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Wouldn't it be great if airlines gave you a cheat sheet full of translations to current colloquialisms along with your immigration and customs declaration forms when you were about to land? You'll be tempted to sort of smile-and-nod when you encounter this in an effort to not draw attention to yourself, feel silly, or otherwise feel like the odd person out. ...


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So I'm a person of Indian origin who has spent half his life in Massachusetts, and a couple of years ago moved to Mumbai. I personally was always able to switch between accents, but in the past I could not use or understand Indian English to its complete extent. I agree with @TimPost — you should be fine with asking around — but it is a ...


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Just because of the sheer diversity in India I am told that people within India do not really understand each other's English either. A lot of people will pronounce sh as suh (nation vs nasun) and you can just never know who will. A lot of the confusion will depend on the type of people you are interacting with. As you rightly said a few percent of the ...


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I don't see any issue with using an online system to send the fax. You are in the US so you are not breaking any rules. That said, you may not want to give a random internet company an electronic copy your personal documents. Many stores and frequently hotels have fax machines. I would be surprised if the nearest fax machine was really 6 hours away. In ...


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Your definition of OCI is correct. In practice, OCI is more of a liability than a help. It does not help you with most officialdom, because you deal with low- to mid-level people who have no clue what it is. You may find someone who can be persuaded to accept it in lieu of your foreign passport, but that's rare. Every office, such as property tax, or gas, ...


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No. There are no oaths required of any kind. You just have to qualify for the status and be patient with Indian bureaucracy. It can take a while. On a side note: Make sure you get all of your details correct and have somebody proofread your application. It's a real pain to get anything updated once you've got OCI.


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Re-entering is fine, and quite common. Previously, Indian tourist visas for all nationals briefly prevented re-entry within two months; however, this has now been repealed for all except a few countries that India doesn't have great relations with (Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan). Indian multiple-entry business visas have never had this ...


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Try not to use any slang. E.g, instead of saying 'Do you want to have a go', say 'Do you want to try'. Your accent is just as hard for them to understand as their accent is for you. So, try to speak slowly and clearly. Most people in india are actually educated under the british english system rather than american, so you'll find that they use the british ...


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This is what consulates are for. You should contact the Indian consulate for the area in which you reside, and ask them what is required from you for them to provide the certification their bosses at home asked you for. Most likely they'll ask you to appear personally in the consulate office. If you live far they may provide another solution. But basically -...


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No, he does not need a new visa. A US visa is only for entry, and if he doesn't need to enter, he doesn't need a visa. Your eligibility for H4 status and visa is based on his H1b status, not his visa.


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India does not allow dual citizenship hence the requirement of the PIO card you mentioned. But please note that the PIO card is being replaced by the OCI card; and, by October 2018 you will not be able to travel using the PIO card anymore. Last date of application for free conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards is on or before 31st December 2017 ...


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Sorry: since you've owned your car for less than year, it cannot be imported to Australia. Even if the car was more than a year old, while importing might be possible in theory, it is highly unlikely to make any sense financially or otherwise. You will need to pay shipping (>$1000), all sorts of handling, inspection, quarantine and customs fees (easily >$...


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From the context I believe they are talking about the country from which you are making the application. My assumption is that if you were, say, a Columbian citizen who has been living in France for the last 1 year and applying via the Indian Embassy in Paris, you may be asked for additional information or documents that someone (of any nationality) who has ...


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In Germany your wife will receive maternity benefit (Mutterschaftsgeld) for only 14 weeks - 6 weeks before the birth and 8 weeks after the birth. After that you can receive parents money (Elternsgeld) for up to 14 months after the birth but only if you're residents of Germany. I have no first-hand experince but I think it's not possible to go to India ...


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Take a picture of you holding the local newspaper (date, and place), your passport and/or the e-mail they sent to you asking for proving your are out of India. Send it to your parents, and bring it to the MEA office. Hope you the best.


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One option you can pursue is to change your nonimmigrant status to that of a B-2 visitor so you can stay in the US to await the child's OCI document.


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After reading this : http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/citizenshipact1.htm It looks like if you were born outside of India, then you pretty much only qualify as a "citizen by descent" if your birth was registered with the Indian government within one year of its occurrence, or within one year of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003 taking effect. (Or "...


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A visa is permission to enter a country, nothing more. Each time you enter you will be given a stamp that tells you the date when you must leave. You can leave any time before or on that date. In this case, it sounds like you get a 180-day stay each time you enter, so leaving and re-entering will get you a 180-day stay. Usually a visa is good for one entry,...


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As we discussed in chat, you are a university student who does part time work for a US employer. Should that employer wish to bring you to the US to work for it for a short period, paid or unpaid, you would need a work visa and the company would need to file a petition for a non-immigrant worker on your behalf. As you realized, this is not quite the right ...


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Getting a visa to enter the country and then applying for the actual residence permit is the regular procedure for (prospective) EU Blue card holders in Germany (and in many other EU countries). From the ministry of Foreign Affairs: Die Blaue Karte EU wird in Deutschland ausschließlich von den Ausländerbehörden ausgestellt. Visumpflichtigen Drittstaatern ...


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There is no law restricting you to get married while on a H1b visa (As far as I know) Apply for Passport : Can she do this before getting married? Generally wife needs to change her last name after marriage. Will this be an issue? Not sure how soon you are going to do this but I believe between getting the passport and applying for visa etc will take a ...


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Canada has an extensive guide explaining the process, along with an even more detailed guide. Do I need to sponsor new baby for moving baby to Canada? Yes, it appears that you do. What is the process to sponsor? The shorter guide's outline lists the following sections: Before you start Get your application package Fill out your forms Gather ...


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You have a tourist visa, the standard 180-day visa with multiple entry, and participating in a training program is not allowed on that visa. That would require issuance of a new visa, for which you would have to exit and reenter the country. India is extremely stringent with visa extensions. The rare exceptions are those granted to individuals of Indian ...


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You are right. Getting the OCI can take time and it can be rejected for mistakes in documentations. There are two ways to go here. Change your non-immigrant status to B-2 or any other visa so that you won't be out of status and stay in the USA. Wait for the OCI to arrive. Apply for the X visa for your child in the USA, which is given to foreigners who have ...


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The UK government (FCO) site has some information here, although it's not much. Also this site here seems much more helpful, even though it seems to answer your question in the negative. It looks like it depends on whether you are a tourist or not. If you are a tourist, you need your UK licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you are not a ...


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Just wanted to add that if you were already 50 yrs age or older when you got your first OCI, then you dont need to renew.


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As with passports, most nations prefer to have a picture associated with alternate travel documents that reasonably resembles the person using it to travel into the country. This is why there are usually age-5 and age-10 requirements for new passports for many countries like the U.S. and the UK. So it is not that the OCI status will be lost. It's that if a ...


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YES A PAN number is a sensitive piece of information. It is very much like a SSN given in the USA or SIN given in Canada. All your income is tied to your PAN number. The PAN card can be used as an identity proof in some cases. Many financial transactions like buying mutual funds, gold, stocks, etc. require your PAN information. There are a lot of tax ...


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In India there are both government and private colleges. While recruitment to private colleges take place as per their needs, govt college recruitments take place through a national level examination known as NET (National Eligibility test). Cracking the NET exam with a decent rank requires preparation and passing the exam does not guarantee you a ...


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I do notice you are asking for people's personal experience sending from India. I cannot claim personal experience but I think there is a good chance this will work, having done this successfully from other countries. Open a PayPal account in the USA, and link that account to your bank account. The process takes about a week. Meanwhile, do the same thing in ...


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