Finally we have sent our passports, RPRF and PCCs to the Visa Office in New Delhi for stamping of our PR Visas. With this we have successfully moved to the last and the most desired queue in the race.
The initial plan was to send them before end of April. The delay was due to the unexpected delay in renewal of Prab’s passport and his Indian PCC. While we received his Passport on 23rd April, we chose to apply for his PCC the next working day, the 25th April. We chose the passport office for the PCCs for the below reasons.
1. The PCC from the passport offices indicate the ‘No Record’ thing for the stay in India, nationwide; While the ones from the commissioner’s office or the Station House Officer only indicate that for the stay in their jurisdiction.
2. The passport offices simply issue the PCC based on the police verification report that were received for the issue of passport. So, no additional work from their side, they just confirm if the police verification report is received for that passport and go ahead and issue the PCC. This is valid as long as the passport was issued in the last 10 years only.
The passport office accepted Prab’s application in-spite of them knowing that his original police verification report was dated 1999 and that the new one is not due until 45 days. So, the passport was basically held at their office for about 8 days waiting for someone to come and ask for the status of the PCC. After a week’s wait, we requested to cancel the PCC application and return the passport, which they thankfully did by the end of that day.
We approached the local SHO as he is authorized to issue the PCC, as per CIC. The SHO refused to act, although he had issued a verification certificate for Prab and recommended him a fast renewal of his passport just a fortnight back. He directed us to the SP office.
At the SP office, we were in for a surprise initially. That was the first time we visited them or any police SP/commissioner office for that matter. It’s such a huge office and we did not see a single person except for the security guards in Khaki uniform. Thankfully, the receptionist guided us to the concerned ‘Office of the Foreigners Registration and the Crime Records Bureau’ section. Bang! The officer in-charge was on a long vacation and there was another officer who was generous enough to spend his spare time at this section.
We explained our situation to him and requested for the PCC to be issued at the earliest. He was very kind and asked us to submit the below.
1. a hand written letter requesting for the PCC,
2. The proof of the requirement(the letter from NDVO)
3. 3 passport size photographs
4. Photocopy of the passport(only the bio data pages)
5. Photocopy of the ration card
6. Pay a fee of INR300
Next, he filled our details in some forms and affixed one photo to that. He also attached the documents that we provided to that set of forms. He then sealed all those papers in an envelope and addressed it to our SHO. We were asked to take them to the SHO and get it verified. We did, thanks to the short distance(about 40 km) between the local police station and the SP office. @ the local station, they know us personally and so the process was relatively easy. We got it done in an hour and then again transported the sealed envelope from the SHO to the SP office. By the time we arrived at the SP office, it was 6pm and the SP has gone home! We got the PCCs signed by the SP, the next morning and we were done .
Phew, that last thing is done. We are back to waiting now
At the time of this post, NDVO has issued 3 visas for the post June 26, 2010 applicants group .