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    I have the below questions

    1. Instruction -f on OCI page on SF consulate's web page allows self-attested copy
    of the passport [USA and INDIA].

    My question was what to do for 2 children - aged 2.5 and 6 who already have PIO.

    Do they need to self-attest the copy of their USA passport (since in their case
    they don't have any Indian passport) ? The 6 yr old can write his name but
    the 2.5 yr old can't obviously.

    2. Also based on the instructions on SF's OCI webpage, for folks who already
    have PIO, the copy of the PIO needs to be notarized. This is the only copy
    which needs to be notarized now. There is no mention whatsoever of
    notarizing their birth certificate.

    Any information ASAP on the above 2 questions is highly appreciated since
    I am all set to apply for OCI for my family as soon as I have information for
    the above 2 questions.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • #2
    Originally posted by tdesai
    I have the below questions

    1. Instruction -f on OCI page on SF consulate's web page allows self-attested copy
    of the passport [USA and INDIA].

    My question was what to do for 2 children - aged 2.5 and 6 who already have PIO.

    Do they need to self-attest the copy of their USA passport (since in their case
    they don't have any Indian passport) ? The 6 yr old can write his name but
    the 2.5 yr old can't obviously.

    2. Also based on the instructions on SF's OCI webpage, for folks who already
    have PIO, the copy of the PIO needs to be notarized. This is the only copy
    which needs to be notarized now. There is no mention whatsoever of
    notarizing their birth certificate.

    Any information ASAP on the above 2 questions is highly appreciated since
    I am all set to apply for OCI for my family as soon as I have information for
    the above 2 questions.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    1.You attest them-You sign it and say "On behalf of__________".Just to be safe put their thumbprint below your signature as well.For Indian passport send a copy of yours or their mother's.

    2.Just to be safe send in a self attested copy of the birth certificate.If they dont require it they will throw it away but if they do require it and you dont send it the application will be pushed back by a month or so.

    In a nutshell, send the following for each of your kid:
    1.Their US passports
    2.Either Parents Indian passport
    3.Birth certificate
    4.PIO card

    I know some of this doesn't really make sense but the way these guys behave doesnt make sense.Better to be safe than sorry.
    New OCI applicants please go to the thread before posting questions:
    http://www.immigrationportal.com/showthread.php?t=209468

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    • #3
      What ever copies that you send to consultate just notarize the first page of each document. Thats what i was told (infact very rudely) by the lady at consulate (houston) over the phone.

      IF we take it to our bank they will be more than willing to attest any nbr of copies for you.

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      • #4
        OCI - self-attested question

        USASI093xxxx Reference Number

        Filed Form-A online: 05/12/2006
        Mailed on: 05/13/2006
        Received on: 05/15/2006

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        • #5
          Mailed on 3/14, Case went into "under process" May 1. Case went to "Granted" status May 4.

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          • #6
            Ref # USASI0745XXX
            Completed Online form: 04/06/06
            Mailed Appln to CGI SF: 04/11/06

            As of 5/19/06 no file number shows up on MHA online check, "still waiting for concern mission to register..." message

            I also sent my indian pp to cancel along with applicaiton. Per email communication with OCI cell at CGI-SF, cancelled pp will be returned with booklet and stamped US pp once OCI granted.

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            • #7
              Our OCIs show up in the "received" list at cgisf.org today. Now we have to mail our passports to cgisf for them to put visa stickers in it.

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              • #8
                Our OCIs showed up as received on cgisf wbesite today and asked us to send the passports for U visa stamp and sticker.

                BTW: I didnot send our Indian Passports for cancellation. Shall I have to send them for cancellation or I can retain them without sending for cancellation.

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                • #9
                  My OCI processing

                  Mailed the oci application to CGISf/OCI on apr 11th. They got it on apr 13th. The OCI cell has not responded to me yet.
                  Still getting 'File Number Yet to register......'.
                  After the mha web page has been upgraded around May 18 or so, I am getting a different message 'Application with this number not yet Acknowledged'. I guess this also means the same as before !! I hope something changes in next week or so.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tdesai
                    USASI093xxxx Reference Number

                    Filed Form-A online: 05/12/2006
                    Mailed on: 05/13/2006
                    Received on: 05/15/2006
                    2 questions for folks
                    - what would be a reasonable time frame for the application
                    above to show as registered on MHA website ?

