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Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)
The Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card services offer a very convenient and long term visa rights and other privileges to the card holders. In general, persons who are of Indian origin are entitled to this card.

Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Card

If you (or your parents or grand parents) were originally from India, you could be eligible to obtain an OCI card. Once you become an OCI card holder, you are granted multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India with exemption from registration for any length of stay in India. In addition, you will have right to be at par with other non-resident Indians for pursuing profession in India such as doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, advocates, architects and chartered accountants, or to  appear for the All India Pre-medical Test or similar tests.

Imagine the convenience of travelling to India at any time, through out your life, without having to apply for a visa!  In case you have to travel to India on a short notice in an emergency, an OCI card can be a real boon.
We encourage you to visit http://mha1.nic.in/foreigDiv/OCI.html to get more details about the OCI card. Do read the FAQs by clicking here. You may also like to go through a detailed brochure about the OCI card by clicking on http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/oci-brochure.pdf

The holding of an OCI card does not prejudice your status as the citizen of Canada.

To apply for an OCI card, please visit http://www.blsindia-canada.com/oci.php and take a quick look at the sample form, download the OCI Checklist before you start filling in your own information. You can then proceed to your OCI electronic application on the MHA website.

To apply for an OCI card, click on http://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp.

The OCI service has been outsourced. You need to contact one of the offices of our outsourcing agents, BLS International. Their office addresses, timings, phone numbers and e-mail address can be found by clicking here.

New Announcement

The Government of India has introduced additional security checks before granting the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards. The newly introduced verification steps are undertaken at New Delhi. These take about a month to complete and cannot be fast-tracked. Therefore, the OCI card cases will now take about 8 weeks to complete. Applicants may please keep this in mind while applying for the OCI card and deciding their travel plans. To mitigate the hardship, our outsourcing agents BLS International have been asked to accept OCI applications along with a photocopy of the Canadian passport instead of the original. Applicants will be required to produce the original Canadian passport at a later stage when the 'Life Long Visa Sticker' is received by us from India. In case, any applicant needs to visit India while his OCI application is under process, he can apply for appropriate Indian visa on his Canadian passport on payment of usual fee applicable.

Information for existing OCI card holders

Although the OCI Card is a life long visa card, the Card and the  Life Long Visa sticker that comes with it must be replaced each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. This is required as both these documents contain photo of the Card holder which needs to be renewed. Read more about it by clicking here.

OCI card holders traveling to India must carry the Passport containing Life Long Visa sticker as well as the OCI Card.  When the OCI card holder obtains a new passport, he MUST  carry the passport containing U Visa sticker, new passport and the OCI card {total three documents} for visiting India.  ALTERNATIVELY, he can apply for a new Life Long Visa sticker for the new passport after paying the requisite fee.

For getting service of change of photograph or in case of loss of the OCI card, you will need to apply at https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIMiscMain.jsp While filling in the details at this link, please ensure that you fill in the details of your existing OCI card EXACTLY as printed on your card. Even a slight variation in the spelling or entries will result in the computer responding "Record not Found" and you will not be able to proceed further. For example, if your place of birth is written as "OTTAWA CAN" on your OCI card, write it exactly as it is. Do not omit CAN and also do not expand it to CANADA.

Fees

The fee should be paid in Canadian Dollars by bank draft/money order in favor of "High Commission of India, Ottawa". The fee for various OCI services is as follows:

a) Applicant (adult/minor) applying for OCI for the first time                      :                C$ 280.00

b) Re-issue of OCI card due to  change of personal particular/passport :               C$ 28.00

c) Issue of OCI card  due to loss/damage of OCI card                                 :               C$ 103.00

The above fees include an amount of C$ 2.00 per application on account of Consular Surcharge.

In addition to the fee an amount of C$ 7.40 (including HST) is also to be paid to BLS International Ltd. as their service charges which can be paid in cash or by debit/credit cards at the time of submitting the OCI application.

