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General information related to OCI

 What is the procedure and eligibility to apply for an OCI?

Answer. The service of OCI is outsourced to Cox and Kings Global Services (CKGS) by EoI Washington DC since May 21, 2014. For information, please visit link https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply . You can also call their helpline at (516)-206-1483 / (646)-589-0088. If still you have any query please drop an email at fsoci.washington@mea.gov.in

  • What are the documents that one needs to submit for applying OCI?

Answer. The complete documentation checklist depending on different application basis can be viewed at the CKGS website https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply 

  • How to check the OCI application status?

Answer. Please check your OCI status online https://ociservices.gov.in/statusEnqury  with the help of your passport number and online registration number. 

  • What is the status of my OCI application as it has been past the normal processing time?

Answer. Please drop us an email at oci2.washington@mea.gov.in with the applicant’s full name, DOB, Passport number, OCI file acknowledgement number to know the status. 

  • What is the normal processing time? 

Answer.  The time taken for issue of OCI Card is minimum 4-6 weeks. Delay beyond the specific time frame cannot be ruled out owing to certain technical reasons. All applicants are advised to book their travel plan only after obtaining the OCI. For spouse cases, it may take more time.

  •  Is it mandatory to have a Life Long Visa Sticker (OCI) in the foreign Passport?

Answer. No, the life Long Visa Sticker process has been discontinued by Government of India. Applicants are required to carry Valid OCI Card with current foreign passport (endorsed on the OCI Booklet).

  •  Can I still use my PIO card to travel to India?

Answer. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has mandated that international travel documents should be machine readable with effect from 1st October, 2018. Therefore, it is necessary upon PIO Card holders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of handwritten valid PIO Cards. The Indian Immigration Authorities will continue to consider valid PIO Cards for entry/exit into/from India till March 31, 2020 along with foreign passport. However, PIO Card holders are advised to get their PIO Card converted to OCI Card. PIO Card holders can apply online for conversion at https://ociservices.gov.in/welcome  and submit print of application, passport, specified photos, documentation, fees etc at the CKGS. The charges for conversion of PIO to OCI are US$ 100/- plus CKGS service charges and US$ 3 for Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). 

  • Is it mandatory to transfer OCI to your latest passport whenever your passport gets renewed below the age of 20 or above the age of 50?

Answer. Re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and once after completing 50 years of age in view of frequent biological changes in facial features in this age group.  

  • How to apply for Transfer of OCI from old to new passport/Change in nationality/lost or damage of OCI booklet or passport/Change of Personal Particulars and how long it will take? 

Answer. You are required to apply through OCI Miscellaneous services for all the above. For detailed application procedure visit link https://ociservices.gov.in/welcome  . It will take around 7- 10 working days. 

  • What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder:

Answer. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.  

  • What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to?

Answer. An OCI card holder is not entitled to undertake any Journalistic, Filming of Documentary, Missionary, Mountaineering and Research work in India. They need prior approval from concerned Department/Ministry of the Government of India before undertaking such activities. The OCI Card holder is not entitled to vote. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government sector. 

  • Can I apply OCI on spouse basis?

Answer. Yes, you may qualify for an OCI based on your spouse if you have a registered marriage certificate & your spouse holds a valid Indian passport or OCI card, and your marriage has subsisted for at least 2 + years.

All applicants applying for OCI card under Foreign Spouse category are required to attend an interview at the Embassy of India, 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, along with his/her spouse before submitting application at CKGS center. After applying for OCI card online under this category, applicant, along with his/ her spouse can visit the Embassy with prior appointment (please email oci1.washington@mea.gov.in for appointment) along with copy of application and all other supporting documents (both in original and copies) before submitting application at CKGS center. Rest of the procedure regarding submission of application /fees at CKGS center will remain the same.

Fees

All the applicants are required to include the CKGS Service fee of $17 per application and other charges while organizing their payments. These details can be checked at the https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply 

  • $ 275.00 + $3 for Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) for each OCI (fresh) application
  • $ 25.00 + $3 (ICWF) for changing any details in the card and linking of new passport with OCI. [Procedure: online through Miscellaneous registration].
  • US$ 100 +US$ 3 (ICWF) for lost/damaged OCI Card. [Procedure: online through Miscellaneous Registration].
  • $ 100 +$ 3 (ICWF) for conversion of PIO to OCI
  • $200 for lost/damaged PIO Card [Procedure: Online through New OCI Registration].
  • Payment can be made by Credit Card at the CKGS Application Center or by Money order/Pay order /Cashiers/ Bankers check favoring "Cox and Kings Global Services USA LLC".

Additional Forms that can be submitted along with the OCI application form as per requirements

Parental Authorisation Form (in case of Minor Applicant) 

Sworn Affidavit (in case of applicant under Foreign Spouse category)