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Overseas Citizens Of India (OCI)

Overview

New Update for OCI applicants:

NEW UPDATE FOR OCI - With effect from 23 November 2015, All OCI applicants are required to upload the documents/photos online, as per the guidelines received from  the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Please CLICK HERE for detailed information & Press Release.

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card

OCI Card is a multiple entry life-long visa which enables the holder to have unlimited travel and stay in India.

For Step by Step guide to the process for submitting an OCI application. Click here

OCI is an online process. Applicant needs to fill up OCI Application Form Online. After filling up the online OCI application, applicant has to take out the print of the application and submit TWO SETS of application form with prescribed documents and fees to the designated VFS Centre. The time taken for issue of OCI Card is minimum 6-8 weeks, delay beyond the specific time frame cannot be ruled out owing to certain technical reasons. All applicants are advised to book their travel plan only after obtaining the OCI. VFS will not be responsible for any loss for any bookings made in anticipation of obtaining an OCI. Time taken and procedure for changing any details in the card and transferring visa to the New Passport is the same as for the fresh application.

Benefits of applying for an OCI card are:

  • Multiple entries, with multi-purpose life-long Visa being offered to visit India.
  • Exception from having to report to Police authorities for any length of stay in India.
  • Equality with NRIs in all spheres of financial, economic and educational fields barring the purchase of agricultural or plantation properties

Important Note: Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter / exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.

OCI Travel Advisory – Re-issue of OCI Card (On getting a New Passport)

  • Re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and again after attaining the age of 50 years in view of frequent biological change in facial features in these age group.

Please view the full requirements for OCI Re-issue for more information at the following link.

Click Here

Jurisdiction information

Applicants must fill the on line Application as per the Jurisdiction Applicable. 

Applicants wish to submit their applications at any of the 3 offices in London (Goswell Road, Hounslow and London - Paddington), Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast must select UK- London as Jurisdiction, while filling the OCI Online Application.

Applicants wish to submit their applications at offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford and Newcastle must select UK- Birmingham as Jurisdiction, while filling the OCI Online Application.

Applicants residing in Scotland wish to submit their applications in Edinburgh or Glasgow must select UK-Edinburgh as Jurisdiction, while filling the OCI Online Application.

Collection Procedure for OCI Cards and Documents:

OCI Cards will be delivered by Post/Courier only once approved and ready. Applicants are required to provide two Self - addressed Special Delivery envelopes (Silver Royal Mail Envelopes) to return the Passport with OCI Card OR you can use the courier service offered at the centre.

Two envelopes per application are required to return the original documents and processed OCI Card. For availing the secured courier service from the centre kindly seek information from the advisor at the application centre . Applicant can check the status of their application Online Only.

Collection Procedure for approved OCI Cards:

Applicants are required to check the status online and when status shows OCI received in London/Birmingham/Edinburgh on a particular date, the following documents must be submitted to the India Visa and Consular Services Application Centre, where original application was submitted for OCI.

  • Acknowledgement receipt of the application.
  • Printout of on-line status report.
  • British/Foreign Passport in original.
  • PIO Card holders should send the Original PIO Card for Cancellation.
  • For transfer of OCI visa from old to the new passport: Please send old passport and OCI Visa Card for cancellation and New British/Foreign Passport in order to issue a new OCI Card endorsed with valid Foreign/British passport. number

Important Note: The life Long Visa Sticker process has been discontinued by Government of India. Applicants are required to carry Valid OCI Card with current foreign passport (endorsed on the OCI Booklet). Please check Frequently asked questions for details.

Once the passport and status report is submitted at the respective VFS office, the turn-around time would be a minimum of 7-10 working days (subject to the completion of the necessary processes) by the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK.

Refund Process for applicant not eligible for OCI

Applicants who are not found eligible for OCI will be refunded the admissible amount after deducting necessary administration costs.

Fees

All the applicants are requested to include the VFS Service fee of £7.44 per application while organising their payments.