OCI Eligibility Criteria

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

OCI Eligibility Criteria

A foreign national, who

  • was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950,or
  • was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950,  or
  • belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947
  • and his / her children and grandchildren, are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), provided his / her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws.
  • The minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.
  • a person, 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 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 under this section:

    Provided that for the eligibility for registration as Overseas Citizen of India cardholder, such spouse shall be subjected to prior security clearance from a competent authority in India.

Note:

  • No person, who 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 Overseas Citizen of India cardholder.
  • OCI card should not be granted to minor children whose one parent is eligible for OCI card, if the other parent is or was ever a Pakistani or Bangladesh national.

OCI Checklist

Checklist of Documents required with OCI Application

List of Original Documents Required with OCI Application

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF BASIC DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED IN CASES (FRESH OCI APPLICATIONS/RE-ISSUE OR TRANSFER OF OCI APPLICATION). THE HIGH COMMISSION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CALL FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS, AS CONSIDERED NECESSARY.

  1. Canadian Passport - Current passport which has validity of at least 6 months.
  2. Previous Indian Passport(s)
    1. In case of an unmarried applicant, an undertaking regarding his/her marital status.
    2. In case of a married applicant, landing passport of the spouse is required even if the spouse is not applying for OCI.
    3. In case if minor children born outside Canada, landing passports of both the parents are required even if they are not applying for OCI.
    4. In case of applicants who are born in Canada and have acquired Canadian citizenship by birth, their birth certificate showing both the parent's name is required in lieu of their landing papers.
  3. Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender Certificate
  4. Record of landing (IMM1000)/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5392)
  5. Citizenship Certificate
  6. Marriage Certificate
  7. PIO Cardholders
  8. OCI Card(s)
  9. Copy of Naturalization certificate
  10. Copy of full version birth certificate if the applicant is a minor or the applicant is born outside India
  11. Proof of legal status
  12. Meaning of self-attestation: Write on the photocopy of the document ,"This is a true copy of the original", and sign below it.

List of Original Documents Required with OCI Application

1.Canadian Passport - Current passport which has validity of at least 6 months. (Original passport will be returned after verifying the photocopy of the same at the time of submission of OCI application at BLS Center)

2.Previous Indian Passport(s) - The passport on which the applicant entered Canada (with the landing stamp put at the time of entry in Canada) and the last Indian passport issued (before acquiring Canadian citizenship), which also needs to be surrendered before OCI process can be started. The details of surrender certificate may be seen in para 3 below.

    In case of an unmarried applicant, an undertaking regarding his/her marital status.

    In case of a married applicant, landing passport of the spouse is required even if the spouse is not applying for OCI.

    In case if minor children born outside Canada, landing passports of both the parents are required even if they are not applying for OCI.

    In case of applicants who are born in Canada and have acquired Canadian citizenship by birth, their birth certificate showing both the parent's name is required in lieu of their landing papers

    In case the applicant does not have any Indian passport he/she can prove his/her Indian origin by submitting Indian passport of any one of his/her parents or grand-parents to prove his origin along with documents like birth/education* certificate etc. authenticated by the Ministry of External Affairs, as evidence of relationship with parent/grand parent of the applicant, should be submitted.

(*School Leaving Certificate, at least Secondary School onwards from required Board. 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 contract telephone numbers with area code for verification.)

    In case the applicant does not have any of the above proofs to establish his/her Indian origin he/she must obtain a 'Nativity Certificate' issued by a State Government in India by an authority not below a District Collector/ District Magistrate and duly authenticated by Ministry of External Affairs about an applicant being Person of Indian Origin eligible for registration as OCI may be submitted for consideration of issue of OCI cards.(Please note that if the applicant was born in India and is submitting a nativity certificate then he/she needs to submit an affidavit from a notary public stating the fact about his/her Indian passport and how he/she travelled to Canada)

   A copy of sample 'Nativity Certificate' application format along with copy of sample 'Nativity certificate' can be seen on Google under 'Nativity Certificate'.

