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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by dontringthebell » Sat May 28, 2022 5:47 am

aidanpancholi wrote:
Tue May 24, 2022 9:26 pm
Hi,
I am applying for OCI through a grandfather, I have an appointment with VFS at the weekend.
Therefore, (along with all other documents) I will need to submit my birth certificate (UK), my fathers (Kenya) and my grandfathers (India, post-dated).
I have read in some places that all birth certificates are required to be apostilled by Countries of Issue, however I have also read that this is something rarely enforced.
My understanding of the most up to date guidelines on the HCI London (attached below) is that my birth certificate would need to be apostilled, only if it was post dated. As I am applicant type C, the red text regarding apostilled is only in the box regarding my own birth certificate and not the documents verifying relationship box. Is this correct?
If they all did need to be apostilled, would my grandfathers need to be apostilled or not, as it was still issued in India?

Sorry if I over complicated that. Basically, do any of them need apostille?


https://www.hcilondon.gov.in/docs/16372 ... 112021.pdf
Get your birth certificate apostilled only. Rest should be fine as is.
Don't misconstrue my views for professional immigration advice, just trying to give back to a community that helped me through my journey.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm

Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Mon May 30, 2022 5:59 pm

chavachows3 wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm
Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!
You have to do a final submit for them to review your docs at VFS I believe and for you to be able to print your application with the details of supporting docs you uploaded. If there are more docs to be uploaded, believe you can still do it after the appointment.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:26 am

mesn wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 5:59 pm
chavachows3 wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm
Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!
You have to do a final submit for them to review your docs at VFS I believe and for you to be able to print your application with the details of supporting docs you uploaded. If there are more docs to be uploaded, believe you can still do it after the appointment.
Thanks for the reply!

I have successfully submitted the OCI application at VFS.

Is it after couple of days that the OCI status page will have something for my application. Currently it says 'No such record'?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:26 am

mesn wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 5:59 pm
chavachows3 wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm
Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!
You have to do a final submit for them to review your docs at VFS I believe and for you to be able to print your application with the details of supporting docs you uploaded. If there are more docs to be uploaded, believe you can still do it after the appointment.
Thanks for the reply!

I have successfully submitted the OCI application at VFS.

Is it after couple of days that the OCI status page will have something for my application. Currently it says 'No such record'?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Wed Jun 01, 2022 10:34 am

chavachows3 wrote:
Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:26 am
mesn wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 5:59 pm
chavachows3 wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm
Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!
You have to do a final submit for them to review your docs at VFS I believe and for you to be able to print your application with the details of supporting docs you uploaded. If there are more docs to be uploaded, believe you can still do it after the appointment.
Thanks for the reply!

I have successfully submitted the OCI application at VFS.

Is it after couple of days that the OCI status page will have something for my application. Currently it says 'No such record'?
Yes. 2-3 working days for them to acknowledge and then 2-3 days from then to get your documents back.
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Wed Jun 01, 2022 11:34 am

mesn wrote:
Wed Jun 01, 2022 10:34 am
chavachows3 wrote:
Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:26 am
mesn wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 5:59 pm
chavachows3 wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 2:27 pm
Hi Guys

Should I click 'Final Submit' button on OCI document upload before visiting OCI appointment?

I am thinking not to so that if they ask us to upload any further doc then there will be a chance. Is that correct?

Thanks
Much Appreciated!
You have to do a final submit for them to review your docs at VFS I believe and for you to be able to print your application with the details of supporting docs you uploaded. If there are more docs to be uploaded, believe you can still do it after the appointment.
Thanks for the reply!

I have successfully submitted the OCI application at VFS.

Is it after couple of days that the OCI status page will have something for my application. Currently it says 'No such record'?
Yes. 2-3 working days for them to acknowledge and then 2-3 days from then to get your documents back.
Great, Thanks!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amit_sharma90 » Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:32 pm

Hi All,

I wanted to understand the the difference between 'Date of application' and 'Date of acknowledgement' for fresh OCI application.

