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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Rajaram23 » Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:37 pm

Looks like Birmingham CGI is slower than the others.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amanjain861 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:54 pm

aksh46 wrote:
Wed Dec 08, 2021 12:13 pm
My experience on Minor OCI applications

Family status:
1) Father: British citizen with an OCI
2) Mother: Indian Passport with ILR
3) Child (1.5 years): British Citizen my birth

Documents uploaded and Physical documents submitted:
1) Child's passport
2) Child's birth certificate
3) Father's passport
4) Father's OCI
5) Father driving license (Address proof)
6) Father's utility for a month (Address proof)
7) Mother's passport (Front and Back)
8) Mother's ILR
9) Marriage certificate (Indian)

Considerations while filling the form online:

1) Photos and thumb signature
- Based on previous experience I prefer to take photos from experts. Thus i have used Snappy Snaps.
- Although VFS is lineant with photos for minors
2) Declaration
- No need to take thumb impression for the child.
- You as parents, both mother and father to sign the section for minor applicants.
- Many people in this forum have confused to take the thumb impression of the child on the form. But its not required.
3) Documents uploaded (first pass before I visited the VFS)
- Child's passport
- Child's birth certificate
- Father's OCI
- Marriage certificate
As for the above documents, there is a clearly mention category for each.


VIsit to VFS Goswell:

1) Appointment at 9.30, a token was provided
2) I was called after 1.30 hrs. Keep 2-3hrs with you for appointment
3) At the entrace they give you self undertaking document
3) VFS lady was nice, looked all the documents
4) She checked physical documents, signatures and validated with whats uploaded on the system. Lady asked to upload the other remaining documents under any category. She said it doesnt matter which category you use to upload the document. And ask to upload the document before the end of the day.

Happy to answer any questions
Question: Do I need to upload anything in the section against the signature of the minor? Parents Signature, Minor Thumb Impression or Leave it Blank?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by dontringthebell » Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:57 pm

amanjain861 wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:54 pm
Question: Do I need to upload anything in the section against the signature of the minor? Parents Signature, Minor Thumb Impression or Leave it Blank? if infant or toddler thumb impression, if minor can write their name thats accepted as signature as well.
Don't misconstrue my views for professional immigration advice, just trying to give back to a community that helped me through my journey.

WP-> HSMP-> Tier 2G D-> ILR-> BC-> OCI

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:58 am

My Timeline for a new OCI registration:

Appointment date: 22 Jun 2022
Appointment location: London
Acknowledgement: 23 Jun 2022
OCI application status as on 24 Jun : UNDER-PROCESS
Passport & Original Surrender Certificate received back: Pending
Processed on: Pending
OCI Cards received: Pending

The VFS Hounslow centre was very busy and usual wait time was over 1.5/2 hours. There were lot of Visa applicants, as the free 30 days eVisa still remains suspended.

I was asked to re upload photo (via the OCI online services page) before 5pm that day (to cover the shoulder length).The daily applications are bundled up and couriered to HCI London after 5 pm, I guess.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:30 am

Rajaram23 wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:37 pm
Looks like Birmingham CGI is slower than the others.
Hi

My application is also with Birmingham. Just want to know when did you apply?

Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:31 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.
Hi

Any update on your application? My application is also with Birmingham. I applied on 31st May.

Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Rajaram23 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:51 am

I have applied on 19th of May, still under process.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:45 pm

Rajaram23 wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:51 am
I have applied on 19th of May, still under process.
ok let us know when your status get changed so that we will have some idea on Birmingham OCI applications.

Thanks!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by magdoc76 » Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:22 pm

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

Hi Well done. That was pretty quick.

Our OCI Timelines :

New OCI application: Self, Spouse, Kids
Application Date: 13/05/22
VFS Center: Edinburgh
Date of acknowledgement: 17/05/22
Original docs Received back: 20/05/22
Documents Printing Status: 21/06/22 [ for kids] 22/06/22 [ for adults]
Dispatched from New Delhi: 23/06/22
Documents received at VFS Edinburgh: still pending
OCI Received: ???