    * The details of the process of attestation by Ministry of External Affairs may be seen at the website: www.mea.gov.in/legalization-of-documents.htm

3 Surrender Certificate - Surrender certificate for surrender/cancellation of last Indian passport on acquisition of foreign citizenship.

    Earlier than 1st June 2010, renunciation of Indian citizenship was done by cancelling the last Indian passport with the stamp "Cancelled on Account of Holder Voluntarily Acquiring Canadian Citizenship". However, since 1st June 2010, a surrender certificate is also being issued with the surrender/cancellation of last Indian passport.

4. Record of landing (IMM1000)/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5392) - All the applicants who are born outside Canada must submit Record of landing/Confirmation of permanent Residence showing immigration category of the applicant.

    In case of unmarried/single applicants, who migrated to Canada on PR status as minor child with their parents they should submit parent's landing documents. This is not required in case of an applicant who migrated to Canada independently as major and not with parents.     

    In case of married applicant, spouse's landing papers are required even if the spouse is not applying for OCI.

Divorce Certificate: In case of divorcee applicant, divorce certificate issued by court is required in lieu of the landing papers of the earlier spouse. If the marriage and divorce have taken place in India and divorce certificate is issued by Indian court it will be accepted. If the marriage has taken place in India and divorce certificate is issued by Canadian court it can be accepted provided it is not an Ex-Parte decision i.e. both the parties are aware of the divorce decision and agree to it. Further, it is duly attested by DFATD.

    In case of applicants who are born in Canada and have acquired Canadian citizenship by birth, their Birth Certificate/Statement of Live Birth showing both the parents' name is required in lieu of parents' landing papers.

    If the parents/spouse has never landed in Canada an affidavit to this effect should be submitted.

    In case, original landing paper is not available/lost, a duplicate/certified true copy or any other document, showing applicant's immigration category, issued by Canadian immigration authority can be accepted.

    Please note that the document submitted in lieu of the lost/misplaced original landing document will be accepted only if it reflects the immigration category of applicant.

5. Citizenship Certificate - A citizenship certificate issued by the Canadian authority mentioning the exact date of acquiring the Canadian citizenship is required. In case citizenship certificate/exact date of acquiring Canadian citizenship is not reflected in the citizenship certificate or citizenship card, the applicant may submit an undertaking giving the exact date of acquiring Canadian Citizenship. However, if the applicant is unable to provide the exact date, a search letter or any other document issued by the concerned Canadian authorities mentioning the exact date (i.e. date, month and year) should be submitted.

6.Marriage Certificate - The spouse's name should be entered in the Indian Passport if the applicant is married. If spouse name is not entered in either applicant or his/her spouse's Indian passport then their marriage certificate issued by the competent Government authority is required.

7. PIO Card(s) - PIO card, if any, issued to applicant is required.

8. OCI Card(s) - OCI Card, if any, issued to applicant along with the old cancelled Canadian passport is required in cases of applying for OCI Miscellaneous Service for OCI transfer. Police report for loss/theft of OCI card or passport with U-visa, mentioning the passport and OCI card number, is required in case of issue of duplicate/re-issue of OCI card and U-visa.

9. All the personal particulars of applicant such as name, date of birth, place of birth, parents names etc. must be the same in all the above documents. If there is any change in personal information in different documents then the applicant should submit an affidavit explaining the reasons for change and it should be supported by documentary evidence. If there is change in first or the last name of applicant then a name change certificate issued by competent Government authority is required. If the middle part of the name has been added or deleted from the name, an affidavit in support of that is required.

10. You must submit one set of all application forms and required documents in original and one set of photocopies. All photocopies must be self-attested with a statement that" This is a true copy of the original" and your signature.

If applying as a family group, please ensure that Part A of each application is put together followed by only one Part B. thereafter, the supporting documents should be arranged in the same order as part A of each applicant.

