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Hi All,

I am applying OCI for myself. After some of the confusing instructions or lack of at the beginning, i have almost filled everything out now and ready to send out the docs to CKGS. Few questions:-

 

1. CKGS checklist asks for two photos. The Government form that i printed out post all the registration (Part A and Part B) has my photo displayed in the completed form. Do i need to paste one of the photos on top of the digital image that is displayed or should i just clip the two photos to the form and send it out? 

2.  They are also asking for Original American passport to be sent out along with the application. Processing time for OCI quoted is 90 days. Will CKGS keep the passport for the entire duration or will they send it back to me midway? What if i have to travel outside US during any urgency? 

 

Thanks. 


F2A for my wife
I130: 2013-08-23: Married
2013-08-30 : I-130 Sent
2013-09-03: I-130 Received
2013-09-05: NOA-1
2013-09-11: NOA1 (Hard copy)
2013-09-27: NOA2 approved (SMS and email from USCIS)
2013-10-02: NOA2 (Hardcopy)
NVC
2013-10-15: NVC received the case.
2013-10-21: Received Case number, IIN, Beneficiary number
2013-10-24: Received AOS and IV visa fee invoice email and paid both.
2013-10-26: AOS Fee status changed to PAID.
2013-10-28: IV Fee status changed to PAID. DS-260 is available.
2013-11-06: AOS Docs sent/IV Docs sent/DS-260 Submitted Online.
2013-11-07: NVC received the docs in the morning(Based on Fedex tracking).
2013-11-08: NVC confirmed that they received the docs.
2013-12:05: Case complete : By Phone
2013-12-12 : Case complete email from NVC
2013-12-27: Called DOS for Interview date. Set for Feb3rd,2014.
2013-12-27 Afternoon: Interview Letter by email.
2014-01-12: Finished fingerprinting and Photograph at VAC
2014-01-13: CEAC status changed to "In Transit"
2014-01-15/16: Medical
2014-02-03: Interview at Mumbai consulate. Approved.
2014-02-18: Received passport.
2014-04-10: POE at SFO.

2014-05-21: GC received but expires in 10yrs. It should be two years and run around with USCIS starts again!

I-902014-07-14: Mailed form I-90 with the erroneous Green card.

2014-07-30: Received text and email with receipt number.

2014-08-15: Temporary I-551 Stamp in the passport valid until August 2015.

2014-08-25: Biometrics

2014-09-17: Called USCIS to check on the case and rep filed an Expedite because of USCIS error in the card.

2014-09-24: Email from USCIS (TSC) asking to fax the copy of GC with error. (Totally confused at this point)

2014-11-17: Text message and email from USCIS indicating Card Production.

2014-11-26: Received correct card and info looks correct on the card.

I751 (ROC for wife) 2016-01-20: Sent I-751 application (Removal of Conditions).

2016-01-25: Received NOA1 Hard Copy by mail. Receipt Date: 2016-01-21.

2016-02-19: Biometrics

2016-08-12: Filed Service Request online using receipt number from NOA1. Don't use one from Biometrics.

2016-08-13:SMS and email notification with status changed to "Card Production"

2016-08-17: Status changed to "Card Mailed"

2016-08-18: Status changed to "Card was picked up by USPS and tracking number provided"

2016-08-19: Received NOA2 (approval letter)

2016-08-20: Received Green Card

US passport and card for my daughter ( 5 months old)

2016-09-28: Applied at Los Altos, CA Post office. Walk in (only on Wednesday) at 10AM and total time taken was 10 mins.

2016-09-30: Check Cashed.

2016-10-03: Passport Application was Trackable online.

2016-10-07: Received Passport. Expires in 2021.

2016-10-09: Received Passport Card

2016-10-09: Received Birth Certificate

N-400 US Citizenship for myself (Don't know what Republicans and Trump will do to GC holders so decided to file now) 

2017-11-15: Applied online at uscis.gov and paid $725 fees

2017-11-15: Hit in my credit card account.

