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OVERSEAS CITIZEN OF INDIA (OCI) CARDS

  • The Consulate General of India, Hong Kong issues Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cards to eligible applicants. For online registration of fresh OCI Card applications and miscellaneous services on existing OCI Cards, please refer to the website https://ociservices.gov.in/
  • After completion of online registration and uploading of all requisite documents and photographs online, please request for an appointment for interview by email to ocipio.hongkong@mea.gov.in by duly-filled OCI application and current Passport of the applicant..
  • Please bring all the originals and self attested copies of each of the supporting documents (To avoid inconvenience to applicants in case of wrong upload and/or no upload of some required documents) to the Consulate General of India, Hong Kong, 16-D, United Centre, 95, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong at the time of interview.
  • Fee                 Fresh OCI                              :           HKD 2174

            Misc Services                       :           HKD 224
            Loss/ Damage of OCI          :           HKD 804
            PIO to OCI conversion        :           HKD 806       

  • The processing time for fresh OCI applications is 6-8 weeks from the date of submission of papers at the Consulate.
  • Who is eligible – Following categories of foreign nationals are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder: 
    • Who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution of India i.e.  26.01.1950; or
    • Who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950; or

    • Who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947; or

    • Who is a child or grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or

    • Who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or

    • Who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or

    • Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder registered under section 7A of India’s Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application
  • Who is not eligible -  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 Government of India may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall not be eligible for registration as an OCI Cardholder.
  • Documentation required:

Category 1:  For those who have surrendered Indian nationality

  • Printout of the completed online registration form with no corrections / overwriting
  • Two photographs (2 x 2 inches), one pasted on the form
  • Current Passport and self attest copy
  • Hong Kong / Macau ID and self attested copy
  • Renunciation / Surrender Certificate of Indian nationality and cancelled old Indian Passport and self attested copy
  • Naturalization / Registration Certificate of foreign nationality and self attested copy
  • Uutility Bill which is not more than two months old or tenancy agreement as Address Proof

Category 2:  For those who never held Indian nationality

  • Printout of the completed online registration form with no corrections / overwriting
  • Two photographs (2 x 2 inches), one pasted on the form
  • Current Passport and self attest copy
  • Hong Kong / Macau ID and self attested copy
  • Naturalization / Registration Certificate of foreign nationality and self attested copy
  • Utility Bill which is not more than two months old or tenancy agreement as Address Proof
  • Evidence of spouse or parents or grandparents or great grandparents being citizens of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950; or being eligible to become citizen of India; belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947. These could be – Indian Passport (first & last page and observation, if any to be uploaded online) or Nativity Certificate or Domicile Certificate issued from the concerned District Administration (First Class Magistrate/District Magistrate) or OCI Card/ PIO Card of parents / spouse or certificate of residence or place of birth of self/ parents/ grandparents from First Class/ District Magistrate (DM) of the concerned place.
  • Suitably worded Notarized Affidavit for adults who have never applied for or have been issued an Indian Passport
  • Declaration by parents on behalf of their minor children for never having applied for or been issued an Indian Passport
  • Applicant whose spouse is of Pakistan/ Bangladesh origin is also required to submit an affidavit attested by the Consulate General of Pakistan/Bangladesh stating that, he/she has not acquired Pakistani/Bangladeshi citizenship nor does he/she possess a valid Pakistani/Bangladeshi passport.

Additional documents required for both categories

  • Married applicants have to provide marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriages or District Administration. Please note that the Consulate does not recognize marriage certificates issued by Village Panchayats, Wakf Boards, Gurudwara and Churches in India unless these are attested/authenticated by the concerned District Administration and apostle by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
  • Unmarried applicants have to submit a self-declaration addressed to the Consulate General of India stating that their marital status is single and have never married.
  • Divorcee applicants are required to submit their divorce certificate.

Additional documents for applying on the basis of Indian Spouse

  • Marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriages from the concerned Indian State Government. If the Marriage Certificate is issued by the Foreign Governments, it should be first Apostled / authenticated by the concerned Diplomatic Mission and thereafter by the Consulate General of India, Hong Kong. After the attestation is over, it should be uploaded online with other documents.
  • A written declaration that in the event of dissolution of marriage or death of the Indian spouse, the applicant shall notify and return the OCI card forthwith to the Consulate General of India, Hong Kong or the nearest Indian Mission.

General Guidelines/Instructions

    • Please ensure that your application is complete in all respects before bringing documents for submission during the interview. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • All personal particulars of the applicants such as name, DOB, place of birth, parent’s names, appearance, etc. must be the same as in passport. If there is any change, an affidavit, duly attested by Office of Oath commissioner of Hong Kong/Macau or notary public, is required to be submitted.

    • PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn by the Government of India vide its Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015. Henceforth, PIOs are advised to get their PIO cards converted to OCI card. In terms of Ministry Home Affairs’ Notification No. 26011/01/2014-IC.I dated 9/1/2015 all PIO cardholders having valid PIO card are deemed to be OCI cardholders. 
    • Please note that the Machine-Readable electronic travel document is mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  However, hand-written PIO cards will be accepted as a valid document for travel to India till 31st March 2020 by the Bureau of Immigration in India.
    • PIO Card holders (including spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder) who have not yet converted their PIO Cards to OCI Cards are advised to do so at the earliest to avoid difficulty at Indian Immigration.
    • A person who has not attained the age of 18 years is considered to be a minor.  In case a minor cannot sign, clear left thumb impression for boys and clear right thumb impression for girls is to be affixed only in the prescribed box for signature.  Parents should not sign on behalf of their children.
    • Eligibility for OCI is based on Indian lineage. If applicants have never possessed an Indian Passport and are applying on the basis of their parents'/grandparents' eligibility, proof of the same that is their parents' / grandparents’ Indian nationality/origin is required to be submitted as also clear proof of their relationship with the applicant.
    • Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Card holder and whose marriage has been registered and has subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years can submit an application for OCI card.

    • Applicants will be interviewed as part of processing of the OCI card application.  After interview and subject to approval, applicants would be asked to deposit the OCI Card fee in cash and a receipt would be issued. After payment of the fee, applicants can check the status of OCI Card online at https://ociservices.gov.in/ and collect the same once it is received at CGI Hong Kong. No query regarding receipt of OCI, after registration, will be entertained.
    • Applicants residing in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR may apply online for conversion of PIO to OCI card at https://ociservices.gov.in/ and after uploading the application form and required documents, take an appointment for interview at the Consulate by sending an email to ocipio.hongkong@mea.gov.in
    • Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 51x51 mm (the image must be in jpg or jpeg with max size 200 KB - minimum dimension 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height); maximum dimension 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height) with 80% coverage of face) in matte finish as is given for the passport. It should have plain light color background (not white) without the border with front view of person’s head and shoulders showing the full face in the middle of the photograph. It should not be stapled and should not have any signature. Note: Photographs that do not conform to the above standards will be rejected and may cause delay in processing of the applications.
    • In view of the biological changes, the OCI card is required to be reissued each time a new passport is issued to the applicant up to the age of 20 years. Applicants who have attained the age of 50 are also required to renew their OCI once a new passport is issued to them after 50.
    • Reissuance of OCI card is not mandatory each time new passport is issued between 21 and 50 years of age. However, if applicant wishes to avail this service, he/she can apply for the same.

    • OCI Miscellaneous Services can be availed of, only by the registered OCI cardholders for reissuance of OCI booklet in the following circumstances:

(i)        In case of issuance of new passport;
(ii)        In case of change of personal particulars, nationality etc;
(iii)       In case of loss/damage of OCI booklet;
(iv)       In case of filing wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications, namely, name, father’s name, date of birth, sex, marital status, etc. 

    • Please note that affixing of U visa stickers on the passport has already been discontinued. Now, only a four-page OCI booklet is issued to the applicants.
    • In case of loss of OCI, the applicant is required to submit an FIR from the Hong Kong / Macau Police Authority mentioning the loss of OCI card with its number mentioned on the FIR. For damaged OCIsame is required to be submitted.
    • Benefits to an OCI cardholder:
  • Lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose;
  • Aadhar Card is not required by OCI cardholders, instead OCI or PIO card can be used as proof of their Indian origin; OCI card will be treated as their identification for any services rendered to them.
  • Exemption from registration with FRRO for any length of stay in India;
  • Parity with NRIs in respect of facilities available to them, except in matters relating to the    acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  • Parity with NRIs in matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children;
  • Parity with NRIs in matters of tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India;
  • Parity with NRIs for entry fee to visit national parks, wild life sanctuaries, historical sites and monuments, etc
  • Parity with NRIs for pursuing following professions – doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, advocates; architects; chartered accountants and to appear for AIPMT or such other tests.

Benefits to which OCI cardholder is NOT entitled to –

  • Right to vote;
  • Cannot become a Member of Parliament, Legislative Assembly, Council and cannot hold any Constitutional Post such as President, Vice-President, Judge of High Court or UPSC, Election Commission, etc.
  • Further, OCI cardholders cannot acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India.
  • OCI Cardholders will require a special permission to undertake research work in India for which they may submit the application to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned.
  • OCI cardholders are also not entitled to undertake Missionary, Mountaineering, journalism & tabligh activities without prior permission of the Government of India. For undertaking missionary, mountaineering & tabligh activities, OCI cardholder may seek prior permission from the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned. For undertaking journalistic activities, requisite permission may be sought from the External Publicity (XP) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • OCI cardholder shall also require Protected Area Permit (PAP)/ Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit any place which falls within the Protected/ Restricted Area notified by the Government as in the case of any other foreigner