1. Online Registration (Using Microsoft Internet Explorer only): The OCI Application is in two parts; Part A and Part B. Part A MUST be submitted on-line by visiting the link - http://ociindia.nic.in/ociindia/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp.

2. Alternatively, the Form can also be submitted online on the Ministry of Home Affairs website www.mha.nic.in at "Online Registration" on the "OCI Scheme" page.

3. Photograph: You need to paste one photograph on Part A. you don't have to provide any additional photographs.

4. Signature:  Signature/thumb impression (left thumb impression for male and right thumb impression for female) of the applicant must be appended in the signature box below the photograph of the applicant on first page of application and in column number 36 of application. In case of minor applicants signatures of both the parents must be appended in column number 36 along with the signature/thumb impression of minor applicant.

5. Copy of proof of current nationality: You need to provide the copy of the information page from the present passport that contains your picture and basic details of the passport.  You are required to submit your present non-Indian passport with the application. However, it will be returned after verifying the photocopy by the BLS staff at the time of accepting your application.

6. Copies of parents non-Indian passports or OCI cards:  For an application for minor child as an individual (not as a family), photocopies of the parents OCI cards (both information pages on the OCI Card) or non-Indian passports are required.

7. Copies of parents Indian passports and proof of Renunciation:  For an application for minor child as an individual (not as a family), photocopies of the parents Indian Passports are required. The copies should be of the first pages and the last 2 pages of each Indian passport.  If one or both parents are naturalized citizens, proof of renunciation for parents must be provided.

8.PIO card holders:  Original PIO card must be submitted at the time of initial application. Also, provide one copy of pages with vital information.

9. Copy of Naturalization certificate: If you are former citizen of India or were not born in Canada, a copy of your citizenship certificate is required.

In case a minor child acquired Canadian citizenship through naturalization of his/her parents and does not have separate naturalization certificate, copies of the parent's naturalization certificates and a notarized written statement signed by both  parents stating  the circumstances their child received his/her naturalization status and why the child doesn't possess his/her own certificate.

If you have obtained more than one nationality, provide all naturalization certificates or proof of nationality from all the countries that you have held citizenship.

10. Copy of birth certificate: If the applicant is a minor or the applicant is born outside India and  did not possess an Indian passport, submit a photocopy of the full version birth certificate or any government issued document that shows parents name, date of birth and nationality.

11. Proof of Renunciation of Indian citizenship: If you ever had an Indian passport, Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender Certificate is required.

12. Proof of legal status: If you are a non-Canadian passport holder, you must provide copies of a cancelled Indian passport and the proof of legal status in the Canada such as a copy of landing paper. Parents applying for their kids must also provide their landing papers.

13. Meaning of self-attestation:  Write on the photocopy of the document, write "This is a true copy of the original", and sign below it.

14.Photocopies: Make sure that the photocopies are legible (readable).Don't send colored photocopies.If the consulate is not able to read the contents and/or recognize the photograph on the photocopies, the application will be returned to you without processing.

OCI Cancellation

Overseas Citizenship of India

Cancellation of OCI Registration

If it is found that the registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact, or that the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he/she will also be blacklisted for entry into India.

OCI Benefits
Overseas Citizenship of India

Benefits to OCI

The following benefits will accrue to an OCI:

  1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.
  2. Exemption from registration with the local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
  3. Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  4. Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of -
    a) entry fee to be charged for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India
    b) 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,
    c) 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.

    Any other benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

OCI Non-Benefits

Overseas Citizenship of India

Benefits an OCI is Not Entitled to

The OCI is not entitled

  • to vote,
  • to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,
  • to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.
  • He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government

FAQ about OCI

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who is eligible to apply?
A foreign national, who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at anytime after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, is eligible for registration as an 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.

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) Sikkim26.04.1975

(ii) Pondicherry 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 OCI?
Yes, if he/she is eligible in his/her own capacity.