2017-11-16:  NOA1 available online. Estimated Completion date on Case is 13 months and Field office is San francisco. 

2017-11-17: USCIS account shows status change. Biometrics scheduled but no sign of Biometrics letter in "Documents" tab.

2017-11-20: Biometrics document now available and set for 12/07/17 at Oakland, CA.

2017-12-08: Case status changed to "We reviewed your biometrics, You do not need to do anything at this time"

2018-10-10: Email from USCIS indicating change in case status.

2018-10-11: Interview letter available in Documents tab in myuscis. Interview scheduled for Nov 14th, 2018. 

2018-11-14: Attended Interview at SFO Field office. Total time taken 45 mins. Scheduled for special Oath Ceremony at Hayward City Hall on Dec 14th. 

2018-11-21: Oath ceremony letter is available online and that indicates Oath is on Dec 5th at Oakland. Ooops.

2018-12-4: Email from USCIS indicating Oath moved to Dec 14th at Hayward. 

2018-12-14: Oath and Naturalization completed. Applied for Passport at Post office. 

 

 

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1) No you shouldn't paste your photos on top of the digital photo. That's the same photo that will be printed on your OCI booklet. You can put the passport photos in a small envelope and staple it to a blank a4 size paper or even paper clip them to the form and send it with the rest of the documents. That way there will be less chances of them misplacing them. 

2) If you visit a CKGS document drop off centre in your city they might not take your US passport. That's what they did for my husband and some other people I know of. He went to submit the documents at CKGS Centre New York and they only looked at his US passport and returned it back immediately. He received his OCI 2 months later. You need to book an appointment for documents drop off. Check on the CKGS website to see if they have a documents drop off centre close to you. If that doesn't work, you can try calling CKGS helpline and ask them if a certified copy of your passport will work instead of the original. Their call centre staff are very helpful. Their contact numbers are 516-206-1483,
646-589-0088. 

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Thanks. I just saw your response now. 

 

I did not paste the photo and just clipped the two pics with a paper clip with rest of the documents and mailed it last week. Current status is that docs are heading to the consulate so assume that was the right thing to do. 

 

Second, it does not matter whether you appear in person or if you mail the docs. You need to give them the original US passport and they will mail it back to you. As per process, they will mail the US passport as soon as possible(or ask you to come and pick up at a later date if you had dropped it off in person) and then OCI will arrive later. Expecting the US passport to come back to me in 2 weeks. 


F2A for my wife
I130: 2013-08-23: Married
2013-08-30 : I-130 Sent
2013-09-03: I-130 Received
2013-09-05: NOA-1
2013-09-11: NOA1 (Hard copy)
2013-09-27: NOA2 approved (SMS and email from USCIS)
2013-10-02: NOA2 (Hardcopy)
NVC
2013-10-15: NVC received the case.
2013-10-21: Received Case number, IIN, Beneficiary number
2013-10-24: Received AOS and IV visa fee invoice email and paid both.
2013-10-26: AOS Fee status changed to PAID.
2013-10-28: IV Fee status changed to PAID. DS-260 is available.
2013-11-06: AOS Docs sent/IV Docs sent/DS-260 Submitted Online.
2013-11-07: NVC received the docs in the morning(Based on Fedex tracking).
2013-11-08: NVC confirmed that they received the docs.
2013-12:05: Case complete : By Phone
2013-12-12 : Case complete email from NVC
2013-12-27: Called DOS for Interview date. Set for Feb3rd,2014.
2013-12-27 Afternoon: Interview Letter by email.
2014-01-12: Finished fingerprinting and Photograph at VAC
2014-01-13: CEAC status changed to "In Transit"
2014-01-15/16: Medical
2014-02-03: Interview at Mumbai consulate. Approved.
2014-02-18: Received passport.
2014-04-10: POE at SFO.

2014-05-21: GC received but expires in 10yrs. It should be two years and run around with USCIS starts again!

