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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Vish15 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:20 pm

Timeline of my New OCI application :
Application Date: 12/12/2019
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 12/12/2019
Original docs Received: 17/12/2019
Documents Printing Status: 02/01/2020
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ) 02/01/2020
Document received At London: 02/01/2020
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS: 07/01/2020
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : Will receive 08/01/2020

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Vish15 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:44 am

Vish15 wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:20 pm

Final Update
Timeline of my New OCI application :
Application Date: 12/12/2019
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 12/12/2019
Original docs Received: 17/12/2019
Documents Printing Status: 02/01/2020
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ) 02/01/2020
Document received At London: 02/01/2020
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS: 07/01/2020
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :08/01/2020

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jazz2003 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:01 am

Timeline of my New OCI application :

Application Date: 24/12/2019
VFS Center: Edinburgh
Date of acknowledgment: 27/12/2019
Original docs Received: Received at the time of submission
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): Awaiting
Document received At London: Awaiting
Documents Printing Status: Awaiting
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Awaiting
Dispatched by VFS: Awaiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : Awaiting

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Jaysingdas83 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:26 pm

Timeline of my New OCI application :
Application Date: 20/12/2019
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 20/12/2019
Original docs Received: 27/12/2019
Documents Printing Status: 13/01/2020
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ) 13/01/2020
The document received At London: 13/01/2020
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under the new regulation
Dispatched by VFS: Awaiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED: Awaiting

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jojo001 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:38 pm

Will be interesting to see how much time Birmingham takes as compared to London

My wife has her OCI acknowledged a few days before you but is still under process..

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jazz2003 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:08 pm

Why different VFS center have different rules. I didn't have to submit my original documents at Edinburgh center. They were all verified in front of me and was returned. They asked me to come and submit my passport when my application is approved but I am seeing comment from persons submitting at London center they they don't need to submit their passport under new rule ?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by ceaser » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:52 am

Timeline of my New OCI application :
Application Date: 27/12/2019
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 30/12/2019
Original docs Received: 02/01/2020
Documents Printing Status: Awaiting
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ) Awaiting
The document received At London: Awaiting
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under the new regulation
Dispatched by VFS: Awaiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED: Awaiting

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jojo001 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:04 am

jazz2003 wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:08 pm
Why different VFS center have different rules. I didn't have to submit my original documents at Edinburgh center. They were all verified in front of me and was returned. They asked me to come and submit my passport when my application is approved but I am seeing comment from persons submitting at London center they they don't need to submit their passport under new rule ?

Sometime in November or early December the OCI process was changed so that you have to go onoy once for a OCI application.

So instead of going once and submitting application and then going again to get the OCI when its was granted , they have changed the process to the new method of keeping the original documents at the first visit and they return the original documents in a week or so . The OCI is sent to you directly once it is processed as they ask you to pay for two special delivery envelopes ( or courier if in Birmingham jurisdiction) .

The Vfs UK website was updated about new process in early December. I am sure about this as I filled up the application for my wife on around the 7th of December it said that you have to make a second visit and by the date of our appointment (18Dec) the website was only asking you to go once .

From what I read here everyone who applied in England since early December seem to be following new process and it seems quicker .Most people are getting new OCI within a month of application.

Not sure if your situation is different as you are in Scotland and perhaps vfs there do things differently?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jazz2003 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:54 pm

Yes, in Scotland VFS was introducing new rule from 6th Jan 2020, this is what I was told as VFS center. I submitted my application on 24th Dec so still have to visit again once application is approved. I am not sure why VFS has not introduced this rule at the same time in England and Scotland?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by abhay10001 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:55 am

Any idea about Consular Camps for OCI in London. Are they good enough

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jazz2003 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:24 pm

So, I phoned CGI Edinburgh asking for the actual status of my OCI application. The lady on phone said it takes 10-12 weeks for the first time OCI application. I am not sure if its true as people who got their OCI card and updated their application status on this forum says they got their OCI card in 4-5 weeks?

