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How to get an Apostille for OCI Purpose

OCI full form is (Overseas Citizen of India), its a card issued by the Indian government to the Indian diaspora. OCI helps the card holder to enter and exit India without holding a visa.

Why Do We Need an Apostille for OCI Process ?

Apostille is a type of legalization process which makes documents acceptable in foreign countries. Apostille is done to documents which need to be utilized in foreign countries.

If your document has apostille it means

  • Your Documents are genuine
  • Your Documents are issued by competent authority.
  • Contents of the documents are correct

The apostille helps the foreign country to accept documents without any suspicion of fraud.

Depending on the category you are applying under for OCI, You need different documents that need legalize.

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Process of Getting foreign document apostille in India

OCI full form is (Overseas Citizen of India), its a card issued by the Indian government to the Indian diaspora. OCI helps the card holder to enter and exit India without holding a visa.

  1. Collect all the Original documents you want to apostille for OCI (Birth certificate, Marriage certificate etc.. )
  2. Register for in the Application portal for Apostille
  3. After registering Submit your Original documents  Along with the passport scan copy ( Supporting documents )
  4. Get the original documents with Apostille 

Eligibility Criteria for OCI

If you are applying for OCI ( overseas citizen of India) see that you fall under any of these categories only then you will be eligible to apply for OCI.

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 anytime after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 his/her children and grandchildren, is eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

If your parents or grandparents were born in india as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935

Spouse of OCI eligible candidate. Whose marriage is registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years.

If either of your parents hold OCI, and if you have a valid birth certificate to prove parent child relation.

If your parents, Grandparents, great grandparents are or had been citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other such country mentioned by the Government of India,  you are not eligible to apply for OCI.

Document apostille requirement for OCI Purpose

If you are applying on the basis of parents or grandparents you need to get a Apostille birth certificate for OCI application.

If your spouse is foreign citizen He / She needs an Apostille Marriage Certificate for OCI application.

Apostille Should be done in the country where the original document was issued, Not in India. The Indian Government will not give Apostille for foreign issued documents.

OCI Application Process

OCI Application process varies depending on where you are applying for the OCI

  • OCI Application in INDIA
  • OCI Application Outside India

OCI Application in India

OCI Application should be submitted to FRRO (The Foreigners Registration Office ) in india 

Apostille is mandatory for the proof of relationship 

apostille birth certificate for oci card, apostille marriage certificate oci Etc 

Hospital issued birth certificates will not be accepted.

There are 12 FRRO Office in India 

  1. FRRO Ahmedabad
  2. FRRO Amritsar
  3. FRRO Bangalore
  4. FRRO Calicut
  5. FRRO Chennai
  6. FRRO Cochin
  7. FRRO Delhi
  8. FRRO Hyderabad
  9. FRRO Kolkata
  10. FRRO Lucknow
  11. FRRO Mumbai
  12. FRRO Trivandrum 

You can apply for OCI in the FRRO office near you.

OCI Application Outside India

If you are applying for OCI outside India you need to apply either in the Indian Embassy or in VFS Centers. Check before applying.

If you are applying on the basis of birth you need to submit a birth certificate, if the birth certificate is outside the country you are applying the OCI then Apostille in Mandatory. Hospital Issued Birth Certificate will not be accepted.


How can I get an apostille from India?

Apostille for OCI is needed on a Birth certificate or on a Marriage Certificate, depending on how you are applying.
You can get apostille by registering for Apostille Service

Do you need an apostille for India?

Yes if you are using any India documents outside India then the Apostille is mandatory.

Apostille is Process of legalising any Indian documents for use in foreign country.

Apply for Apostille Service

What is meant by OCI application?

OCI means Overseas Citizen of India, who ever has OCI card will be eligible to enter and exit India without a VISA. This is extended to Indian DIaspora only.

Who is eligible for an OCI card?

There are some criterias for obtaining an OCI. The Indian government has laid out some rules and regulations on who can obtain an OCI.

You can apply 

If your parents or grandparents are of indian origin 

If your Spouse is an Indian citizen or holds OCI.

If you are eligible for indian citizenship

Refer to indian Government website for further details

Apostille for OCI Application

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Frequently asked questions

During application for OCI, You need to submit an apostille birth certificate for OCI card, Apostille marriage certificate for OCI card etc.this is the meaning of an OCI Apostille.

If you are applying for OCI outside india then the total amount payable through Demand draft is 275$. If you are applying for OCI in India the total payable amount through demand draft is 15,000 ₹.

How long is Indian OCI valid for?

OCI is valid lifelong

You can apply for OCI at the FRRO office near you. There are totally 12 FRRO offices across India you can apply in any one of them.

Ministry of External Affairs Attestation ( Apostille ) can be done in 2 ways.

  1. State Authentication / Attestation,
  2. Sub Divisional Magistrate ( SDM ) Attestation / Authentication.

State Attestation Process takes longer time compared to SDM attestation. It’s better to do SDM Apostille since it is fast.

If you are travelling to Italy or Austria, then state attestation is required. For all the other Hague nations SDM Apostille is enough, legal, valid and accepted.

Procedure to get Apostille on your Documents:

  • Register for Apostille
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.