OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)
The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme is operational from December 2, 2005.
A. Who is eligible to apply for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card?
· Who was eligible to become citizen of India on January 26, 1950; or
· Who was a citizen of India on or at any time after January 26, 1950; or
· Who belonged to a territory that became part of India after August 15, 1947; and
· His/her children and grand children including minors, provided foreign national or his/her children and grand children’s country concerned allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws. For minor applicants, one of the parents should be a foreign passport holder.
B. Who is not eligible?
· Any foreign national who has earlier been a citizen of Pakistan of Bangladesh.
· Any foreign national who has an adverse record.
C. Cancellation of OCI Registration
· If during post verification, any adverse report is discovered against the foreign national, registration as OCI already granted by the Indian Mission/Post shall be cancelled by an order under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
· If it is subsequently discovered that a foreign national has obtained OCI by fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact or he/she has demonstrated disaffection towards the Constitution of India or is covered under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such foreign national shall be cancelled immediately. In addition, he/she shall be debarred from visiting India in the future.
Persons registered as OCI enjoy:
· A multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa for visiting India.
· Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
· Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
· 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.
Persons registered as overseas citizen of India under Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955, shall be entitled to:
(a) Parity with non-resident Indian in respect of:
1. Entry fees to be charged for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and
museums in India;
2. Pursuing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in
the relevant Acts, namely: Doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists; Advocates;
Architects; and Chartered Accountants.
(b) 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.
Persons registered as OCI:
· Cannot acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India;
· Do not enjoy any voting rights;
· Cannot contest selections to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/ Legislative Assembly/Council;
· Cannot hold Constitutional posts such as that of President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc.
F. Guidance for completing online application:
(a) You must register and complete the form (Part-A) ONLINE at the website:
(b) When you have completed filling in Part A, click save. A Print Window would appear. Click “OK” to print out the application form consisting of Part-A and Part-B will be printed. For each family application, Part-B is common to all applicants of the family up to a maximum of four. Separate applications are required for any other additional members.
(c) You must then complete Part-B, preferably TYPED. It may also be handwritten but in CAPITAL LETTERS with Blue or Black Ink.
(d) The completed application form (Part-A & Part- B) along with the following documents must be submitted in TWO SETS for each applicant to the Embassy. Each photocopy should be self-attested by the applicant. For minors the parent must self-attest the photocopies. When signing on the photocopies of the documents, please mention as "Self Attested" and sign with name & date.
(1) Photographs: You must paste Two PHOTOGRAPHS of 2 inches x 2 inches [51 mm x 51 mm] IN COLOR FOR EACH APPLICANT on the space provided in PART A. DO NOT STAPLE the photographs. Attach third photograph in an envelope with name written on the back of photograph. [Photograph should be sufficiently bright color with frontal view of full face against a light background with both ears and shoulders clearly visible]
As your photograph is scanned and printed on the OCI card and lifelong visa, it should be of a high quality for reproduction and International Civil Aviation Organization specifications (pdf file)
(2) Photocopy of the photo page of the foreign passport, all observation pages of the foreign passport.
(3) Photocopy of the first page, photo page, last page and
other pages having any observations of valid/cancelled Indian passport of self/parents/grandparents OR copy of Surrender Certificate of Indian passport of self/parents or grandparents.
NOTE: OCI APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO SURRENDER THEIR INDIAN PASSPORTS AND SUBMIT COPY OF SURRENDER CERTIFICATE ALONGWITH THEIR OCI APPLICATIONS. In case applicant ever held Indian passport and is not able to surrender it for any reason (loss/misplacement/submission to some Office), a duly notarized affidavit should be provided to that effect along with the application for OCI. This would not, however, constitute a document supporting the claim of Indian origin status; independent documents indicated herein are required for this.
(4) Photocopy of one or more of the following documents:
a) Indian Educational certificate issued by educational boards/universities.
b) Indian Property documents attested by a revenue officer not below the rank of Tahsildar.
c) Indian Photo Voter ID
d) Indian Ration card with photo
e) Indian driving license with photo
f) Any Indian photo ID issued by Central /State Government
g) Indian Birth certificate issued by Government agencies. For any other foreign-born applicant birth certificate must be in full version and it has to be translated in Hindi/English by Reputed and Registered translation authority.
h) Indian Pan Card
(5) Photocopy of the birth certificate for foreign-born children as a proof of relationship with the child.
(6) PIO card in Original and self- attested copy of PIO card, if applicable.
(7) Photocopy of Chinese residence visa.
(8) Naturalization/Registration Certificate
(9) Documentary evidence of relationship as parents/grandparents, if Indian origin is claimed on that basis.
(10) Marriage certificate where required
(11) Change of name/appearance affidavit if required.
If the supporting documents are not satisfactory applicant will be asked to provide more documentary evidence.
A copy of authorized English translation of the certificate, if it is not in English/Hindi should accompany such documents.
All documents should be submitted in two individual sets for all the applicants. Each set should comprise of Part A, Part B and supporting documents.
Signature: The signature of the applicant should be WITHIN AND IN THE CENTER of the Signature box of Part A of the OCI Application form. Place thumb impression in signature box in BLUE INK ONLY (right thumb for female and left thumb for male), if the applicant (including minor children) can sign. Please make sure the thumb impression is not faint. Parents should not sign for children in the signature box.
