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kohinoor13ster

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Jul 10, 2018
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Ok, it could be the case..
In our case we submitted the application on Dec 28. At the counter I was told we should upload the photos before the end of the same day before 6pm
Came out of BLS and sitting in my car itself uploaded the new photos and signatures. Went through without an issue.
Hello Abbas,

I could re-upload my photos today morning. Looks like the server was an issue till yesterday.
 
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aphermix

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Jan 5, 2017
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Is there anybody who has applied around Feb 11 other than msatishxp. Did you get your original document back, or is the tracker updated saying original is sent back ? Also is the OCI acknowledged on the site ? I applied on Feb 11 and these are still saying "Processing at Consulate General" for me.
Anyone with similar dates / Situation as me ?
 

SyedAli786

Full Member
Jan 18, 2019
26
10
Hi,

A query for OCI fees.

I need to apply for a family of 4 people.

Do we need to Make a Demand draft of each 345$ ( Consulate General of India, Toronto) & 7.4$ (‘BLS International Service Canada Inc )
Or else can I make 345 * 4 = 1380$ and 7.4 * 4 = 29..6$ for 4 people in 1 draft for CGI and BLS.

Thanks
Syed
 

abbas.pasha

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Sep 17, 2016
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Hi,

A query for OCI fees.

I need to apply for a family of 4 people.

Do we need to Make a Demand draft of each 345$ ( Consulate General of India, Toronto) & 7.4$ (‘BLS International Service Canada Inc )
Or else can I make 345 * 4 = 1380$ and 7.4 * 4 = 29..6$ for 4 people in 1 draft for CGI and BLS.

Thanks
Syed
One or multiple draft for address to CGI, Toronto and BLS respectively will be ok
But if one of the application is returned than the issue is that with one draft you are looking at a challenging situation.
Hence I will suggest you to make individual drafts for each applicant.
Try and submit your application in person will be advisable and preferably at Brampton
You can book appointments under Passport or Visa category if you are not finding appointments under OCI category
 
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SyedAli786

Full Member
Jan 18, 2019
26
10
One or multiple draft for address to CGI, Toronto and BLS respectively will be ok
But if one of the applications is returned than the issue is that with one draft you are looking at a challenging situation.
Hence I will suggest you to make individual drafts for each applicant.
Try and submit your application in person will be advisable and preferably at Brampton
Thank you very much for giving the time, and resolving small small queries.

I stay in Scarborough and already booked a Walk-in-slot in Lawrence BLS, for the 22nd of march, and I applied for a surrender application on the 18th Feb, hope I should get the passport by that.

and drafts should be made in Canada post right ?... ( any idea for each draft charge )

Thank you
 

abbas.pasha

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Sep 17, 2016
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Thank you very much for giving the time, and resolving small small queries.

I stay in Scarborough and already booked a Walk-in-slot in Lawrence BLS, for the 22nd of march, and I applied for a surrender application on the 18th Feb, hope I should get the passport by that.

and drafts should be made in Canada post right ?... ( any idea for each draft charge )

Thank you
Not sure about Canada post, but usually you can reach out to your bank to prepare the drafts. Charges from banks vary depending on what account plan you have e.g. TD's draft charges for All Inclusive Plan is zero, but for other it may vary.
Since you are going to BLS Toronto be very very (and I repeat) very careful because:
  • They will force you to pay for courier charges for the OCI and if they decide to retain your original India passports and or original surrender certificates they will again ask you to pay for the courier charges to send these documents back. I believe it will be around $25 per person for each OCI and Indian Passports/Surrender Certificates
  • They will force you to buy the EP service (kinda like sms notification/call etc) guess its between 6$ or 12$
  • They will force you to buy passport covers 12$
  • Plus chances are that the photographs you will bring to BLS, they will reject and ask you to re-take photograph at BLS. It will be around $15 per person...
 

SyedAli786

Full Member
Jan 18, 2019
26
10
Not sure about Canada post, but usually you can reach out to your bank to prepare the drafts. Charges from banks vary depending on what account plan you have e.g. TD's draft charges for All Inclusive Plan is zero, but for other it may vary.
Since you are going to BLS Toronto be very very (and I repeat) very careful because:
  • They will force you to pay for courier charges for the OCI and if they decide to retain your original India passports and or original surrender certificates they will again ask you to pay for the courier charges to send these documents back. I believe it will be around $25 per person for each OCI and Indian Passports/Surrender Certificates
  • They will force you to buy the EP service (kinda like sms notification/call etc) guess its between 6$ or 12$
  • They will force you to buy passport covers 12$
  • Plus chances are that the photographs you will bring to BLS, they will reject and ask you to re-take photograph at BLS. It will be around $15 per person...
Thank you Yes got it,

i already experienced the Surrender certificate, ( as my 3 applications were wrong ( Header was missing) , and they asked me to pay 30 for each to re-fill the application). so I have done that.
They have already provided the passport covers with that.
i have taken photographs, will use the same,

Thank you
 

abbas.pasha

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Sep 17, 2016
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Thank you Yes got it,

i already experienced the Surrender certificate, ( as my 3 applications were wrong ( Header was missing) , and they asked me to pay 30 for each to re-fill the application). so I have done that.
They have already provided the passport covers with that.
i have taken photographs, will use the same,

Thank you
Just as an FYI, now a days BLS is asking for 2 photographs (hard copies) for the OCI application. I only learnt it from other forum members
 
 

abbas.pasha

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Sep 17, 2016
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Thank you Yes got it,

i already experienced the Surrender certificate, ( as my 3 applications were wrong ( Header was missing) , and they asked me to pay 30 for each to re-fill the application). so I have done that.
They have already provided the passport covers with that.
i have taken photographs, will use the same,

Thank you
since your applying in person you do not need to make the draft for BLS (Draft for CGI will still be needed) as that payment can be done at the counter with a debit card or cash
 

SyedAli786

Full Member
Jan 18, 2019
26
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since your applying in person you do not need to make the draft for BLS (Draft for CGI will still be needed) as that payment can be done at the counter with a debit card or cash
Thank you, the photo required is '2'?
how should I confirm, I was having 2, 1 already submitted for Surrender, 1 I had kept for OCI,