I-902014-07-14: Mailed form I-90 with the erroneous Green card.

2014-07-30: Received text and email with receipt number.

2014-08-15: Temporary I-551 Stamp in the passport valid until August 2015.

2014-08-25: Biometrics

2014-09-17: Called USCIS to check on the case and rep filed an Expedite because of USCIS error in the card.

2014-09-24: Email from USCIS (TSC) asking to fax the copy of GC with error. (Totally confused at this point)

2014-11-17: Text message and email from USCIS indicating Card Production.

2014-11-26: Received correct card and info looks correct on the card.

I751 (ROC for wife) 2016-01-20: Sent I-751 application (Removal of Conditions).

2016-01-25: Received NOA1 Hard Copy by mail. Receipt Date: 2016-01-21.

2016-02-19: Biometrics

2016-08-12: Filed Service Request online using receipt number from NOA1. Don't use one from Biometrics.

2016-08-13:SMS and email notification with status changed to "Card Production"

2016-08-17: Status changed to "Card Mailed"

2016-08-18: Status changed to "Card was picked up by USPS and tracking number provided"

2016-08-19: Received NOA2 (approval letter)

2016-08-20: Received Green Card

US passport and card for my daughter ( 5 months old)

2016-09-28: Applied at Los Altos, CA Post office. Walk in (only on Wednesday) at 10AM and total time taken was 10 mins.

2016-09-30: Check Cashed.

2016-10-03: Passport Application was Trackable online.

2016-10-07: Received Passport. Expires in 2021.

2016-10-09: Received Passport Card

2016-10-09: Received Birth Certificate

N-400 US Citizenship for myself (Don't know what Republicans and Trump will do to GC holders so decided to file now) 

2017-11-15: Applied online at uscis.gov and paid $725 fees

2017-11-15: Hit in my credit card account.

2017-11-16:  NOA1 available online. Estimated Completion date on Case is 13 months and Field office is San francisco. 

2017-11-17: USCIS account shows status change. Biometrics scheduled but no sign of Biometrics letter in "Documents" tab.

2017-11-20: Biometrics document now available and set for 12/07/17 at Oakland, CA.

2017-12-08: Case status changed to "We reviewed your biometrics, You do not need to do anything at this time"

2018-10-10: Email from USCIS indicating change in case status.

2018-10-11: Interview letter available in Documents tab in myuscis. Interview scheduled for Nov 14th, 2018. 

2018-11-14: Attended Interview at SFO Field office. Total time taken 45 mins. Scheduled for special Oath Ceremony at Hayward City Hall on Dec 14th. 

2018-11-21: Oath ceremony letter is available online and that indicates Oath is on Dec 5th at Oakland. Ooops.

2018-12-4: Email from USCIS indicating Oath moved to Dec 14th at Hayward. 

2018-12-14: Oath and Naturalization completed. Applied for Passport at Post office. 

 

 

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I read about that on there website and was worried because my husband had his trip to India booked in advance 3 days after his appointment. I was scared that they will take his passport and we will have to end up cancelling the trip. When he went there, they just looked at his passport and gave it back. He even volunteered to submit it. The lady behind the counter said all his documents were good and they don't need his passport. I thought maybe midway through the process they will ask for it again but they never did. My husband applied for OCI on the basis of marriage to an Indian citizen. That was our experience. Whatever happens I wish you good luck. These days they seem to be processing OCI's faster than the given time frame. 

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Thanks. Just got notification that they shipped out the passport and should reach tomm. 


