OCI Application Documents
You must submit two sets of all application forms and required documents. All photocopies must be self-attested with a statement that "This is a true copy of the original" and your signature.

If applying as a family group, please ensure that Part A of each application is put together followed by only one Part B. Thereafter, the supporting documents should be arranged in the same order as Part A of each applicant.

Please do not staple your documents. Do not use use paper clips either.
  1. Online Registration Form, Part A and Part B.

  2. Order form:
    Applicable only for the jurisdiction that process PIO through BLS International (which is at least the entire United States):

    Complete the online BLS Order Form and print it.

  3. Photograph:
    You need to paste one photograph on Part A. You don't have to provide any additional photographs.

    Photograph instructions

    Instructions on getting the photographs

    There is a photo upload option at the Government of India (while filling the application form). Uploading the photo is optional. In any case, one physical (paper) photo is still required.

  4. Copy of Passport:
    Photocopies of the following pages US passport (non-US and non-Indian passport for non-US citizens):
    • Information page that contains the picture and basic details of the passport.
    • Endorsement/amendment pages. That is, for 24 pages US passport, copy of pages 22, 23, 24. For 28 pages US passport, copy of pages 25, 26, and 27.

    Do NOT send the original non-Indian passport with the application. You will have to send that only after the consulate receives the OCI card from New Delhi, India.

  5. Copies of parents US passports or OCI cards:
    For an application for minor child as an individual (not as a family), photocopies of the parents OCI Cards (both information pages on the OCI card) or U.S. Passports are required.

    For what pages of U.S. passport should be sent, look above in 'Copy of Passport'.

  6. Copies of parents Indian passports and proof of Renunciation:
    For an application for minor child as an individual (not as a family), photocopies of the parents Indian Passports are required. The copies should be of the first 3 pages in each Indian passport and the last 2 pages of each Indian passport.

    If one or both parents are naturalized citizens, proof of renunciation for parents must be provided.

  7. PIO card holders:
    Original PIO card must be submitted at the time of initial application. Also, provide one copy of pages with vital information.

  8. Naturalization certificate:
    Copy of naturalization certificate, as appropriate.

  9. Birth certificate:
    For all applicants that are born abroad (outside India), a photocopy of birth certificate or any government issued document that shows parents name, date of birth and nationality.

    Do not submit originals as they can't be responsible for original documents.

  10. Proof of Indian Origin

  11. Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship:
    Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender Certificate, as appropriate.

    If required, you can just send the renunciation documents and the fees along with the application, instead of first getting the surrender certificate.

  12. Proof of address

  13. Proof of name change

  14. Legal status:
    If you are non-US citizen, provide a copy of one of the following:
    Non-US citizens who are applying for their minor children must also provide their US legal status.

    Do not send as original document as they can't be held responsible for loss or damage to original documents.

  15. Prepaid return shipping envelope:
    Details

  16. Fees

  17. Cover letter:
    Please write a cover letter that lists documents that you have enclosed, in the correct order. This may help processing the application smoothly.

    Sample cover letter
Applications not arranged in the above manner and order will be returned unprocessed to applicant(s). The consulate will not be responsible for any kind for loss of documents during transit by mail.

Photocopies:
Make sure that the photocopies are legible (readable). Even though not required, it is better to send color photocopies. If the consulate is not able to read the contents and/or recognize the photograph on the photocopies, the application will be returned to you without processing.

Specimen application forms for reference only:
OCI Form XIX
Renunciation Form XXII
Acknowledgement of renunciation Form XXII-A