I have submitted 4 fresh OCI applications (me, wife and 2 kids) on this Monday at Hounslow VFS. I got the yellow colour page for each of the submission confirmation. One the same day, in OCI enquiry page it was showing 'No record found' but from next day I can see in the OCI enquiry page it is showing as 'Under Processing'.

I did not get any specific acknowledgement email or letter until today. I can see in OCI timeline people are writing 'Date of application' and 'Date of acknowledgement'. so wanted to understand what are these and how/when do I get acknowledgement.

Also I have not received my original documents too.

Please help me understand, not sure if I missed anything.

Thanks
Amit

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Fri Jun 03, 2022 10:10 pm

amit_sharma90 wrote:
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:32 pm
Hi All,

I wanted to understand the the difference between 'Date of application' and 'Date of acknowledgement' for fresh OCI application.

I have submitted 4 fresh OCI applications (me, wife and 2 kids) on this Monday at Hounslow VFS. I got the yellow colour page for each of the submission confirmation. One the same day, in OCI enquiry page it was showing 'No record found' but from next day I can see in the OCI enquiry page it is showing as 'Under Processing'.

I did not get any specific acknowledgement email or letter until today. I can see in OCI timeline people are writing 'Date of application' and 'Date of acknowledgement'. so wanted to understand what are these and how/when do I get acknowledgement.

Also I have not received my original documents too.

Please help me understand, not sure if I missed anything.

Thanks
Amit
The date showing on your OCI enquiry page is the DoA. You will get the docs in a day or two (Bank Holidays might be delaying things).
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by tomzion1984 » Mon Jun 06, 2022 7:34 am

Timeline for OCI card new

Appointment date: 02 May
Appointment location: Belfast
Acknowledgement received: 06 May
Processed on: 27 May
OCI Cards received: 01 June

I booked my appointment at Belfast since there was none available in England.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by dharmen_77 » Mon Jun 06, 2022 11:47 am

Timeline for a new OCI registration

Appointment date: 28 April 2022
Appointment location: Birmingham
Acknowledgement: 29 April 2022
Passport & Original Surrender Certificate received back: 3 May 2022
Processed on: Under-Process
OCI Cards received: NA

It's been over five weeks now and there hasn't been any change in status or update on this. How long others have waited before receiving their OCIs through Birmingham consulate? I am eager to travel to India to see parents after the protracted shutdowns due to pandemic and wondering how much more I should be waiting before contacting the consulate/vfs? And also, if it's right on my part to go for a tourist visa in the meantime in case OCI gets delayed beyond 6 weeks. I would much appreciate any clarifications on this.

Thanks.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Mon Jun 06, 2022 4:47 pm

dharmen_77 wrote:
Mon Jun 06, 2022 11:47 am
Timeline for a new OCI registration

Appointment date: 28 April 2022
Appointment location: Birmingham
Acknowledgement: 29 April 2022
Passport & Original Surrender Certificate received back: 3 May 2022
Processed on: Under-Process
OCI Cards received: NA

It's been over five weeks now and there hasn't been any change in status or update on this. How long others have waited before receiving their OCIs through Birmingham consulate? I am eager to travel to India to see parents after the protracted shutdowns due to pandemic and wondering how much more I should be waiting before contacting the consulate/vfs? And also, if it's right on my part to go for a tourist visa in the meantime in case OCI gets delayed beyond 6 weeks. I would much appreciate any clarifications on this.

Thanks.
Should have already received by now. Although they say it will take 4-6 weeks or more. We applied on 13May at VFS Goswell and still waiting. I think you should wait for the OCI than to again put in a fresh new Tourist Visa application [appointment for that will take time + the extra cost]
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by manchester2022 » Wed Jun 08, 2022 11:33 am

dharmen_77 wrote:
Mon Jun 06, 2022 11:47 am
Timeline for a new OCI registration

Appointment date: 28 April 2022
Appointment location: Birmingham
Acknowledgement: 29 April 2022
Passport & Original Surrender Certificate received back: 3 May 2022
Processed on: Under-Process
OCI Cards received: NA

It's been over five weeks now and there hasn't been any change in status or update on this. How long others have waited before receiving their OCIs through Birmingham consulate? I am eager to travel to India to see parents after the protracted shutdowns due to pandemic and wondering how much more I should be waiting before contacting the consulate/vfs? And also, if it's right on my part to go for a tourist visa in the meantime in case OCI gets delayed beyond 6 weeks. I would much appreciate any clarifications on this.

