How to apply for OCI

Applications for registering as an 'Overseas Citizen of India' (OCI) for applicants currently residing abroad are made to the Indian Consulates in their jurisdiction. However, most Indian Consulates have gradually outsourced services, in such cases; applications are sent to the company handling the outsourced services and not directly to the Indian consulate offices.

OCI applications from abroad

All OCI applications now have to be submitted online. Along with the online application, relevant documents, photograph and signature also have to be uploaded with the application. After the applicant submits the complete application and relevant documents online, a copy must be submitted to the Indian Consulate [outsourced company if applicable] or FRRO depending on where the applicant is applying from. Application and original documents are verified by the authorities before grant of OCI.

Things to do before starting OCI Online Application Process

Before starting the online application process, applicants should prepare and keep their photo and signature images ready as these will also have to be uploaded during the online OCI application process. Both the images must be in JPEG or JPG format, with max size 200kb. The height and width of the Applicant Photo must be equal. The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height) The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height) The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3

Step by step OCI Registration Procedure

Start by visiting the link - https://passport.gov.in/oci/ Select the type of service you wish to apply – OCI-Registration [See page by page help tips below for additional help] Fill in Online Application, selecting the correct jurisdiction. Make sure you select the relevant Consulate under whose jurisdiction your residence falls. The OCI Application is in two parts; Part A and Part B. Start registration from Part-A, then upload Image and signature; After Part-A complete Part-B. After completing application, hard copy has to be submitted to the selected mission's office.

Helpful information to fill OCI online application

When filling Part A, you can choose the application type either as an individual applicant or family group [A family of 4 (spouses and two minor children) can complete part A together] o All family members applying together must reside at the same address. If a family consists of more than 2 minor children, the application for the third (and all subsequent) minor children must be completed as an individual by selecting the option for an individual applicant. o Family Group option can also be opted if only one of the parents is applying along with one or two minor children In case your children are not minor, an independent application for each such child needs to be completed

Page by page help for OCI Registration online application

Once on the OCI application website https://passport.gov.in/oci/ Select NEW OCI REGISTRATION Answer Captcha Question and click Enter Select Fresh Application [if filling new application] OCI Form opens – Complete form by selecting appropriate information from dropdown menus and filling in the information such as Surname, Date of Birth etc. Form is self-explanatory and easy to understand. Once done, click the Save & Continue button which will take you to the next page. Page II of Form Fill in required information and click the NEXT button. This will take you to the Verification information page. Verify Information shown on the verification information page. If corrections are required then select Modify. If information shown is correct then click Submit. The next page is the OCI- Registration Image Upload page Here you will see your File Reference Number displayed and information on image and signature image that needs to be uploaded. Click the Yes I am ready with image button to proceed to the next page which is titled ‘Applicant Photo/Signature Upload Click the Browse button to go to the photo and signature image files on your computer, select file and click the Upload button. The next page will show the applicant the photo and signature image that they uploaded. o If it seems to be OK then click the I have uploaded successfully button or o use the I want to upload again to repeat the upload until you get a proper result. The next page will show OCI-Registration Confirmation. It will show you a File Reference Number that should be recorded for future reference. This completes Part-A of the OCI application process. Click the Proceed to Part-B button. PART B of OCI Registration Application Part B is a simple one page form where applicant need to select the appropriate response to the questions displayed on the page. Select the radio button that applies to you and answer any questions that are shown on the page. Click the Submit button. The next page will show confirmation of successful completion of Part A & B of the Online OCI Registration of the applicant. Click the Generate Registration Form and print form. Next step is to upload supporting documents. Applicants can click the Upload Documents button and upload the relevant documents. You will need your Passport Number and the Online Registration Number to proceed with the uploading of your documents. Select the document from the list and upload. Do this until all documents are uploaded. Kindly note that the maximum size of document that is accepted for upload should be 500KB As documents are uploaded successfully it will show as successfully completed Once all documents are successfully uploaded and confirmed, select the Exit button to exit. You have completed the Online part of the OCI Registration process. The printed OCI form and relevant documents are then sent to the Consulate or appropriate office that applies to your jurisdiction. Keep original documents with you when going to the Consulate as the documents uploaded are verified by the authorities. Note: Many Consulates have outsourced OCI services and hence do not accept OCI applications directly. Applicants should ensure they send the documents to the correct location. As rules and regulation, sometimes do change. Do read the instructions provided on your form before mailing out your application form and documents.

OCI fee for applications made abroad

OCI application fee, when the scheme was initially announced was US$275. While the fee has technically not been changed, many Indian consulates have outsourced visa services and fee charged by the outsourcing company is passed on to applicants. The fee currently for OCI in USA is US$290 (this includes the outsourcing company charges). Fees are subject to change, kindly check with the appropriate Indian consulates for the required fee when applying for OCI.