Any idea?


jazz2003 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:01 am
Timeline of my New OCI application :

Application Date: 24/12/2019
VFS Center: Edinburgh
Date of acknowledgment: 27/12/2019
Original docs Received: Received at the time of submission
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): Awaiting
Document received At London: Awaiting
Documents Printing Status: Awaiting
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Awaiting
Dispatched by VFS: Awaiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : Awaiting

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by ringzer » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:29 am

raj_gajera wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:54 am
New Child OCI application:

submittion at VFS London(Goswell): 04/12/2019
date of acknowledgement: 05/12/2019
Original documents received back at the counter on : 04/12/2019
OCI status: Granted:27/12/2019
Documents printing status: processed: 27/12/2019
Dispatched from MEA (OCI): New Delhi: 27/12/2019
Documents received at London: 27/12/2019

Was this application submitted under the old collection policy (drop in passport and delivery envelope) or the new one when they just post the OCI to you?

I submitted my son's OCI appliation on 4th October so is the old collection policy most likely will have to submit his passport but he's still in India (under eVisa) and returning on 7th Feb but travelling again around 21st Feb.

If you dropped the passport back, when did you receive the OCI and passport back by post?

See other-countries/new-oci-card-collection ... 96781.html for full details of my situation.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jojo001 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:07 pm

jazz2003 wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:24 pm
So, I phoned CGI Edinburgh asking for the actual status of my OCI application. The lady on phone said it takes 10-12 weeks for the first time OCI application. I am not sure if its true as people who got their OCI card and updated their application status on this forum says they got their OCI card in 4-5 weeks?

Any idea?

Some consulates take much more time than others.

London is usually the quickest and Birmingham used to take nearly double that time in the past.

But Birmingham has become quite efficient recently and many people that I know who have applied on the new system have got original documents back in around a week and the OCI around 3 weeks later ( total 4 weeks )

Scottish applications are still very very slow.

In the olden days many people used to use a friends or relatives london address and used to apply from london high commission and in those days you could collect directly from high commission .


jazz2003 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:01 am
Timeline of my New OCI application :

Application Date: 24/12/2019
VFS Center: Edinburgh
Date of acknowledgment: 27/12/2019
Original docs Received: Received at the time of submission
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): Awaiting
Document received At London: Awaiting
Documents Printing Status: Awaiting
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Awaiting
Dispatched by VFS: Awaiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : Awaiting

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by longshift » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:31 pm

OCI Timeline for Application of 2 child (Miscellaneous Service For OCI Renewal & Address Change)
VFS Center: London Goswel Road
Application Date: 29/01/2020
Got a text later in the day from VFS saying documents have been dispatched to the the High Commission.
Original docs Received: 03/02/2020
Got a text on 04/02/2020 from VFS to say documents have been couriered.
OCI RECEIVED: 05/02/2020

All done within a week. From Application submission to receiving Updated OCI.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by indianadr » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:42 pm

Hello All,

Posting here about OCI Miscellaneous Service (Transfer of OCI to new passport after age 50):

Today, I went there with all the required documentation. Staff at the counter are quite helpful but the process is not smooth.

My Observations If you are using this service:
1. OCI Card: ALL pages (First and last Page must) required to be photocopied and should be uploaded
2. Old British Passport: Photocopy and upload Old Passport photo page and OCI Sticker page
3. Make sure you sign your new British Passport
4. At VFS Manachester, no need to bring in Royal Mail pre-paid envelopes. They use DX Courier.
5. They will take Current British Passport, Old British Passport and OCI Card.

Process:
1. Arrive bit early before your appointment time. If driving park comfortably in Universal Parking (£3 all day)
2. You get token at the reception and wait for your number to be called in the India Center
3. Once your token called, proceed to the counter and handover application, photos, passport(s), any documentation.
4. They will check and let you know if anything missing or need to be re-uploaded etc.
5. Once everything in order they will give two DX Courier covers to put your address and hand it over to VSF Staff

Timeline of my New OCI application : (Miscellaneous Service For OCI Renewal & Address Change)

VFS Center: Manchester
Date of acknowledgement: 19/02/2020
Application Date: 29/01/2020
Original docs Received: Awaiting
OCI RECEIVED: Awaiting

Hope this helps.

Regards
Indianadr

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by jojo001 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:30 am

Indianadr ..it does say on your appointment letter that you do not have to bring royal mail envelopes to vfs offices under the Birmingam CGI.

