason. But for us, there was no reason sent, even after 60 days. I kept calling VFS (from India, at 95p per minute), but same response. I went searching for any OCI helpline on India Govt. website, but to my utter surprise, there was not even a single helpline number. There was only one email id mentioned at https://passport.gov.in/oci/helpdesk-oci@gov.in. I sent many mails there, but not even a single reply. Not trusting Govt. now and to avoid the last minute panic again, I tried searching for alternate options.

I discussed with people, and came to know of RTI – which one can put to any Govt. agency, including OCI, and they have to reply in 1 month or some action taken. Since I was an OCI holder (an OCI holder can apply), I put an RTI application to MHA, giving details of my wife & kid’s applications and asking for status. I took help from a private company who charged 200 Rs. to frame a good RTI application (you can find it if you google online rti). In parallel, I kept trying other ways to contact MHA. After 20 days, finally I got a phone list of various ministers and their under-secretaries from MHA website. I started calling them. They picked the phone, but kept on forwarding me to different people, until I reached the person who heads OCI process. I was lucky to be able to talk to him directly, and after listening, he confirmed that my wife & kid’s OCIs had just been released last week. You won’t imagine how much relief I got after hearing those words. When asked for reason for delay, he said there was some internal delay. Within ~10 days, their documents printing status on website was changed to ‘PROCESSED’ and OCIs sent to London.

The story after that is still interesting on how I finally got OCIs in my hand, since I had no plan to go to UK in foreseeable future, and what happened to the RTI application response. But with 99% surety, I could say that their OCIs were unblocked because of the RTI application I had put.

So few things to take away:
- If your OCI processing is taking more time than average, get alerted. There are some dead holes in Govt. systems which, if you are unlucky, end up sucking your application
- Consider putting an RTI application, but only if the delay is more than 42 days. Any Indian passport holder, or OCI holder, can apply it for you. RTI puts a lot of pressure on Govt. agencies. Filing an RTI is simple, thanks to some private companies.
- For OCI there is no helpline number. If you are not getting response on OCI email helpline, and it is more than 42 days of application, try calling phone numbers of MHA website (http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mh ... ellist.pdf) - see relevant phone numbers there.


Wish you all the best.

Thanks.
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Long delay in getting OCI - SOLVED

Postby pkul7de » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:04 am

Hi,

I am a member of immigrationboards since 2010, and used its extensive info from fellow members, for my journey from a normal residing Indian citizen, to Tier-1 General visa in 2010, to ILR in 2015, to finally UK passport and Indian OCI in 2016. I faced some major problems in getting OCI for my family (wife and kid), in spite of complete paperwork and a ‘normal case’. A few months back that problem was solved, and I thought to share that experience and how I got rid of that problem, on the immigrationboards, as I am quite indebted to this board for all the help I had got throughout my journey, just by reading people posting their date updates, and discussing various issues.

If you are not having any OCI issues, you can stop reading here, if you want :) . But if you are facing any long delays in getting OCI (more than average durations posted by other people), then I think this post is a must read for you.

So, I am a family with wife and a kid. We entered UK in 2010 on Tier-1 general visa and my path till UK passport in 2016 was pretty smooth. After that we wanted to move back to India and applied for Indian OCI, where the problem started. We applied on 02-May-2016 at London VFS, for all three of us. Ack date came 03-May. On 25-May, Govt status website updated ‘Documents Printing Status’ to PROCESSED, but only for me. For my wife & kid, it was still showing ‘UNDER PROCESS’.

I came to immigrationboards forum and tried to see the typical timelines. It was perfectly matching for me, and 90% people had got their OCI within those time frames. I thought it will soon be processed for my wife and kid as well, and so I took a bet. My kid’s new school in India was starting in June, so I took a months’ margin from 25-May and booked the tickets for June-end. My OCI arrived in London on 01-June – exact expected timeline. But for my wife& kid, time passed and their OCI status stayed at ‘UNDER PROCESS’. I kept calling VFS but they said application is fine and nothing is asked from HCI, and we just need to wait. Around 20-June, I sort of panicked, and as an emergency measure applied for their 6-months short term Indian visa (mind that our Indian passports were now cancelled, so no other way to enter India).

Within India, we got busy settling and few months passed, but surprisingly their OCI status still stayed at ‘UNDER PROCESS’. Website says that you should get your OCI within 42 days of application, and if there is any delay, they’ll tell the reason. But for us, there was no reason sent, even after 60 days. I kept calling VFS (from India, at 95p per minute), but same response. I went searching for any OCI helpline on India Govt. website, but to my utter surprise, there was not even a single helpline number. There was only one email id mentioned at https://passport.gov.in/oci/helpdesk-oci@gov.in. I sent many mails there, but not even a single reply. Not trusting Govt. now and to avoid the last minute panic again, I tried searching for alternate options.

