FIA & Indian Consulate host VISA Passport Camp

Passport Camp

India Post News Service

CHICAGO: The Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago (FIA Est. 1980) and Consulate General of India office, Chicago, organized an OCI / Passport Camp at Manav Seva Mandir, Bensenville, a Chicago suburb. The camp was attended by more than 500 people of Indian descent families.

The camp focused mainly on two issues faced by the Indian diaspora – OCI Card and Passport. CG Somnath extended all support from his office and, more than six consulate staff members manned the inquiry and processing desk to answer and, process the paperwork for OCI Cards.

The event, aimed at providing comprehensive assistance to the Indian diaspora and OCI cardholders, witnessed enthusiastic participation from the community. The collaborative highlighted the commitment to fostering strong ties and enhancing support for the Indian community abroad.

The overwhelming response from the community, as evidenced by more than 1000 telephonic phone inquiries, showcases the high demand for OCI assistance. More than 550 individuals registered for the OCI camp, demonstrating the community’s eagerness to avail themselves of the essential services provided by the Consulate General Office.

The camp witnessed the active participation of 590 individuals who took advantage of the services offered, including new applications.

  • The camp offered a streamlined process for various OCI services, including new applications, re-issuance, and addressing queries related to OCI cards.
  • Attendees had the opportunity to engage with consular officials, seeking guidance and support on various consular matters, ensuring a seamless experience for all.
  • Expert-led informational sessions were conducted, covering topics such as legal rights, cultural exchange programs, and updates on the latest developments related to OCI regulations.
  • The event also featured queries and assistance filling out forms and form attestation.
  • Participants had the chance to apply for an Indian Visa and submit the applications for the same.

The Consul General and VSF Representative expressed gratitude for the FIA initiative and the community’s active participation. They stated, “The OCI Camp reflects our ongoing commitment to providing essential services and support to the Indian diaspora. We are grateful for the partnership with the Federation of Indian Associations, which has contributed to the success of this event.”

Dr. Rashmi Patel President of the Federation of Indian Associations Chicago remarked, “Collaborating with the [Embassy/Consulate General] for this OCI Camp has been a significant step towards strengthening our community bonds. We look forward to more such initiatives that benefit the Indian diaspora.”

He also thanked all the participants for their active involvement including appreciating the volunteering work done by the Women Empowering Group. He also thanked the youth empowering group for their excellent services.

Dr. Bhart Bhai Barai praised the super success of the camp and said that our community needs this type of camp at least twice a year.

He appreciated the presence of the EC committee members Mr. Nitin Patel (Ex. VP), Vijendra Doma, and Dr. Hament Patel, who worked hard for the success of this event.

Dr. Patel thanked the Media representatives from TV Asia – Ms. Vandna Jhingan; India Post – Mr. Soparawala; Hi India – Mr. Ajai Agnihotri; Desi Talk – Mr., Bhailal and Suresh Bodiwalaof Asian Media.

FIA provided 7 laptops and 3 printers/scanners. Manish Jain and Aalap Patel provided Notary services throughout the day pro bono and FIA provided snacks.

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