  • £193.00 (£191+£2) for each OCI (fresh) application
  • £20.00 (£18+£2) for changing any details in the card and transferring visa to the New Passport. [Procedure: online through Miscellaneous registration].
  • £72.00 (£70+£2) for lost/damaged OCI documents/stickers. [Procedure: online through Miscellaneous registration].
  • £72.00 (£70+£2) for lost PIO Card [Procedure: Online through New OCI Registration].

Mode of payment could be Online (if made an application online) Cash, Debit or Credit Card (except American Express Card), Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to “VF Services UK Ltd

*A Surcharge of 1.98% - 2.05% will be applicable on all credit card payments, depends on the type of credit card used.

Documents Required

Please read the below advise carefully to ensure correct compilation of the documents required for your application.

Applications can only be submitted with prior appointments, please click here.

Important note for all OCI Applicants (Mandatory): Applicants are required to submit the originals along with a set of photocopies of the originals, both sets of documents need to be submitted at the counter. Originals will be returned once the High Commission of India and its respective Consulates are satisfied with the documents provided. All photocopies need to be self-attested.

Mandatory documents for an OCI Application:

  • Printed Application form: All applicants need to fill the online application form on the website to see click here
  • Printed & signed copy of the declaration form (to be attached with each application)
  • 2 photographs as per the photo specifications – please ensure the photo & signature specifications are strictly followed, application may not be accepted if the specifications are not met completely. Please visit the ‘photo specifications’ tab above for more details
  • Foreign Passport Copy (which should be valid for more than 6 months)
  • Copy of Naturalisation Certificate, if applicable (Applicants, who have obtained Foreign Nationality by Naturalisation, are required to submit Naturalisation Certificate (Original) along with the copy.
  • If gained naturalization through any other method i.e. registration, etc. copy and original of the document confirming the same are required to be submitted.
  • All applicants are required to submit the originals along with the copy of the Proof of Indian Origin documents as per the below list. In addition to the above documents the below additional documents will be required as per the cases advised:

Documents required for Applicants born In India:

  • Applicants are mandatorily required to submit Surrender Certificate of Indian Passport (original).

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Under the Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship on order to obtain Surrender Certificate.

  • Applicants who have obtained foreign nationality after May 2010 need to submit original Surrender Certificate compulsory, however If applicants are unable to provide surrender certificate due to loss of passport will be required to submit the Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificate.
  • Applicants who have held an Indian passport, and obtained foreign nationality before May 2010, but are unable to produce the same for Surrender of Indian passport  for any reason (lost/misplaced/submitted to UK Home Office long time back) are required to furnish a notarised affidavit in original from UK stating the facts about their Indian passports along with other necessary documents as mentioned below.
  • Applicants who were born in India and never held Indian passport, and travelled on parents Indian Passports, are required to submit a notary affidavit in original from UK stating the fact and how they travelled to UK along with other necessary documents as mentioned below.

Other necessary documents of Indian origin.

  • Domicile certificate (in original)

    OR
  • Original Birth Certificate issued from Indian Municipality or Panchayat. Recently issued birth Certificate (Post-dated birth certificates) from Municipality/Panchayat etc. This should be duly certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area, with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.

    OR
  • School Leaving Certificate (in original). Post-dated School Certificate/School Leaving Certificate from India should be authenticated by Director of Education/District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification

    OR
  • Agriculture land documents.