Save a copy of the OCI Applications for your records.
The completed application along with enclosures [please bring along originals for verification and return] should be submitted at the Embassy. For security reasons, OCI applications are accepted only from the applicants and not through third party. Either of the parents can submit the OCI application on behalf of the minor children. Appearance of minor children is not mandatory.
Time: Between 0930 and 1030 hrs on any working day (Monday-Friday).
H. Name Change
IF YOUR NAME IN YOUR FOREIGN PASSPORT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE IN THE INDIAN PASSPORT:
a. In case of name change due to marriage please submit self attested copy of the marriage certificate and first 2 pages of spouse passport
b. Otherwise YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ADVERTISE CHANGE OF NAME IN A NEWSPAPER IN YOUR LOCALITY AND IN INDIA.
c. In both (a) and (b) cases please COMPLETE AND NOTARIZE THE CHANGE OF NAME AFFIDAVIT (pdf file).
Fees should be paid only in cash.
Fee in RMB*
Adult and minor [ For those NOT holding PIO Cards ]
Person holding PIO Cards [Adult]
Person holding PIO Cards [Minors]
Miscellaneous services like : Change of details in the card, correction for wrong filing of particulars and transferring visa to the new passport
Lost/damaged OCI documents/visa stickers
Refund if not found eligible after deducting the administrative costs [administrative costs: equivalent of USD 25]. In case of PIO card holders, no refund is applicable.
J. Applying in India or elsewhere
· If the applicant is in India, he/she can apply at the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Amritsar or Chief Immigration Officer (CHIO) Chennai or to the Under Secretary, Citizenship Section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), NDCC-II Building, JAI SINGH Road, OFF Parliament Street, Near Jantar Mantar, NEW DELHI – 110001
· If the applicant is abroad, he/she should submit the application to the Indian Mission/Post of the country of applicant’s citizenship, or; where he/she is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian mission/post of the country in which he/she is ordinarily resident.
K. Instructions regarding online status checking and collection of OCI cards
1. OCI Cards
OCI cards and lifelong visa stickers are printed in Delhi. Please check the status at:
https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp. Cooperation of applicants is requested to refrain from making interim status enquiries and calls as the whole process of grant of OCI card takes approx. 30 days. Enquiries and status calls will be attended to only after 30 days of acceptance of the application.
2. Incomplete applications
If any application/information is incomplete, your application will be sent back or you will be contacted by email provided on the application.
We are required to affix the U-visa on your foreign passport and also hand over the OCI card to you (and your family, if applicable). In order to complete the work, you are requested to submit your and your family member’s foreign passport and PIO card/s, if any at the Embassy, when you see the status as "DOCUMENTS PRINTED AND RECEIVED IN BEIJING".
L. OCI Miscellaneous Services
(i) OCI Miscellaneous Services are available in the event of:
· Issuance of new passport;
· Change of personal particulars viz. nationality
· Loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa.
· Erroneously entering wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications.
· Change of address and occupation.
Registered OCI shall make the application online selecting the requisite service(s).
Hard copy of application along with copy of old lifelong visa, old and new foreign passport and new enclosures to be submitted to the concerned Indian Mission/Post/Office.
Application can be submitted in Indian Mission/Post/Office in whose jurisdiction the applicant is ordinarily residing irrespective of the fact whether the same Mission/Post/Office has issued the original OCI documents or not.
OCI Miscellaneous Form:
OCI Miscellaneous form is available on the following link https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIMiscMain.jsp
- Application form
- One 2’x2’photograph
- Self-attested copy of new foreign passport
- Old foreign passport
- Old OCI card
- Photocopy of New foreign passport, OCI card and lifelong visa
- Requisite Fee in cash
Should be paid in cash
Fee in RMB
Change of details in the card, correction for wrong filing of particulars and transferring visa to the new passport
Lost/damaged OCI documents/visa stickers
THERE IS NO EMERGENCY SERVICE FOR OCI. Online Status Enquiry: You can check the status of OCI application online at https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp. When the status of an OCI document in the online status enquiry is GRANTED and NOT PRINTED EVEN AFTER A WEEK, please note that the photograph uploaded could not be printed in Delhi. To rectify this, please take a copy of the status report and paste a FRESH PHOTOGRAPH (2 inch x 2 inch [51 mm x 51 mm] with 80% coverage of face) on the left hand below the status report copy & sign (thumb impression in case of infants) on the right hand side opposite to the photo and submit it at the Embassy. This will be scanned and uploaded again. This process is likely to take a further period of up to two weeks and the progress can be watched through status enquiry.
Indian Passport: If your Indian passport is already cancelled, you need to submit only self-attested copy of the relevant pages. Otherwise, send original Indian Passport with the OCI application. If holding PIO card, it should also be enclosed in original with OCI application.
Travel to India: While travelling to India, it is important for OCI holders to carry both (a) the passport bearing ‘LIFE LONG’ visa sticker and (b) the OCI booklet. In case this passport has expired, there is no need to transfer ‘LIFE LONG’ visa to their new passports, but can carry the new passport along with items (a) & (b). Applicants are welcome to apply for transfer, but it will take the same time as in the case of fresh applications.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/oci-faq.pdf