FAQs - VISA


  • I have applied for OCI in Lieu of PIO card. I have submitted my original PIO for processing. Can I carry my OCI application receipt and my current passport while travelling to India?
  • I am Applying from New York Jurisdiction for OCI in lieu of PIO card. I have submitted my original PIO card for processing. Can I carry my OCI application receipt and Indian Passport while travelling to India?
  • Now since the PIO card scheme is canceled and I already have a PIO card, can I travel on the same?
  • Can I apply for renewal of PIO card?
  • Can I apply for cancellation of my PIO card? OR Can I apply for renunciation of my PIO card?
    Applicant can apply for cancellation of his/her PIO card.
    Click here for more details on PIO Card - https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/how-to-apply.shtml

    Step 1   PIO – How to Apply?  https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/how-to-apply.shtml
    Step 2   PIO Cancellation   https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/pio-categories.shtml

    Step 1. PIO – How to Apply
    It is recommended that you read the PIO – How to Apply carefully on the CKGS website homepage as shown below or click on https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/how-to-apply.shtml
    Once you are ready with the important documents listed on the website, you proceed to the next step.



    Step 2. How to Apply guide
    Read the PIO – How to Apply carefully.

    There are 2 options explained in detail –
    • Before Submission
    • Post Submission



    Step 3. PIO Cancellation Application – Categories
    Once you are familiar with the steps, you can proceed to PIO Categories on the CKGS website homepage as shown below or click on  https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/pio-categories.shtml



    Step 4. PIO Categories

    Select the Category applicable to you and to go to the next step.



    Step 5. Document Checklist & Forms

    On the next step click Document Checklist & Forms, you will find all the document’s and form’s requirements for your PIO renunciation application.


    1. Print 1 Set of the Checklist and tick the boxes against the required documents before enclosing them in the envelope for submission.
    2. All forms and letters must be typed.
    3. All forms as per Checklist to be printed and SIGNED.
    4. Signatures have to be in the Applicants personal handwriting.
    5. The Documents mentioned under the Checklist are MANDATORY. All the documents have to be submitted along with the application. If any are missing / incorrect, then the application would be treated as ‘INCOMPLETE’ and processing will be kept ‘On Hold’ until the documents are ‘Complete’.
    6. ALL documents submitted should be provided in the same order as they appear on the Document Checklist.
    7. If an applicant is applying for more than a single service, then the necessary documentation will be as per the Checklist that is required For EACH OF THE SERVICES applied. Each Service would be processed separately and will have a separate Checklist. Even if the mandatory documents seem repetitive, they are required to be given separately. The exceptions being original documents such as a passport.
    8. There could be additional documents to be submitted post the verification of the application as required by the Consulate / Embassy. The decision of the Embassy / Consulate is FINAL in all such cases.
    9. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to ensure accuracy and completeness of their application.

      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 here www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation for document checklist, forms and fees.


    Step 6. Mode of submission of your Application to CKGS either by Pre-paid Shipping or Walk-in


    If mode of submission is Shipping

    You will have to send your fully completed application (all documents and complete payment) through Shipping. It is recommended that your purchase your shipment through CKGS as this will save you the need to travel, parking charges, as well as waiting time at the CKGS Application Center.

    Applications must be sent to the CKGS Application Center of your jurisdiction. It must NOT be sent to the Mission.

    Simply print the label which will automatically be addressed as follows: Please see example:

    Attn To: {PIO Category} ‘PIO’ Application
    CKGS Application Center Name
    PIO Department
    CKGS Application Center Address
    CKGS Application Center Location
    CKGS Application Zip Code



    Important Note on Shipping bought through CKGS
    DO's
    • Please send only 1 Application per package.
    • Weight of the package should be less than 0.5Lbs.
    • The shipping label provided by CKGS must be pasted on the envelope.
    • Only use the envelopes shown below to send with the shipping label provided by CKGS:


    DONT's
    • DO NOT enclose your application in any other packaging except for the ones displayed above.
    • DO NOT request a pickup by FedEx / UPS as this is not included in the price.
    • If more than one application is sent in the same package, then the application will be put on hold.
    • DO NOT use the shipping label to submit an application outside of your jurisdiction.

    Applications sent in the wrong packaging will not be processed until CKGS is reimbursed the difference in the amount for shipping applications in the wrong packaging. You will have to log onto our shipping page and make an online payment for any reimbursement (if applicable).

    Please note that the conditions of the Shipping provider are in addition to the Terms and Conditions of CKGS.

    Note on Prepaid/Own Shipping Label

    In case you use your own shipping label, ensure that you provide the AWB Number and Service provider’s details when you are prompted at the Shipping stage. This is Compulsory to avoid delays.
    If you have used your own label, we cannot take any responsibility of pick-up and delivery to you. The Shipping Service providers often do not acknowledge receipt of the envelopes. Nor will CKGS drop off your prepaid envelopes to your shipping service provider as you have not bought the shipping service from us.

    NOTE:
    • FedEx Prepaid Envelopes sent by you are NOT accepted.
    • USPS Pre-paid labels have an expiry date and hence they are NOT accepted by CKGS.
    • For Prepaid envelopes, CKGS will not be responsible to contact you, and if you ignore this point for any delay occurring will be your liability.


    Enter Shipping details


    If mode of submission is Walk-in


    Applicant can come in person and submit the application along with all documents at the CKGS Application Center.

    NOTE:
    All documents submitted should be provided in the same order as they appear on the Document Checklist.
  • I have an expired PIO card, what do I do?
  • Do I need to apply for cancellation of my PIO card before I apply for OCI card? OR Do I need to apply for renunciation of my PIO card before I apply for OCI card?
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