Documents required for Applicants born in India/Abroad and applying on the basis of Parents/Grand Parents/Spouse:

Applicant who are born in India/abroad and wish to apply on the basis of their parents/grand parents’/spouse Indian origin) must furnish the below documents

  • A photocopy and the original of the applicant’s full version birth certificate and marriage certificate along with the Indian origin proof of their parents/grandparents/spouse must be furnished by the applicants to prove their link with them. For any other foreign-born applicant Birth Certificate must be in full version and it has to be translated in Hindi/English by a reputed and registered translation authority.
  • Applicants applying on the basis of parents needs to submit his/her full version Birth certificate with both the parent’s details on it, along with parent’s proof of Indian Origin.
  • Applicants applying on the basis of Grandparents are required to furnish:

    • Applicant’s full version Birth Certificate
    • Applicant’s Parent’s full version Birth Certificate
    • And Grandparent’s proof of Indian Origin
  • Applicants applying on the basis of Spouse need to submit their registered marriage and Birth certificate along with spouse’s Valid Indian Passport or OCI Card of the Spouse. Marriage should have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.
  • Copy of Indian Passport or copy of Indian Empire passport (stating the status of holder “Indian by birth” or “British protected person native of Indian state”...). Please note that the Indian empire passport stating the status ‘British Subject’ is not accepted for OCI. OR
  • Indian Birth Certificate/Education Certificate (If post-dated, the signature of the issuing authority should be verified by District Magistrate/Deputy Collector of the same district - (in original). OR
  • Domicile Certificate of the applicant or of his/her parents/grandparents issued from concerned Competent Authority in India i.e. District Magistrate/Collectors/Sub Divisional Magistrate may also be accepted as a proof of Indian Origin (in original). OR
  • Agriculture land documents. OR Nativity Certificate (in original): If the applicant is unable to produce any documentary proof of parents/grandparents or self. He/she must submit the Nativity Certificate in the prescribed format as per link below. The Nativity Certificate should be certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.
  • Please note that if the applicant was born in India and is submitting a nativity certificate, then he/she needs to submit a notarised affidavit from UK stating the fact about his/her Indian passport and how he/she travelled to UK.
  • Applicants applying on the basis of spouse need to submit registered marriage certificate. Marriage should have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

Applications for minor children (below 18 years of age)

  • Marriage Certificate (original and copy) of the parents is mandatory for all minors, along with the full version birth certificate of the child (original and copy).
  • Photocopies of the Parent’s passports
  • In addition to the above documents - For minors both the parents needs to self-attest all the photocopies along with parent’s passport photocopies. In case if the parents are holding Indian passport then photocopies of the Bio Page (photo page), last page with the address & UK visa page should also be provided.
  • Minor children holding foreign nationality and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India or both or one parents are OCI card holder, are eligible for OCI Card.
  • Signatures should be in the box provided. Children below 5 years of age should place the thumb impression (left hand) and children above 5 years of age should write their name or sign. Signature/thumb impression of the child applicant is also required on the declaration on Part B of the application form (2 page).
  • Minor foreigners born out of live-in relationships, Step & adopted children are not eligible for OCI. However an adopted child who has had an Indian passport in the past and can produce a surrender certificate for the same, is eligible to apply for an OCI, all other documents advised above for minors will be required in addition to the Surrender Certificate and the Indian passport. All cases will be put under review and a final decision will be made by the competent authorities. For any unsuccessful applications the refund policy will apply.

In case of minor children, both the parents need to be signed in part ‘B’ or parent’s consent letter is mandatory (if divorced) or court order having custody of children.

Important Information for all OCI Applicants:

  • An OCI card holder is not entitled to undertake any Missionary, mountaineering and research work in India. They need prior approval from Ministry of Home Affairs in India before undertaking such activities.
  • Non-UK passport holder should give residential address in respective country. The processing time is longer for such cases.
  • Minor foreigners born out of live-in relationships, Step & adopted children are not eligible for OCI. However an adopted child who has had an Indian passport in the past and can produce a surrender certificate for the same, is eligible to apply for an OCI, all other documents advised above for minors will be required in addition to the Surrender Certificate and the Indian passport. All cases will be put under review and a final decision will be made by the competent authorities. For any unsuccessful applications the refund policy will apply.
  • In case of minor children, both the parents need to be signed in part ‘B’ or parent’s consent letter is mandatory (if divorced) or court order having custody of children.
  • Signature/thumb impression of the child applicant is also required on the declaration  on Part B of the application form (2nd page).
  • Applicant whose birth certificate mentions about only one parent and nationality and other parent is not known, is not eligible for OCI Card.
  • British Overseas Citizens, Asylees or Stateless applicants are not eligible for OCI.
  • Foreign Defence/Military/Civil Servants/Police/ex-Defence personnel/ persons working with security agencies and their family members are not eligible to apply for OCI. The above implies that the personnel of Home Office as well as of MoD. In addition, foreign diplomats are also not eligible.
  • If the OCI card holder acquires nationality of a different country after obtaining the OCI card, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she shall also be allowed to enter/exit India on the strength of his/her new passport of the recently acquired nationality and OCI Registration Certificate (OCI card).
  • Entry on whose birth certificate mentions about only one parent and nationality and other parent is not known, is not eligible for passport with valid OCI/PIO cards, entry can be allowed.

