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IMPORTANT NOTICE

It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that from October, 2018. International Civil Aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October, 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

In order to take advantage of getting such PIO cards converted into machine readable OCI cards on gratis basis, it is advisable to get these PIO cards converted before 31.12.2017.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

A separate ICWF (Indian Community Welfare Fund) account is now being fully operational w.e.f 01.12.2015. Following are the ICWF charges for the various services provided (i.e Visa, Passport, OCI &misc services etc.).

Matter in respect of which an additional fee towards ICWF is to be paid

Amount of Fee

  1. * Visa and OCI Cards

€3/- per document

  1. * Passport

€2/- per document

  1. * Attestation of documents and other miscellaneous Consular Services (other than in death cases)

€2/- per applicant


Henceforth, applicants are advised to submit two separate Bank draft/Postal Order, one for visa/passport/OCI/Misc charges, and another for €3/- or €2/- as per the services sought (see above table) for ICWF, which may be paid either in Postal Order/Bank draft. Both the Bank drafts/Postal Orders should be in favour of the Indian Embassy. 
28 August 2017
OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)
REVISED INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS OCI CARDHOLDER OR FOR OCI MISCELLANEOUS SERVICE
‘U’ Visa sticker has been stopped since September 2015 as the new OCI card has life time visa.
This is to bring to the notice of all concerned that with effect from 23.11.2015 the online module for submission and processing of application form for registration as OCI cardholder and for OCI Miscellaneous services along with uploading of documents, photograph and signature of the applicant has been rolled out. The applicants will now have to upload the requisite documents, photograph and the signature with the application in the online system and follow the procedure mentioned below for processing of applications for registration as OCI cardholder and for OCI Miscellaneous services:

  1. * The applicants should submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application.
  2. * After the applicant submits the complete application online including documents, photograph and signature, the originals of the supporting documents have to be submitted to the Embassy/FRROS for verifying the supporting documents with the originals.
  3. * If there is any deficiency in the application/uploaded documents/photograph, the Embassy shall inform the same to the applicant by email. The applicant may then submit the required documents to the Embassy/FRRO concerned, who will take necessary action to upload the same on the online system.


IMPORTANT NOTICE 
  

THE DELAYS IN PROCESSING OF OCI CARDS IN INDIA DUE TO SHORTAGE OF OCI CARDS HAS IMPROVED. THE PROCESSING TIME FROM DATE OF SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS FOR OCI CARDS IN THE EMBASSY TILL IT IS RECIEVED FROM INDIA IS NOW AROUND THREE MONTHS.  TO AVOID REJECTION OF PHOTOS BY OUR SYSTEM AT A LATER STAGE, APPLICANTS MAY PLEASE ENSURE TO SUBMIT PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH CONFORM TO THE SPECIFICATIONS LAID DOWN BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION. THE SPECIFICATIONS CAN ALSO BE VIEWED UNDER 'USEFUL LINKS' IN THE ONLINE OCI REGISTRATION PAGE FROM THE APPLICATION FORM LINK PROVIDED BELOW.
OCI card holders travelling to India are advised to carry the Passport containing U Visa Sticker and OCI card to avoid problems at Immigration Check Points in India. In case a registered OCI cardholder has obtained a new passport, he/she should carry the passport containing U visa sticker, new passport and OCI card on all visits to India. Alternatively, Miscellaneous Services can be availed for transfer of U Visa Sticker to new passport for which the procedure is the same as for a new OCI Card application, including the time taken for the processing.
Eligibility Criteria: 
A foreign national, eligible to become a citizen of India on January 26, 1950 or was a citizen of India on, or at any time after, January 26, 1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after August 15, 1947 and his/her children and grandchildren, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.
Therefore, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for OCI Status:

