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Please Note: All Applications for OCI must be sent to the CKGS Centre at 225 Bush Street San Francisco, CA.

CKGS is the only authorized Service Provider for the Embassy of India and its Consulates across the USA for Visa, OCI, Renunciation of Indian Citizenship services from May 21, 2014. Applicants based on their jurisdiction can submit their applications to our 6 centers. Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco & Atlanta.

NOTE: EMBASSY/CONSULATES DOES NOT HANDLE DIRECT APPLICATIONS BY WALK-IN OR BY POST / MAIL.

 

Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

 

For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms are as per the requirements of the Embassy of India in USA.

 

The CKGS website will identify your passport category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. To assist you, further many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

 

 

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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Editing of applicant's personal information WILL NOT be allowed after their applications are physically received at the CKGS Passport Application Center.
  • The application will be REJECTED on technical grounds if there is a variance with information in passport.
  • The rejected application will be returned back to the applicant and they will have to redo the entire process.
  • You must submit your OCI application within 90 days from the date online application is filled. Your application may not be accepted if you use online application form which is filled 90 days ago.

 

Please Note:

  • Any variance in the data mentioned in the applicant's passport/OCI / PIO* and that mentioned in the online application form will be the sole responsibility of the applicant and they have to ensure that the data is validated correctly before sending their application to CKGS Center. CKGS will not undertake any 'Edits' in the applications.
  • In these cases CKGS Service fee, convenience fee (bank charges for online payment) and any shipping fee purchased through CKGS will be non-refundable (which will be used to ship back the application to the applicant).
  • Information on the government online application form, your existing passport/OCI/PIO and all supplementary forms must be identical.

*dependent upon the application Category

COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID

This is not an exhaustive list. You have to ensure data on visa application form is 100% accurate and correct. 

  1. NAMES DO NOT MATCH THOSE IN YOUR FOREIGN PASSPORT?OCI?PIO CARD: The names that you enter on the application on the application must match exactly that which is printed in your passport. Below is an example;

    Surname: Surname is the same as Family Name or Last Name. (The spelling must be exactly the same as the last name in the applicant’s passport)

    Given Name: On the Indian OCI application Form, Given Name is the same as First Name and Middle Name; please type in the First Name and any Middle Name(s); please type in the First Name and any Middle Name(s) here. (The name must be exactly as it is in the applicant’s passport)
     
  2. SIGNATURES: You must sign your name, exactly as in your foreign passport, on the first page and second page of the OCI application. There must not be any variation between signature on the passport and on the OCI application form.
     
  3. PHOTO AND SIGNATURE UPLOAD: You must upload most recent photograph which meets the photograph specifications. Photograph orientation should be vertical and signature orientation should be horizontal. Uploaded photographs and signatures are printed on the OCI card. Any deviation may lead to rejection of your application or this may also cause printing issue as well.
     
  4. PLACE OF BIRTH: City of birth on Govt. form must match with the place of birth stated in your passport. If place of birth on your passport is written as “INDIA” then both country and place of birth on Govt. form must be “INDIA” because place of birth is printed on OCI card.
     
  5. PLACE OF ISSUE OF PASSPORT: For US passport holders, it should be USA or USDOS only. For others – it should be exactly the same as stated in the Govt. form.
     
  6. SPOUSE/FATHER/MOTHER NAME: It must match with the applicant’s current OCI card or their own OCI/PIO/passport. No abbreviation or sequence change is acceptable. In case of changes – you must select appropriate Misc. services and submit documents as per the checklist.
     
  7. DOCUMENT UPLOAD: You must upload all required documents on the Govt. website as listed on the CKGS website.
     
  8. CORRECT DATE FORMAT: Date format will always be DD/MM/YYYY and not MM/DD/YYYY.
     
  9. PASSPORT NUMBER: Ensure correct passport number is entered.
     
  10. PHOTOGRAPH: if photo is uploaded online then it must be identical to the photograph affixed on the form.
     
  11. CROPPED PRINTING: Make sure that your print the entire application. Some browsers will “crop” the top and bottom of them form. “Cropped” forms will be rejected.
     
  12. SINGLE SIDE PRINTING: Ensure that you print application or other forms / documents on single sided paper. Double sided printed application may lead to reject or delay in application processing.
     
  13. OTHER ISSUES: You are strongly recommended to read “How to apply page & sample form available on CKGS website”.

 

 

How to Apply?

www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply

Get Started

www.in.ckgs.us/oci

Frequently Asked Questions

www.in.ckgs.us/faq

 

CKGS Application Center (IPAC) 

225 Bush St #390,
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Contact / Feedback

Click on www.in.ckgs.us/feedback; you will get a reply within 24 hours.

 

For an existing applicant, CKGS will only be able to assist you once you provide the following information.

 1.  Web Reference Number

 2.  Passport Number

 3.  Date of Birth

 

Call

1-888-585-5431

 

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In terms of the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 9th January, 2015, all the existing PIO Card holders as on 9.1.2015 shall be deemed to be OCI Cardholders.  However, all persons having valid PIO cards as on 9th January, 2015 are advised to apply for registration as OCI cardholder in view of the following advantages in possessing an OCI card:-

(a)          OCI card is a smart card
(b)          Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Check Posts
(c)         It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from the Indian Missions
(d)         For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

As regards OCI cards, including deemed OCI cards  they are to be re-issued  whenever passport is renewed for persons under twenty years, and OCI card needs to be renewed  after crossing 50 years of age only once that too when the US passport is renewed.  If time is short and you have to travel, make online application carry acknowledgement/ print out thereof, old passport and new passport and the PIO/ OCI card.