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How to apply for OCI

Applications for registering as an 'Overseas Citizen of India' (OCI) for applicants currently residing abroad are made to the Indian Consulates in their jurisdiction. However, most Indian Consulates have gradually outsourced services, in such cases; applications are sent to the company handling the outsourced services and not directly to the Indian consulate offices.

OCI applications from abroad

All OCI applications now have to be submitted online. Along with the online application, relevant documents, photograph and signature also have to be uploaded with the application. After the applicant submits the complete application and relevant documents online, a copy must be submitted to the Indian Consulate [outsourced company if applicable] or FRRO depending on where the applicant is applying from. Application and original documents are verified by the authorities before grant of OCI.

Things to do before starting OCI

Online Application Process

Before starting the online application process, applicants should prepare and keep their photo and signature images ready as these will also have to be uploaded during the online OCI application process. Both the images must be in JPEG or JPG format, with max size 200kb. The height and width of the Applicant Photo must be equal. The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height) The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height) The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3

Step by step OCI Registration Procedure

Start by visiting the link - https://passport.gov.in/oci/ Select the type of service you wish to apply – OCI-Registration [See page by page help tips below for additional help] Fill in Online Application, selecting the correct jurisdiction. Make sure you select the relevant Consulate under whose jurisdiction your residence falls. The OCI Application is in two parts; Part A and Part B. Start registration from Part-A, then upload Image and signature; After Part-A complete Part-B. After completing application, hard copy has to be submitted to the selected mission's office.

Helpful information to fill OCI online

application

When filling Part A, you can choose the application type either as an individual applicant or family group [A family of 4 (spouses and two minor children) can complete part A together] o All family members applying together must reside at the same address. If a family consists of more than 2 minor children, the application for the third (and all subsequent) minor children must be completed as an individual by selecting the option for an individual applicant. o Family Group option can also be opted if only one of the parents is applying along with one or two minor children In case your children are not minor, an independent application for each such child needs to be completed

Page by page help for OCI Registration online

application

Once on the OCI application website https://passport.gov.in/oci/ Select NEW OCI REGISTRATION Answer Captcha Question and click Enter Select Fresh Application [if filling new application] OCI Form opens – Complete form by selecting appropriate information from dropdown menus and filling in the information such as Surname, Date of Birth etc. Form is self-explanatory and easy to understand. Once done, click the Save & Continue button which will take you to the next page.

Page II of Form

Fill in required information and click the NEXT button. This will take you to the Verification information page. Verify Information shown on the verification information page. If corrections are required then select Modify. If information shown is correct then click Submit.

The next page is the OCI- Registration Image

Upload page

Here you will see your File Reference Number displayed and information on image and signature image that needs to be uploaded. Click the Yes I am ready with image button to proceed to the next page which is titled ‘Applicant Photo/Signature Upload Click the Browse button to go to the photo and signature image files on your computer, select file and click the Upload button. The next page will show the applicant the photo and signature image that they uploaded. o If it seems to be OK then click the I have uploaded successfully button or o use the I want to upload again to repeat the upload until you get a proper result. The next page will show OCI-Registration Confirmation. It will show you a File Reference Number that should be recorded for future reference. This completes Part-A of the OCI application process. Click the Proceed to Part-B button.

PART B of OCI Registration Application

Part B is a simple one page form where applicant need to select the appropriate response to the questions displayed on the page. Select the radio button that applies to you and answer any questions that are shown on the page. Click the Submit button. The next page will show confirmation of successful completion of Part A & B of the Online OCI Registration of the applicant. Click the Generate Registration Form and print form.

Next step is to upload supporting documents.

Applicants can click the Upload Documents button and upload the relevant documents. You will need your Passport Number and the Online Registration Number to proceed with the uploading of your documents. Select the document from the list and upload. Do this until all documents are uploaded. Kindly note that the maximum size of document that is accepted for upload should be 500KB As documents are uploaded successfully it will show as successfully completed Once all documents are successfully uploaded and confirmed, select the Exit button to exit. You have completed the Online part of the OCI Registration process. The printed OCI form and relevant documents are then sent to the Consulate or appropriate office that applies to your jurisdiction. Keep original documents with you when going to the Consulate as the documents uploaded are verified by the authorities. Note: Many Consulates have outsourced OCI services and hence do not accept OCI applications directly. Applicants should ensure they send the documents to the correct location. As rules and regulation, sometimes do change. Do read the instructions provided on your form before mailing out your application form and documents.

OCI fee for applications made abroad

OCI application fee, when the scheme was initially announced was US$275. While the fee has technically not been changed, many Indian consulates have outsourced visa services and fee charged by the outsourcing company is passed on to applicants. The fee currently for OCI in USA is US$290 (this includes the outsourcing company charges). Fees are subject to change, kindly check with the appropriate Indian consulates for the required fee when applying for OCI.

Documents required with OCI application  

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