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I wish to get either PIO or OCI card. I was born in India and I'm a US citizen. I've read different things about each type of card, overall OCI seems to be the best for me. The problem is I only have about 2 months to complete all this. Is there not a significantly longer processing time for this card, it states 12 weeks on the embassy site. It says on their site: "...applicants are requested to immediately send their original US passport(s) for stamping the “U” Visa by mail." What if I go to the embassy personally and present the documents? I live only about an hour away from Washington D.C.

Perhaps I should apply for this card & my parents can mail it to me in India whenever it arrives. I still have 2 years left on my tourist visa.


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Originally Posted by amaresha View Post OCI seems to be the best for me. However, is there not a significantly longer processing time for this card?
Yes, according to their webbsite, OCI processing by Washington is currently standing at 12 weeks. For PIO, it is 45 businesss days, which is 9 weeks.

Either way, you have a problem. Will you be spending more than a couple of months in the US anytime in the next two years? If so, that would be the best time to apply.

Otherwise, you could apply for PIO and hope it comes through in time. The downside to that plan is that you need to submit your passport with your application and if it's not processed in time, you're not going anywhere!

If you do get a PIO card, which does have its disadvantages, you can "upgrade" to OCI at a reduced fee in the future.

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Perhaps I should apply for this card & my parents can mail it to me in India whenever it arrives.
That's a thought. It would work if neither you or your passport have to be in attendance at the completion of the OCI process; I'm sure that others can advise.
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Originally Posted by amaresha View Post I wish to get either PIO or OCI card. I was born in India and I'm a US citizen. I've read different things about each type of card, overall OCI seems to be the best for me. The problem is I only have about 2 months to complete all this. Is there not a significantly longer processing time for this card, it states 12 weeks on the embassy site. It says on their site: "...applicants are requested to immediately send their original US passport(s) for stamping the “U” Visa by mail." What if I go to the embassy personally and present the documents? I live only about an hour away from Washington D.C.

Perhaps I should apply for this card & my parents can mail it to me in India whenever it arrives. I still have 2 years left on my tourist visa.


thank you for any information
Take out your favorite spreadsheet program and plug in data from this thread Apart from what the Official website and MHA may say; the actual completion is faster.

You cannot go and personally submit documents in DC. It has to be mailed in, or at least it was so for NYC.

No, your parents cannot mail it in. Your US passport has to be dropped off for affixing a U sticker/Visa and an OCI booklet.

The approval, and when you go and pick up the OCI booklet do not have a time-line deadline. You can come back and pick the OCI later.
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thanks for the repiles. I suppose I'll just apply for the PIO card instead, which takes about 45 days. ... kinda sucks I have to go through all this just to live in a country I was born in.
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Originally Posted by amaresha View Post thanks for the repiles. I suppose I'll just apply for the PIO card instead, which takes about 45 days. ... kinda sucks I have to go through all this just to live in a country I was born in.
If your file is complete and there are no gaps in the information - An OCI would take between 30-35 days. While with PIO you have to send your passport for the duration. No Passport->No Travel
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I would apply for the OCI immediately. If there are no objections to your application, then it should be processed in about 40 days. Having the OCI in hand while in India would make your life easier if you are going to stay there more than 6 months.

Of course, if you are going for a short visit, then you should apply for the OCI upon returning to the U.S. in advance of your next trip to India.

Lastly, do not apply for the OCI in India! It takes 3-4 months on average versus 1-1.5 months applying in the U.S. You can check the OCI tracker for more details.
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Originally Posted by AnishK View Post Lastly, do not apply for the OCI in India! It takes 3-4 months on average versus 1-1.5 months applying in the U.S. You can check the OCI tracker for more details.
As the OP intends to be in India for some time, and still has a two years left on their visa, an OCI application taking 3-4 months in India will only be a problem if they need to get a job straight away.
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Originally Posted by amaresha View Post ... kinda sucks I have to go through all this just to live in a country I was born in.
India never forced you to become an American citizen!
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OCI is process wise, the easiest and smoothest of procedures I have seen.
Nine seconds to hand the passport and printout of the online status form at the OCI window. and Another 10-15 second same afternoon to pick up the passport and booklet.

Less that 30 seconds total of face-time with an indian babucrat.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post As the OP intends to be in India for some time, and still has a two years left on their visa, an OCI application taking 3-4 months in India will only be a problem if they need to get a job straight away.

I'm not going there for a job, I'll be living in a monastery indefinitely. I will not be traveling at all once I land there. So I think it will be much easier & safer to apply for OCI once I get to India. I'm afraid to take a chance on this and apply here.
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Originally Posted by amaresha View Post I'm not going there for a job, I'll be living in a monastery indefinitely. I will not be traveling at all once I land there. So I think it will be much easier & safer to apply for OCI once I get to India. I'm afraid to take a chance on this and apply here.
If that is your intention, then apply here, and then go to India.
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I applied for my OCI card in Washington, DC in June 2009. I kept checking that website and heard nothing.... until mid-August. First, it's a serious pain the ass... my confirmation number used a combo of Ones, "L's", zeroes, "O's". So I wasn't sure if I was entering the wrong number or if there just wasn't an update. Turned out there was no acknowledgement until mid-August, 2 months after I mailed the info to the embassy in DC. The documents were received by the embassy DC 5 weeks after the acknowledgment. So when they say 12 weeks, they are really talking like 12-14.

I'm actually confused as to my next step. Do I mail my passport to them, or do I walk it over to pick up the documents? Per the instructions, I included a pre-paid mailer with my application but not sure what that was for.

I could use some advice from someone who has done this before here in the states, ideally in DC.

thanks!
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Originally Posted by adamsmorgan View Post I applied for my OCI card in Washington, DC in June 2009. I kept checking that website and heard nothing.... until mid-August. First, it's a serious pain the ass... my confirmation number used a combo of Ones, "L's", zeroes, "O's". So I wasn't sure if I was entering the wrong number or if there just wasn't an update. Turned out there was no acknowledgement until mid-August, 2 months after I mailed the info to the embassy in DC. The documents were received by the embassy DC 5 weeks after the acknowledgment. So when they say 12 weeks, they are really talking like 12-14.

I'm actually confused as to my next step. Do I mail my passport to them, or do I walk it over to pick up the documents? Per the instructions, I included a pre-paid mailer with my application but not sure what that was for.

I could use some advice from someone who has done this before here in the states, ideally in DC.

thanks!
Dunno where you live; If it is convenient, go to the Embassy in DC. Drop off your passport in the morning, and pick it up in the afternoon.
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Nycank, thanks for your reply. So that is the way to do it? Some of the online OCI directions indicate you have to mail them your passport. I'd really rather not do that! I'll take your advice and head to the embassy asap. It's a 15-minute bike ride from mi casa. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by adamsmorgan View Post Nycank, thanks for your reply. So that is the way to do it? Some of the online OCI directions indicate you have to mail them your passport. I'd really rather not do that! I'll take your advice and head to the embassy asap. It's a 15-minute bike ride from mi casa. Cheers!
Buenos I walked to CGINY in the morning; came back and again in the afternoon picked it up

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