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#1 Apr 23rd, 2009, 01:27
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Well today I finally applied for Overseas Citizenship of India. I have to say, however, the application has been a bit of a stress so far. Firstly, my birth certificate was lost so I had to go to my borough council office to get a replacement certificate for 7, then I had to photocopy all sorts of documents! And then today when I went to post all the stuff by postal order, they told me that I couldn't pay the 165 by card- I'd have to pay by cash and that there would be a post office additional charge. After paying an extra 10, I was advised to pay 5 for special delivery guaranteeing that the documents will get there by tomorrow afternoon! I think it's really wrong that the High Commission of India don't say that we'll have to pay extra commission for sending the things by post. Had I known, I would have personally gone to the High Commission last week and done it there. So I'll be really annoyed if they reject my application now!

When do you all think I will get my OCI card?

Sorry for my rant, I just thought it'd be really easy to do it by post- it took me quite a while!
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Originally Posted by samirofdelhi View Post I think it's really wrong that the High Commission of India don't say that we'll have to pay extra commission for sending the things by post.
It is not the High Commission who are charging you commission for sending it by post, the 10 is the fee which the Post Office charges for selling you a Postal Order.

The Post Office is a business and like all businesses they charge people who choose to use their services. Surely you did not expect them to hand them out for free? Most transactions like this cost money, a bankers draft for instance costs at least 20.

As for complaining about being charged 5 for special delivery, that was very good advice they gave you. It is not just the next day guaranteed delivery you are paying for, it is the security of having the package insured, tracked and signed for. Passports and birth certificates are valuable items, they cannot just be put in the post like a birthday card!
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#3 Apr 30th, 2009, 15:02
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Hi guys,

Can anyone help me out with regards to OCI cards? Can you apply for them if you are of non-indian descent? I want to move to india this summer with my 2 children to live with my Indian boyfriend, I will not be looking for work but will be looking to register the children into the local International school.

Is there anyway you can just reside in India legally? I am not looking to vote, join the government, buy land or property or any of the things they twll you about I am simply looking to reside there

Any pointers would be most appreciated

Thanx
#4 Apr 30th, 2009, 16:34
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Originally Posted by hinduwannabe View Post Hi guys,

Can anyone help me out with regards to OCI cards? Can you apply for them if you are of non-indian descent?
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I want to move to india this summer with my 2 children to live with my Indian boyfriend, I will not be looking for work but will be looking to register the children into the local International school.
If and when you marry him, you will be able to apply for longer-term visas, and ultimately PIO card; until then, you are just another tourist!

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Is there anyway you can just reside in India legally?
This topic is so much discussed here, that a quick "no" and suggestion you search the forum should do. India is just not open to people who simply want to come and live here.

Marry your boyfriend, and you have an opening
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You may have a look at the following thread:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...for-it-t71976/

However if you do not have Indian descent you will have to apply for a long term Visa or get enrolled somewhere and come on a student visa.
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I intend to! but not for some time until his post grad is done
how do i stay in the meantime?
Desperately seeking citizenship
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that would be tricky as I am already a teacher, I also thought off voluntary work just to get the foot in the door
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Unless you can find an employer, you will have to be content with maximum-180-day stays as a tourist.

Sorry, but India has no 'fiance' visa, and I don't think anywhere in the world has a 'girlfriend' visa!
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Visa extension is very very tough..... and getting an OCI card if you are not of Indian origin will be a fraud.........

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Originally Posted by hinduwannabe View Post .......I am just wondering how I can legally stay in India........but worry about getting visa extensions or how difficult it is to obtain an OCI card if you are not of Indian origon
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thanks for your advice, so an OCI is out of the question? but on the immigration rules it states if you have resided in India for 12 years (although I plan to marry after 2) you can legally stay but how does one stay for those first 12 years?!
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Originally Posted by hinduwannabe View Post but on the immigration rules it states if you have resided in India for 12 years (although I plan to marry after 2) you can legally stay but how does one stay for those first 12 years?!
through an employment visa?
through a PIO card after getting hitched?
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I am not intending to work there, only reside, but I would like my children to attend the International school there, would we be able to live without worry of visa renewal/hassle until I marry?
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OCI is a red herring; very roughly speaking, if you or your parents or grandparents were, or could have been Indian Citizens, you can get OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India). Long-term, think PIO, which is available to spouses of Indian citizens; forget OCI completely, it does not apply.

Citizenship is also a red herring: just because you marry an Indian, and just because you intend to live here, even for the foreseeable future, does not mean that you would be well advised to give up your current (British?) citizenship and become Indian, and even if you did, it would take many years.

If you want to know how to be able to live in India, please look at the British High Commission/VFS Site and see the visa types. You can get a job (tough; there are 1.6 billion people here already, and a recession), you can study on a government-approved course, you can come as the spouse of someone who has an employment visa (your boyfriend might not be so happy about that!)...

You cannot live here just because you want to, or just because you are attached (not married) to an Indian.
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No I expect he wouldn't be thrilled if I pulled some other bloke into the mix
It's just that so many different sites have such very conflicting reports, many thanks for your feedback, looks like I am going to have to become a yoga expert or something!
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Not a professional, of course, usual disclaimers apply, but I have been through the process myself --- married an Indian and living here.

India is just not immigrant-friendly. It's tough, but that is the way it is.
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