OCI

Overseas Citizenship of India is granted to applicants who have acquired citizenship of a foreign country and who were of Indian Origin, or were or are eligible to become a citizen of India, or are a spouse of an OCI / PIO Holder or a spouse of Citizen of India. Under the Indian Citizenship Act, persons of Indian Origin are not allowed to claim dual citizenship.
Caution
Please note that the application once finalised cannot be modified. So ensure that you are entering the correct data while doing online registration and filling forms on both CKGS and Government website. In case you have finalised wrong data, you have to register again with the correct details and get the print outs with fresh file number before submitting the application to CKGS Center. We strongly recommend you to read "How to apply" page and sample form "before applying".

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OCI Application - Get Started

     
Zip Code
  
Street Address
Apartment / Floor / Suite /Flat
City
State
Country
 
(please enter as 10 digits, no dashes or spaces, Example : 4109809878)

There would be delays at CKGS end to process the applications received through post/courier due to the constraint. Applicant is requested to wait for atleast 72 working hour to check the application status on the CKGS website.


This is an advance notice for applicants falling under the Washington DC jurisdictions please note that CKGS would re-open its online application portal for OCI and Renunciation service on June 8th, 2020, 12:01 am EST onwards. Please note that applications of only those applicants falling under the Jurisdictions of EOI Washington DC would be accepted. Any applications from outside jurisdiction of EOI Washington DC will be returned to the applicant.


Applicants falling under the San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and houston jurisdictions please note that CKGS re-opened its online application portal for OCI and Renunciation service. Please note that applications of only those applicants falling under their respective Consular Jurisdictions would be accepted. Any applications from outside jurisdiction will be returned to the applicant.


Embassy of India
Washington DC
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PRESS RELEASE

In light of existing advisories associated with the coronavirus and movement restrictions in several States, the Embassy of India has taken the following decisions with immediate effect:-

  1. OCI applications will not be accepted, including by postal mail, until further notice.
  2. Passport applications will not be accepted, including by postal mail, until further notice. However, applicants requiring passports on emergency basis may kindly send an email to
    New York - passport.newyork@mea.gov.in
    explaining their emergency situation. Once the request has been approved, the applicant will be informed to complete the application process and send the papers by postal mail to CKGS for further processing.
  3. Miscellaneous consular services shall continue to be accepted only by postal mail until further notice. Applicants should factor in that it may take longer and there could be delays in providing miscellaneous services due to the current situation.

ALERT

Primary Cause of OCI application rejections:

  1. Wrong Passport Details (45% of all rejections)

  2. “Present Address” mismatch with “address proof” - for OCI renewal applications under “Miscellaneous Services” (40% of all rejections)
  • Kindly recheck that passport details entered are correct

  • In case of change of address mentioned in the existing OCI card, select the option “Change of Address/Occupation” in the Government OCI website and fill up new address that matches with address proof.