  1. * If the applicant or one of the applicant's parents or one of the applicant's grandparents was a citizen of India after 26/01/1950.
  2. * If the applicant or one of the applicant's parents or one of the applicant's grandparents belonged to a former territory (Goa, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Sikkim and Pondicherry) that became part of India after August 15, 1947.
  3. * If the applicant or one of the applicant's parents or one of the applicant's grandparents was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution of India on January 26, 1950.
  4. * Evidence of relationship with the applicant as parent/grandparent: If you are claiming OCI card on the basis of parent Indian origin then your birth certificate (where parents name is mentioned) is required, if you are claiming the same with your grand-parents' origin then you have to submit your birth certificate as well as your parents' birth certificate showing the parents names clearly so that it establishes the relation with your parents and grandparents.

A PIO card holder can substitute his PIO Card with the OCI card, provided he/she fulfils all the conditions set for acquiring OCI card. The holder would be required to surrender the PIO Card in that event. All PIO Card holders seeking to substitute PIO cards with the OCI facility must submit a copy of the following:
i) PIO Card
ii) Copy of their foreign passport
iii) Three photographs
iv) OCI card application form and  
v) €3/-postal order/ bank draft.
The validity of PIO card will end on 31.12.2017.
Privileges:
With OCI status, a foreign passport holder is entitled to the following:

  1. * Multiple-entry, multi-purpose, life-long visa to visit India. The holder of the OCI Certificate would still need to carry his/her foreign passport, with a "U" Visa ("U" for Universal) sticker affixed on the foreign passport;
  2. * Exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in India;
  3. * Parity with NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) in financial, economic and educational fields EXCEPT in relation to acquisition of agricultural and plantation properties.

Please note that OCI is NOT Dual Citizenship. The Constitution of India does not permit the facility of holding Indian Citizenship simultaneously with a foreign citizenship. The OCI holder would therefore not be eligible for the following rights in India:

  1. * Right to vote
  2. * Right to hold constitutional office (i.e. parliament, courts, cabinet posts, etc.)
  3. * Right to hold posts in the Government services.

Cancellation of OCI Registration: 
The OCI Status is a privilege extended only to those persons who qualify for that privilege. The OCI Status accorded to a person can be revoked by Government of India in cases that warrant such action. For detailed information on the "Overseas Citizenship of India", visit the web site of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India(www.mha.nic.in
How to apply:
Fill up online application at 
https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp after reading the details of the scheme, as above. While filling up the OCI application online the surname and given name should be completely written as appearing in your foreign Passport. However, applicants may ensure that they submit each application with related documents separately and not collectively for the whole family. After doing so, a hard copy is required to be submitted to the Embassy. Please download the application registered by you on-line. (When you click print on it, the complete form with instructions for submitting the hard copy to the Embassy will be printed. Please fill in pages 2 & 3 by hand and submit them to the Embassy with the required enclosures. Applications for minors has to be signed by both parents as well as a indication of their consent to the minor's application. Each application should contain all the required documents listed above in one set (with seperate sets for each application, if more than one application for members of a family is submitted together).
OCI applications can be presented personally during consular hours on working days (0930 - 1200 hrs) at the Embassy or sent by registered post. Applications sent by post should be sent by registered mail only, along with a self-addressed Ireland Registered Post envelope duly stamped for registered mail. The status of OCI application can be checked on line by typing your on line IRLDI registration number.
Required Documents: 

  1. * Copy of foreign passport (only personal particulars pages)
  2. * Copy of Indian passport (only personal particulars pages)
  3. * Copy of the document on the basis of which the OCI is sought (if it is on basis of Indian passport, then no other document is required). In case of minor children with only foreign passport, copy of birth certificate of the child, copy of OCI card of both or either parent and marriage certificate copy should be submitted.
  4. * Renunciation Form to be filled in for issue of a Renunciation of Indian Citizenship certificate. (Only for those applicants who have acquired foreign citizenship after 31 May 2010)
  5. * Three Photographs. (Please do not staple the photograph on the application form but paste it as the photo will be digitally scanned and uploaded in the Embassy.)
  6. * Prescribed fee in Postal Order/Bank Draft in favour of Embassy of India, Dublin.
  7. * In the case of minors, both parents passport copies and OCI card copies

If the applicant has already renounced Indian citizenship, he/she should have one of the following as proof:

  1. * A Certificate of Renunciation issued by any Indian Mission abroad or,
  2. * An Indian Passport that contains a cancelled stamp.