I have emailed the consular wing at Edinburgh on 26/06/22 [Sunday]. Got prompt reply on Monday saying usually its takes 5-6 working days from New Delhi to VFS Edinburgh. Then it will be sent to the home address. We are flying to India on 13/07/22. Hopefully will get the OCI cards before then. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mackdd » Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:52 pm

Hello All,

I recently naturalized as an British citizen and received my British Passport. I have also surrendered my Indian Passport and received certificate for that. I am about to apply for my OCI card, I need some advice.

1) I am applying for OCI for my self, Do i need birth certificate ? As I naturalized from Indian to British. And i Have my cancelled Indian passports as prove of Indian citizen?

2) During submission of Online OCI application i came across the uploading option , What should i upload in the option of "Relationship option "?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Regards,

Moyukh

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Rajaram23 » Fri Jul 01, 2022 2:49 pm

you dont need birth certificate
in the relationship section, you can upload marriage certificate if you are married. otherwise, you dont need to upload anything in the relationship section

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by mackdd » Fri Jul 01, 2022 8:19 pm

Thank you very much for your reply.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by newbie0203 » Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:21 am

Anyone applied in June and got their OCI processed yet?

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Sat Jul 02, 2022 2:27 pm

sab516 wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:58 am
My Timeline for a new OCI registration:

Appointment date: 22 Jun 2022
Appointment location: London
Acknowledgement: 23 Jun 2022
OCI application status as on 24 Jun : UNDER-PROCESS
Naturalisation certificate & Original Surrender Certificate received back from VFS: 1 July 2022
Processed on: Pending
OCI Cards received: Pending

The VFS Hounslow centre was very busy and usual wait time was over 1.5/2 hours. There were lot of Visa applicants, as the free 30 days eVisa still remains suspended.

I was asked to re upload photo (via the OCI online services page) before 5pm that day (to cover the shoulder length).The daily applications are bundled up and couriered to HCI London after 5 pm, I guess.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Rajaram23 » Sun Jul 03, 2022 8:09 am

applied on 19th of April but still under process

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:37 am

Hi Guys,

Anyone applied under Birmingham jurisdiction and received (not still waiting) OCI recently?

I would like to know the average processing time under this jurisdiction. Is it 6 or 8 weeks or more?

Much appreciated!
Thanks

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Hima02 » Tue Jul 12, 2022 12:34 am

dontringthebell wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:57 pm
amanjain861 wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:54 pm
Question: Do I need to upload anything in the section against the signature of the minor? Parents Signature, Minor Thumb Impression or Leave it Blank? if infant or toddler thumb impression, if minor can write their name thats accepted as signature as well.
I put my signature for minor application 😌..I have my appointment tomorrow. I submitted the application..What can I do...any help !!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by Shridhar26 » Tue Jul 12, 2022 6:00 pm

Hima02 wrote:
Tue Jul 12, 2022 12:34 am
dontringthebell wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:57 pm
amanjain861 wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:54 pm
Question: Do I need to upload anything in the section against the signature of the minor? Parents Signature, Minor Thumb Impression or Leave it Blank? if infant or toddler thumb impression, if minor can write their name thats accepted as signature as well.
I put my signature for minor application 😌..I have my appointment tomorrow. I submitted the application..What can I do...any help !!
I have not been in your situation but I would have tried as below.
Are you referring the section where we need to upload the signature in jpeg format? Not sure but if you definitely don't want to lose that appointment then i would have taken Minor applicant's thumb print in Jpeg format in email or pendrive just in case if VFS is happy to change it. In my case she(vfs Goswel) changed the spouse name to match with passport during appointment. She said she will try changing it if system allows.