Thanks.
My uncle applied in Manchester which comes under Birmingham on 20/04/22 and he received his OCI today - that's exactly 7 weeks. Maybe there is a delay with Birmingham mission? According to this, yours should arrive within the next 10 days. Hope this helps you make a decision on the tourist visa.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Wed Jun 08, 2022 5:50 pm

mesn wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 1:05 pm
mesn wrote:
Mon May 16, 2022 3:50 pm
OCI Timelines Post :

New OCI application: Self, Spouse, Kid
Application Date: 13/05/22 [Same for 3]
VFS Center: Goswell [Same for 3]
Date of acknowledgement: 17/05/22 [Same for 3]
Original docs Received back: 20/05/22 [Same for 3]
Documents Printing Status: 07/06/22[Same for 3]
OCI Received: N/A
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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mesn » Fri Jun 10, 2022 10:52 am

mesn wrote:
Wed Jun 08, 2022 5:50 pm
mesn wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 1:05 pm
mesn wrote:
Mon May 16, 2022 3:50 pm
OCI Timelines Post :

New OCI application: Self, Spouse, Kid
Application Date: 13/05/22 [Same for 3]
VFS Center: Goswell [Same for 3]
Date of acknowledgement: 17/05/22 [Same for 3]
Original docs Received back: 20/05/22 [Same for 3]
Documents Printing Status: 07/06/22 [Same for 3]
OCI Received: 10/06/22 [Same for 3]
This completes the Immigration journey for our family. Best of luck to all the lovely people! Hope this is not my last post but over and out for now!
T2G 2015, T2 Switch 2018, ILR 2020, BC 2021, British Passport 2022, OCI 2022

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amit_sharma90 » Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:42 pm

Thanks for the clarification above.

I have submitted the OCI Application for myself and 3 other family members on 30th may and it’s being 2 weeks now haven’t received my original documents.

I have seen in this thread the documents are returned in a weeks time. Anyone else experiencing delays in original supporting documents returns?

Any guidance on how to check on the documents ??

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:15 am

amit_sharma90 wrote:
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:42 pm
Thanks for the clarification above.

I have submitted the OCI Application for myself and 3 other family members on 30th may and it’s being 2 weeks now haven’t received my original documents.

I have seen in this thread the documents are returned in a weeks time. Anyone else experiencing delays in original supporting documents returns?

Any guidance on how to check on the documents ??
I applied for my wife on 31st May in Bradford and we have received our supporting doc with in a week. May be you can try reaching to the vfs where you applied and check with them if it is commutable. I was told at the vfs take to their courier than to Royalmail (should not make any difference) saying it is more secure. Ofcourse they are simply making money out of us.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:21 am

mesn wrote:
Fri Jun 10, 2022 10:52 am
mesn wrote:
Wed Jun 08, 2022 5:50 pm
mesn wrote:
Mon May 23, 2022 1:05 pm
mesn wrote:
Mon May 16, 2022 3:50 pm
OCI Timelines Post :

New OCI application: Self, Spouse, Kid
Application Date: 13/05/22 [Same for 3]
VFS Center: Goswell [Same for 3]
Date of acknowledgement: 17/05/22 [Same for 3]
Original docs Received back: 20/05/22 [Same for 3]
Documents Printing Status: 07/06/22 [Same for 3]
OCI Received: 10/06/22 [Same for 3]
This completes the Immigration journey for our family. Best of luck to all the lovely people! Hope this is not my last post but over and out for now!
Congrats!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amit_sharma90 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 3:47 pm

chavachows3 wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:15 am
amit_sharma90 wrote:
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:42 pm
Thanks for the clarification above.

I have submitted the OCI Application for myself and 3 other family members on 31st may and it’s being 2 weeks now haven’t received my original documents.

I have seen in this thread the documents are returned in a weeks time. Anyone else experiencing delays in original supporting documents returns?