Miscellaneous OCI service: 
While filling the Miscellaneous Form Online, use the details as mentioned in the OCI card. This service can be availed for re-issuance/issuance of duplicate OCI documents in the following category of cases:

  1. * In case of issuance of new passport: 

OCI registration certificate and visa carries the passport number of the registered OCI. Accordingly, each time a new passport is issued to an OCI holder, it has to be captured on the registration certificate and visa. This would require re-issuance of OCI registration certificate and visa each time a new passport is issued.

  1. * In case of change of personal particulars viz. name, nationality etc./Filing of wrong personal particulars while submitting online application: 

In case of change of personal particulars/wrong filing of personal particulars while submitting online application, OCI holders may seek re-issuance of OCI documents by availing the services. They have to enclose the documentary evidence for the change of the personal particulars. Misc. Fee for €21 would be charged for the services. However, in case of change of photograph without the change of the passport, a personal interview shall be taken by the Competent Authority before the grant of the service.

  1. * In case of Loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa: 

In case of loss of OCI documents, a copy of the complaint filed with the Police authorities should be enclosed. Personal interview of the applicant shall be taken by the Competent Authority before the grant of the service.

  1. * In case of mistakes committed by the Indian Mission/Post/Office while entering the personal particulars of manually filled applications (now discontinued):

Since the mistake is committed by the Indian Mission, no fee shall be charged for re-issuance of OCI documents.

  1. * In case of change of address/occupation: 

In case of change of address/occupation, new set of OCI documents will not be issued. The applicant may take a print out of the new address/occupation after online submission and keep for record purposes. No fee shall be charged from the applicant.
Procedure to be Followed by the Applicant: A software module has been developed by NIC named as OCI Miscellaneous Services. The public interface for this has been hosted on MHA's www.mha.nic.in . The procedure to be followed by the applicant is as under:
After accessing the OCI Miscellaneous Services and going through the Guidelines and Instructions for filing the application form, the applicant has to fill in at least one of the following data fields:

    • * U-Visa number
    • * OCI Registration number
    • * OCI File number

    Thereafter, the applicant has to fill in all the following fields:

    • * Current Passport number
    • * Date of birth
    • * Place of birth
    • * Mother's name

    The applicant would be able to go ahead and seek the particular service(s) only if, the above data (except (1) above) matches with the OCI database. This feature has been incorporated as a security measure so that the scheme is not misused.
    The applicant, thereafter has to select any one or many of the following services:
    1. Change of Passport particulars
    2. Change of Personal particulars
    3. Loss/damage of OCI certificate/visa
    4. Change of Address/Occupation>
    After selection of the service(s) to be availed, a Registration Form will appear having only the relevant fields, which need to be entered as per the services (s) sought. The applicant has to fill in all the relevant fields afresh online. The reasons for availing the services shall also be filled by the applicant.
    Upon submission of the Registration Form, a hard copy of the application with Reference number along with the instructions for filling application form shall be printed. The applicant has to sign the application form, paste the photograph and append his signature in the box provided and submit one copy of the application form along with the relevant enclosures and fee as mentioned in the instructions. The application can be submitted to the Indian Mission in whose jurisdiction the applicant is ordinarily residing irrespective of the fact whether the same Indian Mission/Post/Office has issued the original OCI documents or not. Each applicant shall submit separate application form.
    Enclosures

    • * Copy of OCI registration certificate
    • * In case of issuance of new passport, copy of U-visa pasted on the old passport.

