Process to apply for OCI status simplified for Indian Americans

indica News Bureau-

In further outreach to the Indian American community ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US and grand reception in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Sept 22, the application process to get the status of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) has been simplified with effect from Sept 20.

Instead of the earlier two-step process, the applicant now has to submit the OCI application form and upload related documents directly at the Government of India website (

A statement from the Indian embassy in Washington, DC, said there is no longer any restriction of consular jurisdiction for applicants. The applicant is free to apply at the embassy or at any of the consulates general of India in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York or San Francisco.

While submitting the application on the Government of India website, the applicant needs to simply select the location where she wants the OCI application to be processed.

On completion of the online application process, the applicant should print the form, related documents and affidavits and submit them at the Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) office in the selected location. CKGS is the outsourcing partner for OCI applications.

Details regarding the form-filling process, the requirement of documents and payment of fees can be had at the CKGS website (

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