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First time applicants for Overseas Citizen of India Card

IMPORTANT:

  • * For those applicants who have at any time held Indian passport, if your Indian passport is not yet cancelled or you have not yet renounced Indian citizenship, then please apply for and get your Indian Citizenship

  • * Renunciation / Surrender Certificate before applying for OCI registration. OCI applications received without Indian Citizenship Surrender / Renunciation Certificate will not be processed and returned. For guidelines for renunciation of Indian citizenship and cancellation of Indian Passport, visit the link 
    http://www.hciwellington.in/hci.php?id=cancellation_passport.

  • * He should be present in New Zealand at the time of applying and at the time of collecting the OCI card. An applicant who has travelled to India on a visa after applying for OCI card should leave India before the expiry of the said visa.

  • * OCI applicants NEED NOT submit their original documents, i.e. current passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, cancelled Indian passports, etc. However, it is mandatory to upload and submit copies of original documents duly attested by Justice of Peace (JP) of New Zealand. The High Commission may ask applicants for producing original documents for verification at any stage of processing of OCI application, if deemed necessary.

  • * The requirement of stamping ‘U’ visa sticker on foreign passport of OCI card holders has been dispensed with since January, 2015. Now, an OCI card holder can enter / exit India on the basis of his current NZ/ foreign passport and OCI card.

1. About OCI

2. Eligibility

3. Benefits of OCI Card

4. How to apply

5. Prescribed fee and mode of payment

6. Documents to be uploaded online and to be sent along with the application

7. Where and how to send the application

8. Acknowledgement

9. Checking status of the application

10. Processing time

11. Jurisdiction

12. Important links

1. About OCI:

In keeping with Government of India’s commitment to fulfilling the aspirations and expectations of ‘Overseas Indians’, Overseas Citizenship of India scheme was introduced by amending the Citizenship Act, 1955 in August 2005, granting certain privileges to the foreigners of Indian origin for travelling to and staying in India, acquiring property in India and in certain financial, economic and educational matters. It is however clarified that the Constitution of India does not allow for “dual citizenship” and OCI must not be mistaken as “dual citizenship” of India. The erstwhile Person of India Origin (PIO) card scheme has been withdrawn and merged with OCI scheme since January, 2015. Those holding PIO cards may apply for conversion of their PIO cards into OCI cards by following the procedure given at the link http://www.hciwellington.in/hci.php?id=PIO .

For more information on OCI scheme, kindly visit http://www.mea.gov.in/overseas-citizenship-of-india-scheme.htm.

2. Eligibility

Any foreign national, except a national of Pakistan or Bangladesh, who was eligible to be citizen of India on or 26.1.1950 or was a citizens of India at any time on or after 26.1.1950, or who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.8.1947 and her/his children or grandchildren or great grandchildren, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India. Minor children of such a person are also eligible for OCI. However, serving or retired defence personnel cannot be registered as OCI, even if otherwise eligible.

Those who travelled to New Zealand on their mother’s / father’s passport may also apply after getting the said passport cancelled.

A person who is already holding more than one nationality may also apply, if otherwise eligible.

3. Benefits of OCI Card:

OCI Card holders are entitled to:

  1. i. Multiple-entry multi-purpose life-long visa to visit India (Special approval is required for research, mountaineering, missionary activities, journalismand to visit Restricted / Protected Areas);

  2. ii. Exemption from reporting to police authorities / FRRO for any length of stay in India;Parity with NRIs in certain financial, economic and educational matters except for acquisition of agricultural or plantation land and In matters pertaining to inter-country adoption of Indian children. 

  3. iii. Parity with domestic Indians in entry to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and in matter of tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India. 

  4. iv. Eligible for grant of Indian citizenship under Section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 after completion of 5 years as OCI card holder, provided he has resided in India for one year out of 5 years before making the application.

However, OCI card holders do not have any voting rights and are not eligible for election to Union Parliament or State Legislatures or for holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judges of Supreme Court / High Court, etc or to hold any Public Office under the Union or any of the State Governments.

4. How to apply:

[Please read the instructions carefully before applying so that any mistake is avoided. Applications have to be filled and submitted online and a printout of the same along with copies of required documents to be submitted / sent to the High Commission of India, Wellington. No handwritten application for registration as OCI cardholder or for OCI miscellaneous service will be accepted or processed. Only one set of application and documents needs to be sent

Please use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers. Online OCI form is not compatible with Safari browser. It may not work on mobile phone browsers or Apple devices.

Furnishing wrong information and suppression of material information will result in rejection of application / cancellation of OCI card if already issued and blacklisting of the person.]

Applicant must complete online registration by filling-up online application form at the link 
http://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome, uploading his photograph and signatures, and all the mandatory documents duly attested by Justice of Peace (JP). For minors who cannot sign, thumb impression of the left hand must be uploaded. No column in the application form should be left blank.