    A copy of new passport.

    • * In case of loss of OCI Card or U-Visa sticker, copy of the complaint lodged with Police authorities and copy of visa and registration certificate to be enclosed.
    • * In case of change of personal particulars (due to change by the applicant or wrong filling of particulars by the applicant or Indian Mission/Office), copy of the document (s) relevant for affecting the requisite changes viz. Nationality Certificate in case of change of nationality etc to be enclosed.
    • * Four Photographs

    * Minors (under 18s): Minor children of Indian nationals are not eligible for OCI;
    Processing time: 2 Months and additional 10 working days may be required for processing postal OCI applications.
    Fees:
    Fee is payable by two separate crossed postal orders/bank drafts in Euros, drawn in favour of Embassy of India, Dublin and payable in Dublin for all consular services.  (i) One postal order/bank draft according to the respective category of visa/consular service required and (ii) another postal order/bank draft for €3/-(applicable to all categories).

    Sl.

    Acquired Foreign Nationality

    Renunciation Fee
    in Euros

    OCI Fee
    in Euros

    (i)
    Total Fee
    in Euros

    (ii)
    A separate  €2/-Postal order/ bank draft

    1.

    From Birth

    Nil

    235/-

    235/-

    €3/-

    2.

    Before 31.05.2010

    16/-

    235/-

    251/-

    €3/-

    3.

    On or After 01.6.2010

    145/-

    235/-

    380/-

    €3/-

    4.

    PIO to OCI

    nil

    Nil

    €3/-

    5.

    PIO (Minor) to OCI

    nil

    Nil

    nil

    €3/-

    6.

    Issue of Duplicate OCI in lieu of lost/damage OCI card

    85/-

    €3/-

    7.

    OCI Miscellaneous services

    21/-

    €3/-


    FAQs on OCI Services


    1.  Who is eligible to apply?

    Following categories of foreign nationals are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder:- 

    • * Who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950; or
    • * who was  eligible  to  become  a  citizen  of  India  on 26.01.1950; or
    • * who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947; or
    • * who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or
    • * who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or
    • * who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or
    • * Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder registered under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.

    Note : No person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

    2.  Who was eligible to become Citizen of India on 26.01.1950?

    • * Any person who, or whose parents or grand-parents were born in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted), and who was ordinarily residing in any country outside India was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950.

    3.  Which territories became part of India after 15.08.1947 and from what date?

    • * The territories which became part of India after 15.08.1947 are:

    (i)

    Sikkim

    - 26.04.1975

    (ii)

    Puducherry

    - 16.08.1962

    (iii)

    Dadra & Nagar Haveli

    -11.08.1961

    (iv)

    Goa, Daman and Diu

    - 20.12.1961


    4.  Can the spouse of the eligible person apply for registration as OCI Cardholder?

    • * A spouse of eligible person can apply if he/she is eligible in his/ her own capacity.
    • * Further, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder registered under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application can apply.

    5.  Can Minor children apply for registration as OCI Cardholder?

    • * Yes. However, if either of the child’s parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, the child will not be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

    6.  In what form should a person apply for registration as an OCI Cardholder and where are the forms available?

    7.  What documents have to be submitted with the application?

      • (1) Proof of present citizenship – Copy of present valid passport (applicable in all cases), with validity of minimum 6 months at the time of submission of application.

      • (2) In case application is submitted in India, copy of any type of Visa (other than Missionary Visa and Mountaineering Visa)/ Residential Permit with 3 months validity as on the date of application.

      • (3) Evidence of self or parents or grandparents or great grandparents-
      • * Being a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950; or 
      • * Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950; or
      • * Belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947.
      • * These could be:
      • * Copy of the Indian Passport; or
      • * Copy of the Domicile Certificate issued by the Competent Authority; or
      • * Copy of Nativity Certificate from the competent authority; or
      • * OCI Card/ PIO card of parents/ spouse along with the base papers/ documents upon which the OCI/ PIO card was issued; or
      • * Any other proof substantiating the request. Usually applicants are able to submit a certificate of residence or place of birth of self/parents/grandparents from First Class Magistrate/District Magistrate (DM) of the concerned place.

