About Us OCI Scheme

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION : Persons registered as OCI are not Indian Citizens. This is a new category created under this statute with certain restricted rights as compared to Indian citizens. The benefits of seeking OCI status are available on Ministry of Home Affair's website www.mha.nic.in. It is further clarified that the provision applying to PIOs of only those countries that allow dual citizenship in one form or other under their local laws, was kept primarily to ensure that they do not lose any of the rights conferred under the foreign law for being registered as OCI.

Registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) – Eligibility :
A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26th January 1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August 1947 and his/her children and grandchildren are eligible for registration as OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI. A person who may have been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, and is married to a person eligible for registration as OCI is not eligible for grant of OCI. However, their children are eligible as OCI. An OCI Registration Card will be issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad after scrutinizing the application and deciding eligibility. Application forms and procedure are available on website www.mha.nic.in under the heading ‘Foreigners Division – Dual Citizenship'.

The procedure to apply for OCI Card is the following:
Fill out OCI application form :

  1. http://passport.gov.in/oci/ (Click in OCI-Registration)

  2. http://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome (Click in Here to Proceed)

  3. http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaAction (Click in New OCI-Registration)

  4. 4. Answer the question, then Enter

Note: If you are going to convert your valid PIO card to an OCI card, enter the option OCI Registration (In Lieu of Valid PIO-Card).

  1. 5. Once you finish please print the OCI form, paste your photo and sign in the required spaces. Please don’t forget to follow all the instructions OCI platform gives, which includes uploading the following documents into the system:

- Current passport

- Indian origin proof

- Indian Visa (if applicable)

- PIO card (if applicable)

- Spouse OCI card (if applicable)

- Relationship Certificate

- Marriage Certificate (Apostilled)

  1. 6. Print the application and sign

For Minor upload the following documents and also present them at the Mission:

- Apostilled Birth Certificate must be uploaded as Indian origin proof

- Apostilled Marriage Certificate of parents must be uploaded as Marriage Certificate

- Copy of parent’s passports (self-attested by parents) must be uploaded as Relationship Certificate

Note: If minor is above 5 years old, minor has to sign the OCI application form. If minor is below 5 years old, he/she must put thumb impression.

OCI application form must contain parent’s signature in the second page

  1. 7. Letter requesting service to the Embassy of India signed by the Applicant. In the case of Minors signed by both parents.

  2. 8. Bring proof of Indian relation (Copy of Husband/wife/ Father/Mother passport, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate) all of these documents self-attested.

  3. 9. Proof of residency in Colombia or Ecuador (Letter from your employer, or a bill of any public bill of residence on your name)

  4. 10. Recent proof of your place of residency in India

  5. 11. Original Applicant’s passport

  6. 12. Three (3) photographs 5cm x 5cm (White background)

In case of Spouse of Indian national:

-Provide notarized letter indicating that in case of separation, divorce or death of Indian Spouse, the OCI holder must submit the OCI to the Indian Embassy.

Send/bring all these requirements to Indian Embassy Calle 116 # 7-15, Torre Cusezar, Oficina 301, Código Postal: 110111287, Bogotá, Colombia

Payments in Colombia :
Bank Name: Banco Itaú
Bank Account holder: NO. 007-396-807
Account type: Cuenta Corriente
Bring/send original deposit slip

Payments made by bank transfer :
Account Number USD: 726-00151-6
Beneficiary: Embajada India Bogota
Beneficiary Address: Calle 116 no 7-15 of 301. Bogotá, Colombia
Name of Beneficiary Bank in Colombia: Banco Itaú (part of Corpbanca Bank)
Beneficiary Bank Address: Carrera 7 No. 27-18, Bogota Colombia
Swift Code Beneficiary Bank in Colombia: BCTOCOBB
Intermediate Bank: Citibank, New York
Swift Code Intermediate Bank : CITIUS33
ABA 02100008

International Transfer Modality : OUR
Note : All interbank and commission fees must be covered by the Applicants, which are usually from USD$20 to USD$50

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