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How to apply for OCI card and related services

An applicant, who wishes to apply for either an OCI Card or OCI Miscellaneous Service, has to upload requisite documents in support of the OCI claim while registering online. Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Cardholder whose marriage has been registered and the couple been continuously living together for more than two years preceding the presentation of the application are also eligible to apply.

The below mentioned requirements are general in nature. However, applicant may be asked to submit additional documents as per requirement. Once the application is complete, hard copy of application form, other relevant documents alongwith their originals are to be brought to the Consulate for submission. Original passports/ documents would be returned immediately after verification.

Due to technical reasons, all applicants from Pretoria and Cape Town are requested to choose Johannesburg as their area of jurisdiction while registering for OCI till further notice.

FEE [To be paid by card; EFT]

Fee for OCI Card - ZAR 4425 (includes additional ICWF fee of R 25/-)

Fee for OCI Misc Services- ZAR 425 (includes additional ICWF fee of R 25/-)
Conversion of PIO to OCI card fee – Gratis till Dec 31, 2016. Hence, all PIO Card holders are requested to convert their PIO Cards into OCI Cards before Dec 31, 2016.

Banking details:

Bank : FNB
Branch : Rosebank, Johannesburg (253-305)
Account No. : 5037 1108 299
Account Name : Consulate General of India

STEPS

1. Application for registration as OCI Cardholder is to be submitted only on the online system. For this purpose, log on to https://passport.gov.in/oci. After completing online registration, applicant has to submit computer generated application form, and other related documents at the Consulate.

2. One photo to be submitted alongwith Application Form. Click http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/oci-brochure.pdf for Photo specifications.

3. Following documents are to be attached

i. Self-attested copy of Foreign Passport held

ii. Self-attested copy of Unabridged Birth Certificate of the applicant

iii. Self-attested copy of Unabridged Birth Certificate of the parents, if parents of the applicant were Indian nationals and OCI is claimed on their Indian descent

iv. Proof of the applicant or parents/grandparents having Indian nationality/Indian descent, such as Indian Passport, birth certificate etc. issued by Government of India. If the same is in any regional language then a translated copy in English by a certified/registered translator with name and signature bearing his/her stamp containing address and his/her license number.

v. In cases where the applicant’s father/grandfather or great grandfather arrived in South Africa by ship, then he/she may seek the help of Department of Archives in South Africa. One can also access family records at www.national.archives.gov.za.

vi. Self attested copy of Indian Passport Surrender Certificate and copy of cancelled passport of the applicant.

vii. Self-attested copy of registered marriage certificate of the applicant and copy of the foreign passport of the spouse, if applicable

viii. Proof of Residential address in South Africa which can be any utility bill, copy of lease agreement, copy of property/etc

ix. Any other document as specified by the Consular Officer

In case of any further enquiry please e-mail us at vccons@indconjoburg.co.za.

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