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How to apply for OCI card and related services

As per new guidelines, an OCI applicant applying for either Fresh OCI Card, OCI Miscellaneous Service or conversion of PIO to OCI, has to upload all the requisite documents (self-attested), in support of OCI claim while applying/filling up online

Applicant has to make an online registration for OCI Card at website https://ociservices.gov.in/.  He/she has to submit the computer generated application form, bearing registration number, photo and signatures (exactly in the box) at the appropriate places to the High Commission / Consulate.  In case of minors, the form should only have thumb impression of the minor.
·         Two photos (51 x 51 mm or 2 inches x 2 inches). One to be pasted on Application Form and the other has to be attached;
·         Self-attested copy of Foreign Passport held; 
·         Self attested copy of Unabridged Birth Certificate of the applicant;
·         Self attested copy of Unabridged Birth Certificate of the parents, if parents were  Indian national/s and OCI is claimed based on Indian descent;
·         Proof of the applicant or parents/grandparents having Indian nationality/Indian descent, such as Indian Passport, School leaving certificate, birth certificate, land holding in India, etc. issued by Govt of India.  If the same is in any regional language then a translated copy in English by an authorised translator with Name and signatures bearing his stamp containing address and his licence number. 
·         In cases, where the applicant’s father/grandfather or great grandfather arrived in South Africa by Ship, then he/she may seek the help of Department of Archives in South Africa. Records can also be accessed at www.national.archives.gov.za, for guidance for accessing the website). 
·         Self attested copy of Naturalisation Certificate, if applicable;
·         Self attested copy of Indian Passport Surrender Certificate and copy of cancelled passport, if the same was surrendered.  Please note that the names should be exact in all the documents, otherwise if the spelling are different, a letter has to be obtained from the concerned Home Department that the persons mentioned in the document/s are same;
·         Self attested copy of Marriage certificate of the applicant and copy of the foreign passport of the spouse; 
·         Proof of Residential address in South Africa which can be any utility bill, copy of lease agreement, copy of property/etc;
·         Proof of Payment.  Applicant can deposit fee by cash or EFT. The banking details are given on our website;
·         Original passports/ documents would be returned after verification.
·         Any other document as specified by the Consular Officer;
The above mentioned requirements are general in nature and the applicant may be asked to submit additional documents.
·         Fees would not be refunded in case OCI is not granted.
·         For the purpose of claiming OCI, husband and wife has to claim on the strength of their own parents/grandparents i.e. husband cannot claim OCI on the basis of his wife and vice versa. 
·         OCI/PIO card does not entitle cardholder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work without the permission of the Government of India and in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time.

Miscellaneous Services for OCI Card holder
To avail Miscellaneous Service, you must be an existing OCI Card Holder.
These Misc. services can be availed for re-issuance of OCI Card as well as updating the information time to time as mentioned in the MHA notification dated 16th April, 2021. The re-issuance of new OCI card will be applicable for following categories:

  • In case of issuance of new passport (once a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age.)
  • In case of change of personal particulars viz. name, father's name, nationality etc.
  • In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate.

In case the existing OCI card holder wishes to update/upload the latest information (at website https://ociservices.gov.in/) about his latest passport, change in address/Occupation/Contact details, the OCI card holder can select the option/(s) as given below and upload the latest photograph and requisite documents. These details shall be updated into the OCI system records and an acknowledgement shall be shared with OCI card holder on his/her registered email ID. The services under these categories are gratis in nature:

    • In case issuance of new Passport Details (each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age)
    • In case change in address/occupation/contact details.

    Appointment for OCI:

    You are requested to send an e-mail to cons.jburg@mea.gov.in for appointment for OCI related services.

    Fee Chart for OCI


    OCI Fee in Rand
    + ICWF Fee of Rand 45/-

    Fresh OCI application


    Miscellaneous OCI application (for change in personal particulars, passport particulars etc)


    PIO to OCI Conversion


    Issue of duplicate OCI Card in lieu of the OCI Card lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or for any other such reasons


    Banking details:
    Bank : FNB
    Branch : Rosebank, Johannesburg(253-305)
    Account No. : 5037 1108 299
    Account Name : Consulate General of India

    Cancellation of OCI Registration

    If it is found that registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact or the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he/ she will also be blacklisted from visiting India.