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DOCUMENT OVERVIEW
The OCI card is a document that grants permanent residency, allowing you to live and work in India without a stated limit.

Although OCI stands for Overseas Citizenship of India, the OCI card doesn’t grant citizenship, and you’re not eligible to vote nor to hold public office.

Get started on your OCI card here.

WHO CAN APPLY AND ENTER INDIA WITH THIS DOCUMENT
Only people of Indian origin who have not been Pakistani or Bangladeshi citizens (or a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of such a person) are eligible to apply.

You may also apply if you were a citizen of India on or after January 26, 1950; if you belong to a territory that became part of India after August 15, 1947; or if you’re a child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or spouse of an Indian citizen.

You won’t be eligible for the OCI card if you served as a member of any foreign military.

You’ll need to surrender your Indian passport to apply.

OBTAIN THE OCI CARD
To apply for this document you only need to fill out a simple online form.

Once we make sure your application is error-free, we’ll submit all the necessary documents and send you the file of your Government Application Form via email along with your tracking number. You’ll also receive a preparation guide with all the further steps that you must follow to get your OCI Card.

Keep in mind you will have to send your physical application packet by mail to the Application Center. Once your packet reach the Indian Consulate, you will receive your OCI Card within 5-6 weeks.

Visit our application page to get started.

Check the FAQs below to view other relevant information about the OCI Card.

Required Documents to Apply

Digital photograph of the applicant.

Digital signature or thumb impression for minors below 5 years.

A photocopy of the applicant's passport with a validity of 6 month from the date of submission to the consular center.

Proof of address.

Other mandatory documents conditioned by the reasons for application, this may include:

  • Legal Status of Parents
  • Naturalization Certificate of the Applicant's Current Citizenship
  • Parental Authorization
  • Relationship Certificate or Birth Certificate
  • Renunciation Certificate of Indian Citizenship
  • Spouse OCI Card
  • Indian Origin Proof
Important Instructions

This application is for obtaining a New OCI Card only. If you are already an OCI Card holder or a PIO Card holder who needs any service, please check the consular platform.

You can apply from any state of US, this doesn't include outside territories.

Please ensure that all data entries provided in your application match with your existing passport.

We will send you a Government Form with an Online Registration Number that you will need to print.

You need to follow all instructions pointed at the Preparation Guide in order to make your application package with the mandatory and additional physical documents the consulate will ask.

Your return shipping address must match with the proof of address submitted as part of your application.

Please enclose only one application per package. Don’t enclose multiple applications in the same package.

You need to send your physical passport attached with your application package to the VFS Application Center. Once it is checked and matches with the information, they will send it back to you (within two weeks) and the package will continue its way to the consulate.

You will be able to track the state of your application by VFS tracking service and get notice when your OCI Card is finally approved. When the process is completed you will get the OCI Card by mail, as well.

In case your physical application returns because it is incomplete, you will have 21 calendar days to send it back with the corrections or it will be cancelled.

In case the consulate asks for additional documents, you will have 07 calendar days to complete the information or the process will be cancelled.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The OCI card is a multi-purpose lifelong visa available to citizens of other countries who were citizens of India at the time of, or at any time after the initiation of, the constitution. The OCI card allows you to have multiple entries to India and exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India. As an OCI card holder, you will also enjoy equal rights as National Residents of India in terms of financial, economic, and education realms except in the case of agricultural or plantation properties. Submit the application form here.
You are not eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder if you, your parents, grandparents or great grandparents is or was a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
If this doesn’t apply to you, you may start your application process.
Yes, a spouse of an eligible person can apply if he or she also meets the eligibility requirements.
Yes, minor children can apply if and only if neither of the child’s parents, grandparents or great-grandparents are citizens of Bangladesh or Pakistan.
The first thing you need to do is fill out a simple online application and submit all the requisite documents for it. Upon completion, you will receive your Government Application with a file reference number which you must print out. Next, you will receive a VFS reference number to track the shipping and results of the application process. We’ll also give you a preparation guide with all the further steps you must follow to get your OCI Card issued.
Yes, you do. As India doesn’t allow dual citizenship, the OCI card is a great way for Indian citizens who live and work abroad to be able to enter India any time they want while still holding that second citizenship. As part of your OCI card application, you must have the proper ID photos. Apply for the OCI card here.
You will have to dispatch your physical application packet via shipping to the VFS Application Center as per the jurisdiction of your application. You must submit your OCI application within 90 days from the date the online application is completed. Your application may not be accepted if you use an online application form that was filled out 90 or more days ago. Keep in mind that the processing of your application will only start once your physical application package is received by the VFS Application Center. Otherwise, the application won’t be processed. You will get an SMS acknowledgement once VFS receives the actual application package at the VFS Application Center stating ‘Received, but Not Verified’. Then, you will receive an SMS advising you on the outcome of the verification process.
You must save the confirmation number we’ll provide you. If you don’t, you won’t be able to know if your OCI card was issued or not. You can find more information in the preparation guide we will give you after you fill out the entry form.
The vast majority of people who apply for the OCI card aren’t in India. However, if you’re in India, you can also apply for the OCI card.
Because completing the form with iVisa.com is a great way to save yourself the extra hassle caused by making mistakes when filling out the application form and to get a preparation guide that will tell you exactly what to do to get your OCI card successfully issued. Additionally, at iVisa.com you can fill out the form in whatever language you need, and our team of experts will review your application to be sure it is good to go.
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