We finally got the OCI Card for our son. This OCI card application process took a while to apply. 4 Months to be specific after completing the first application ( and generating the web reference number).
OCI Card processing takes place in two stages
- Stage 1: Submit required supporting documents, application for processing
- Stage 2: Send Original U.S. Passport to get the OCI Card.
OCI Card doesn’t look like a Green Card or EAD Card. It looks just like a Passport with 2 pages. Here’s the screenshot for the OCI Card Processing Time.
OCI Card Processing Till Passport Match Up
We first submitted the application back in the August 2015, but took another 4 months to muster up the courage to collect all the required document to apply. The checklist of documents that have is confusing. Here’s why: When I mean a checklist, I mean each item in the list should contain one item
- Do this
- Do this
- Do this
Not like this
- Do this and this and maybe this
- Maybe to this too
- Do this
But, I got it done and submitted the application via the Postage paid using CKGS Shipping Service ( Not easy to use this page). FedEx is cheap compared to what you would have to pay for next day service if you buy via CKGS. Read the FAQ’s for more details below.
We received the confirmation email to send the passport in April. Total of 90 Days.
OCI Processing Time : Passport Matchup Process
I’m glad I took the first screenshot right after mailing the passport. I couldn’t find full history now. Here’s the processing time after CKGS received the passport for Matchup and mailing back the Original Passport with OCI Card. Thats about 15 Days.
Total OCI Card Processing Time
- Stage 1: Application Processing – 90 Days
- Stage 2: Passport Matchup – 15 Days
- Total: 105 Days
Processing time listed on the CKGS website is pretty accurate. That’s good right?
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Where did we take the passport size photo of our son?
Over the years, we had to take several photos. So, we painted a wall white and took photo of him via DSLR and used make passport size photos from home and printed at Walgreens. If you can’t paint the wall, get a white backdrop from amazon (like this one). It’s not worth spending $20 for every passport size photo.
2. Where to get notary public signature?
We went to Wells Fargo Bank. You don’t need to have a bank account with them to get Notary signature. If there’s no Wells Fargo Bank nearby, try your bank. Don’t go to Bank of America. They stopped giving notary sign on individual pages when you have more than one document to be signed. So, start with your bank first.
3. Should we send original document during stage 1?
No, only copies of supporting documents are required. Only original document I sent was our son’s passport for Stage 2.
4. Where did we mail the documents?
Our location falls under Indian Embassy in Washington D.C. So, we send it to CKGS processing center listed for D.C.
5. Do we get email updates about various stages?
Yes. CKGS was good about that. There was email notification for every update on the file.
6. Why buying Shipping Service through CKGS?
They were not accepting prepaid envelop purchased on our own. So, we don’t have a choice unless documents were submited in person.
When I initially paid for To/Return shipping, I thought I’m paying for ALL the to/from shipping service. But, I was wrong. I had paid only for mailing the document and getting the passport back. The website was not clear.
I should have paid for two To shipping and One From shipping.
- To send first documents for processing
- To send the passport for matchup ( I did not pay for this first time)
- Return shipping to receive the passport and OCI Card
It was really tough to use their shipping service. I had to mail the customer cars, since OCI card option was missing. So, I couldn’t even pay for shipping for few days, until they added it back as an option. you will know when you get to this point.
If you have further questions, do let me know. Hope this helps.