      • (4) Evidence of relationship as parent/grandparent/ great grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for registration as OCI Cardholder:
      • * The document of relationship could be “Birth Certificate” issued from competent authority mentioning both parents’ name. In case the birth certificate is issued by a foreign authority, it is to be Apostled or endorsed by the concerned Indian Mission abroad.

      • (5) In case of minor child whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India –
        • * Copy of child’s birth certificate
        • * Copy of Indian passport of the parents / one of the parents or copy of the Domicile Certificate or Nativity Certificate issued by the Competent Authority in respect of the parents/ one of the parents or any other proof substantiating the status of the parents/ one of the parents as being Indian citizen(s).
        • * If the parents are divorced, court order of dissolution of marriage, which specifically mentions that the legal custody of the child is with the parent who is applying for the OCI card.

        • (6) Evidence as spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Cardholder –
          • * Registered marriage certificate; and
          • * In the case of spouse of an Indian citizen - copy of the Indian Passport of the spouse or copy of the Domicile Certificate or Nativity Certificate issued by the Competent Authority in respect of the Indian spouse or any other proof substantiating the status of the spouse as being an Indian citizen.
          • * In the case of spouse of an OCI Cardholder - Copy of the present valid Passport of the spouse and copy of the OCI Card of the spouse and copies of the documents upon which the OCI Card was issued to the spouse
        • * (7) Application Fee -
        • *  
          • * in case of application submitted in Indian Mission/ Post abroad - By way of Demand Draft or postal order for Euro 235 for each applicant.
          • * in case application is submitted in India - a fee of Rs.15,000/- by way of Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Pay and Accounts Officer (Secretariat), Ministry of Home Affairs” payable at New Delhi.

      8.  What are the requirements to be fulfilled by erstwhile PIO cardholders for registration as OCI Cardholder?

      • * In terms of the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 9th January, 2015, all the existing PIO Card holders as on 9.1.2015 shall be deemed to be OCI Cardholders. However, all persons having valid PIO cards as on 9th January, 2015 are advised to apply for registration as OCI cardholder in view of the following advantages in possessing an OCI card:-
        • * OCI card is a smart card
        • * Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Check Posts
        • * It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from the Indian Missions
        • * For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.
      • * The date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of the PIO card online has been extended till 30th December, 2017. This cut-off date will be only for submission of the applications online by the applicants. A separate online application form for submission of application for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card is available in the website https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp
      • * The erstwhile PIO cardholder with a valid PIO card as on 9.1.2015 will have to upload only the following documents with his/ her application:-
        • * Copy of the valid Passport
        • * Copy of the PIO card
      • * The applicants can submit the applications online from anywhere. The grant of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card will be on a gratis basis.
      • * The OCI card shall be issued by the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of the applicant’s place of residence. The applicant will have to approach the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned only for collecting the OCI Card by surrendering the PIO card.

      9.  What are the specifications for the Photograph?

      • * Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 51x 51 mm (with 80% coverage of face). It should have plain light colour background (white) without the border with front view of person’s head and shoulders showing the full face in middle of the photograph. It should not be stapled and should not have any signature.

      Photographs that do not conform to the above standards will be rejected and may cause delay in processing the applications.

      10.  How many copies of application have to be submitted?

      • * Only one set of Application has to be submitted for each applicant.

      11.  Whether applicant(s) have to go in person to submit the application (s)?

      • * No. Application(s) can be sent by post either by Speed post or Registered post only.

      12.  Whether the applicant (s) have to take oath before the Counsel of the Indian Mission/Post?

      • * No.  Earlier provision in this regard has been done away with.

