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Gottipatti

Applying for an India OCI card

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Hello,

If anyone has recently (i.e. within the last one year) applied for an OCI card (that enables an U.S. Citizen who was formerly an Indian Citizen to travel to India without having to get a visa), could you please let me know the process and agency to approach. The Indian Consul General's office refers you to travisa outsourcing, but the travisa outsourcing webpage indicates that processing of OCI cards has been transitioned to the Indian outsourcing company, BLS International. I find that the consul general's office does not appear to know about BLS! Also, does one have to formally renounce their Indian citizenship before they apply for the OCI card? I would appreciate if anyone can let me know the process they followed (recently) to get an OCI card. Please do not post Googled links as I have gone through almost all of them in the various public fora and Googled sites. 

 

Thanks,

GP

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I will answer part of your question. The moment you get US Citizenship you are supposed to inform the embassy and mail the Passports to the Embassy. The passports are returned with cancelled  due to acquiring Foreign Citizenship.notation. If you fail to do this there is a fine before you can apply for OCI.

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I will answer part of your question. The moment you get US Citizenship you are supposed to inform the embassy and mail the Passports to the Embassy. The passports are returned with cancelled  due to acquiring Foreign Citizenship.notation. If you fail to do this there is a fine before you can apply for OCI.

 

There is a three year period within which one must submit the renunciation certificate and their most recent Indian passport with a "processing" fee of $175. After three years, of acquiring U.S. Citizenship, there is a fine of $250. Thanks for the note, though.

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Apparently, you haven't googled enough !

 

Care to check this ? : visa.blsindia-usa.com

 

Which Consulate are you referring to ?

 

Thanks for most obvious url, though. The Indian Consulate at Chicago has not updated its personnel of the transition from Travisa to BLSIndia. Its quite disconcerting when the consulate officials keep referring to something other than what's most "apparent".

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Just to qualify a bit on the pretty generic and partly incorrect info given by "pontevecchio":

 

If the most recent Indian passport is retained for more than 3 years after acquisition of citizenship of another country, a penalty of $250.00 applies, except where the most recent Indian passport expired before January 1, 2005 or where the most recent Indian passport shows a 'Cancelled' stamp.

 

Also, you can apply for renunciation and OCI concurrently. No need to renounce Indian citizenship before applying for OCI.

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