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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Outsourcing of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Service

for Indian Nationals with VFS Global

 

With Effect from May 17, 2021, the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) service for Indian Nationals will be handled by the outsourcing partner VFS Global.

Details related to the process can be accessed from the link https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind.

Process: Applicants may apply only according to the Consular Jurisdiction. Only those applicants living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin seeking PCC may apply in Chicago.

Applicants should apply at https://portal4.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html. They may create a Login ID choosing Chicago as the Mission / Post and then fill out the online PCC application. While filling up the application, applicants may write their Indian Address and the name of the concerned Police Station, enabling the police authorities to verify their antecedents. After filling the online application, applicants may take a printout and complete the set by enclosing the supporting documents listed below.

1.     Notarized copy of passport.

2.     Valid US Visa status.

3.     Proof of address: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State    Identity Card or Mortgage Deed.

4.     One color passport-size photograph, to be pasted and to sign below in the respective space.

Please refer to the VFS Global link for the submission of the physical application and payment of fees.

PCC, as per the current Government of India guidelines, would be issued only after clearance from the respective Police authority in India.

Fees:

** Fee for applicants holding passports issued by Consulate General of India Chicago: $25 as fee and $2 as a contribution towards Indian Community Welfare Fund + Outsourcing charges of $ 15.90 and shipping charges and online payment charges (as applicable).

** Fee for applicants holding passports issued in RPOs and other Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulates: $40 as fee and $2 as a contribution towards Indian Community Welfare Fund+ Outsourcing charges of $ 15.90 and shipping charges and online payment charges (as applicable).

(Please note that PCC for non-Indian nationals will continue to be processed by the Consulate directly. For details, please refer to the link https://www.cgichicago.gov.in/page/display/244/17 )

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Restoration of e - Visas

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All e Visas (except e-Tourist Visas) have now been restored . Applicants may apply for and obtain e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa, e-Conference Visa from web link https://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. e-visa under Tourist category continue to remain suspended.

Chicago

9 April 2021

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Relaxation in OCI Guidelines till 31 December 2021

 

1.As per existing OCI guidelines, the OCI card needs to be re-issued:

  • each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.
  • once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.

2. The Government of India has decided to grant further extension of time till 31 December 2021 to get the OCI cards re-issued in accordance with above guidelines.

3. Separately, the requirement of carrying both old and new passports, along with the OCI card, has been done away with. Henceforth, an OCI cardholder, having an OCI card bearing old passport number, can travel to India with the current passport and is NOT required to carry the old passport.

 

Chicago

30 March 2021

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

India-US IT Cooperation & Opportunities

 

Consul General Amit Kumar joined the session on India-US IT Cooperation and opportunities as part of IndiaSoft 2021 organized by Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC).

Consul General provided a brief overview of potential and opportunities between India & US for cooperation in the field of IT and how Covid-19 accelerated the expansion of digital footprint in the economy.  He said that advent of technology including IoT, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain technologies can be leveraged for realizing our development objectives, improving delivery of government services and productivity of our economy.  The global IT demand is also shifting from traditional requirement of software services and systems integration. 

CG Kumar underlined that there are enormous opportunities for collaboration between India and the US-Midwest, particularly in how digital processes are impacting manufacturing, health care and pharma, insurance sector, etc. He said, the Consulate will be happy to work with relevant stakeholders and facilitate engagement in these areas, particular for MSMEs in IT, ICT and related areas.

He identified US Mid-West region as a region that has emerged as hub for an advanced and smart manufacturing as well as several exciting start-ups in pharmaceuticals, bio-health, health-care sector and insurance services.     

He said that the region is also at the forefront of automation of work and Industry 4.0. In India, digital technology can be used for network and inventory optimization, predictive maintenance, smart safety management and product design. 

Additionally, digital technology by leveraging data generated by platforms like the GST can help in creating a MSME focused credit risk database to improve quality of lending decision and reducing borrowing costs. 

He pointed out the Chicago area is among the top three hubs for Start-Ups in the US and top-ranked when it comes to B-2-B solutions in manufacturing sector, healthcare, logistics, etc. Other important areas include Michigan and Indiana.

The event also saw addresses by Mr Nalin Kohli, Chairman INDIASOFT & Past Chairman, ESC, Mr Sanjay Chadha, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India, Dr Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India at Atlanta, Mr Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT, Government of Telangana, Mr Saurabh Gaur Joint Secretary,, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. Several other representatives from India based IT companies, USIBC, IT Serve and some private companies also spoke.

