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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by krish_only4u » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:59 am

My timeline..

Application Date: 07-Aug-2018
VFS Center: VFS Hounslow, London
Date of acknowledgment: 08-Aug-2018
Original docs Received: 11-Aug-2018
Documents Printing Status: Processed
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI: 28-Aug-2018
Document received At London: 28-Aug-2018
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: 31-Aug-2018
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED: 7-Sep-2018

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jsampath » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:27 am

Hi Member,

I have filled up OCI online applications and uploaded all the documents for my daughter who is 6 weeks old. Myself and and my wife are OCI cardholders and hold British passport.

I am confused about OCI document requirements for 'Birth Certificate'. Could someone clarify if the UK issued birth certificate to be Apostled or endorsed by the concerned Indian Mission abroad if we apply with in the UK.
Thanks.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by madhav.dadi » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:25 am

Application date: 27 Aug 2018
VFS center: VFS Goswell Rd, London
Date of acknowledgment: 4 Sep 2018
Original docs received: 31 Aug 2018
Documents Printing Status: Processing
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI:
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS:
Passport & OCI documents received:

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by nishanttailor » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:05 pm

Application date: 14 Aug 2018
VFS center: VFS Leicester
Date of acknowledgment: 17 AUG 2018
Original docs received: 23 Aug 2018
Documents Printing Status: Processed (Dated 14 Sept)
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI:
Document received At Birmingham:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS:
Passport & OCI documents received:

Don't know why they haven't dispatch it yet. I have spoken to Birmingham consulate thinking they may have issue with their system like they had in the past but they haven't received yet. ANd I was told to wait till it comes to Birmingham.

Its been nearly a week since status changed to 'Processed'

Any advice will be helpful

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by tarunnagpal » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:41 pm

Dear Forum members,
Kindly advise on my situation: I am trying to make an OCI application as I received indian passport surrender certificate recently. I understand that application needs to be submitted in person at VFS centre. As i am trying to book an appointment, I note that dates are available only from 16th Oct onwards (London centres). I am conscious that it will take anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks to get OCI post my application submission at VFS.
I need to travel to India in mid-Nov, thus, i wonder if there is a way of securing VFS appointment sooner? Is it typical to get this long waiting period before one can submit the application?
Kindly advise. Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by tier1check » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:46 pm

Hi,

For OCI renewal for kids, does appointment needs to be taken to submit application or it is by post?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by kamalmin » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:46 pm

tier1check wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:46 pm
Hi,

For OCI renewal for kids, does appointment needs to be taken to submit application or it is by post?
london goeswell office you dont need appointment , you can walk in before 3 PM ,but try to be there around 8:30 AM.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by kamalmin » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:48 pm

tarunnagpal wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:41 pm
Dear Forum members,
Kindly advise on my situation: I am trying to make an OCI application as I received indian passport surrender certificate recently. I understand that application needs to be submitted in person at VFS centre. As i am trying to book an appointment, I note that dates are available only from 16th Oct onwards (London centres). I am conscious that it will take anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks to get OCI post my application submission at VFS.
I need to travel to India in mid-Nov, thus, i wonder if there is a way of securing VFS appointment sooner? Is it typical to get this long waiting period before one can submit the application?
Kindly advise. Thanks
I was the same situation got this reply , try to be there around 8:30 AM and you need to pay 29 pounds for courier.

There is also a walk in service available at Goswell centre. You can visit the application centre with all the documents (without appointment) for submission before 3 p.m. However, the delivery envelopes will have to be purchased from the centre and you cannot use Royal Mail envelopes, all the documents will be posted back to you through DX courier service available at the centre.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Indiancowboy » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:18 pm

Hi, Is the walk in service available to all age groups at Goswell centre. Its for miscellaneous service for my 2 kids. Do they take debit cards. And whats the total money i should have available on the day. thanks in advance.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by kamalmin » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:59 am