      13.  Where to submit the application?

        • * The print out of the online application form, completed in all respects, along with enclosures, demand draft and photograph in duplicate should be submitted to the Indian Mission/Post having jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant is a citizen or if he/she is not living in the country of his/her citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post having jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant is ordinarily a resident.
        • * If the applicant is residing in India, the print out of the online application form completed in all respects, along with enclosures, demand draft and photographs in duplicate should be submitted to the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) according to their jurisdictional control. For details regarding the jurisdiction of the FRROs, please refer to the “Addresses of offices to submit OCI applications” in the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs – www.mha.nic.in.
        • * Note :
          • * (1) After the entire OCI application and processing system, including uploading of the requisite documents and payment of fee, is brought online, the same will be publicized.
          • * (2) After the implementation of the above, the applicants will not be required to submit the hardcopy of the applications and other documents to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO. They will have to upload the self-attested photocopies of all the requisite supporting documents on the online system.
          • * (3) The applicants then will have to approach the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned only for collecting the OCI Card. While approaching the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned for collecting the OCI Card, the applicant will have to carry the original valid passport and the original of all other supporting documents submitted online for verification purpose.

      14.  Can a person apply in the country where he is ordinarily residing?

      • *  Yes.

      15.  What are the consequences of furnishing wrong information or suppressing material information?

      • *  If the registration as an OCI Cardholder was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact, the registration as OCI Cardholder shall be cancelled under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The person will also be blacklisted thereby banning his/her future entry into India.

      16.  What is the fee for application for registration as an OCI?

      • *  In case of applications submitted to the Indian Mission/ Post abroad – Euro 235. In case of application submitted in India, the fee is Rs.15,000/-

      17.  What is the time taken for registration as OCI?

      • * In all cases, other than the application submitted as a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Cardholder, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant, the Indian Mission/Post/ FRRO concerned shall register a person as an OCI Cardholder within 42 days of the date of acknowledgement. If there is any adverse information against the applicant, final decision to grant registration as OCI cardholder or otherwise will be taken within 120 days.
      • * In the case of application submitted as a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI Cardholder, the person shall be registered as an OCI Cardholder only after prior clearance of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) in terms of the proviso to clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 as incorporated by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2015 notified on 10th March, 2015. 

      18.  What will be issued after registration as an OCI?

      • * After grant of registration, a registration certificate in the form of a booklet will be issued. This will serve as a life-long multiple entry visa to visit India. For collection of the OCI Cardholder registration booklet, the applicant is required to be present at the concerned Indian Mission/FRRO in person or he/she can send a duly authorized person, along with his/her passport and the original documents for which self-attested copies were attached at the time of submitting application, for verification purposes.
      • * However, the condition is that the applicant should be physically present in the country of issuance of OCI cardholder registration booklet when it is collected through an authorized person. If a person is not in a position to travel to the country of issuance of the OCI cardholder registration booklet, he/she could procure it through the concerned Indian Mission/ FRRO of their present place of stay by making a formal request to the office issuing the OCI Cardholder registration booklet. No passport and OCI Cardholder registration booklet will be received/sent by Dak/Post or e-mail.

      19.  Whether the ‘U’ Visa sticker will be pasted on the passport?

      • * No. Instructions have been issued on 29th January, 2015 to all Indian Missions/ Posts, FRROs etc. conveying the decision to dispense with the ‘U’ (Universal) visa sticker on the foreign passport of OCI card holders with immediate effect. It has been advised that immigration authorities in ICPs should not insist on production of foreign passport containing the ‘U’ visa sticker in the case of OCI cardholders while they enter/ exit India.

      20.  Will a separate OCI passport be issued?

      • * No.