 

March 23, 2021

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Kala Utsav 2021 – 3rd Session

 

Several Indian American cultural organisations and individuals across the Midwest have been participating in the Kala Utsav 2021 being organized by Consulate General of India, Chicago on the theme “Hope, Solidarity and Resilience”. 

          While the first two sessions were organized on 10 and 17 January 2021, the concluding session of Kala Utsav was organized on 31 January and live-streamed through social media platforms of the Consulate. The event was viewed by more than 4000 people.

          The Third Sessions of Kala Utsav featured a mix of classical and contemporary Indian dance, music, poetry and short theatrical performances.  These included: a union of Oddissi and Bharata Natyam, ‘Solidarity’ by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts (Ms. Pranita Nayar, Executive Director); Medley of Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and traditional Indian folk dances choreographed by Ms. Raksha Dave from Nartan Dance Academy; Bhangra folk dance performance choreographed by Mr. Sahab Grover of Detroit Folk Arts Michigan Bhangra team; Agam's Malahar Jam Bharatanatyam dance choreographed by Ms. Ahila Devi of Kalapriya Dance Academy (Ms. Mridu Sekhar, President); Marathi Folk Dance ‘Devi’ by Maharashtra Mandal, Chicago ( Ms. Ulka Nagarkar, President); Bollywood dance by Ms. Reemlee Dhorchowdhury of Culture in Motion; Kathak dance on poetry “Jashn-E-Zindagi” by Ms. Anindita Anaam (Sargam Creative services); Hindi play ‘Shikayat’ presented by children from Chicago area and directed by Mr. Anurag Misraraj of Dramatech of America.

          The event was wonderfully anchored by emcee Ms. Anindita Anaam, a leading exponent of Kathak and the Secretary, Wisconsin Dance Council Board.

Chicago, 31 January 2021

 

 

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Kala Utsav 2021 – Second Session

 

The Kala Utsav 2021 with the theme “Hope, Solidarity and Resilience” being organized by Consulate General of India, Chicago with the active support and participation of Indian American cultural organizations in the US Midwest is getting an overwhelming response and has been viewed by thousands of people. While the first session organized on 10 January 2021 went off very well, the second session of the Kala Utsav 2021 organized was live streamed through social media platforms of the Consulate on 17 January 2021. It has also been widely appreciated and viewed thousands of people.

Each segment of Kala Utsav features a mix of classical and contemporary Indian dance, music, poetry and short theatrical performances. As was in the first session, the second session on 17 January 2021 also comprised several scintillating performances. These included Bharatanatyam Dance choreographed by Ms. Anjali Varghese, Kalapadma Bharatnatyam Dance Academy;  Kathak dance performance on “Asha, A new Dawn” choreographed by Ms. Anindita Neogy Anaam, Sargam Creative services; Odissi Dance “Krishnachura Agun Tumi” choreographed by Ms. Sreyashi Dey of Akshara Dance; Bharatanatyam performance “Maithreem Bajatha Akhila Hrujjethreem” by Ms.Chitra Lakshumanan, Graduate at Michigan state University; Kathak dance on Bollywood song “Ghar more Pardesi” choreographed by Ms. Amruta Mate and Ms. Vaidehi  from Taal Dance Company; Hindi poetry  “Naya din and chalo mil kar saath chalein” Mr. Anuraag Mishra from Dramatech of America; Kathak dance choreographed by Ms. Madhura Sane of Nritya Natya Academy; Yakshagana performace by Ms. Anuradha Adiga and Dr Rajendra Kedlaya Yakshahejje, School of Yakshagana; Kathak Dance choreographed and performed by Ms. Gauri Jog of Indian Dance school.

The Emcee of the programme Mr. Jigar Shah, head of Chicago International South Asian Film Festival wooed the audience with his wonderful anchoring. 

Chicago, 17 January 2021

 

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

Kala Utsav 2021- First Session

 

The Consulate General of India, Chicago is organising the annual Kala Utsav event with the theme “Hope, Solidarity and Resilience” in three virtual sessions. The first session of the event was organised on 10 January 2021 and live streamed through social media platforms of the Consulate. It has been viewed by more than 5000 people.

