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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PIO CARD HOLDER

Important Notice for PIO card holders: Applications for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards shall be processed without Consular Fees until June 30, 2017.  ICWF Fees & CKGS Service Fees will continue.

Until then, PIO cardholders can travel with their PIO card and US Passport.

If you wish to apply for OCI card in Lieu of PIO card, you may visit the following links:

  How To Apply   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply
  OCI Application – Get Started   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
  Frequently Asked Questions   https://www.in.ckgs.us/faq




Note on Biometric enrolment

Biometric enrolment for VISA application is mandatory for Walk-In Applicants of San Francisco Jurisdiction.
Exemption cases:

The following categories applicants are exempted from biometric enrolment:
  • Applicants of the age below 12 Years or above 70 Years.
  • Applicants holding official passport, Diplomatic passport or UN passport.
  • Applicants with no fingers
Exception cases:
  • Applicants with poor finger prints need to sign the exception form.
  • Applicants with less number of fingers will be required to give biometrics only of the existing fingers and need to sign the exception form.


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ADVISORY FOR INDIAN NATIONALS

Indian nationals traveling and / or residing in the United States are advised to be mindful of the laws of the United States, including those relating to treatment of young children. There have been cases brought to the attention of the Embassy from time to time, when children of Indian nationals have been taken into the custody of United States authorities (Children / Family Services) on reported grounds of negligence / maltreatment of those children by parent(s).


Visa Stickers issued from now on will not have the Round Seal on it. Please click here for Sample.


Modification of OCI cards- Dispensation with 'U' Visa sticker

1. The Consulate has been informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India on 29 January, 2015 that the Central Government has vide Notice No. 26011/06/2015 – OCI dated 29th January, 2015 had issued instructions dispensing with the requirement of 'U' visa sticker on the foreign passport of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder with immediate effect and modifying the OCI registration certificate with an endorsement "Visa validity - Lifelong".

2. As per procedure till date, the OCI documents consisted of an OCI Registration Booklet and a multiple lifelong 'U' (Universal) Visa sticker which was pasted on the foreign passport of applicants eligible for issue of an OCI card. It was mandatory for registered OCIs to carry their passports containing 'U' visa and the OCI registration certificate for entry into/ exit from India.

3. From now on, registered OCI cardholders would carry their valid foreign passport and the OCI Registration Certificate for entry/exit from India. Immigration authorities in the Immigration Checkposts (ICPs) have been requested not to insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' visa sticker in the case of OCI cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance may be granted based on production of the OCI card and a valid passport.

4. All existing OCI cardholders and new applicants for an OCI card are requested to take note of the aforementioned changes.

5. OCI cardholders who have lost their passports containing the 'U' Visa are not required to apply for a re-issue of OCI card under 'lost/stolen' category.

6. Till further notice, it is mandatory for the following categories of applicants to seek re-issue of OCI registration certificate under OCI miscellaneous services:

  • who are 20 years of age or younger, OCI registration certificate must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued;
  • who are 50 years of age or older, OCI registration certificate must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport.

7. The following categories of applicants are not mandated to seeking re-issue of OCI Registration Certificate each time a new passport is issued:

  • If the OCI registration certificate is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI;
  • For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI registration certificate.

New Rules for PIO

Effective 30th September 2014 – as per the Notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the PIO Rules have changed:

  • A PIO Card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his lifetime from the date of its issue provided that such applicant has a valid US or Foreign Passport.
  • The above is valid for existing PIO Cards and as well as New PIO Cards issued post 30th September 2014.
  • PIO Cards holders if staying in India for a period of over 6 months need not go to FRRO (Local) and get their extended stay endorsed. This ruling is done away with.

For more updates please visit the Embassy / Consulate website.

Download Ministry of Home Affairs Notification

New Visa Application Norms for applicants of Indian Origin

All applicants of Indian Origin with US Passports, applying for Tourist Visas are herewith advised to apply for longer term 10 year duration visas only.

Short term visas (less than 10 years duration) are only granted to applicants who

  1.   Have already applied for PIO / OCI and are awaiting process completion;
  2.   Non US passport holders
  3.   Applicants applying for Emergency visas
  4.   For Minors (5 years only)
  5.   Any other category which the Consulate decides as per Government of India Regulations.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you ever held an Indian Passport, it is mandatory to provide proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship along with your Visa / OCI / PIO application. Please click www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation for document checklist, forms and fees.


Visa application procedures for [Tibetan] IC holders who have NORI

All IC holders with NORI can directly apply for a visa at the Consulate either in person or by post, by sending their IC in original, a print out of an online-completed visa application form, two photographs, copy of address proof and proof of current residency status in the United States, and a return envelope through a courier that is amenable to tracking. The visa will be issued on a gratis basis.

Transfer of Valid visa from Expired US passport to New US passport

The validity of an existing visa does not expire if holder acquires a new passport (if old passport has expired or is damaged), as long as personal particulars and nationality of the holder have not changed. The visa holder can travel carrying old passport with valid Indian visa along with new passport. However, if such a visa holder wishes to formally transfer the visa for the remaining period of the duration of the visa onto the new passport, you may please review the Transfer of Business Visa requirementsTransfer of Tourist Visa requirements for more info. If you know what type of transfer for which you would like to apply, proceed to the Click here to fill online. Kindly note that this is purely an optional choice for the applicants. 


All applicants are advised to book their travel plan upon obtaining the appropriate visa. CKGS will not be responsible for any loss for any bookings made in anticipation of obtaining a Visa.


Applicants are not supposed to contact the Embassy / Consulate when their application is under process.


