About Us Overseas Citizenship of India


ADDRESS OF EMBASSY’S APPLICATION CENTRE FOR THE SERVICES MENTIONED BELOW : 
Unit 2702, 27th Floor, One World Place, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634, Metro Manila 

TIMINGS FOR SUBMISSION APPLICATIONS/DOCUMENTS
1000 hrs - 1200 hrs (No appointment needed)

TIMINGS FOR COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS
1500 hrs - 1600 hrs  

PAYMENT OF FEES :
In order to make the consular process simpler and convenient for the applicants, the fee  for different consular services, henceforth, could be deposited directly into the Embassy of India’s METROBANK Account. Hence forth, NO cash fee of any kind would be paid/deposited at the Embassy for any consular service w.e.f 1 April 2021.

Please read the following advisory for payment of fees : 


Important Advisory for payment of fees for Consular services (w.e.f 1st April 2021)


Government of India’s OCI Scheme is operational from 02.12.2005. The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI).

A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder.

Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder. 

Foreign nationals cannot apply for OCI in India while on Tourist Visa, Missionary Visa and Mountaineering Visa. Moreover, the foreigner has to be ordinarily resident of India to be eligible to apply for OCI registration in India. 

Note: 'ordinarily resident' will mean a person staying in a particular country or in India for a continuous period of 6 months.

 Following benefits will be available to registered OCIs

  1. Multiple entry, multipurpose lifelong  visa to visit India
  2. Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration Officer/Foreigners Registration Officer for any length of stay in India.
  3. Parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities to the latter in financial, economic and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  4. However, they shall not be entitled to rights with regard to equality of opportunity in matters of public employment and election to Constitutional Offices like President/Vice-President/Judges of Supreme Court or High Courts/Members of Parliament of Legislative Assembly/Council or right to vote under Representation of the People Act. 1950.

Documents Required :

Please note that all the documents originating in the Philippines should be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.

  1. Registration form to be submitted online at https://ociservices.gov.in/

  2. Photo uploaded online and 4 photos of 2 cm x 2 cm size and 3 pieces stamp size photograph to be submitted along with printed copy of registration form submitted online.

  3. Proof of citizenship of applicant

  4. Evidence of self or parents or grandparents:

    1. Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or
    2. Belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August 1947 or
    3. Being citizen of India on or after 26th January 1950

  5. What documents are accepted as evidence ? 

  6. Primary evidence : Documents issued by or under the authority of any law in India

  7. Copy of passport or

  8. Copy of domicile certificate issued by the competent authority or 

  9. Any other proof ( birth certificate, school leaving certificate , domicile certificate , bank accounts, title deeds of properties).

  10. Nativity Certificate when applicant is unable to produce primary evidence of his/her Indian origin (application for Nativity certificate. Click here ). Nativity Certificate will be issued by the State Government in India by an authority not below a District Collector/ District Magistrate about an applicant being PIO eligible for registration as OCI. 
    Secondary evidence : Documents issued outside India by or under the authority of a foreign sovereign government. 

  11. Passport of foreign country indicating the place of birth of the applicant in India 

  12. Any other documents satisfactorily proving the residence/nationality as an Indian

* While primary evidence could be accepted as conclusive evidence, secondary evidence may be referred to M/OIA, whenever in doubt.

  1. Evidence of relationship as parents/grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of Overseas Citizenship of India 

  2. PIO Card holders must also submit a copy of their PIO Card

 Processing time: 60 days minimum (depending on receipt of card from Ministry of Home Affairs)

Fees : Fee for Consular Service + Banking charges (PHP 50) 

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

OCI for normal applicant PHP 13,500.00 + 50.00 

OCI for issuance of duplicate OCI Documents PHP  5010.00 + 50.00 

OCI Fee for re-issuance of OCI documents in case of acquisition
of new passport, change in the personal particulars, like
address, nationality, name and photograph etc.  PHP 1,365.00  + 50.00 

OCI MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES

OCI Miscellaneous Servicescan be availed by all registered OCIs at http://ociindia.nic.in.  Salient features of the services are: 

(i) Registered OCI shall make the application online selecting the requisite service(s) 

(ii)Hard copy of application along with requisite enclosures to be submitted to the concerned Indian Mission/Post/Office. 

(iii) Application can be submitted in Indian Mission/Post/Office in whose jurisdiction the applicant is ordinarily residing irrespective of the fact whether the same Mission/Post/Office has issued the original OCI documents or not. 

(iv) Fee for re-issuance of OCI documents is Php 1560.00 and it is Php 5,660 for issuance of duplicate OCI documents. 

(v) Php 1560/- for renunciation of Overseas Citizen of India. 

(vi) After receipt of application, Mission/Post/Office shall issue File (Acknowledgement) Number to the applicant by e-mail.

(vii) The status of the requisite service(s) can be checked by the applicant on Online Status Enquiry. 

(viii) After grant of the requisite service(s), new OCI documents shall be issued after cancellation of the old documents.