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OCI cardholders, please visit OCI Cardholders Information Update
Please note that it is mandatory for applicants applying for OCI Card to upload his/her image and signature image in jpeg or jpg format, specifications are given in succeeding paragraphs. Kindly be ready with both images before starting the registration process.
The applicants have to submit the application form online. Please log on to OCI Services and upload all the requisite documents (self-attested) in a PDF file, photograph and signature (in case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression in black or blue ink) along with the application.
After submission of the complete online application, the applicant is required to take a print out of the application and submit the same along with the originals and self-attested copies of the required documents and fee at the Embassy. The originals are returned to the applicants after verification in about 2 weeks.
Specifications of the photograph: Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 51x51 mm (the image must be in jpg or jpeg with max size 200 KB - minimum dimension 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height); maximum dimension 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height) with 80% coverage of face) in matte finish as is given for the Paraguayan passport. It should have plain/white background without the border with front view of person’s head and shoulders showing the full face in the middle of the photograph. It should not be stapled and should not have any signature. Note: Photographs that do not conform to the above standards will be rejected and may cause delay in processing of the applications.
Applicant’s signature / thumb impression of minor who cannot sign: The height and the width of the signature photo must have the aspect ratio 1:3. The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height). The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 300 pixels (height).
Documents uploading instructions: Document-upload section of online registration has 4 categories. Scanned copy of self-attested documents relevant to your application has to be uploaded under relevant heading in pdf file with maximum size of 500 KB.
Affidavit: All personal particulars of the applicants such as name, DOB, place of birth, parent’s names, appearance, etc. must be the same as in their Indian passports. In case there is a change in name, an affidavit is required to be submitted.
Processing time: The processing time for fresh OCI applications is around 6-8 weeks from the date of submission of papers at the Embassy. The applicant can submit the OCI application on any working day from 10 to 12 hrs. without any prior appointment.
Documents to be submitted with application:
Application by minor applicants
Who is eligible?
Following categories of foreign nationals are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder:
Who is not eligible?
No person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Government of India may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an OCI Cardholder.
Important instructions for renewal of OCI Card
The existing requirement to re-issue an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age is dispensed with.
However, an OCI cardholder shall have to get the OCI card re-issued once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age so as to capture his/her facial features on attaining adulthood. For this purpose, the OCI cardholder shall submit an online application under OCI Miscellaneous Services with a fee of USD 25 or an amount equivalent in local currency. After submission of application, uploading of requisite documents, the applicant will have to visit the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned along with original documents for verification of documents. Once application is accepted, a fee receipt will be issued to the applicant. Once payment is confirmed, the application will thereafter be processed by the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned as per existing procedure.
An OCI cardholder may upload a copy of the new passport containing the photo of the passport holder and also a latest photo on the online system at the link https://ociservices.gov.in/ under OCI Miscellaneous Services each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder within three months of receipt of the new passport. This service will be provided on gratis basis.
In the case of those who have been registered as OCI cardholder as spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder under section 7A( 1)(d) of The Citizenship Act, 1955, the OCI cardholder shall upload a copy of the new passport containing the photo of the passport holder and also a latest photo on the online system under OCI Miscellaneous Services each time a new passport is issued. In such cases, the OCI cardholder and his/her Indian spouse or OCI cardholder spouse will have to give a declaration that their marriage is still subsisting. Copy of the Indian passport of the Indian spouse, passport and OCI card of the OCI cardholder spouse shall also be uploaded in such cases. These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder foreigner spouse within three months of receipt of his/her new passport. This service will be provided on gratis basis.
Immediately on uploading of the documents mentioned in (iii) and (iv) above, an email will be auto sent by the system to the OCI cardholder confirming that the documents have been successfully uploaded.
The Bureau of Immigration and the Cabinet Secretariat will have access to the online system and they may upload their comments, if any, within 30 days of uploading of the documents by the OCI cardholder. If no adverse comments are uploaded by the security agencies within this period, the lndian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned shall update the details on the online system and also post the details in the Unique Case File (UCF), if there is nothing adverse. An acknowledgement through e-mail will also be automatically sent to the OCI cardholder informing that the updated details have been taken on record.
There will be no restriction on the OCI cardholder to travel to/from India during the period from the date of issue of new passport till the date of final acknowledgement of his/her documents in the online system.
Lost/Damaged OCI Card: In case of loss of OCI, the applicant is required to follow the same process as above except that he/she needs to also submit an FIR from the local Police Authority mentioning the loss of OCI card with its number mentioned on the FIR and a notarized Affidavit with same details. For damaged OCI, an affidavit with OCI details is required to be submitted. The fee charged for this service is on the Fee Structure.
Change of address/occupation: In this case no new OCI documents shall be issued and accordingly, payment of fee does not arise. Applicant may update the details online at the link https://ociservices.gov.in/ under miscellaneous services. Data shall be captured and new address/occupation shall be printed by the applicant which may be kept in the OCI booklet for record purpose.