filling up OCI application
forms: It is mandatory to apply online and
submit the hard copies. Applications filled by hand will
not be accepted (see links).
After filling the ‘Part A of the application
online click on the save button which automatically displays
the print option. Click on the print option which generates
‘Part B’ of the application automatically. Click
on the print option to print the hard copy of the application.
Lodging of Applications:
The hard copy of the application should then be submitted
/ posted to VFS Services Australia Pty. Ltd,
India Passport and Visa Services Centre, Level 1, 64, Clarence
Street, NSW, Sydney 2000.
Fees: The registration
fee for OCI is A$ 414 per person - ie; A$ 414 x
no of persons . - For PIO card holders the fee
is A$ 54 per person (Copy of the PIO card
also has to be attached to the application in addition to
the Indian origin proof).
Mode of payment:
The application fee will be accepted in the form of cash
at the counter, or in the form of bank cheque or money order
drawn in favour of ‘VFS Services Australia
Pty. Ltd. Personal cheques, company cheques and
credit cards are not accepted.
08.30 to 15.00 hours on working days
Documents to be submitted
along with application:
(1) Two sets of Part A & Part B of the
Application form with original signature and photograph
(2) Photographs of correct size - 3.5
X 3.5 cm as specified in the Application form. Any other
size photograph (especially larger ones) causes distortion
when scanned leading to delay.
Australian format photographs are unaccepatable. All
Applicants are requested to conform to specifications to
prevent delays and rejections.Click
here for specs
(3) Signature - within the Box meant
for the signature. Kindly do not attach signature much
larger than the enclosure, as it is not accepted by the
format of the OCI card.
(4) Two copies of each of relevant pages
of Australian and Indian passports and Australian Citizenship
Certificate. In case an applicant does not have copies
of old Indian passport they may furnish other documents
such as copy of domicile certificate issued by competent
authority or any other proof to show that they were Indian
nationals. Any query in this regard may kindly be addressed
by E-Mail to VCoci@indianconsulatesydney.org giving full
details of the supporting documents which are in the possession
of the applicants.
(5) All documents must be ‘self attested’
by the applicant, stating that the copy is true with applicant’s
signature. If the applicant is a minor, copies may be
attested by parents. The applicant shall write “certified
true copy” and sign.
(6) Applicants who are citizens of a foreign
country other than Australia, are required to provide
proof of residence in Australia such as Permanent Resident
status, photocopy of Medicare card, photocopy of electricity
bill,photo copy of rental agreement or relevant document
of property if purchased, employment document etc.
(7) Submit "Declaration
of Renunciation" form, duly filled in.
(8) Minor children
are not entitled to OCI if both parents are Indian
citizens. The minor is entitled to OCI only if one of
the parent is eligible for an OCI and holds Australian/foreign
minor children MUST be furnished with following
a.. Copy of Date of Birth certificate,
b.. No Objection Letter from both the parents along with
the photocopy of the relevant pages of their passports
for verifying signatures and citizenship certificate.
c. Both parents MUST sign the OCI application for minor
d. In case one parent has sole custody of
the child, a certified copy of the court of the Court
Order should be provided.
e.For infants, no thumb impression or signature
is required, on the form
(10) In case, the application is lodged
by post, please send one Stamped Self addressed envelope.
- Family of four includes the applicant, spouse and two
minor children (below the age of 18 years).
- The children above the age of 18, need to
apply in separate form.
number & checking online status.
Please send an E-mail to the Mission 30 days
after posting an application if you do not receive an acknowledgement
or file number by then. The status of the application can
be checked online by using the file number. Please note
that the status cannot be checked with the online registration.
You can get your OCI visa affixed when ‘Documents
received at Sydney’ column of your ‘online status
enquiry’ shows a date before that. Please go through
our Collection Guidelines for OCI
The minimum waiting time for getting OCI
is 45 days and a maximum of
4 months from the date of acknowledgement of your application
by the Consulate. Please check your online status with your
file number through link ‘Online Status Enquiry’
which normally starts changing only towards the end of the