Consul General Amit Kumar in his welcome remarks mentioned the unprecedented challenges last year on account of the pandemic, recognized the efforts of Indian-American community in the US in coming together to not only help members of the community but also local communities during the pandemic, and referred to the renewed hope and optimism with the ongoing COVID19 vaccination. He underlined that despite the pandemic challenges, there were also several inspiring stories of human ingenuity, resilience and solidarity.  These were the key themes that we celebrate in the New Year through Kala Utsav 2021.  He thanked the Indian American cultural organizations for their enthusiasm and active support to this event.

Each segment of Kala Utsav features a mix of classical and contemporary Indian dance, music, poetry and short theatrical performances. The inaugural session on 10 January 2021 witnessed several beautiful performances. These included Bharatanatyam Dance choreographed by Ms. Hema Rajagopalan from Natya Dance Theatre; short composition in Rag Bhimpalasi by Sitarist Mr. Paneesh Rao; Kathak Dance by Dilshad Khan Dance Academy choreographed by Ustad Dilshad Khan; Odissi Dance by Utkalaa Center for Odissi Dance choreographed by Guru Ipsita Mahapatra Satpati; fusion dance by Ms. Shweta Baid from Ekjut Theatre; Hindi poem recitation “Purusharth” by Mr. Rakesh Malhotra; play “Ek Thi Amrita” by directed by Ms. Alka Sharma from Mandi Theatre; and the Bollywood dance performance by students of Bolly Dance Fit choreographed by Ms. Deepthi Chiruvuri.

The programme was wonderfully anchored by Ms. Prachi Jaitly, President of the Artists Association of North America.  The second and the third session of the Kala Utsav 2021 event will be held on 17 and 31 January respectively.

Chicago, 11 January 2020

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Consul General’s interaction with Purdue-India Executive Council

 

Consul General addressed the members of the Purdue-India Executive Council comprising senior University representatives and distinguished alumni from India.

He provided an overview of the India-US relations and outlined the key priority areas for cooperation.  As two vibrant democracies with shared values, India and United States enjoy multi-faceted partnership covering every aspect of human endeavor. It is a partnership, underpinned by strong people to people connection. We are working together to advance our partnership in all areas, particularly in five priority areas: healthcare including on affordable vaccines and medicines, clean energy and mitigating the effects of climate change for the future generations, cooperation in digital technologies and innovation, building a strong partnership in education, and strategic and defense convergences.

The interaction focused on strengthening cooperation in the higher education sector and opportunities to deepen cooperation with Indian universities, joint research, curriculum development, joint degrees, adapting e-learning for higher education, etc. in wake of the NEP 2020.

Purdue University in Indiana is one of the leading US universities. It was part of the consortium of nine US universities led by MIT that helped set up academic programmes and research facilities at IIT Kanpur. It today has the maximum number of Indian students among all US universities and has a very robust partnership with India.

Chicago, 24 February 2021

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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"Minnesota and India: Trade opportunities in 2021”

February 18, 2021

 

Consul General Amit Kumar addressed the participants of the event focusing on “India and Minnesota: Trade and Business Opportunities” co-organized by the Minnesota Trade Office in collaboration with the US Department of Commerce and the Consulate General of India in Chicago.

Consul General Amit Kumar addressed the participants of the event focusing on “India and Minnesota: Trade and Business Opportunities” co-organized by the Minnesota Trade Office in collaboration with the US Department of Commerce and the Consulate General of India in Chicago.

He also underlined that India is poised for economic growth underpinned through deeper structural reforms, simplifying business environment, reducing regulations, infrastructure creation, etc. He pointed out that India has jumped up 79 places from 142 rank to 63 rank over the past five years in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings and underlined that the government is committed to further improving it.  He pointed out that IMF has projected a growth of over 11% for the Indian economy this year and this will create new opportunities for US companies including from Minnesota.

Several Minnesota companies such as 3M, Target, Best Buy, Cargill, Medtronic, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group etc. are already present in India. CG expressed confidence that more companies will follow suit in the months ahead and that the Consulate would extend necessary facilitation in this process and will work closely with partners like Minnesota Trade Office, Department of Commerce and other stakeholders.

The event also saw presentations by Mr. Abdiwahab Mohammad, Regional Trade Manager for India, Minnesota Trade Office, Mr. Gregory Taevs, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Commercial Service, US Embassy, New Delhi and Ms Megan Hyndman, Office of South Asia, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and Mr. Doug Jacobson, Commercial Officer, US Commercial Service, Minneapolis was also one of the speakers.