I discussed with people, and came to know of RTI – which one can put to any Govt. agency, including OCI, and they have to reply in 1 month or some action taken. Since I was an OCI holder (an OCI holder can apply), I put an RTI application to MHA, giving details of my wife & kid’s applications and asking for status. I took help from a private company who charged 200 Rs. to frame a good RTI application (you can find it if you google online rti). In parallel, I kept trying other ways to contact MHA. After 20 days, finally I got a phone list of various ministers and their under-secretaries from MHA website. I started calling them. They picked the phone, but kept on forwarding me to different people, until I reached the person who heads OCI process. I was lucky to be able to talk to him directly, and after listening, he confirmed that my wife & kid’s OCIs had just been released last week. You won’t imagine how much relief I got after hearing those words. When asked for reason for delay, he said there was some internal delay. Within ~10 days, their documents printing status on website was changed to ‘PROCESSED’ and OCIs sent to London.

The story after that is still interesting on how I finally got OCIs in my hand, since I had no plan to go to UK in foreseeable future, and what happened to the RTI application response. But with 99% surety, I could say that their OCIs were unblocked because of the RTI application I had put.

So few things to take away:
- If your OCI processing is taking more time than average, get alerted. There are some dead holes in Govt. systems which, if you are unlucky, end up sucking your application
- Consider putting an RTI application, but only if the delay is more than 42 days. Any Indian passport holder, or OCI holder, can apply it for you. RTI puts a lot of pressure on Govt. agencies. Filing an RTI is simple, thanks to some private companies.
- For OCI there is no helpline number. If you are not getting response on OCI email helpline, and it is more than 42 days of application, try calling phone numbers of MHA website (http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mh ... ellist.pdf) - see relevant phone numbers there.


Wish you all the best.

Thanks.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby brynsadler » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:22 am

Application Date :18-11-2016
VFS Center: Cardiff
Date of acknowledgement : 22-11-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : Processed :05-01-2017
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 05-01-2017
Document received At London: 05-01-2017
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 06-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :Waiting

Been 11 Days since I Submillted My Passport. Is this usual? Please someone with a similar experince please share. Got my travel booked on 27th.

many thanks
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby tjoseph » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:07 pm

haiksuresh wrote:Hi,
Could some one plz confirm on the below OCI check list.

1) British Passport [Original] + 2 copies self attested
2) Naturalisation Certificate [Original] + 2 copies self attested
3) Surrender Certificate [Original] + 2 copies self attested
4) Online OCI Application print out
5) 2 Photos.
6) Upload scanned copy of Photo and signature , British Passport+ Naturalisation Certificate self attested pdf file , Indian passport + Surrender Certificate self attested pdf file.
7) Appointment letter printout.
8) Two Royal Mail special delivery envelopes.

Please correct me if i miss anything.


Regards,
Suresh


I submitted my application on 11th Jan at VFS Goswell road office.

For initial submission:
1) British Passport [Original] + 1 copy self attested - original passport would be returned.
2) Naturalisation Certificate [Original] + 1 copy self attested
3) Surrender Certificate [Original] + 1 copy self attested
4) Online OCI Application print out
5) 2 Photos.
6) Upload scanned copy of Photo and signature , British Passport+ Naturalisation Certificate self attested pdf file , Indian passport + Surrender Certificate self attested pdf file. - without this you wouldn't be able to print the filled in application form
7) Appointment letter printout.
8) One Royal Mail special delivery envelope - the second one would be returned and you would be asked you bring it along with you the second time to go in to submit the passport.

Carry a pen with you, as they will ask you to sign the application form, once again.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby GB85 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:19 am

Final update

GB85 wrote:Application Date :27-10-2016
VFS Center: London-Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgement : 28-10-2016
Original docs Received : few days later
Documents Printing Status : 15-12-2016
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI : 16-12-2016
Document received At London: 16-12-2016
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON: 10-01-2017
TEXT MESSAGE RECEIVED: 13-01-2017
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :16-01-2017 (via DX)


Thank you everyone for all the advise and support through the process. :)
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Postby szj » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:24 pm

Application Date :13-01-2017
VFS Center: Leicester
Date of acknowledgement : 17-01-2017
Original docs Received :
Documents Printing Status :
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI :
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON:
TEXT MESSAGE RECEIVED:
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :
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