How & where to apply for OCI in India

Can applications of OCI be made from India? This is a questions many readers have asked. The answer is yes, you may apply for OCI from India and pay the applicable fee in Indian currency. Here is the information for those who plan on making applications from India. Persons of Indian origin who are in India, can also apply for OCI in India. Applications in India for OCI can be made to: The Foreigner’s Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Lucknow,  Amritsar. OR     OCI Cell in Foreigners Division of Ministry of Home Affairs at:     Under Secretary (Foreigners Division)     Ministry of Home Affairs,     Jaisalmer House.     26 Man Singh Road,     New Delhi - 110 011

Documents Required with OCI Application in India

1. Proof of present citizenship 2. Evidence of self or parents or grandparents, o Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of Commencement of  the Constitution; or o Belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15th August, 1947; or o Being a citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950 These may be: Copy of the passport: or Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent Authority; or Evidence of relationship as parent/grandparent, if their Indian Origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI. Any other proof that is acceptable to the authorities as proof of them being of Indian origin*   *Acceptable documents under “Any other proof” for evidence of self or parents or grandparents being eligible for grant of an OCI? When it comes to accepting other types of proof as supporting documents, the final decision to accept any type of documentary proof would rest with the consular officers.

Some such documents may be:

     Documentary evidence like a school certificate.      Land ownership records in India.      Birth certificate. or      Any other type of documentation whereby eligibility may be reasonably ascertained to the satisfaction of the consulate officer dealing with your      application. Applicants for OCI when applying in India, should first login to and complete the online part of the jOCI application. Once they do this they will get a online registration number. Take this number when applying at the FRRO so as to help speed up your OCI application process at the FRRO. (When  trying to login in to the OCI application site, a security certificate error may occur, you can accept to go to the site or download the certificate)

Documents required checklist

The documents required for OCI are required by FRRO in three sets. Make copies before going to FRRO. 1. Application form duly filled in triplicate along with required documents. 2. Applicants present passport at least 6 months valid of passport & 3 months valid Indian visa or Copy of PIO. card (if holding PIO card) 3. Copy of Registration Permit, if applicant arrived in India prior 90 days at the time of OCI application 4. Applicants or applicant’s parents or applicants grandparent’s previous or current Indian passport (if previously holding Indian passport then current passport also) 5. Applicant’s birth certificate, if applied on the basis of parents. (if applied on the basis of grand parents then parents birth certificate as well present passport showing proper linkage.) 6. Applicants Marriage certificate if applied on the basis of Indian passport on maiden name. 7. Three photographs of 35 mm x 35 mm size without border on light color background, with ears clearly visible, no spectacles and caps. (Not on white or off-white background) 8. If difference in name or alphabet on the Indian passport Gazette copy for change of name or Petition for name change or Deed Poll for name change. 9. Fee that is applicable by way of a ‘Demand Draft’ for each applicant drawn in favor of ‘Pay & accounts officer (Secretariat) MHA payable at New Delhi.’  

OCI Fee for applications made in India.

OCI fee for applications filed in India is Rupees15,000 and has to be paid by demand draft in favor of 'Pay and Accounts Officer (Secretariat), Ministry of Home Affairs' payable in New Delhi. Those applicants who already hold a PIO Card are charged a reduced fee, this is currently Rs. 1400/- for adults and Rs. 8000/- in case of a Minor who holds PIO card.

In case of unavailability of required documents to apply for OCI

In case you are unable to find documents that are required to prove your Indian origin, there is an option to get a Nativity certificate, for more information on this, check HERE.
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