Indiancowboy wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:18 pm
Hi, Is the walk in service available to all age groups at Goswell centre. Its for miscellaneous service for my 2 kids. Do they take debit cards. And whats the total money i should have available on the day. thanks in advance.
please contact info.ociuk@vfshelpline.com for all your oci queries.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Indiancowboy » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:34 pm

Planning of handing in my doc on Friday, at this stage do I need to take my original passport or just copies.
Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Indiancowboy » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:34 pm

Hi, my OCI has arrived at the embassy. So planning to go tomorrow to hand over my passport for the OCI. It say that i need to be there before 11.00 for this. If turn up before 12.00 will they turn me back. Please anyone .
Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by nikhilshah » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:29 pm

Hello All,

I had a question with regard to the OCI application and would be grateful if someone is able to help. I have uploaded the OCI signature as required however when the form is printed the signature looks very small. Did anybody else have the same issue? I did call the VFS helpline but they were unable to help on the matter. I did increase the resolution and re upload however still the same issue.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by kamalmin » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:50 am

nikhilshah wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:29 pm
Hello All,

I had a question with regard to the OCI application and would be grateful if someone is able to help. I have uploaded the OCI signature as required however when the form is printed the signature looks very small. Did anybody else have the same issue? I did call the VFS helpline but they were unable to help on the matter. I did increase the resolution and re upload however still the same issue.

Thank you in advance!
Simply create a new application with the correct signature image.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by nikhilshah » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:52 am

kamalmin wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:50 am
nikhilshah wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:29 pm
Hello All,

I had a question with regard to the OCI application and would be grateful if someone is able to help. I have uploaded the OCI signature as required however when the form is printed the signature looks very small. Did anybody else have the same issue? I did call the VFS helpline but they were unable to help on the matter. I did increase the resolution and re upload however still the same issue.

Thank you in advance!
Simply create a new application with the correct signature image.
Thank you. I rescanned the image and reuploaded it onto the existing form. Hopefully it should be fine. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Overseas miscellaneous Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Indiancowboy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:58 pm

Application HAND OVER Date: 4-10-2018
VFS Center: VFS London Goswell
Date of acknowledgment: 5-10-2018
Original docs Received: 6-10-2018
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED on 9-10-2018
Dispatched 9-10-2018
Document received At London: 9-10-2018
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS London Goswell: 10-10-2018
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED: 13-10-2018

OCI miscellaneous service
I believe and in my opinion and experience VSF Goswell are running and absolute SCAM. Indian Embassy please take note of your appointed AGENT.
Could not get an early appointment, earliest was the 16.10.2018 when applied for appointment on 29.09.2018. Read over here that there was a walk in service. So went along on the 4th, got my no and waited for my turn (this is where the scam starts) at the counter the clerk at the desk came up with various objections...like photo not right, background not white enough....scare tactics...clerk than confirm with clerk next to her who shakes head to indicate in the negative, she now goes on to say we can begin the process. At this time you say thank God trio not a wasted . Sorry they like to be called OFFICERS. If you don't have an appointment, you are charged a fee of £29.00 which is disguised as a premium postal service + other fees.
Breakdown: towards embassy fees £18.00, Surcharge collected on behalf of embassy £3.00, VSF service charge £6.20, SMS charge £1.20, courier urgent charge £12.33, VAT on optional services to which you have no option £3.95 total £44.68 x 2(applicants) = £89.36 +£29.60 OCI courier fee. Giving a GRAND total £118.36. Embassy makes £42.00 and the rest VSF agent. Plus individual cost to attend. This could all be done over the net directly just like applying for a British passport.
LIES uncovered... on my second visit to hand over my passports for the 2nd time having received it back on the 6-10-2018, I asked the clerk/person who works in office (officer) as to why the passports returned on the 6th, his explanation made no sense and he was tripping over his own words (SCAM). I told him that it was a waste of postage.This is where they make money by charging urgent delivery and sending it economy.I was told they send it to the embassy who check to see if any valid visa....on what ????? I then questioned the clerk/office worker as to why i can't collect my OCI now, and was told that if I hand over before 11.00 am the doc are delivered the same day to embassy and then embassy then post out and takes 7 days to receive. I swallowed the pill and left. Next day i phoned the embassy to verify as i felt VSF were LiYING and was told that they send all docs back to VSF the same day by 4.30 pm. So hence my experience with dealing with VSF. I believe as i paid for urgent delivery I should have received my OCI on the 11.10.18 but on both occasions the service booked by Vsf with DX courier was 5 day service although charged according to receipt URGENT £12.33.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Indiancowboy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:02 pm