Any guidance on how to check on the documents ??
I applied for my wife on 31st May in Bradford and we have received our supporting doc with in a week. May be you can try reaching to the vfs where you applied and check with them if it is commutable. I was told at the vfs take to their courier than to Royalmail (should not make any difference) saying it is more secure. Ofcourse they are simply making money out of us.
This is making me worried. I applied in Hounslow VFS office on 31st may and I selected their courier service. please help me with the contact information

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by skasyap » Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:11 am

amit_sharma90 wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 3:47 pm
chavachows3 wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:15 am
amit_sharma90 wrote:
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:42 pm
Thanks for the clarification above.

I have submitted the OCI Application for myself and 3 other family members on 31st may and it’s being 2 weeks now haven’t received my original documents.

I have seen in this thread the documents are returned in a weeks time. Anyone else experiencing delays in original supporting documents returns?

Any guidance on how to check on the documents ??
I applied for my wife on 31st May in Bradford and we have received our supporting doc with in a week. May be you can try reaching to the vfs where you applied and check with them if it is commutable. I was told at the vfs take to their courier than to Royalmail (should not make any difference) saying it is more secure. Ofcourse they are simply making money out of us.
This is making me worried. I applied in Hounslow VFS office on 31st may and I selected their courier service. please help me with the contact information
For any OCI related try emailing them @ inf.london@mea.gov.in
or call them 02037938629
Trust me I had response within an hour regarding my oci concern when I sent an email plus when I phoned them. Good luck

Timeline for OCI card new

Appointment date: 17 May
Appointment location: Cardiff
Acknowledgement received: 20 May
Original documents received: 26th of May
Document printing status / Processed on: 10th of June
OCI Cards received: Out for delivery and expected to receive today 15th of June
My oci status never got changed from processed to dispatch.

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Post by amit_sharma90 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:10 am

Thanks all.

I got the original documents yesterday. It took 2 weeks for me but may be because we had 2 days of holidays for jubilee celebration.

Now wait start for the OCI approval and card.

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Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by franklindani » Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:20 pm

Timeline for OCI card new

Appointment date: 19th May 2022
Appointment location: Goswell, London
Acknowledgement received: 20th May 2022
Original documents received: 25th May 2022
Received at HCI: 20th May 2022
Document printing status / Processed on: 10th June 2022
OCI Cards received: 13th June 2022

2nd Person - Issue with signature and had to resubmit

Appointment date: 19th May 2022
Appointment location: Goswell, London
Document resubmit requested: 23rd May 2022
Original documents received: 27th May 2022
Received at HCI: 1st June 2022
Document printing status / Processed on: waiting
OCI Cards received: waiting..

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Post by Rajaram23 » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:03 am

Appointment date: 19th May 2022
Appointment location: Manchester
Acknowledgement received: 23rd May 2022
Original documents received: 27th May 2022
Received at Birmingham
Document printing status / Processed on: under process
OCI Cards received:

It is nearly 4 weeks since I applied for OCI for myself and 2 other family members.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by ruhee » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:47 am

Applied for new OCI for my two children both minor.
Applied on: 10/05/2022
Acknowledged on: 12/05/2022
OCI status: Under process

Today is 21st of June 2022 status has not changed since then.
I have my tickets booked for 4th of July 2022 to India. Please help I’m very worried & tensed.
Every sec is killing me.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by ruhee » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:49 am

ruhee wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:47 am
Applied for new OCI for my two children both minor.
Applied on: 10/05/2022
Acknowledged on: 12/05/2022
OCI status: Under process

Today is 21st of June 2022 status has not changed since then.
I have my tickets booked for 4th of July 2022 to India. Please help I’m very worried & tensed.
Every sec is killing me.
Applied for new OCI for my two children both minor.
Applied on: 10/05/2022
Acknowledged on: 12/05/2022
Mission : Birmingham
OCI status: Under process

Today is 21st of June 2022 status has not changed since then.
I have my tickets booked for 4th of July 2022 to India. Please help I’m very worried & tensed.
Every sec is killing me.

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