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.
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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Embassy of India
Washington DC

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
    Washington DC - cons4.washington@mea.gov.in
    New York - passport.newyork@mea.gov.in
    Chicago - visa.chicago@mea.gov.in
    Atlanta - cons.atlanta@mea.gov.in
    Houston - enquiriescgi@swbell.net
    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.


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.