India – OCI Application for a Child


India doesn’t recognise dual citizenship. India offers people of Indian origin the ability to become Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).

The benefits of being an OCI include

  • A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.
  • Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
  • Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

Spouses and children are also entitled to apply to become an OCI.

Requirements for OCI for a child

If you’re intending to apply to become an OCI, you must visit the VFS website and download the current OCI checklist. At the time of writing (May 2024) the current OCI checklist can be found here.

The OCI checklist contains different requirements based on your circumstances. You must determine which requirements are relevant to you. For example, if you intend to apply for your child or your children (ie, under 18 years of age), you must provide the following documents in support of their OCI application:

  • Photocopy of the child’s birth certificate. The photocopy must be attested by a notary public. The birth certificate must be attested by the relevant embassy or consulate if it was issued in another country (not India or Australia).
  • Photocopy of the passport for both parents. The photocopy must be attested by a notary public.
  • Both parents must sign the OCI application form.
  • At least one parent must provide proof of Indian Origin (see checklist).
  • If there are parenting orders, then those orders must be attested by a notary public.

You must submit a separate application and separate supporting documents for each child. This means you cannot provide one set of passports for the parents to be used for multiple children/applications. Each application for each child must have its own set of supporting documents.

Notary Attestation for OCI

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we regularly assist parents with their child’s OCI application. We notary attest copies of passports, Australian birth certificates, Indian birth certificates (only for VFS/Indian Consulate purposes), and parenting orders.

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