5. Can Minor children apply for OCI?
Yes, if either of the parents is eligible for OCI.

6. In what form should a person apply for an OCI and where are the forms available?
A family consisting of spouses and up to two minor children can apply in the same form i.e. Form XIX, which can be filed online or downloaded from our website http://mha.nic.in/ForeigDiv/ForeigHome.html.

7. Can application form be filled and submitted on line?
Yes. Part A of the application form should be filed online. Part B should be downloaded and printed on computer or by hand in Block letters. Printed Part A and Part B of the application form has to be submitted to the Indian Mission/Post/Office along with all requisite documents.

8. What documents have to be submitted with the application?
The following documents shall be enclosed for each applicant:

1. Proof of present citizenship

2. Evidence of self or parents or grand parents,

(a) being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or
(b) belonging to a territory that became a part of India after15th August, 1947; or
(c) being a citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950

These could be:

(i) Copy of the passport :or
(ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent authority ;or
(iii) Any other proof substantiating the request. Usually applicants are able to submit a certificate of residence or place of birth of self/parents/grand parents from First Class Magistrate/District Magistrate (DM) of the concerned place.

3. Evidence of relationship as parent/grand parent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI such as birth certificate or Educational Certificate etc.

4. Application fee by way of Demand Draft (US $ 275 for each applicant or equivalent in local currency; US $ 25 or equivalent

In local currency for each PIO card holder) in case of application filled in India, fee Rs.15,000/- for general category, for PIO card holders Rs.1,400/- and for minor PIO card holder Rs.8,000/- to be paid by way of Demand Draft.

5. PIO card holders should submit a copy of his/her PIO card.

9. What documents would qualify for "Any other proof" for evidence of self or parents or grand parents being eligible for grant of an OCI?
Any documentary evidence like a school certificate, Agricultural land ownership certificate, birth certificate etc. by which eligibility may be reasonably ascertained.

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 and not through Courier.

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?
To the Indian Mission/ Post of the country of citizenship of the applicant. If the applicant is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post of the country where he is ordinarily residing. If the applicant is in India, to the FRRO Amritsar, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkota, and Thiruvananthapuram as per specified Jurisdiction of the FRRO concerned.

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?
All the applications will be subject to pre or post enquiry depending on whether any adverse information is voluntarily reported in the application or not. If the Government comes to the know that any false information was furnished or material information was suppressed, the registration as OCI already granted shall be cancelled by an order under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The persons will also be blacklisted thereby banning his/her entry into India.

16. What is the fee for application for registration as an OCI?
US $ 275 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant. In case of PIO card holder, US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant. In case of application filled in India, fee Rs.15,000/- for general category, for PIO card holders Rs.1,400/- and for minor PIO card holder Rs.8,000/- to be paid by way of Demand Draft.

17. What is the time taken for registration as OCI?
Within 30 days of the application, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant. If any adverse information is available against the applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken within 120 days.

18. If the registration as an OCI is not granted, what amount will be refunded?
An amount of US $ 250 or equivalent in local currency shall be refunded, if registration is refused. US $ 25 is the processing fees, which is non-refundable. In case application filled in India, Rs.1,400/- will be non- refundable being processing fees.

19. Can a PIO Cardholder apply?
Yes, provided he/she is otherwise eligible for grant of OCI like any other applicant.

20. Will the PIO Cardholder be granted an OCI registration gratis?
No. He/she has to make a payment of US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency along with the application& Rs.1,400/- in case of application is filled in India.

21. Will the PIO card be honored till the time it is valid even after acquisition of an OCI?
No. PIO card will have to be surrendered to the Indian Mission/Post/FRROs before collection of OCI registration certificate and an OCI 'U' visa sticker.

22. What will be issued after registration as an OCI?
A registration certificate in the form of a booklet will be issued and a multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI 'U' visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the applicant. For this purpose, the applicant has to produce the original passport to the Indian Mission/Post/FRROs after receipt of the acceptance letter/verifying the status of the application online.