Applicants applying on the basis of spouse need to submit registered marriage certificate. Marriage should have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of Not less than 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

Nativity Certificate

PDF Icon Application for Nativity Certificate

Refund Process for applicant not eligible for OCI

Applicants who are not found eligible for OCI will be refunded the admissible amount after deducting necessary administration costs.

Please Note: The above list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee an OCI. The High Commission of India or its Consulates reserve the right to ask for additional documents, if required.

PHOTO/ SIGNATURE SPECIFICATION

Signature/Thumb Impression Specifications for OCI registration

An OCI application requires the applicant s to sign or place thumb impression on multiple places, applicant are requested to ensure that the signatures or thumb impressions have been placed where ever required.

Children below 5 years of age should place the thumb impression and children above 5 years of age should write their name or sign.

While uploading signatures on the application form, please ensure the below:

  • Signature/ thumb impression should not be distorted (Stretched, carrying a background, pixilated, parts missing). Signature/Thumb impression should be with WHITE BACKGROUND only.
  • Uploaded signature/thumb impression should exactly match with the original signature/thumb impression placed on the application form. and with the passport copy submitted with the application (if applicable)

Photo Specifications for OCI registration

Based upon the specifications of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and ICAO, responsible for standardizing travel documents, the most important requirement for a photograph is that the face must be taken from a full frontal position and the height of the face must meet the prescribed specifications. The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible within the indicated area. The face should be centred within the frame. Please read the instructions below:

Sample Photo

Photo Specification
  • The photograph should be in colour and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a white.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photo

Photo Specification Photo Specification
  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm).
  • Make sure eye height is between 1- 1/8 inches to 1-3.

Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
Photo Specification

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm)
  • and in colour.Print photo on thin photo paper or stock.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
Photo Specification

Resolution and Printing Quality

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, inkjet, laser, etc.)
    Photo Specification
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.

Contrast and Colour

  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subject and background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or colour may obscure unique facial features.
  • Colour should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with unbalanced colour may cause unwanted colour cast in the photo.
    Photo Specification
  • Appropriate filters can eliminate improper colour balance.
  • Head & Eyes- Position and Background

    Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).

    Photo Specification
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hair or eyeglass frames.

Eyeglasses

  • Photographs with any type of glasses/spectacles/sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
    Photo SpecificationPhoto Specification

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
    Photo Specification
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

Photo Specification
  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • Please ensure the position of the face is square to camera, the
  • Facial expression is neutral, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required. It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.

Special attention –

Photographs uploaded digitally, should be

  • Without any distortion – face should not appear elongated or pressed when compared with the actual photo
  • Photo should be uploaded in the upright position; applications with photos uploaded sideways or upside down will not be accepted.
  • Uploaded photo should fill the ‘photo upload’ field completely, there should not be any empty/white space shown once the photo is uploaded. Any application with a photo covering only a part of the ‘photo box’ will not be accepted.

Application Form

All applicants are required to fill the online application form on the website http://passport.gov.in/oci/ and submit the printed application form with Supporting Documents. Applicants are required to bring TWO sets of Application Form.Application form must be taken by the applicants for submission to respective application centre as per the applicableJURISDICTION.

