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Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible:

A foreign national, who

  • Was a citizen of India on 26.1.1950, or
  • Was citizen of India any time after 26.1.1950, or
  • Belonged to a territory which became part of India after 15.08.1947 His/her children/grandchildren are eligible to be registered as OCI
  • Minor children of such persons are eligible to be registered as OCI
  • Foreign spouse of Indian National or India origin (Requirement at least 02 years of Marriage)

 

Not eligible:

  • Persons who have been citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • 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

 

OCI Registration Process

Application from for OCI registration needs to be filled online on the website https://ociservices.gov.in/  External website that opens in a new window.

New OCI Registration

(For Fresh Application /first timers)

While filling the form at above link applicant must scan and uplaod all the relevant documents (Any option available) which are mentioned below at ‘Documents need to upload’.

After filling the form, the applicant need to save and print the form. A reference number is generated on the printed form(PDF).This printed form along with the copies of documents as mentioned below must be submitted at the Consular Wing, Embassy of India, Vienna, Austria on working days between 0930 Hrs to 1130 hrs .

Applicant has to bring original and photocopies copies of the these documents for verification.

Photograph Specification

Photographs size of 51x51 mm (with 80% coverage of face), without border and showing full frontal view of applicant's head/shoulder, white/light background. No glare if wearing glasses is to be uploaded.

Please note that Photographs that do not conform to these standards will be rejected and may cause a delay in processing the applications.

Documents need to upload:

SL NOIndian Origin ApplicantsMinor ApplicantsForegin Spouse Applicants
01.Surrender/renunciation Certificate of ApplicantBirth Certificate (if issued outside India it must be Apostille)Copy of the Austrian passport/ Current Passport
02.Old Indian cancelled Passport of ApplicantAddress Proof :-MeldezettleAddress Proof :-Meldezettle
03.Address Proof :-MeldezettleNaturalization proof:-

Statsburgerschaftsnachweis

Naturalization proof:-

Statsburgerschaftsnachweis, If not Austrian then Birth Certificate (Apostille)

04.Naturalization proof:-

Statsburgerschaftsnachweis

Marriage Certificate of Parents (Apostille)Marriage Certificate at least 02 year (Apostille)
05.Name change deed from solicitor/oath commissioner/local administration in case of any name change (In English), Marriage certificate needs to be uploaded in case of change of name after marriage.Parents:- OCI card(front and Back side)/Indian Passport(front and back side)/Surrender certificate.

If minor holds an Indian passport earlier then Cancelled Indian passport copy/surrender certificate.

Name change deed from solicitor/oath commissioner/local administration in case of any name change (In English), Marriage certificate needs to be uploaded in case of change of name after marriage.
06.Copy of the Austrian passport/ Current PassportCopy of the Austrian passport/ Current PassportHusbands OCI card copy /Indian Passport copy. Front and back side.
07.For Applicant who didn't had Indian Nationality earlier can upload the Birth Certificate (if issued outside India it must be Apostille) and a proof of India Origin (like Parent OCI,Indian Surrender certificate)Name change deed from solicitor/oath commissioner/local administration in case of any name change (In English)An affidavit to the effect that the Indian/OCI spouse is still alive and that the couple are not separated/divorced.

Note:

  1. Signature/Thumb impression should be confined to the prescribed box. In case of minor applicants, parents should NOT sign in the box.
  2. Applicant is requested to visit the Consular section of the Embassy of India with Application original documents and photocopy.
  3. The OCI website does not have options specifically for Meldezettle , Statsburgerschaftsnachweis etc., so kindly upload the above said documents in any available option.
  4. It is advised to get the Apostille and translated copy of the foreign document.


OCI Card in lieu of PIO

An OCI card can be applied in lieu of valid PIO card at Embassy of India -Vienna

Documents need to upload:

  1. Copy of the valid PIO card (Front and Back side)
  2. Copy of the Meldezettel as address proof(Registration)
  3. Copy of the staatsburgerchaftsnachweis(Naturalisation certificate)
  4. Name change deed from solicitor/oath commissioner/local administration in case of any name change (In English).Marriage certificate(Apostille) needs to be uploaded in case of change of name after marriage.
  5. Copy of the Austrian passport
  6. For obtaining OCI card in lieu of PIO in respect of foreign spouses, please refer to the table above Document required for Foreign Spouses Applicants.

 

OCI Miscellaneous Services

A fresh OCI will only issued when new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age/ change of personal particulars viz. name, father's name, nationality and Loss/Damage of OCI card. They can select Chargeable service under Misc. Service.
All other applicants in case of change of Passport can apply for the Gratis service

under Misc. Service.

OCI renewal Clarification

Age/CategoryRe-issuance clarificationOCI card holders can travel with following documents once after the upload/reissue
Infant to completion of 20 yearsOCI re-issuance is not required , Only new Passport details has to be uploaded on the OCI portal each time a new passport is issued
  • OCI card
  • New Passport
After completion of 20 yearsRe-issuance of OCI is required one time on acquiring a new passport
  • OCI card
  • New Passport
50 years and AboveOCI re-issuance is not required , Only new Passport details has to be uploaded on the OCI portal each time a new passport is issued
  • OCI card
  • New Passport

Document required for OCI in case of Loss/damage

  • OCI card copy (front and Back)
  • Address Proof :-Meldezettel
  • Copy of the Austrian passport/ Current Passport
  • Loss Report (Translated in English) in case of lost OCI.

 

Bio-Metrics

From December 18, 2018 on wards, the enrolment of bio-metrics data (capture of facial recognition and finger-printing data) has been made compulsory by competent authority for all the OCI applicants (except children below 12 years and persons over 65 years).

Fees

Sl No.Name of OCI serviceFee (in Euro)ICWF
1Registration of OCI cardholder2303
2Issuance of duplicate OCI card in case of loss/damage843
3Conversion from PIO to OCI843
4OCI Miscellaneous service213

Note: A Consular Surcharge of Euro 3.00 on account of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is levied on all types of OCI applications. An additional charge of 02% will be levied on card payments.

Tacking Application Status and OCI collection time:-

Collection Timings :- 1600-1700 hrs

The applicants can track for status of OCI card at https://ociservices.gov.in/statusEnqury . External website that opens in a new window

Once status shows that OCI is received in Vienna , Applicant can come and collect the OCI card with the help of Payment receipt.

Kindly note that for collecting OCI for Misc. services and OCI in lieu of PIO applicant one must bring old OCI / PIO card as well. In case of minors, either of the parents can collect on their behalf of minor applicant with the valid receipt.

Important points to remember:-

(a) The embassy of India, Vienna reserves the right to ask for additional documents if required on a case to case basis.
(b) The embassy will not print OCI applications for applicants and has no provision for filling up the OCI application form.
(c) Foreign military personnel either serving or retired and persons holding diplomatic /service/official passports are not eligible for grant of OCI.
(d) Civil govt. servants working in ministry of defence as I.T engineers/civil contractors are not entitled for OCI.
(e) Any error in the application made by the applicant shall not be accepted. If the OCI get printed with wrong details the applicant is responsible for it.

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