23. Will a separate OCI passport be issued?
No.

24. Will a duplicate certificate of registration as an OCI will be issued?
Yes. For this purpose, an application has to be made to the Indian Mission/Post with evidence for loss of certificate. In the case of mutilated/damaged certificate an application has to be made enclosing the same. The applications in both the cases to be submitted to the concerned Indian Mission/ Post/FRRO along with payment of a fee of US $ 100 or equivalent in local currency & Rs.5,500/- in case of application is filled in India.

25. Will a new OCI visa sticker be pasted on the new foreign passport after the expiry of the old passport?
Yes. On payment of requisite fee, a new OCI 'U' visa sticker will be issued. However, the applicant can continue to carry the old passport wherein the OCI 'U' visa sticker was pasted along with new passport for visiting India without seeking a new visa, as the visa is lifelong.

26. Will the applicant lose his citizenship after registering as an OCI?
No.

27. Can a person registered as an OCI travel to protected area/restricted area without permission?
No. He/she will be required to seek PAP/RAP for such visits.

28. Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable to persons registered as OCI?
Yes, for the period OCI is living in India.

29. Can a person registered as an OCI be granted Indian citizenship?
Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act,1955, a person who is registered as an OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.

30. Will an OCI be granted gratis to certain categories of people?
No.

31. Can OCI be granted to foreign nationals who are not eligible for OCI, but married to persons who are eligible for OCI?
No.

32. Will foreign-born children of PIOs be eligible to become an OCI?
Yes, provided one of the parents is eligible to become an OCI.

33. What are the benefits of an OCI?
Following benefits will be allowed to an OCI:

(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;
(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and
(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
(iv) Registered Overseas Citizen of India shall be treated at par with Non-Resident-Indian in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children.
(v) Registered Overseas Citizens of India shall be treated at par with resident Indian nationals in the matter of tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India.
(vi) Registered Overseas Citizens of India shall be charged the same entry fee as domestic Indian visitors to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India
(vii) Parity with Non-Resident Indian 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:-

(a) doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists;
(b) advocates;
(c) architects;
(d) chartered accountants;

(viii) Parity with Non-Resident Indian 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.

(ix) "State Governments should ensure that the OCI registration booklets of OCIs are treated as their identification for any services rendered to them. In case proof of residence is required, Overseas Citizens of India 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"

34. Will any other benefit be granted to an OCI?
Any other benefits to an OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

35. Is the OCI entitled to voting rights?
No.

36. Is the OCI entitled to hold constitutional post in India?
No.

37. Is the OCI entitled to hold Government posts in India?
No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.

38. If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he/she apply for OCI?
Yes.

39. What are the advantages of the OCI when compared to PIO cardholders ?
(i) An OCI is entitled to life long visa with free travel to India whereas for a PIO card holder, it is only valid for 15 years.
(ii) A PIO cardholder is required to register with local Police authority for any stay exceeding 180 days in India on any single visit whereas an OCI is exempted from registration with Police authority for any length of stay in India.
(iii) An OCI gets a specific right to become an Indian Citizen as per Section 5(i) and (ii) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 whereas the PIO card holder does not have this.

40. Whether an OCI be entitled to apply for and obtain a normal Indian passport which is given to a citizen of India?
No. Indian Passports are given only to Indian citizen.

41. Whether nationals of Commonwealth countries are eligible for the OCI?
Yes, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.

42. Can a person renounce OCI?
Yes. He/she has to declare intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post/FRROs shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A.

43. Do the applicants who have applied on the earlier prescribed application form have to apply again in the new form?
No. All such applications will be considered for registration as an OCI without seeking fresh applications and fees.

44. Can an OCI holder undertake Research work in India?
Yes, after getting prior approval/special permission from MHA.

45. 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.

46. Whether civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors entitled for OCI?
NO.

 

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