Documents required for OCI

Applicants are required to submit the originals along with a set of photocopies of the originals. Both sets of documents need to be submitted at the counter. Originals will be returned once the High Commission of India is satisfied with the documents provided. All photocopies need to be self-attested.

Mandatory documents for an OCI Application:

  • Printed Application form: All applicants need to fill the online application form on the website
  • Two photographs as per the photo specifications
  • Foreign Passport Copy
  • Copy of Naturalisation Certificate, if applicable.
  • Applicants, who have obtained Foreign Nationality by Naturalisation, are required to submit Naturalisation Certificate (Original) along with the copy.

All applicants are required to submit the originals along with the copy of the Proof of Indian Origin documents as per the below list:

Documents required for Applicants born In India:

Applicants are required to submit Surrender Certificate of Indian Passport (original).

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Under the Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are required to renunciate their Citizenship and get Indian passports cancelled at the nearest Indian Mission/Post within 3 months after acquisition of foreign citizenship and to obtain Renunciation Certificate. Delay in renunciation of Indian citizenship may attract penalties.

Applicants who have obtained foreign nationality after May 2010 need to submit original Surrender Certificate compulsorily, however, if applicants are unable to provide surrender certificate due to loss of passport will be required to submit the Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificate.

Applicants who have held an Indian passport, and obtained foreign nationality before May 2010, but are unable to produce the same for Surrender of Indian passport for any reason (lost/misplaced/submitted to UK Home Office long time back) are required to furnish a notarized affidavit in original from Malawi stating the facts about their Indian passports along with other necessary documents.

Applicants who were born in India and never held Indian passport, and travelled on parents Indian Passports, are required to submit a notary affidavit in original from Malawi stating the fact and how they travelled to Malawi along with other necessary documents as mentioned below:

Other necessary documents of Indian origin

Domicile certificate (in original)


Original Birth Certificate issued from Indian Municipality or Panchayat, Recently issued birth Certificate (Post-dated birth certificates) from Municipality/Panchayat etc. This should be duly certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area, with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.


School Leaving Certificate (in original), Post-dated School Certificate/School Leaving Certificate from India should be authenticated by Director of Education/District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification


Agriculture land documents,

Documents required for Applicants born in India/Abroad and applying on the basis of Parents/Grand Parents/Spouse:

Applicant who are born in India/abroad and wish to apply on the basis of their parents/grand parents’/spouse Indian origin) must furnish the below documents:-

A photocopy and the original of their full version birth certificate and marriage certificate along with the Indian origin proof of their parents/grandparents/spouse must be furnished by the applicants to prove their link with them. For any other foreign-born applicant Birth Certificate must be in full version and it has to be translated in Hindi/English by a reputed and registered translation authority.

Applicants applying on the basis of parents needs to submit his/her full version Birth certificate with both the parent’s details on it, along with parent’s proof of Indian Origin.

Applicants applying on the basis of Grandparents are required to furnish:

  • Applicant’s full version Birth Certificate
  • Applicant’s Parent’s full version Birth Certificate
  • And Grandparent’s proof of Indian Origin

Note: Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate etc. issued by any foreign country should be apostiled by the respective Foreign Office and apostiled documents should be uploaded at the time of submission of OCI application at the portal

Applicants applying on the bases of Spouse needs to submit their registered marriage and Birth certificate with along with spouse’s proof of Indian Origin.

Copy of Indian Passport or copy of Indian Empire passport (stating the status of holder “Indian by birth” or “British protected person native of Indian state”…). Please note that the Indian empire passport stating the status ‘British Subject’ is not accepted for OCI.


Indian Birth Certificate/Education Certificate (If post-dated, the signature of the issuing authority should be verified by District Magistrate/Deputy Collector of the same district – (in original).


Domicile Certificate of the applicant or of his/her parents/grandparents issued from concerned Competent Authority in India i.e. District Magistrate/Collectors/Sub Divisional Magistrate may also be accepted as a proof of Indian Origin (in original).


Agriculture land documents or Nativity Certificate (in original): If the applicant is unable to produce any documentary proof of parents/grandparents or self. He/she must submit the Nativity Certificate in the prescribed format as per link below. The Nativity Certificate should be certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.

Please note that if the applicant was born in India and is submitting a nativity certificate, then he/she needs to submit a notarised affidavit from Malawi to state the fact about his/her Indian passport and how he/she travelled to Malawi.

Applicants applying on the basis of spouse need to submit registered marriage certificate.  Marriage should have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

Applications for minor children

In addition to the above documents – For minors both the parents needs to self-attest all the photocopies along with parent’s passport photocopies. In case if the parents are holding Indian passport then photocopies of the Bio Page (photo page), last page with the address should also be provided.

Minor children holding foreign nationality and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India or both or one parents are OCI card holder, are eligible for OCI Card.

If one of the parents of the minor children is/has been a Pakistani/Bangladeshi citizen, these children will not be eligible for OCI.

Important Information for all OCI Applicants

Signatures should be in the box provided. In case of minor applicant, his/her thumb impression (left hand thumb) or signature (if minor can sign, signature is mandatory) of the minor applicant should be provided in BOX.

An OCI card holder is not entitled to undertake any Missionary, mountaineering and research work in India. They need prior approval from Ministry of Home Affairs in India before undertaking such activities. Non-Malawian passport holder should give residential address in respective country. The processing time is longer for such cases.

Minor foreigners born out of live-in relationships, Step & adopted children are not eligible for OCI however an adopted child who has had an Indian passport in the past and can produce a surrender certificate/ Renunciation Certificate for the same, is eligible to apply for an OCI, all other documents advised above for minors will be required in addition to the Surrender Certificate/Renunciation Certificate and the Indian passport. All cases will be put under review and a final decision will be made by the competent authorities. For any unsuccessful applications the refund policy will apply.

In case of minor children, both the parents need to be signed in part ‘B’ or parent’s consent letter is mandatory (if divorced) or court order having custody of children.

Applicant whose birth certificate mentions about only one parent and nationality and other parent is not known; is not eligible for OCI Card.

Asylees or Stateless applicants are not eligible for OCI.

Foreign Defence/Military/Civil Servants/Police/ex-Defence personnel/ persons working with security agencies and their family members are not eligible to apply for OCI. The above implies that the personnel of Home Office as well as of MoD. In addition, foreign diplomats are also not eligible.

For applicants applying on the basis of spouse, now deceased, are required to furnish the death certificate, marriage certificate and self-declaration to confirm the same or if re-married again. If re-married, then provide the new marriage certificate along with the above.

If one of the parent/grandparent is of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, applicant will not be eligible for OCI.

If the OCI card holder acquires nationality of a different country after obtaining the OCI card, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she shall also be allowed to enter/exit India on the strength of his/her new passport of the recently acquired nationality and OCI Registration Certificate (OCI card).

Entry on the Diplomatic/Official passport shall not be granted on the basis of OCI/PIO cards as OCI/PIO cards are not issued to the foreign diplomats and their family members. However, if he/she holds valid ordinary passport with valid OCI/PIO cards, entry can be allowed.

Refund Process for applicant not eligible for OCI

Applicants who are not found eligible for OCI will be refunded the admissible amount after deducting necessary administration costs.

Please Note: The above list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee an OCI. The High Commission of India in Malawi reserves the right to ask for additional documents, if required.

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