PIO to OCI

The last date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders has been extended till 30 June 2017.

Important note for all OCI Applicants (Mandatory): Applicants are required to submit the originals along with a set of photocopies of the originals, both sets of documents need to be submitted at the counter. Originals will be returned once the High Commission of India and its respective Consulates are satisfied with the documents provided. All photocopies need to be self-attested.

One can apply for OCI card in lieu of valid PIO card free of any charges. However the applicant will have to pay the service charges for the outsourcing agency as well as postal charges.

OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the ICPs and also for obtaining various Consular services from the Indian Missions. Further, for those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of his/her place of residence. This is in modification of the earlier instructions that they should apply only at the location where the PIO card was issued.

Existing PIO cards are valid for travel to India and are valid for life. An endorsement to this effect could be made in the existing PIO cards at the first immigration point of India with which the card holder comes into contact, be it at High Commission of India or an immigration check-point in India. (It is not mandatory to have this endorsement.)

  • Printed Application form for OCI in lieu of PIO service: All applicants need to fill the online application form on the website to see click here
  • 2 photographs as per the photo specifications
  • Current foreign passport (which should be valid for more than 6 months)
  • Photocopy of the current foreign passport
  • Old foreign passport (which has been endorsed on the PIO)
  • Copy of the old foreign passport (which has been endorsed on the PIO)   
  • PIO card
  • Copy of PIO card. (All Pages).
  • Applicants holding a PIO card, obtained on the basis of their spouse’s Indian Origin proof, need to provide a letter of authorisation/consent of the spouse (of Indian origin) for OCI application, with copy of Marriage Certificate & Copy of spouse’s current valid passport The letter needs to be addressed to the High Commission of India or to its respective Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh.

The Government of India has announced vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09 January 2015, all PIO cards issued till 09 January 2015 are deemed to be OCI card. As such the PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

Important Information for all OCI Applicants:

  • Signatures should be in the box provided. In case of minor applicant, his/her thumb impression (left hand thumb) or signature (if minor can sign, signature is mandatory) of the minor applicant should be provided in BOX.
  • An OCI card holder is not entitled to undertake any Missionary, mountaineering and research work in India. They need prior approval from Ministry of Home Affairs in India before undertaking such activities.
  • NonUK passport holder should give residential address in respective country. The processing time is longer for such cases.
  • Minor foreigners born out of live-in relationships, Step & adopted children are not eligible for OCI. However an adopted child who has had an Indian passport in the past and can produce a surrender certificate for the same, is eligible to apply for an OCI, all other documents advised above for minors will be required in addition to the Surrender Certificate and the Indian passport. All cases will be put under review and a final decision will be made by the competent authorities. For any unsuccessful applications the refund policy will apply.
  • In case of minor children, both the parents need to be signed in part ‘B’ or parent’s consent letter is mandatory (if divorced) or court order having custody of children.
  • Applicant whose birth certificate mentions about only one parent and nationality and other parent is not known, is not eligible for OCI Card.
  • Asylees or Stateless applicants are not eligible for OCI.
  • Foreign Defence/Military/Civil Servants/Police/ex-Defence personnel/ persons working with security agencies and their family members are not eligible to apply for OCI. The above implies that the personnel of Home Office as well as of MoD. In addition, foreign diplomats are also not eligible.
  • For applicants applying on the basis of spouse, now deceased, are required to furnish the death certificate, marriage certificate and self-declaration to confirm the same or if re-married again. If re-married, then provide the new marriage certificate along with the above.
  • If one of the parent/grandparent is of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, applicant will not be eligible for OCI.
  • If the OCI card holder acquires nationality of a different country after obtaining the OCI card, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she shall also be allowed to enter/exit India on the strength of his/her new passport of the recently acquired nationality and OCI Registration Certificate (OCI card).
  • Entry on the Diplomatic/Official passport shall not be granted on the basis of OCI/PIO cards as OCI/PIO cards are not issued to the foreign diplomats and their family members. However, if he/she holds valid ordinary passport with valid OCI/PIO cards, entry can be allowed.
  • Applicants applying on the basis of spouse need to submit registered marriage certificate Marriage should have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

In the event of change of passport of PIO card holder, he/she can travel to India on the basis of new passport with the valid PIO card and the old passport on which PIO card number is endorsed, till the validity of the PIO scheme.

