About Us Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards

Important Notice:
  • I. To be able to make entry into India, it is absolutely essential that the visitors carry a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.

  • II. It is illegal to carry or use Thuraya and other International Mobile Satellite phones into / in  India.
    Who is Eligible?

    A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, is eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

    Procedure for Application

    Please visit the OCI page of Ministry of Home Affairs here (http://mha.nic.in/foreigDiv/OCI.html) for further information and making an online application. 
    Check-list for Supporting Documents
    • Signed print-out of completed online registration form (in duplicate)
    • Two photos (2 x 2 inches) with light colour background, one pasted on the form
    • Current Passport with ID/Proof of Residence
    • Evidence of self or parents or grandparents of: (a) Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or (b) Belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (c) Being citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950
    These could be:
    (i) Copy of the Indian passport : or
    (ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent authority ;or
    (iii) Any other proof substantiating the request. Usually applicants are able to submit a certificate of residence or place of birth of self/parents/grandparents from First Class Magistrate/District Magistrate (DM) of the concerned place.
    • Evidence of relationship as parent / grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI.
    • PIO card holder should submit a copy of his / her PIO card.
    Applicants may set up an appointment with the Consular Officer at the Embassy for making their OCI application by writing us at: cons.bamako@mea.gov.in. Based on the interview and scrutiny of documents provided, Consular Officer may seek additional supporting documents.

    OCI Revised Guidelines

    Reissuance of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards due to renewal of passports

    In case the existing OCI card holder wishes to update/upload the latest information 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:

    1. 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)

    2. In case change in address/occupation/contact details.

    These Miscellaneous 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:

    1. In case of issuance of new passport (once a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age.)

    2. In case of change of personal particulars viz. name, father's name, nationality etc.

    3. In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate.

    Rights of OCI cardholders

    You may apply for the permission of any one of the activities listed below:

    1. to undertake research;

    2. to undertake any Missionary or Tabligh or Mountaineering or Journalistic activities;

    3. to undertake internship in any foreign Diplomatic Missions or foreign Government organisations in India or to take up employment in any foreign Diplomatic Missions in India;

    4. to visit any place which falls within the Protected or Restricted or prohibited areas as notified by the Central Government or competent authority;

    Visit https://ociservices.gov.in/welcome for more details.