      21.  Will a duplicate certificate of registration as an OCI Cardholder will be issued?

      • * Yes. For this purpose, an application has to be made to the Indian Mission/Post/ FRRO with evidence for loss of certificate of registration. In the case of mutilated/damaged certificate of registration, an application has to be made enclosing the same. The applications in both the cases are to be submitted to the concerned Indian Mission/ Post/FRRO along with payment of a fee of Euro 85 in case of application submitted to Indian Missions/ Posts abroad & Rs.5500/- in case of application submitted in India.

      22.  Will the applicant lose his citizenship after registering as an OCI Cardholder?

      • * No.

      23.  Can a person registered as an OCI Cardholder travel to protected area/restricted area without permission?

      • * No. He/she will be required to obtain Protected Area Permit/ Restricted Area Permit for such visits.

      24.  Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable to persons registered as OCI Cardholder?

      • * Yes, for the period the OCI Cardholder is living in India.

      25. Can a person registered as an OCI Cardholder be granted Indian citizenship?

      • * Yes. As per section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act,1955, a person registered as an OCI cardholder for 5 years and who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve months before making an application for registration is eligible for grant of Indian citizenship.

      26. Will any category of persons be registered as an OCI Cardholder on gratis basis?

      • * No.

      27. What are the benefits to an OCI Cardholder?

        • * Multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose (However OCI Cardholders will require a special permission to undertake research work in India for which they may submit the application to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned).
        • * Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) or Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) for any length of stay in India.
        • * Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of all facilities available to them in economic, financial, and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
        • * Registered Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder shall be treated at par with Non-Resident-Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children.
        • * Registered Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder shall be treated at par with resident Indian nationals in the matter of tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India.
        • * Registered Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder shall be charged the same entry fee as domestic Indian visitors to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.
        • * Parity with Non-Resident Indians(NRI) in respect of:-
          • *  
            • * entry fees to be charged for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India;
            • * pursuing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts, namely:-
              • * doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists;
              • * advocates;
              • * architects;
              • * chartered accountants;
            • *  to appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts.
        • * State Governments should ensure that the OCI Cardholder registration booklets of OCI Cardholders are treated as their identification for any services rendered to them. In case proof of residence is required, Overseas Citizens of India Cardholder may give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular/specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India and may also in their affidavit give their overseas residential address as well as e-mail address, if any.
      • * Any other benefits to an OCI Cardholder will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

      28. What are the benefits to which the OCI Cardholder is not entitled to?

      • * The OCI Cardholder is not entitled to vote, be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, cannot hold Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc. The OCI Cardholder shall not be entitled for appointment to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of any State except for appointment in such services and posts as the Central Government may, by special order, in that behalf specify. Further, the OCI Cardholder cannot acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India.

      29. If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he/she apply for registration as OCI Cardholder?

      • * Yes.

      30. Whether an OCI Cardholder is entitled to apply for and obtain normal Indian passport which is given to a citizen of India?

      • * No. Indian Passport is given only to an Indian citizen.

      31. Whether nationals of Commonwealth countries are eligible for registration as OCI Cardholder?

      • * Yes, if they fulfil the eligibility criteria.

      32. Can a person renounce his/her registration as OCI Cardholder?

      • * Yes. He/she has to make a declaration renouncing the Card registering him/her as an OCI Cardholder to the Indian Mission/Post/ FRRO from where the registration as OCI Cardholder was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO shall issue an acknowledgement in the prescribed form. Upon such registration of the declaration, the person shall cease to be an OCI Cardholder. Where a person ceases to be an OCI Cardholder, the spouse of foreign origin of that person who has obtained OCI Card under clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 7A and every minor child of that person registered as an OCI Cardholder shall thereupon cease to be an OCI Cardholder.

      33. Can an OCI holder undertake Research work in India?

      • * Yes, after getting prior approval/special permission from the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned.

      34. Whether foreign military personnel are eligible for grant of OCI?

      • * No, foreign military personnel either in service or retired are not entitled for grant of OCI.

      37. Whether civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors entitled for OCI?

        • * No


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