They use DX courier instead.

Bit of a rip off as DX courier sends the documents to many places using royal mail.

Another tip : when you are filling up the DX courier or royal mail envelopes with your own address ( for them to send the documents back to you) take a quick photo of the tracking numbers on the envelops.

Will be helpful to tracks the docs once you get the dispatch message from vfs..

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Vish15 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:16 pm

Timeline of my New OCI application for spouse :
Application Date: 24/02/20
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 25/02/20
Original docs Received: 27/02/20
Documents Printing Status: Under Process
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI )
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS:
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sacro » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:30 pm

New OCI Application Timeline (Self, Spouse and Child):

Application Date: 03/02/20
VFS Center: Goswell Road, London
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Date of acknowledgment: 04/02/20
Original docs Received: 06/02/20
Documents Printing Status: 24/02/20
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): 25/02/20
Document received At London: 25/02/20
Dispatched by VFS: 27/02/20
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : 28/02/20

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by shargaur » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:21 pm

New OCI Application Timeline (Child):

Application Date: 07/02/20 [Friday] at VFS Center: Goswell Road, London
Date of acknowledgment: 10/02/20
Original docs Received: 12/02/20
Documents Printing Status: 03/03/20
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): 04/03/20
Document received At London: 05/03/20
Dispatched by VFS: 06/03/20
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : 10/03/20

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sunil.suneel » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:21 am

shargaur wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:21 pm
New OCI Application Timeline (Child):

Application Date: 07/02/20 [Friday] at VFS Center: Goswell Road, London
Date of acknowledgment: 10/02/20
Original docs Received: 12/02/20
Documents Printing Status: 03/03/20
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): 04/03/20
Document received At London: 05/03/20
Dispatched by VFS: 06/03/20
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : 10/03/20
How on earth are you able to post future dates of the events that have not yet occurred ..

You definitely must be a fortune teller !

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by shargaur » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:12 pm

Not a fortune teller but definitely look for the indicators.

Application Date: 07/02/20 [Friday] at VFS Center: Goswell Road, London
Date of acknowledgment: 10/02/20
Original docs Received: 12/02/20
Documents Printing Status: 03/03/20
Dispatched From New Delhi (OCI ): 04/03/20
Document received At London: 05/03/20
Dispatched by VFS: 06/03/20
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED : 10/03/20

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Vish15 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:56 pm

Vish15 wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:16 pm
Timeline of my New OCI application for spouse :
Application Date: 24/02/20
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 25/02/20
Original docs Received: 27/02/20
Documents Printing Status: 16/03/2020
Dispatched From New Delhi 16/03/2020
Document received At London: 16/03/2020
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS: Waiting
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED :

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by crowbar6 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:06 am

Timeline of new OCI application for minor child -

Application Date: 12 March 2020
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 13 March 2020
Original docs Received: 18 March 2020
Documents Printing Status:
Dispatched From New Delhi
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS:
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED:
Regards,
crowbar6

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by salak89 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:02 am

crowbar6 wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:06 am
Timeline of new OCI application for minor child -

Application Date: 12 March 2020
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 13 March 2020
Original docs Received: 18 March 2020
Documents Printing Status:
Dispatched From New Delhi
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS:
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED:
Anybody received any notification after the lockdown? Are they still processing applications?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Vish15 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:38 pm

salak89 wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:02 am
crowbar6 wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:06 am
Timeline of new OCI application for minor child -

Application Date: 12 March 2020
VFS Center: Goswell Road
Date of acknowledgment: 13 March 2020
Original docs Received: 18 March 2020
Documents Printing Status:
Dispatched From New Delhi
Document received At London:
PASSPORT SUBMITTED IN PERSON at VFS: Not required under new regulation
Dispatched by VFS:
OCI DOCUMENT RECEIVED:
Anybody received any notification after the lockdown? Are they still processing applications?
We did not receive OCI which was processed on 16th March so emailed today and got reply back as due to Corona virus our offices closed but once it opened we will let you know through website.
So I think at the moment they are not doing anything in UK but they might process OCI application through all the background checks and other necessary things in India but we will not receive OCI until they reopen.
Let's hope for the best that will be soon...

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