Minnesota is an important partner for India. Total bilateral trade in between India and Minnesota in 2020 was approximately 755 million.

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Public Notice

 

1. Re-issuance of International  Driving Permit (IDP) has been included as one of the Consular Services with effect from 15 February 2021.

2. For this, the applicant will be required to visit the Consulate and fill the Miscellaneous Consular Service (MCS)  form.  The requisite documents to provided along with the MCS Form are as below:

  • Miscellaneous Application form
  • Passport Original with photocopy
  • One Passport Size photographs (2 inches X2 inches)
  • Original IDP (expired) with photocopy
  • Valid Domestic Driving License issued by the concerned authority in India with a photocopy
  • Original US Residence Permit/Work Permit with photocopy
  • US residence address proof

3. The Consulate will be charging a fee of US$10.00  + Indian Community Welfare Charges (ICWF) charges of  US$2.00 and will issue a proper receipt against this payment.  The fee should be paid through  two separate Money orders or Cashiers' cheques drawn in favor of   the 'Consulate General of India, Chicago’. Cash, personal cheques and personal money orders, debit / credit cards or other banking instruments will not be accepted. 

4.  After obtaining the receipt from the Consulate, applicant has to directly apply for fresh issue of IDP through the portal www.parivahan.gov.in and need to upload the requisite documents, including the receipt issued by the Consulate and pay the  requisite fee online on the web portal.  On receipt of application through the portal, the licencing authority, on verification of the documents, shall issue of the IDP and shall courier it directly to the address of the applicant.

 

Chicago

11 February 2021

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Press Release

1. The Consulate General of India, Chicago celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on Tuesday, 26 January 2021.  The official Flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Consulate premises.  Due to COVID-19, the Indian-American community and friends of India joined the event virtually.

2. The event started with Consul General, Shri Amit Kumar unfurling the National Flag, which was followed by singing of the National Anthem of India. The Consul General read out the Address of the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. In his remarks, CG also said that the Indian Government looked forward to strengthening India-US relations with the new Administration, building on the gains of the previous years. He mentioned that the two countries enjoy wide-ranging cooperation encompassing every facet of human life. He acknowledged the exemplary role of the Indian American community during the COVID19 pandemic and in advancing India-US relations.

3. A cultural programme was also organised, which included Sitar recital on ‘Vai?h?ava jana to tene kahiye’ by eminent Sitarist Paneesh Rao in Chicago; dance performances by Ms. Bidula Sinha and Mr. Colin Mascarenhas from the Utkalaa Centre for Odissi Dance, Chicago; patriotic songs by the children of Sadhana School of Indian Music, Chicago; and Rakesh Malhotra’s poem ‘Vandan’.

4. The programme was live streamed through Consulate’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter handle, and has been viewed by about 2,000 people.

Chicago

26 January 2021

 

 

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

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Consulate General of India

Chicago

Press Release

Air India launches direct Chicago-Hyderabad flight

 

A ceremony was held to mark the launch of Air India Chicago-Hyderabad non-stop weekly direct flight on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Consul General Amit Kumar. The event was also attended by Ms. Amber Achilles Ritter, Deputy Commissioner Chicago Dept of Aviation; Mr. Benjamin Sipiora, O’Hare Terminal Manager, City of Chicago; Mr. Chris Diaferio, Executive Director of CATCO and a few prominent members of the Indian community.

Consul General Kumar congratulated Air India, and the team in Chicago headed by Mr. Vikash Shahal, for expansion of its services in USA - both direct flight to Hyderabad and an additional flight to Delhi - and for its important role in contributing to better connectivity between the two countries facilitating commerce, trade, tourism and promoting people to people exchanges.

He also highlighted the excellent coordination with, and support provided by Air India during the initial phases of the Vande Bharat Mission. He mentioned that more than 45,000 people had travelled from Chicago as part of Vande Bharat Mission flights in over 160 flights last year. The Government has reached out to our citizens stranded across the world to facilitate repatriation & outbound international travel of more than 47.2 lakh people under Vande Bharat Mission so far.

The flight AI-108 from Chicago to Hyderabad will operate every Wednesday leaving Chicago at 2130 hrs (CST) to arrive Hyderabad at 0040 hrs IST on Friday. Flight AI-107 from Hyderabad to Chicago will leave Hyderabad every Friday at 1250 hrs IST to arrive Chicago at 1850 hrs CST.

Chicago

13 January 2021

 

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