OCI Application Documents in USA

For OCI application in the USA, you must send one set of all application forms and required documents, except two copies of the document. checklist. All photocopies must be self-attested with a statement that “This is a true copy of the original” and your signature.

Please do not staple your documents. Do not use paper clips either. Submit all single-sided documents as double-sided documents are not accepted.

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  1. Online Registration Form

  2. Photographs

    You need to paste one photograph. You may need to submit an additional photograph.
    Photograph instructions

    Instructions on getting the photographs

    There is a photo upload at the Government of India (while filling the application form). Uploading the photo is mandatory. Physical (paper) photos are still required. Both photos must be identical and but can’t be the same as the photograph in the passport.

  3. Proof of address

  4. Copy of Passport

    Photocopies of the following pages US passport (or non-U.S. and non-Indian passport for non-U.S. 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. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of submission of application at VFS Global.

  5. Shipping Arrangements

  6. Fees

  7. Current US/Foreign Passport

    If must be submitted if you are applying for New OCI. Passport will be returned by ICAC within three to five days after verification. However, do not send it if you are applying for OCI miscellaneous services or OCI in lieu of PIO Card.

  8. Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

    Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender Certificate, as appropriate.
    Required only if applying for the new OCI.

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

  9. Minor applicants

    1. Parental authorization form. It must be signed and notarized for both parents.

    2. If any of the parents are non-US citizens, proof of their legal status in the US, as described above.

    3. Copies of parents’ US/Foreign passports or OCI cards:

      • US/Foreign passports of parents:

        • Copy of the information page that contains the picture and basic details of the passport.
        • Copy of the endorsement/amendment pages.
      • OCI Cards: If parents have OCI cards, copies of both information pages on the OCI card.

    4. Copies of parents proof of Renunciation:

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

      You should provide either certificate of renunciation issued by an Embassy/Consulate of India or Cancelled Indian Passport with a stamp stating the passport is cancelled due to obtaining US citizenship. However, for Washington Jurisdiction, both are required.

      If parents need to obtain a renunciation certificate, they need to obtain it prior to submitting an application for a minor.

    5. Copy of parents marriage certificate

      Marriage certificate must be issued by marriage registering authority. Certificates issued by community institutions like church/mosque/temple/gurudwara etc. are not acceptable.

  10. Proof of Indian Origin

    Required only if applying for new OCI or renunciation.

  11. Naturalization Certificate

    Copy of naturalization certificate, if applying for New OCI.

  12. Application Through Foreign Spouse

    • Sworn affidavit

    • Marriage certificate – apostilled

    • Copy of current passport of Indian spouse

    • Copy of proof of Indian origin of Indian spouse

    • If spouse holds OCI card, copy of passport of souse, copy of OCI card of spouse; and copies of documents upon which OCI card was issued to the spouse.

    • If previously divorced, copy of divorce decree.

    • If spouse is disceased, copy of death certificate.

    • Copy of OCI card of Indian origin spouse if he/she holds US/Non-US nationality.

    • In case spouse is non-US national, provide copies of the following non-US national spouse:

      • Permanent resident card – both sides
      • Employment Authorization Card (EAD) which states ‘Serves as I-512’
      • Pages showing H1/H4, L1/L2, F1/F2, J1/J2, etc.

        • Transfer notices and receipt notices are not accepted
        • Visa must be valid for at least 3 months

  13. PIO Card – Original and Copy – In case of OCI in lieu of PIO Card

  14. OCI Card – Original and Copy – In case of OCI Miscellaneous Service or in case of damaged OCI card

  15. Proof of name change, if applicable.

  16. 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.
    • If you are applying through parents, and one parent was born outside India, submit a birth certificate and passport copy of the parent born outside India.
    • If the birth certificate or any of the documents are in any language other than English, the document must be translated into English and it must be notarized.
      Do not submit originals as they can’t be responsible for original documents.

  17. Lost OCI Card
    • Policy Report
    • If you don’t have the copy nor the particulars of OCI, you need to provide a notarized affidavit for lost OCI card, in addition to other documents.

  18. Copy of landing papers if the applicant is currently Canadian Resident

  19. If you would like to include spouse name in your OCI card, copy of the apostilled marriage certificate.

  20. OCI Miscellaneous Services or OCI in Lieu of PIO

    • Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals

    • If you are divorced, copy of your divorce decree.

    • If you are divorced and re-married, copy of divorce decree (all page) and copy of the current marriage certificate.

    • If your spouse is deceased, copy of spouse’s death certificate.

    • For the following scenarios, a copy of documents that support the change or correction requested:

      • Address Change
      • Change of Appearance
      • Change of Occupation
      • Name Change
      • Change of Signature
      • Correction in Date of Birth
      • Correction in Place of Birth
      • Correction of Spelling of Father’s Name
      • Correction of Spelling of Mother’s Name
      • Correction of Spelling of Mother’s Name
      • Split of Name
      • Passport Particulars
      • Addition of Spouse Name – Marriage Certificate
      • Addition of Mother’s Name – Birth Certificate

  21. Additional Particulars Form

    Required in case of new OCI card, OCI card for foreign spouse of Indian origin, or OCI card for a minor.

    Complete and print it. Please make sure to answer all questions. Do not leave any answers blank.

  22. Legal Status

    If you are non-US citizen, provide a copy of one of the following:

    • Permanent Resident Card (both sides)
    • Employment Authorization Card (EAD) which states ‘serves as I-512’
    • Page showing H1/H4, L1/L2, F1/F2, J1/J2, etc.

      Non-US citizens who are applying for their minor children must also provide their US legal status.

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

  23. Renunciation of OCI Card:

    Please complete Form XXII and Form XXIIA.

  24. Checklist

    One copy of the completed checklist. Make sure to arrange the application documents arranged in the order in which they are listed in each checklist. Otherwise, the application will be returned unprocessed to the applicant(s). The consulate or their agency will not be responsible for any kind of loss of documents during transit by mail.

Document Tips

  • Photocopies:

    Make sure that the photocopies are legible (readable). 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.

  • Indian Embassy/Consulate may request for more documents, as needed, and may also call for a personal interview.

  • In case additional documents are required, they will hold for 21 days. If documents are not received, the application will be considered abandoned and returned back to the applicant. Only the Consular Fee + ICWF fee will be refunded in such cases. The applicant will have to start the application process all over again.

  • In the case of OCI application for a foreign spouse, the foreign spouse and Indian spouse must appear in-person interviews at the Indian Embassy/Consulate.

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