                    - I haven't checked whether my bank has processed the money
                    order since I am not sure how/when the Indian consulate or MHA
                    deposits the same

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sfbayguy
                      Ref # USASI0745XXX
                      Completed Online form: 04/06/06
                      Mailed Appln to CGI SF: 04/11/06

                      As of 5/19/06 no file number shows up on MHA online check, "still waiting for concern mission to register..." message

                      I also sent my indian pp to cancel along with applicaiton. Per email communication with OCI cell at CGI-SF, cancelled pp will be returned with booklet and stamped US pp once OCI granted.
                      sfbayguy, I filed my oci app around the same time at cgisf (details in my last posting). What is your status, does your name show up on MHA website. If not, are you getting the message 'Application with this number not yet Acknowledged' or "still waiting for concern mission to register..."
                      I am still getting the message "......not yet acknowledged..."
                      Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tdesai
                        2 questions for folks
                        - what would be a reasonable time frame for the application
                        above to show as registered on MHA website ?

                        - I haven't checked whether my bank has processed the money
                        order since I am not sure how/when the Indian consulate or MHA
                        deposits the same
                        I'm a Washington DC applicant and came across your tracker as I was trying to figure out how other US consulates are doing. There doesn't seem to be any consistency between the different missions and even in a given mission. I applied on 5/12 by FedEx, it was delivered on 5/15 and acknowledged on 5/17. It went to "Under Process" rightaway.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rveedu1
                          sfbayguy, I filed my oci app around the same time at cgisf (details in my last posting). What is your status, does your name show up on MHA website. If not, are you getting the message 'Application with this number not yet Acknowledged' or "still waiting for concern mission to register..."
                          I am still getting the message "......not yet acknowledged..."
                          Thanks.
                          I am getting "Application with this number not yet Acknowledged".

                          I got my cancelled Indian passport today. They just stamped "Passport cancelled as acquired US citizenship" on the first 3 pages and on the last few pages (33-36). I had sent the passport along with the OCI application. I'll keep the post updated with progress.

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                          • #14
                            Got our Passports back with visa and OCI booklets today(4 days after sending them to consulate).

                            Phew !! no more dealing with the consulate

                            Whole thing took march 16th to Jun 2nd. Not bad !

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                            • #15
                              OCI Photo

                              Any help would be appreciated to have the correct photo per OCI requirememts. I am looking for a photo studio in NH/MA states.

                              Thanks
                              RKN

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by sfbayguy
                                Ref # USASI0745XXX
                                Completed Online form: 04/06/06
                                Mailed Appln to CGI SF: 04/11/06

                                As of 5/19/06 no file number shows up on MHA online check, "still waiting for concern mission to register..." message

                                I also sent my indian pp to cancel along with applicaiton. Per email communication with OCI cell at CGI-SF, cancelled pp will be returned with booklet and stamped US pp once OCI granted.
                                Any status on your case ??

                                For USASI0750xxx, USASI0785xxx the status shows as already granted.

                                Assumning the MHA website generates the above Online Registration
                                nos in sequence when one fills out the forms online, there seems to
                                be no standard pattern in terms of their processing the cases.

                                Does anyone have any idea as to how long it takes for the
                                OCI case to show up in terms of its status on MHA website after
                                you submitted the application - specifically those who submitted to
                                SFO consulate since from the other posts here seems like Houston
                                was processing apps very very fast as compared to the sluggish
                                pattern in case of SFO..

                                Thaanks

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                                • #17
                                  Nope, still shows the same message, on the status website.

                                  With the Indian Passport returned, atleast I know that they have opened the envelope for my application, since both the OCI app and Indian PP cancel letter were sent in one envelope.

                                  The waiting continues.

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                                  • #18
                                    My application just went to 'Under Process' on June 16th.
                                    At last the status changed !!!!!!! I now know my application packet was opened. All these days, I was in the dark trying to figure what happened to my application.
                                    Next, waiting for Granted status.....will post when my status changes.
                                    FYI - I completed part A online april 10, mailed it on april 11th, cgisf received it on april 13th, acknowledged/Under Process status online on June 16th.

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                                    • #19
                                      Update

                                      Ref # USASI0745XXX
                                      Completed Online form: 04/06/06
                                      Mailed Appln to CGI SF: 04/11/06
                                      Appln Acknowledged (online): 6/17/06 - Status under progress

                                      My online status also changed, now showing acknowledged, and in progress :-)

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                                      • #20
                                        OCI Status

                                        Mailing date: 4/15/06 to SF consulate
                                        Just checked the status on MHA website : http://ociindia.nic.in/ociindia/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp

                                        Status is Under Process

                                        I have a question:

                                        My son's name does not have his first name in it. Only the last name coming twice. Where as my name shown as 'first name last name'. Anyone know how to correct this information.

                                        Pl. Advice.

                                        Thanks

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