Important Note:

Once the passport and status report is submitted at the respective VFS office, the turn-around time would be a minimum of 7-10 working days (subject to the completion of the necessary processes) by the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK.

FAQ

  • Who can apply for OCI?

    • who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the Constitution; OR
    • who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; OR
    • who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after the 15th day of August, 1947; OR
    • who is a child or a grand-child or a great grandchild of such a citizen; OR
    • a person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in the above 4 criterion; OR
    • a person, who is a minor child, and whose both parents are citizens of India; OR
    • a person, who is a minor child, and whose one of the parents is a citizen of India; OR
    • Spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section.

    Exceptions: OCI is not granted to any citizen who is / was and / or if their parents, grandparents or great grandparents are / were citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India cardholder.

  • What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder:

    An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:

    • A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.
    • Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
    • Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
    • OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving   licence as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.
  • What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to:

    The OCI Card holder is not entitled:

    • to vote,
    • to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,
    • to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.
    • He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government
  • Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?

    The spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

  • Are Minor (below 18 years of age) children eligible for OCI Card?

    Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are also eligible for OCI Card.

  • Is it mandatory to have a Life Long Visa Sticker (OCI) in the foreign Passport?

    No, The life Long Visa Sticker process has been discontinued by Government of India. Applicants are required to carry Valid OCI Card with current foreign passport (endorsed on the OCI Booklet).

  • Is an applicant who had held nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?

    No, If the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.

  • Can a person renounce OCI?

    Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.

  • Do I have to fill all columns when filling up the application online?

    Yes. It is mandatory that no column is left unanswered.

  • Are 'Empire of India' Passports issued by the British authorities in India prior to Indian Independence accepted as a proof of Indian Origin?

    No, if they state the National Status of the holder as British subject by birth. Yes, if they state the National Status of the holder as person of British Protectorate, originally a citizen of a place in India.

  • Are letters issued by the Indian Mission/Post in an African country in respect of parents/grandparents etc. stating that the applicant was once a citizen of India accepted as proof of Indian Origin? 

    Yes.

  • Can I submit my OCI application through an agent?

    No.  OCI applications can be submitted at the Counter only by the applicants in person or by spouse or by parents in case of minors.

  • Is there an emergency service for OCI?

    No.  In case of emergency, please apply for visa.

  • What is the processing time of application? 

    6-8 weeks is the application has been submitted accurately, any incomplete application submitted may result in additional processing time.

  • Facing problems relating to access to online registration for fresh application or transfer through miscellaneous registration. What should I do?

    Please read all instructions contained in Ministry of Home Affairs Website: (http://passport.gov.in/oci)

  • Can OCI applications be made in India?

    Yes. Any applicant wishing to apply in India may see guidelines available on Ministry of Home Affairs website: http://passport.gov.in/oci

  • Whether civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors entitled for OCI?

    No. Such applicants are not eligible.

  • Can a person renounce OCI?

    Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted.

  • Can OCI card holder do Missionary, mountaineering and Research work in India?

    No. An OCI card holder is not entitled to undertake any Missionary, mountaineering and research work in India. They need prior approval from Ministry of Home Affairs, India for these.

OCI Application for Miscellaneous Services

Important note for all OCI Applicants (Mandatory): Applicants are required to submit the originals along with a set of photocopies of the originals, both sets of documents need to be submitted at the counter. Originals will be returned once the High Commission of India and its respective Consulates are satisfied with the documents provided. All photocopies need to be self-attested.