Specification guidelines for uploading of documents: The maximum size allowed for a document file is 500 kb. The document file must be in PDF format. (For sake of comparison, an A-4 size page document colour scanned at 100 dots per inch resolution will generate a file of about 200-250 kb.) Each category of document must be uploaded in a single file.

Guidelines for uploading of photo: The image must be in JPEG or JPG format with maximum size of 30 kb. The minimum resolution of the photo must be 360 pixels (width) X 360 pixels (height) and the maximum resolution must be 900 pixels (width) X 900 pixels (height).

Guidelines for uploading the signatures: The signatures must be in jpeg or jpg format with maximum size of 30 kb. The height and width of the signature photo must have aspect ratio of 3:1. The minimum resolution of the signature photo must be 360 pixels (width) X 120 pixels (height) and the maximum resolution must be 900 pixels (width) X 300 pixels (height).

Please watch the video for uploading photo and signatures.


For step by step instructions for online OCI application, follow the link. In case of any technical problems like non-acceptance of photograph etc, please contact Dr. B.N. Shetty by email at shettybn@nic.in.

5. Prescribed fee and mode of payment:

Service

Fee in NZ$

Fresh OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India)

405 /-

OCI Miscellaneous Services (Transfer of OCI)

45 /-

Duplicate OCI in lieu of lost/damaged of OCI documents

150 /-

Conversion of PIO card to OCI card

150/-


The Fee is payable by Banker’s Cheque / Bank draft drawn in favour of “High Commission of India, Wellington”. Personal cheques / money orders / credit cards are not acceptable. Fees can also be paid in cash at the High Commission’s counter if the application is submitted in person. Combined fees can be paid by one cheque for multiple OCI applications. In case the application for OCI registration is refused, NZ $ 360 will be refunded. However, the processing charges of NZ $ 45 are non-refundable.

6. Documents to be uploaded online and to be sent along with the application [must be attested by Justice of Peace (JP), New Zealand]:

6A. For Minor / newborn applicants (under 18 years of age) who never held Indian passport

  1. i. Print-out of Part A and Part B of online application. 

  2. ii. Copy of current New Zealand / foreign passportand Citizenship Certificate of the applicant.

  3. iii. Copy of Birth Certificate of the applicant.

  4. iv. Copy of Parent’s Marriage Certificate

  5. v. Copies of Parents’ Indian Passports (first page, last page and current New Zealand visa page, if applicable). If Indian origin parents have changed their nationality, copies of their cancelled Indian passports or current OCI cards or any other documents to prove their Indian origin must be submitted. If only one parent is of Indian origin, then submit copy of his Indian passport or OCI card and foreign passport of the other parent. 

  6. vi. Part B (declaration) of the OCI application form must be signed by both the parents.

  7. vii. One square photograph of size 2” inch X 2” inch , having front view of person’s face and shoulders in the middle of the photograph and light colour background to be pasted on the form. For detailed specifications of photo, please visit http://hciwellington.in/docs/Photo-Spec-FINAL.pdf.

  8. viii. Prescribed fee

  9. ix. Self-addressed courier envelope with tracking facility.

6B. Documents for Minor applicants (under 18 years of age) who held Indian passport earlier:

  1. i. Print-out of Part A and Part B of online application. 

  2. ii. Copy of current New Zealand / foreign passport and Citizenship Certificate of the applicant.

  3. iii. Copy of cancelled Indian passport (first and last page) and copy of Indian Citizenship Renunciation / Surrender Certificate of the applicant. 

  4. iv. Copy of Birth Certificate of the applicant.

  5. v. Copy of Parent’s Marriage Certificate

  6. vi. Part B (declaration) of the OCI application form must be signed by both the parents. 

  7. vii One photograph of the applicant pasted on the form. 

  8. viii. Prescribed fee

  9. ix. Self-addressed courier envelope with tracking facility.

6C Documents for adult applicants (over 18 years of age) who held Indian passport earlier:

  1. i Print-out of Part A and Part B of online application. 

  2. ii Copy of current New Zealand / foreign passport and Citizenship Certificate of the applicant.

  3. iii. Copy of cancelled Indian passport (first and last page) and copy of Indian Citizenship Renunciation / Surrender Certificate of the applicant.

  4. iv. Marriage certificate, if applicable.

  5. v. One photograph of the applicant pasted on the form. 

  6. vi. Prescribed fee

  7. vii. Self-addressed courier envelope with tracking facility.

If you ever held Indian passport and now unable to locate it then submit copies of the following documents or any other relevant documents attested by JP to prove your Indian origin. First three of the following documents are compulsory:

  1. i. Travel summary (If travelled on Indian passport to NZ) obtained from New Zealand Immigration Department. 

  2. ii. Copy of Indian Passport.

  3. iii. Copy of police report regarding loss of Indian passport.

  4. iv. Indian domicile certificate from competent authorities (District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Executive Magistrate, etc.)