And BTW the text service was useless as i received my text telling me my doc were ready for collection after I submitted and received my docs. Yes text received on 14.10.2018 :roll:

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Re: Overseas miscellaneous Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by kamalmin » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:52 pm

Indiancowboy wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:58 pm
Application HAND OVER Date: 4-10-2018
VFS Center: VFS London Goswell
Date of acknowledgment: 5-10-2018
Original docs Received: 6-10-2018
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED on 9-10-2018
Dispatched 9-10-2018
Document received At London: 9-10-2018
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS London Goswell: 10-10-2018
PASSPORT AND OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED: 13-10-2018

OCI miscellaneous service
I believe and in my opinion and experience VSF Goswell are running and absolute SCAM. Indian Embassy please take note of your appointed AGENT.
Could not get an early appointment, earliest was the 16.10.2018 when applied for appointment on 29.09.2018. Read over here that there was a walk in service. So went along on the 4th, got my no and waited for my turn (this is where the scam starts) at the counter the clerk at the desk came up with various objections...like photo not right, background not white enough....scare tactics...clerk than confirm with clerk next to her who shakes head to indicate in the negative, she now goes on to say we can begin the process. At this time you say thank God trio not a wasted . Sorry they like to be called OFFICERS. If you don't have an appointment, you are charged a fee of £29.00 which is disguised as a premium postal service + other fees.
Breakdown: towards embassy fees £18.00, Surcharge collected on behalf of embassy £3.00, VSF service charge £6.20, SMS charge £1.20, courier urgent charge £12.33, VAT on optional services to which you have no option £3.95 total £44.68 x 2(applicants) = £89.36 +£29.60 OCI courier fee. Giving a GRAND total £118.36. Embassy makes £42.00 and the rest VSF agent. Plus individual cost to attend. This could all be done over the net directly just like applying for a British passport.
LIES uncovered... on my second visit to hand over my passports for the 2nd time having received it back on the 6-10-2018, I asked the clerk/person who works in office (officer) as to why the passports returned on the 6th, his explanation made no sense and he was tripping over his own words (SCAM). I told him that it was a waste of postage.This is where they make money by charging urgent delivery and sending it economy.I was told they send it to the embassy who check to see if any valid visa....on what ????? I then questioned the clerk/office worker as to why i can't collect my OCI now, and was told that if I hand over before 11.00 am the doc are delivered the same day to embassy and then embassy then post out and takes 7 days to receive. I swallowed the pill and left. Next day i phoned the embassy to verify as i felt VSF were LiYING and was told that they send all docs back to VSF the same day by 4.30 pm. So hence my experience with dealing with VSF. I believe as i paid for urgent delivery I should have received my OCI on the 11.10.18 but on both occasions the service booked by Vsf with DX courier was 5 day service although charged according to receipt URGENT £12.33.
Congrats you got your OCI in 9 Days

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jfrusc » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:28 am

I see your point RE the charges.

But wow they processed it fast. Mine is still under process since 9th Oct and I also did a walk in service.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Sandyinuk » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:14 am

madhav.dadi wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:25 am
Application date: 27 Aug 2018
VFS center: VFS Goswell Rd, London
Date of acknowledgment: 4 Sep 2018
Original docs received: 31 Aug 2018
Documents Printing Status: Processing
Dispatched From MOIA (OCI ) NEW DELHI:
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS:
Passport & OCI documents received:
Hi,
Any update on your application please? Mine is still under process which was submitted on the same date from Edinburgh?
Regards,

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