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How to apply for an OCI card in the USA for minors?

Updated: Feb 16

OCI Card for Minor (US citizen): To apply for an Indian OCI card for minors or children born in the USA, you would need to go through the OCI document checklist. I will be discussing the OCI application for minor child checklist in detail.

  • New OCI checklist for minors

  • OCI application form for a minor child

  • Photographs, OCI signature for minors, thumb impression (left or right)

  • Consent letter for OCI application

  • Parental authorization form

  • Fee payment & courier

By following this blog, you can ensure that you have all the necessary documents ready when you begin the OCI card India application process for your child, and it's filed accurately. You will learn how to fill OCI application for a minor child. In the end, I will also point out some common mistakes that you can avoid.

Table of Contents: OCI Application for Minor Child

New OCI Checklist for Minor (US National by Birth)

To start the OCI application for a minor child, you must first download the OCI checklist. You can download the checklist directly from the VFS website. I have added the new links below. Try reloading the page if the VFS checklist page doesn't open.

Note: I applied for OCI in October 2022. You can find the old checklist here. One of the key differences between the old and new checklists is the notarization of the OCI application, which was mandatory earlier; however, the current checklist does not mention that anymore.

OCI application notarization

Before you begin the OCI application, you will need the following items:

  • Minor's Information: Like name, date of birth, place of birth, visible mark, etc.

  • Email ID: It's advisable to create an email ID for your newborn. Gmail allows you to have parental control created for minors under the age of 13. This email ID can also be used for various purposes in the future.

  • US Passport: See my previous post on how to apply for a minor's passport if you haven't applied for a minor's passport yet.

  • Mobile number: One of the parent's mobile numbers.

  • Thumb impression: You need to have the left thumb impression for newborns instead of the signature. You can buy fingerprint ink from Amazon, I bought these and it worked well.