  5. v. Indian Passport or OCI Card of parents / grandparents 

  6. vi. Indian Birth Certificate

  7. vii. Indian educational certificates (submission of more than one certificate will be considered as one proof only).

  8. viii. Indian marriage certificate. 

  9. ix. Aadhaar Card.

  10. x. Indian Ration card

  11. xi. Indian government employment record

  12. xii. Indian voter’s identity card

  13. xiii. Agricultural land documents

6D. Documents for OCI applicants over 18 years of age who never held Indian passport and are applying on the basis of Indian origin of parents / grandparents or great grandparents:

  1. i. Print-out of Part A and Part B of online application. 

  2. ii Copy of current New Zealand / foreign passport.

  3. iii. Copy of Birth Certificate of the applicant.

  4. iv. Copies of Parents’ / Grandparents’ / great Grandparents’ Indian Passports (first page, last page). If Indian origin parents have changed their nationality, copies of their cancelled Indian passports or current OCI cards. If only one parent is of Indian origin, then submit copy of his/her Indian passport or OCI card and other parent’s current passport copy. 

  5. v. Parents’ Marriage certificate.

  6. vi. Marriage Certificate of the applicant, if applicable.

  7. vii. One photograph of the applicant pasted on the form.

  8. viii. Prescribed fee

  9. ix. Self-addressed courier envelope with tracking facility.

6E. Documents for OCI applicants applying on the basis of Indian origin of their spouse:

  1. i. Print-out of Part A and Part B of online application. 

  2. ii. Copy of current New Zealand / foreign passport.

  3. iii. Copy of Spouse’s Indian Passport (first and last page) or OCI Card. 

  4. iv. Copy of Marriage Certificate – Apostilled / authenticated by the Government of the country of issue if marriage is registered in a foreign country.

  5. v. Copy of applicant’s birth certificate. 

  6. vi. Undertaking form for spouse. Link to the form

  7. vii. If already a PIO Card holder then the copy of the PIO Card.

  8. viii. Previous Indian Visa (if available).

  9. ix. One photograph of the applicant pasted on the form. 

  10. x. Prescribed fee

  11. xi. Self-addressed courier envelope with tracking facility.

IMPORTANT: Foreign spouse of OCI card holder is eligible to apply for OCI provided that the applicant’s marriage is registered and has subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the application.

7. Where and how to send the application?

After completing the online application, applicants must take a print out of Part A and Part B of the application, sign it and send it along with JP attested copies of all mandatory documents, prescribed fee and one self-addressed pre-paid return courier bag with tracking facility (to post back the new OCI card) to the High Commission of India by registered courier with tracking facility at the following address:

High Commission of India,

Ranchhod Tower, Level 2,

102-112 Lambton Quay,

PO Box 4045, Wellington 6011.

The High Commission of India will not accept any responsibility in case the courier is lost / misplaced / damaged or delayed.

Applicants can also submit their applications in person between 9:30 AM and 1200 PM from Monday to Friday at the Reception counter of the High Commission of India, Wellington.

8. Acknowledgement

OCI applications received with complete documentation will be acknowledged within 10-12 working days by an automated email.

9. Checking status of the application:

Once the application is acknowledged by the High Commission of India, applicants can check status of their applications online at “Status inquiry”. Kindly note that there is no urgent or fast track service for OCI. In case of emergency please apply for visa.

10. Processing time:

Standard processing time will be 50 working days from the date of acknowledgement. However, this timeframe is only indicative since OCI cards are prepared in India by the Ministry of Home Affairs and dispatched to the High Commission of India by courier. Further, in special / complex cases, no fixed timeframe can be given as it may take longer in processing such applications.

Spouse based OCI applications are referred to Ministry of Home Affairs of Government of India and no timeframe can be given for such cases.

All applicants are advised to make their travel plans / bookings only after the issue of OCI card as no urgent / tatkaal service is available for OCI applicationIn case of emergency, you may apply for visa even as your OCI application is being processed.

11. Jurisdiction:

The High Commission of India, Wellington has jurisdiction over New Zealand, Republic of Samoa and NIUE and will be able to accept OCI applications only from those who are present in its jurisdiction. Those who are not residing in the jurisdiction of this High Commission may contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate General having jurisdiction over the area of their residence.

12. Important links:

i) Step by step instructions & checklist:

http://www.hciwellington.in/docs/NOCI%20Booklet%20Feb%202018.pdf

ii) Online registration form: http://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome

iii) How to upload signature and photograph: Go to https://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome and the Click on "OCI Image/Re-upload" button.

iv) How to upload documents: Go to https://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome and then Click on "OCI document upload/Re-upload" button.

v) Link for “undertaking” form for spouse case: http://www.hciwellington.in/docs/OCI-UNDERTAKING.pdf

vi) Status inquiry: https://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury

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