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The requirement of photo for OCI registration is based upon the International Standards Organization and ICAO specifications. Since 2005 it is possible to obtain an Overseas Citizen of India card, and if you want to get it you must meet certain OCI card photo requirements. The obvious one and yet the most important is, that the photo must be taken from the full-frontal facial position, and the applicant must be looking directly at the camera.
To obtain an OCI card you need to file an application with all the important documentation. You should paste 3 photos at the place provided on the application and 2 additional photos attached in an envelope. We want to help you avoid the possible rejection of your application by informing about all the photo requirements and the most common mistakes.
OCI card photo size should be 2 inches x 2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm) and not more than 200KB. The height of a head should measure 1 inch to 1-/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with 80% coverage of the face.
JPEG/JPG format is required. The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels x 200 pixels and the maximum dimensions are 900 pixels x 900 pixels.
OCI card photo cannot be the same photo that you used for your passport, it should be a recent, taken within the past 6 months photo, which shows your current appearance. If you have changed in any way in the past half a year, we recommend taking a new photo.
The photo must be:
The photo cannot be:
The light should be good balanced and even to avoid shadows behind the head, on the face or neck. The best light for taking a picture is natural, so choose daylight – remember that brightness and contrast should be ideally adjusted. Make sure that there are no flash reflections, which cannot be shown on your face.
The head should be placed in the center of the frame, showing from the top of the hair to the bottom of a chin. The hair cannot cover your eyes, and you must have a natural facial expression. Closed eyes, open mouth and showing your teeth are not allowed. The photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
OCI card photo specification about background calls for plain and white. There cannot be any objects or other people visible. OCI photo background color should not be white.
Wearing glasses in the photo is allowed if:
Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
Nowadays you don't have to go to a professional photographer to waste your time and money – you can take a photo at home and complete the whole process with our help in just a few minutes.
Do not worry about the photo not being perfect on the first try – you can take as many shots as you like! The next thing you have to do is to upload the chosen photo on our site, and Passport Photo tools will take care of the rest!
Our specialized tools will prepare your OCI photo for an application. In just a few minutes our program will replace the existing background with the correct, white one, if needed; trim your photo to a correct OCI Photo Size and check every other element, just to verify, that the photo is acceptable.
The OCI photo cannot be a selfie! It must be in color, with a plain, white background, without shadows. Don’t submit too old (not taken within the last 6 months) or damaged in any way photo, which is underexposed or overexposed. The right size is 2 inches x 2 inches (51 x 52 mm) and you cannot upload anything else. Don't wear any items that cover your face, remember about closing your mouth, opening your eyes and having a neutral facial expression.
Be careful not to cause the rejection of your application by not fulfilling these simple requirements!
❓ What are the documents required for OCI?
In addition to these requirements you might be also required to submit other documents. The documents are: 1-OCI application form 2-A biometric photo 3-Current foreign passport 4-Marriage certificate 5-Proof of indian origin of spouse
❓ How do I apply for a OCI card?
To apply for the OCI card you must go the official website and complete the application form online.
❓ How long does it take to get an OCI?
To get an OCI card it take around 8 to 10 weeks.
❓ Is OCI card valid for life?
OCI card holders must reissue their OCI cards if a passport is renewed for people under the age of twenty, and for people after the age of 50, it must be renewed only once.
❓ Can OCI holder live permanently in India?
The Overseas Citizenship of India card allows you to live and work in India indefinitely - it is a permanent residency document.
❓ What is the cost of OCI card?
The new OCI card submitted from outside India costs 275$.
❓ How do I get an OCI photo?
You can take it yourself at home, upload on Passport-Photo site and in a few minutes find it in your mail.
❓ What is the photo size for OCI?
The OCI photo size is 2 inch x 2 inch (51 x 51 mm).
❓ How long does it take to get OCI?
The processing time should take between 8-10 weeks after sending an application to the Consulate.
❓ Can a spouse of the eligible person apply for OCI?
Yes, if the person is eligible in his/her own capacity.
❓ What is a signature photo OCI?
OCI photo should be 2 inches x 2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm) and not more than 200KB showing face, shoulders and both ears in front pose.
The most important information about this document is that, despite the name, Overseas Citizenship of India does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections, because it is not Indian citizenship. It is a form of permanent residency for people of Indian origin. OCI allows to live and work in India indefinitely for people of Indian origin and their spouses.
Because the Constitution of India prevents people from obtaining dual citizenship, in 2005 The Citizenship Act introduced the OCI in response to demands of the Indian diaspora. Nowadays there are close to 6 million holders of the OCI cards, but this status is not available for any Pakistani or Bangladeshi citizen, or a child, grandchild, great-grandchild of such a person.
There are many strict rules for holders of the OCI card. The Government of India can cancel OCI status of people who:
Applications submitted from outside India cost $275, and the ones made from India cost $210. OCI photo and many identification documents, proving the identity are also required for the OCI application.
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