You can also try filling another application and take copy of that as well. Ask them if they are ok to use this File Reference Number. I am not sure what all vfs is capable of changing during appointment but worth a try.
Also take laptop with you, it could be handy sometimes to make modifications and take printouts.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:17 am

sab516 wrote:
Sat Jul 02, 2022 2:27 pm
sab516 wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:58 am
My Timeline for a new OCI registration:

Appointment date: 22 Jun 2022
Appointment location: London
Acknowledgement: 23 Jun 2022
OCI application status as on 24 Jun : UNDER-PROCESS
Naturalisation certificate & Original Surrender Certificate received back from VFS: 1 July 2022
OCI application status on 14 July 2022 : PROCESSED ON 14 JUL & OCI number displayed on OCIservices tracking
OCI Cards received: Pending

It took exactly 3 weeks since HCI London received my application and been processed by MEA, India - Standard processing time with my 4th fresh OCI experience
I think I should receive the OCI booklet next week

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:21 am

chavachows3 wrote:
Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:37 am
Hi Guys,

Anyone applied under Birmingham jurisdiction and received (not still waiting) OCI recently?

I would like to know the average processing time under this jurisdiction. Is it 6 or 8 weeks or more?

Much appreciated!
Thanks
I think HCI London has the fastest processing times in the UK, especially fresh OCI. I just updated my timeline in another message. It took HCI London exactly 3 weeks from application receipt and OCI being processed. Another week for booklet delivery. So average 4 weeks for fresh OCI. For OCI misc service, its usually 1 week or 10 days.

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amolbawate » Fri Jul 15, 2022 10:45 am

My Timeline for a new OCI registration:

Documents submission date: 20 Jun 2022
Location: Dublin
Acknowledgement: 21 Jun 2022
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED On 14-JUL-2022
Dispatched From MEA (OCI ): NEW DELHI Not yet
Document received At : DUBLIN Not yet

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by amolbawate » Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:59 pm

My Timeline for a new OCI registration:

Documents submission date: 20 Jun 2022
Location: Dublin
Acknowledgement: 21 Jun 2022
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED On 14-JUL-2022
Dispatched From MEA (OCI ): NEW DELHI 15-JUL-2022
Document received At : DUBLIN Not yet

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by chavachows3 » Mon Jul 18, 2022 7:59 am

chavachows3 wrote:
Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:37 am
Hi Guys,

Anyone applied under Birmingham jurisdiction and received (not still waiting) OCI recently?

I would like to know the average processing time under this jurisdiction. Is it 6 or 8 weeks or more?

Much appreciated!
Thanks
Finally received my OCI today. Timeline as follows.

Documents submission date: 31/05/2022
Location: Bradford (Birmingham)
Acknowledgement: 02/06/2022
Original Doc received: 07/06/2022
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED On 11/07/2022
Document Received: 18/07/2022

Thanks for help!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Wed Jul 20, 2022 4:02 pm

chavachows3 wrote:
Mon Jul 18, 2022 7:59 am
chavachows3 wrote:
Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:37 am
Hi Guys,

Anyone applied under Birmingham jurisdiction and received (not still waiting) OCI recently?

I would like to know the average processing time under this jurisdiction. Is it 6 or 8 weeks or more?

Much appreciated!
Thanks
Finally received my OCI today. Timeline as follows.

Documents submission date: 31/05/2022
Location: Bradford (Birmingham)
Acknowledgement: 02/06/2022
Original Doc received: 07/06/2022
Documents Printing Status: PROCESSED On 11/07/2022
Document Received: 18/07/2022

Thanks for help!
Hi there,

Did your application processing status change to Despatched my MEA, etc after PROCESSED ?
For me, the status has been PROCESSED for last 1 week.
Emailed HCI and received usual unhelpful reply.
Getting anxious now!

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Re: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Post by sab516 » Wed Jul 20, 2022 4:10 pm

Hi Forum members,
I have my India travel booked , without any further change in OCI status... Feeling nervous now..
Question- Has anyone seen their status stuck as PROCESSED for over a week? And if yes, when did they actually receive their booklet ? Any other way to get this expedited?

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