F2A for my wife
I130: 2013-08-23: Married
2013-08-30 : I-130 Sent
2013-09-03: I-130 Received
2013-09-05: NOA-1
2013-09-11: NOA1 (Hard copy)
2013-09-27: NOA2 approved (SMS and email from USCIS)
2013-10-02: NOA2 (Hardcopy)
NVC
2013-10-15: NVC received the case.
2013-10-21: Received Case number, IIN, Beneficiary number
2013-10-24: Received AOS and IV visa fee invoice email and paid both.
2013-10-26: AOS Fee status changed to PAID.
2013-10-28: IV Fee status changed to PAID. DS-260 is available.
2013-11-06: AOS Docs sent/IV Docs sent/DS-260 Submitted Online.
2013-11-07: NVC received the docs in the morning(Based on Fedex tracking).
2013-11-08: NVC confirmed that they received the docs.
2013-12:05: Case complete : By Phone
2013-12-12 : Case complete email from NVC
2013-12-27: Called DOS for Interview date. Set for Feb3rd,2014.
2013-12-27 Afternoon: Interview Letter by email.
2014-01-12: Finished fingerprinting and Photograph at VAC
2014-01-13: CEAC status changed to "In Transit"
2014-01-15/16: Medical
2014-02-03: Interview at Mumbai consulate. Approved.
2014-02-18: Received passport.
2014-04-10: POE at SFO.

2014-05-21: GC received but expires in 10yrs. It should be two years and run around with USCIS starts again!

I-902014-07-14: Mailed form I-90 with the erroneous Green card.

2014-07-30: Received text and email with receipt number.

2014-08-15: Temporary I-551 Stamp in the passport valid until August 2015.

2014-08-25: Biometrics

2014-09-17: Called USCIS to check on the case and rep filed an Expedite because of USCIS error in the card.

2014-09-24: Email from USCIS (TSC) asking to fax the copy of GC with error. (Totally confused at this point)

2014-11-17: Text message and email from USCIS indicating Card Production.

2014-11-26: Received correct card and info looks correct on the card.

I751 (ROC for wife) 2016-01-20: Sent I-751 application (Removal of Conditions).

2016-01-25: Received NOA1 Hard Copy by mail. Receipt Date: 2016-01-21.

2016-02-19: Biometrics

2016-08-12: Filed Service Request online using receipt number from NOA1. Don't use one from Biometrics.

2016-08-13:SMS and email notification with status changed to "Card Production"

2016-08-17: Status changed to "Card Mailed"

2016-08-18: Status changed to "Card was picked up by USPS and tracking number provided"

2016-08-19: Received NOA2 (approval letter)

2016-08-20: Received Green Card

US passport and card for my daughter ( 5 months old)

2016-09-28: Applied at Los Altos, CA Post office. Walk in (only on Wednesday) at 10AM and total time taken was 10 mins.

2016-09-30: Check Cashed.

2016-10-03: Passport Application was Trackable online.

2016-10-07: Received Passport. Expires in 2021.

2016-10-09: Received Passport Card

2016-10-09: Received Birth Certificate

N-400 US Citizenship for myself (Don't know what Republicans and Trump will do to GC holders so decided to file now) 

2017-11-15: Applied online at uscis.gov and paid $725 fees

2017-11-15: Hit in my credit card account.

2017-11-16:  NOA1 available online. Estimated Completion date on Case is 13 months and Field office is San francisco. 

2017-11-17: USCIS account shows status change. Biometrics scheduled but no sign of Biometrics letter in "Documents" tab.

2017-11-20: Biometrics document now available and set for 12/07/17 at Oakland, CA.

2017-12-08: Case status changed to "We reviewed your biometrics, You do not need to do anything at this time"

2018-10-10: Email from USCIS indicating change in case status.

2018-10-11: Interview letter available in Documents tab in myuscis. Interview scheduled for Nov 14th, 2018. 

2018-11-14: Attended Interview at SFO Field office. Total time taken 45 mins. Scheduled for special Oath Ceremony at Hayward City Hall on Dec 14th. 

2018-11-21: Oath ceremony letter is available online and that indicates Oath is on Dec 5th at Oakland. Ooops.

2018-12-4: Email from USCIS indicating Oath moved to Dec 14th at Hayward. 

2018-12-14: Oath and Naturalization completed. Applied for Passport at Post office. 

 

 

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