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OCI in lieu of PIO card

A separate online application for issue of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card with payment of USD 100. The applicant will have to pay the service charges for the outsourcing company as well as postage charges.

From October 2018, only machine-readable cards will be accepted at Immigration as per ICAO guidelines. Existing handwritten PIO cards will become invalid. Therefore, it is advised that PIO cardholders with handwritten PIO cards please obtain machine-readable OCI cards in lieu of their existing handwritten PIO Cards before October 2018.

                                                                                     
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For detailed guidelines on submitting the applications, documentation requirements and fee etc., you may visit the following link: http://www.in.ckgs.us  

The Consulate General of India, San Francisco, does not, directly accept applications, either in person or through mail for OCI card services.

  • OCI Card will not be granted to a child whose one parent is eligible for OCI Card, and if the other parent is or ever was a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • If you wish to seek any information regarding these services, or if you wish to ascertain status of processing of your application, or if you have any complaints/suggestions regarding the services, you must contact CKGS.
  • ALL VISA/OCI APPLICANTS ARE HEREWITH ADVISED TO FILL UP THE ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS FORM ALONG WITH THE VISA/OCI/PIO APPLICATION FORMS. THIS IS MANDATORY, WITHOUT WHICH NO APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED.
  • contact Cox & Kings Global Services San Francisco at: www.in.ckgs.us
  • CKGS Contact / Feedback: <Click Here> Helpline: Tel nos: 1-888-585-5431 ; (516)206-1483 & (646)589-0088

During Holiday/Peak Season (01 April – 31 August) please expect delays on processing the application due to heavy rush of Applications.

  • In case of OCI/PIO/Visa obtained by applicant by virtue of being a spouse of an eligible person of Indian origin, the applicant must submit a declaration by the spouse stating that he/she has no objection for issuance of OCI/PIO card/visa. In the    event of a divorce/separation between the two persons who obtained the OCI/PIO/Visa documents from the Indian Consulate, the OCI/PIO cards will be have to be surrendered. It is the duty of the applicants to report and inform such events to the Consulate General of India, San Francisco for further necessary action as per Government of India rules and regulations. Failure to disclose divorce/separation of the eligible spouse as mentioned above may result in disqualification of the spouse of Indian origin from holding OCI/PIO cards.

 

OCI Travel Advisory – Re-issue of OCI Card (On getting a New Passport)

• For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.
• For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issue of OCI.
• For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.
Please view the full requirements for OCI Re-issue for more information at the following link.

http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/GuidelinesOCI.pdf



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on OCI Card:

1. What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder:

An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:
i. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.
ii. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
iii. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
iv. OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving   license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.

2. What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to:

The OCI Card holder is not entitled:
i. to vote,
ii. to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,
iii. to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.
iv. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government

3. Under what conditions should one apply for New OCI Card:

(i) In case of issuance of new passport.
(a) For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.
(b) For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI.
(c) For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.
(ii) In case there is a change in personal particulars.
(iii) In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet.
(iv) For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g name, father’s name, date of birth etc.,
(v) In case of change of address/occupation.

Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will NOT insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India. Immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.

4. Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?

The spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A 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.

5. Are Minor children eligible for OCI Card?

Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are eligible for OCI Card. Except those whose parents are of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.

6. Is an applicant who had held nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?

No, If the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.

7. Can a person renounce OCI?

Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.

8. What is the validity period of PIO (now considered OCI cards)?

The existing PIO Cards are now valid for life of the holder. All the immigration offices have duly been informed by the Government of India that they should affix a ‘Lifelong’ stamp as and when the holder of a 15 year validity card enters/exits any Indian Airport.  If the Immigration Officer does not affix the stamp you should ask for stamping “Lifelong” stamp on the PIO Card. Until new rules are in place endorsement on PIO cards continues.

9. Do these PIO (now considered OCI cads) need to be renewed whenever holders passport is renewed?

You may need to get an endorsement in the card as and when a new passport is issued.

The existing PIO Cards are now valid for life of the holder. All the immigration offices have duly been informed by the Government of India that they should affix a ‘Lifelong’ stamp as and when the holder of a 15 year validity card enters/exits any Indian Airport.  If the Immigration Officer does not affix the stamp you should ask for stamping “Lifelong” stamp on the PIO Card. Until new rules are in place endorsement on PIO cards continues.

Additional FAQs - OCI Services

 

Guidelines regarding OCI Card holders for travel to India

  1. Travellers holding OCI cards are required to carry their OCI card and foreign passport for travel to India. However, due to expiry or re-issue of their foreign passports, these foreigners are issued new passports. As such they are allowed to travel to India with their new passport along with old passports/cancelled passports.
  2. Entry is NOT allowed, if travellers are not carrying OCI card along with their foreign passport.
  3. If the crew members of the scheduled flights who hold valid Indian visas including OCI/PIO cards may be cleared on the visas and filling up of Crew Landing Permits should not be insisted upon in such cases, however, names of all the crew members will remain on the GD. The Crew Landing Permit (CLP) needs to be granted only in cases where the crew of such scheduled flights does not have valid Indian visas.

 

NOTE:- Any change incorporated in above guidelines is updated/modified in the website of www.boi.gov.in from time to time.

Important Advisory:      The Government of India is pleased to inform vide Notification No.585(E) dated 23.03.2012, permitting use of OCI registration booklets of OCIs to be treated as their identification for any services rendered to them in India. It also allows OCIs to give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India.