Important Notice on Outside Agent Soliciting


The India Visa Application Centre has received reports of Applicants being approached by persons(s) posing as an official of the IVAC outside the IVAC premises, attempting to provide visa application services. Applicants are strongly advised not to divulge personal information or provide payment to anyone claiming to work for the IVAC OUTSIDE IVAC PREMISES. You would not be approached outside the premises by anyone authorized to provide VAC services.

All applicants are advised that any services that they may choose to receive from any person / agency is at their own discretion and the IVAC will not be responsible for any misinformation or charges that they may choose to pay to such persons / agencies.

We strongly encourage all visitors to the IVAC to report any such incidents to the IVAC staff immediately.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in this matter.

Acceptance of fees via Credit Card

In case of payments made via credit card, actual bank / agency charges will have to be borne by the applicant. CKGS will accept fees online via credit cards only.

Courier / Return Courier Service - FedEx / UPS

You can now choose to send and receive your passport / document to our application center / home or office by choosing an optional courier service provided by FedEx / UPS.

CKGS - Official Partner of Embassy of India and its Consulates in USA

It is advisable that all applicants for Visa / OCI / PIO / Renunciation apply either in person or by post / courier directly at Cox & Kings Global Services Private Limited (http://www.in.ckgs.us).

In case applicants wish to apply for the above services through Third Party agencies, it is hereby notified that they will be doing the same at their own risk.  Each application will be dealt with individually based on the documents provided and as per Government of India rules and regulations.  Any query regarding such Third Party applications should be addressed directly with the concerned agency through which applicants have applied.

Press Release

M/s Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd. is the new service provider for Visa / OCI / PIO / Renunciation certificate support services with effect from May 21st, 2014.

Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.
Applicants should note that the Washington DC center shall open only at 9 AM EST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM EST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.
Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.
Applicants should note that the New York center shall open only at 9 AM EST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM EST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.
Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.
Applicants should note that the Chicago center shall open only at 9 AM CST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM CST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.
Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR HOUSTON JURISDICTION

All 3rd party agencies who are registered with CKGS on behalf of the Consulate hereby confirm that they are dealing directly with applicants and not on behalf of any other 3rd party agencies.

CKGS has been instructed to suspend accepting applications from such defaulting 3rd party agencies and report this information to the Houston Consulate. Any reinstating of access to the module to the defaulting 3rd party agency and acceptance of applications by CKGS will be dependent on the discretion of the Houston Consulate. Notice regarding OCI cards match-up procedure

In the case of all OCI applications, the applicants are notified by email about the arrival of the printed OCI Registration Cards from New Delhi and are requested to send their current passports for match-up. It has been noticed that many applicants have not been monitoring or receiving the email notifications at the email addresses mentioned in their applications and this has led to delays in their dispatch of passports for match-up.

Henceforth, all OCI applicants are requested to monitor the status of their OCI applications online at: www.passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury

Passports for match up must be sent to CKGS only.

If the status indicates that the OCI Registration Cards have been dispatched to Houston from New Delhi and have been received in Houston, OCI applicants may take a print out of the status and act as follows:

Applicants may send their passport to M/s Cox & Kings Global Services at the following address:

CKGS Application Center1001 Texas Avenue,Binz Building, Suite 550Houston, TX 77002

In addition, they may send an email to "oci.hou@ckgs.com" along with a copy of the OCI status report, tracking number of the courier through which passport was sent and state whether they have sent to M/s Cox & Kings Global Services a return envelope or paid for it to M/s Cox & Kings Global Services or intend to pick up their passport after match-up in person, or else, enclose a return courier envelope with the passport that is amenable to online tracking.
Applicants should note that the Houston center shall open only at 9 AM CST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM CST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.
Note on Biometric enrolment

Biometric enrolment for VISA application is mandatory for Walk-In Applicants of San Francisco Jurisdiction.

Exemption cases:
The following categories applicants are exempted from biometric enrolment:
  • Applicants of the age below 12 Years or above 70 Years.
  • Applicants holding official passport, Diplomatic passport or UN passport.
  • Applicants with no fingers
Exception cases:
  • Applicants with poor finger prints need to sign the exception form.
  • Applicants with less number of fingers will be required to give biometrics only of the existing fingers and need to sign the exception form.

Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.
Urgent / Emergency Applications

Please note that you can submit Urgent / Emergency Visa applications at our Center with $ 100 additional fees for this service between 9 am to 11 am on weekdays. We however do not guarantee that you will receive the visa on the same day as its dependent on various government emergency application procedures. Please only visit our center for pick-up after you have received an auto-email stating that your application is ready for pick-up. Our center closes at 6 pm.

Additionally, Students or applicants who are unemployed, it is mandatory to submit latest 3 month bank statement and One address proof when applying under this category. If you are not able to provide the bank statement, then Confirmed flight ticket has to be provided instead.
Applicants should note that the San Francisco center shall open only at 9 AM PST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM PST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.
Note on Walk-in Mode of Document Collection:

All applicants who have opted for 'In Person' collection of their document/s are requested to note that failure of collection of their Passport / document/s after notification (Email, SMS, Call, Track & Trace) would result in their passport being returned to the Embassy / Consulate by CKGS.

Emergency Visa Service

For Details on Emergency Visa Service at Consulate General of India, Atlanta please visit http://www.indianconsulateatlanta.org/cgi.php?id=Visa-Serv
Applicants should note that the Atlanta center shall open only at 9 AM EST. Applicants will not be allowed inside the building or in the building lobby prior to 9 AM EST. Applicants are requested not to arrive at the Application Center prior to this time as this is causing a lot of inconvenience to other tenants in the building.