Information regarding OCI Card Scheme Information regarding OCI Card Scheme

Information regarding OCI Card Scheme




Every registered OCI will be issued a OCI Booklet certificate which is printed like an Indian passport in different colour (light blue) and will have the photograph of the individual and all necessary security features.

IMPORTANT:  After filling up the online application form, it is mandatory for the applicants to upload the photo, signature and documents as part of the OCI application process on.  Incomplete OCI applications without uploading the supporting cannot will not be accepted. Hence kindly verify whether all documents have been uploaded before submitting the application. There is detailed check-list of documents for different categories of OCI applicants on our website.

A.  What is renunciation/surrender of Indian Citizenship ?

Indian nationals who had ever held Indian passport and have now obtained foreign passport are required to renunciate/surrender their Indian citizenship.  It may be noted that India does not have dual nationality

Please note that Renunciation/Surrender Certificate of Indian Citizenship is a very important document for processing of OCI Card Application.  In case the applicant has not renunciated/surrendered his/her Indian Citizenship after obtaining German nationality/passport, his OCI Card Application will not be accepted. (Click here for procedure of Renunciation/Surrender Certificate)

B.  Who is eligible to apply for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card?  

A foreign national, who:

was eligible to become a 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 grandchildren, are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), provided he/she does not hold Indian and German citizenship simultaneously.

The minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.

C.    Who is not eligible?

Applicant, who has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh,

Any person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.

A foreign national of Indian origin whose name and date of birth in foreign passport does not exactly match with that of his/her previously cancelled Indian passport.

D.    What are the benefits?

Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:

Multi-purpose, multi entry, lifelong visas for visiting India.

Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration officer/Foreigners Registration Officer for any length of stay in India.

Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of all facilities to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

Any other benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7 B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

E.    What are the restrictions?

The OCI is not entitled to vote,

Be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament.

He/she cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc.

and cannot hold employment in the Government.

F. Where to make the online application?

G. Where to check the status of the online application already applied and submitted at the Consulate?

NOTE: The Status can be seen only after 2-4 weeks from the date of submission/acknowledgement of application form at the Consulate

H. Where to apply for OCI Miscellaneous services?

Re-issue of OCI card is mandatory each time a new passport is issued for persons up to the age 20 years and ONLY ONCE for persons above 50 years.  Re-issue of OCI Card is not required each time a new passport is issued to a cardholder between 21 and 50 years of age. 

The previous OCI card is required to be submitted along with the Application for new OCI card. The same will be returned to the applicants after cancelling the same at the time of delivery of new OCI card.

I. Where to submit the form ?

Personally at the Consulate: The filled-in form can be submitted personally at the Consulate by seeking appointment from the online link. (Please click here)

Submission of Applications by Post.   The online application form along with the supporting documents has to be submitted either in person (Monday till Friday from 1030 to 1230 hours) or through post (Consulate General of India, Widenmayerstr. 15, 80538 Munich).

 Fee structure:Click here

**In case the application is rejected € 22 will be deducted as processing charges.

*Other/additional documents can be asked by the Consular Officer after checking the application.