A. Transfer of OCI from expired Passport to new Passport or change in Nationality :

Applicants are required to fill miscellaneous application form online for transfer of OCI Visa from old passport to new passport and have to submit the printed application along with copy of old and new passport and copy of OCI booklet.

New Passport Number is to be given in the application form for transfer of OCI Visa to new Passport .

Applicants who wish to change their OCI booklet on change of nationality have to get the previous OCI visa and OCI booklet cancelled at the time of submission of their new application for Miscellaneous OCI Services.

Applicants should enclose two photographs along with the application.

Signature/thumb impression should be confined in the prescribed box. In case of minor applicants, parents should NOT sign the box.

The processing time is 6-8 weeks, from the date of submission at the application centre.

Fees for transfer of OCI Visa to New passport and issue of new OCI booklet thereof is £18/-.

Please Click Here for the application form for Miscellaneous Services.

B. Transfer of OCI Visa and issuance of OCI booklet in case of lost or damage of passport/OCI booklet :

Applicants are required to fill miscellaneous application form online for lost or damage passport or OCI booklet and have to submit the printed application along with copy of old and new passport and copy of OCI booklet .

New Passport Number is to be given in the application form (if applicable).

Copy of police report/crime reference number is required along with the application.

Applicants should enclose two photographs along with the application.

The processing time is 6-8 weeks, from the date of submission at the application centre.

Signature/thumb impression should be confined in the prescribed box. In case of minor applicants, parents should NOT sign the box.

Fees for issue of new OCI Visa and OCI booklet is £65/-.

Please Click Here for the application form for Miscellaneous Services

C. Issue of new OCI Visa and OCI booklet due to change of personal particulars (change of name, address, wrong date of birth in OCI booklet etc.) :

Applicants are required to fill miscellaneous application form online for new OCI booklet due to change in personal particular and have to submit the printed application form along with copy of OCI booklet and copy of old and new passport (if applicable).

New Passport Number is to be given in the application form in case of new passport.

Applicants should enclose two photographs along with the application.

Signature/thumb impression should be confined in the prescribed box. In case of minor applicants, parents should NOT sign the box.

The processing time is 6-8 weeks, from the date of submission at the application centre.

Name change deed from solicitor/oath commissioner/notary should be submitted in case of name change. Marriage certificate is required to be submitted for name change after marriage.

Fees for new OCI booklet is £18/-.

Please Click Here for the application form for Miscellaneous Services.

Stamping and Collection of OCI

Collection Procedure for OCI Cards and Documents:

OCI Cards will be delivered by Post/Courier only once approved and ready. Applicants are required to provide two self - addressed Special Delivery envelopes (Silver Royal Mail Envelopes) to return the Passport with OCI Card OR you can use the secured courier service offered at the centre., Two envelopes per application are required to return the original documents and processed OCI Card. You can also seek information from the advisor at the application centre for secured delivery courier services available at the application centre. Applicant can check the status of their application Online Only.

Collection Procedure for approved OCI Cards:

Applicants are required to check the status online and when status shows OCI received in London/Birmingham/Edinburgh on a particular date, the following documents must be submitted to the India Visa and Consular Services Application Centre, where original application was submitted for OCI.

Applicants can submit the below documents for OCI stamping between 8:30am -11am (all working days). All cases submitted after the advised time, will be sent to the High Commission of India or its respective consulates, the following day. For all cases submitted after 11am, there will be some ‘waiting time’ involved, as the preference will be given to other services with appointments.

Once the passport and status report is submitted at the respective VFS office, the turn-around time would be a minimum of 7-10 working days (subject to the completion of the necessary processes) by the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK.

  • Acknowledgement receipt of the application.
  • Printout of on-line status report.
  • British/Foreign Passport in original.
  • PIO Card holders should submit the Original PIO Card for Cancellation.
  • To obtain a New OCI Card in lieu of Old OCI Card (Miscellaneous Service) : Please submit old passport and OCI Card (Booklet) for cancellation and New British/Foreign Passport in order to obtain a New OCI Card.