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OCI Photos (Overseas Citizenship of India)- Digital image

OCI Vs PIO comparison

We provide digital as well as printed OCI photos for "Overseas Citizenship of India" applicants. Recently, Indian consulates have started asking for digital photo in jpg or jpeg format that is (1) less than 30KB in file size, (2) aspect ratio of 1:1, and (3) are between 300x300 to 900x900 pixels. We can help you with digital image which you can upload with your OCI application online. At the time of ordering, please select OCI and country as India OCI Digital. If you want to order printed photos too, you can for 1 person/12 photos and provide store address for pick up.
To order digital image for OCI (with or without printed photos), please click on this link.

If you are paying for 1 person/12 photos, we will help you format your signature or thumb print free of charge.

Digital Image submission details for applicants applying for OCI-Card

1. It is mandatory to upload Applicant's image and Applicant's signature image during OCI-Registration

2. Both the images must be in jpeg or jpg format, with max size 200kb.

3. The height and width specifications of Applicant Photo are as follows:
       The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height). 
       The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height).

4. The height and width specifications of Signature Photo are as follows:
       The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height). 
       The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 300 pixels (height).

5. Kindly be ready with both these images before starting the registration process.

  • Applicant's Images must be square; i.e, aspect ratio must be 1:1
  • Applicant's Signature Images should have aspect ratio(height:width) must be 1:3

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Please note that different consulates in USA have slightly different instructions for OCI passport photos, and they are subjective too, like face should not be too big or too small-- but we will reprint your photos free if your photos get rejected.
If you are applying to a consulate outside USA, please email us at and let us know the photos requirements published on your consulate website. We will ensure that we provide you accurate OCI photos as per your consulate's specs.

Indian Consulates within USA
San Francisco- Consulate of India
Houston- Consulate of India
Chicago- Consulate of India
New York- Consulate of India
Washington DC- Indian Embassy

OCI Photo Requirement

Most consulates of India in the USA have oursourced OCI applications to CKGS (Cox and Kings Global Services)

Photograph requirements are on this link. Click here.
Photo Specifications

  • Photograph for OCI cannot be the same photograph that is already in your passport
  • Recent Passport photo taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Photograph to be affixed on the application should be square shaped OR 2 inches by 2 inches size (80% coverage of face)
  • Photographs NOT to be stapled and must NOT be adhesive taped.
  • Must be in color.
  • Must be against white background.
  • Must show full face, front view.
  • Must be taken in normal street attire.
  • The photograph must be taken in a colored attire, for example, a medium blue shirt etc.
  • The attire should not be patterned / textured or pure white.
  • Photograph has to be an original and printed on GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER ONLY.
  • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
  • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.


  • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
  • Max size should 200kb
  • Height and width must be equal
  • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height).
  • Square shape of size not less than 51mm x 51mm or 2 inches x 2 inches (with 80% coverage of face)
  • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height).


  • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
  • Max size should 200kb
  • The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3
  • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height)
  • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 300 pixels (height).

OCI Photo size requirement from the Master source- Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India

Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 51*51mm (with 80% coverage by face). It should have light color background (not white) without border with front view of personís head and shoulders showing the full face in the middle of the photograph. Photographs that do not conform to these standards will be rejected and may cause a delay in processing the applications.


OCI Photos - Customer Feedback

Thank you very much for your thorough and expedited service with visa photos for my family. I just want to let you know that I must have visited about 10 stores including 3 Walgreens and 7 CVS and no one could do the 35mm x 35mm photos for me. I am glad I found your website; your service and follow up have been superb.

I have already recommended your services to two Indians today who are looking for visa photos.

Thu 11/12/09 6:44 PM

I received the photos they look great!
Great service! Very impressed.

Customer: Leena Joshi
Mon 8/17/09 8:46 PM


Additional Detail about OCI Photo Requirements:

If you are in the USA, the Internet, and the Web-site of your consulate itself can confuse you. As an example, on the San Francisco consulate website itself, on one page, they ask applicants to submit 3 photos and on others they ask you to submit 2 copies with their OCI application! (We confirmmed over phone with them that they need only 2 copies.) Regarding 'OCI Photo size' and 'OCI Photo Background', every Consulate of India in the USA has its own guidelines!! San Francisco requires 2 x2 size photos with white or off-white background even though the photo sample on their website is having colored background!!!

Embassy of India, Washington DC also seems to require 2x2 photos. Not sure if they want white or colored background. (If you know this, please let us know for the benefit of other fellow Indians in the USA)

Consulate of India, New York seems to have started asking for 2x2 inch photos too (since Feb 2010). Their website asks for color backgrouond (not white) but the document with details requirements for photos (the pdf document) asks for white or off-white background!!! We wish they were consistent in their requirements throughout their website!

OCI Photo specs Indian HIgh Commision in New Zealand

If you are applying to New Zealand High Commision of India (section 6), they want 51x51mm photos on colored background. After placing your order, email us and let us know that you need OCI photos for Indian High Commission in New Zealand.

Sample OCI Photo:
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Photos in 2x2 inch (51x51mm) size


OCI Photo requirements from various Indian Consulates in the USA

Consulate General of India, New York, USA

The OCI services have been outsourced to M/s Cox and Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Applicants are advised to contact directly to the address mentioned below to make an appointment to submit of OCI application.

For Visa, OCI and Renunciation
Cox and Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
2nd Floor, 235 West
23rd Street, New York-10011.
Feedback/Contact: Click Here 
646-589-0088 & 516-206-1483

Consulate General of India, Chicago:


" As the last date for conversion of PIO Cards in to OCI cards i.e. June 30, 2017. is approaching near, all PIO card holders are required to convert these cards into OCI cards by this deadline.The Conversion of PIO cards in to OCI cards will be done free of charge(Gratis) for applications submitted until June 30, 2017."“Those who had applied for OCI card more than 3 months ago but have not as yet received their OCI cards may send email(s) mentioning therein Reference No. starting with USAC…. to the Consulate at”


Following is taken from San Francisco Consulate:

The Embassy of India, Washington DC has outsourced the handling of OCI card applications to M/s. Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) w.e.f. May 21, 2014.  All applications received by Cox & Kings Global Services will be acknowledged to the applicants within 1-2 working days. 

OCI in lieu of PIO card

A separate online application for issue of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card without payment of any registration fee has been devised and available at The applicant will have to pay the service charges for the outsourcing company as well as postage charges.

The existing PIO cardholders can travel to India using the PIO card with valid passport. However, the PIO cardholders are advised to apply for OCI in lieu of PIO as soon as possible at

Gazette Notification on Withdrawal of PIO scheme and merger of PIO card with OCI card and GUIDELINES for registration of new OCI cards.  Gazette Notification No.L—(N)04/0007/2003—15 dated 10.03.2015


Consulate General or India, Houston, Texas

For Visa, OCI and Renunciation  related services, all applicants must send their applications or walk-in to Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) at the following address:

Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS)
Binz Building,
1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 550,
Houston, TX 77002
Phone No: 516-206-1483 / 646-589-0088

Following is taken from Embassy of India, Washington DC:



The Address & Contact details of CKGS Application Center in Washington DC

Suite 100,
1250 23rd St NW Washington,
DC 20037

        Telephone :                    The new numbers are 516-206-1483 & 646-589-0088.

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