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The requirement for the OCI registration photo is based on 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. An obvious one and yet the most important is that the photo must be taken in a full-frontal position, and the applicant must be looking directly at the camera.
To obtain an OCI ID card you need to submit an application with all the important documentation. You need to include 3 photos in the designated section on the application and 2 additional photos attached in an envelope. We want to help you avoid a possible application rejection by providing all the photo requirements as well as the most common mistakes.
The OCI photo size is 2 inches x 2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm) and the digital photo shouldn’t be more than 200KB. The head size should measure 1 inch to 1-/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with the face covering 80% of the photo.
JPEG/JPG format is required. The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels x 200 pixels and the maximum dimensions are 900 pixels x 900 pixels.
Your OCI photo usually cannot be the one you used for your passport, as it must be a recent photo taken within the past 6 months, that 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 well balanced and even to avoid shadows behind the head, or on the face and neck. The best light for taking your picture is natural, so choose daylight – remember that brightness and contrast should be ideally adjusted. No flash reflections can be visible on your face, so make sure there are none.
The head should be placed in the center of the frame, shown from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin. The hair cannot cover your eyes, and you must have a natural facial expression. Your eyes must be open, your mouth closed, and your teeth can’t be showing. The photo must show your full head with both edges of the face clearly visible.
The OCI photo calls for a plain light colored background. There cannot be any objects or other people visible. The OCI photo background color shouldn’t be white.
Wearing glasses in the photo is allowed if:
Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided by slightly tilting your head upward or downward.
Nowadays you don't have to go to a professional photographer to waste your time and money – you can take the photo at home and complete the whole process with our help in just a few minutes.
Passport Photo Online will prepare your photo for your OCI application. In just a few minutes our application will replace the existing background with the correct one if needed; trim your photo to the correct OCI photo size and check every other element, just to verify that the photo is acceptable.
The OCI photo must be in color, with a plain light colored background, without any shadows. Don’t submit a photo that’s too old (not taken within the last 6 months) or damaged in any way, or one that is underexposed or overexposed. The right photo 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, keeping your eyes open, and having a neutral facial expression.
Photo requirements are based on: ociservices.gov.in
Last update: 11/05/22
❓ What are the documents required for the OCI?
In addition to these requirements you might also have to submit other documents. The documents are:
❓ How do I apply for an OCI card?
To apply for the OCI card you must go to the official website and complete the application form online.
❓ How long does it take to get an OCI?
To get an OCI card it takes around 8 to 10 weeks.
❓ Is the OCI card valid for life?
OCI card holders must have their OCI cards reissued 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 an 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 the OCI card?
The new OCI card submitted from outside of India costs $275.
❓ How do I get an OCI photo?
You can take it yourself at home, upload it on the Passport-Photo Online website or in the app, and within a few minutes find it in your email.
❓ What is the photo size for the OCI ID card?
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 the Overseas Citizenship of India does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections, because it is not an Indian citizenship. It is a form of permanent residency for people of Indian origin. The OCI allows people of Indian origin and their spouses to live and work in India indefinitely.
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 children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of such a person.
There are many strict rules for holders of the OCI card. The Government of India can cancel the OCI status of people who:
Applications submitted from outside of India cost $275, and those submitted from India cost $210. An OCI photo and many identity-proving documents are also required for the OCI application.
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