Indian Embassy in US to accept online applications for visa, passport, OCI services from today
New Delhi: The Indian Embassy at Washington DC, US will accept online applications for visa, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), renunciation, passport and Global Entry Programme (GEP) services through a new service provider, VFS Global, with effect from today (November 4).
The Embassy release stated, “With effect from 4 November 2020 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), Embassy of India, Washington DC will accept online applications for OCI, Renunciation, Passport and GEP services through new service provider, VFS Global.”
” A service fee of US$15.90 (inclusive of all taxes) per application will be charged in addition to applicable Government of India fees for these services. Applicants are advised not to send any applications by post to VFS before making an online application on 4 November 2020 on the website of VFS,” it added.
The Embassy further stated that due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, there will be no walk-in service at VFS Global until further notice. “All applications shall only be dealt with by post,” it added.
It is worth adding that on October 10, the Embassy had announced that the service centre Cox and Kings Global Services (CKGS), which provided outsourcing services for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport and GEP would be shutting down its operations on October 14.
In its public notice, the Embassy had said that it would provide direct limited services only in case of emergencies, following the shutdown of CKGS.