OCI Card Information

Documents Required for OCI Card

  1. Applicant’s Original US/Foreign Passport validity of minimum 6 months at the time of submission of application.
  2. Copy of US Naturalization Certificate/Or Birth certificate if born outside of USA.
  3. Recent Passport photo taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance. 2 inches by 2 inches’ size.
  4. Copy of Marriage Certificate (If Married)
  5. Copy of US address proof (Any ONE):
    • State Issued ID Card- Copy of your Driving License or your Residence Card, OR
    • Copy of a recent Utility Bill- Electricity, GAS or Water. Should not be more than 3 months old, OR
    • Copy of Valid/Current Annual lease agreement signed by the landlord and the tenant.
  1. Evidence/supporting documents to prove that the applicant was at one point a Citizen of India on or after 26th Jan 1947. This evidence could be ONE of following:
    • Copy of the Indian Passport, OR
    • Copy of school leaving certificate in India, OR
    • Copy of Indian Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Indian Driving license(even if expired is ok);OR
    • Copy of the  Domicile  Certificate  issued  by  the  Competent Authority; OR
    • Copy of Nativity Certificate from the competent authority; OR
    • OCI Card/ PIO card of parents/ spouse along with the base papers/ documents upon which the OCI/ PIO card was issued; OR
    • Evidence of relationship as parent/grandparent/ great grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for  registration  as  OCI Cardholder. The document of relationship could be “Birth Certificate” issued from competent authority mentioning both parents’ name.    In case the birth certificate is issued by a foreign authority, it is to be Apostled or endorsed by the concerned Indian Mission abroad.

In case of minor child whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India:

  1. Copy of child’s birth certificate
  2. Copy of US/Foreign passports of both the parents.
  3. Copy of Indian passport of the parents / one of the parents or copy of the Domicile Certificate or Nativity Certificate issued by the Competent Authority in respect of the parents/ one of the parents or any other proof substantiating the status of the parents/ one of the parents as being Indian citizen(s).
  4. If the parents are divorced, court order of  dissolution  of marriage, which specifically mentions that the legal custody of the child is with the parent who is applying for the OCI card.

In case you are a spouse of foreign origin, of a citizen of India, or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Cardholder:

  1. Registered marriage certificate; and
  2. In the case of spouse of an Indian citizen – copy of the Indian Passport of the spouse or copy of the Domicile Certificate or Nativity  Certificate  issued  by  the  Competent  Authority  in respect of the Indian spouse or any other proof substantiating the status of the spouse as being an Indian citizen.
  3. In the case of spouse of an OCI Cardholder – Copy of the present valid Passport of the spouse  and  copy  of the  OCI Card of the spouse and copies of the documents upon which the OCI Card was issued to the spouse