Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card
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Registration of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

Constitution of India does not allow dual citizenship. Government of India (GOI)  introduced OCI Scheme on December 2, 2005. GOI decided to register Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) of certain category as specified in Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 as Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Cardholder.

OCI card is multiple entry and multi purpose life long visa for visiting India.

Benefits

  1. OCI card is multiple entry and multi purpose life long visa for visiting India and stay unlimited duration without registration with FRRO.
  2. Parity with Non-Resident Indian (NRI) in respect of all facilities available to them in economic, education and financial fields.
  3. OCI cardholder can pursue many professions such as doctor, nurse, architect, chartered accountant, advocate and pharmacist.
  4. OCI cardholders are eligible for appointment as teaching faculties in IITs, IIMs, NITs and in Central Universities.

Not Entitled

  1. OCI cardholders are not entitled to vote in India.
  2. OCI cardholders need special permission to undertake Research Work, Mountaineering, Missionary Work, Tabligh Work, Journalism.
  3. OCI cardholder need permission to visit Protected/Restricted Area Notified by Government of India.
  4. OCI cardholder cannot acquire agricultural and plantation properties in India.

Please visit link for online OCI Application Form and guidance for eligibility and required documents CLICK HERE

Issuance of OCI in lieu of valid PIO

The PIO Card Scheme has been withdrawn since January 9, 2015. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid to travel to India till September 30, 2020.

PIO Card holders are advised to apply for issuance of OCI card (In Lieu of valid PIO cards) before September 30, 2020.

Please visit link for online OCI Application Form and guidance for eligibility and required documents CLICK HERE

Fee Structure

 

Type

 

Category

Fees in US$ (includes

US$2.00 for ICWF)

Fees in G$

(includes

G$300.00 for ICWF)

Fresh OCI

First Time

$278.00

$55,600.00

 

 

 

Re-issue of OCI

1.    In case of issuance of new passport (Minor up to age of 20)

2.    After obtaining age of 50 yrs.

3.       Change in personal particulars such as name/nationality/appearance

$28.00

$5,600.00

Re-issue of OCI

In case of damaged/lost of OCI

$103.00

$20,600.00

Fresh OCI

 In lieu of valid PIO

$103.00

$20,600.00

Fresh OCI

In case of Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin

$278.00

$55,600.00

 

For more details, you may write to Attaché (Consular.), HCI, Georgetown at cons.georgetown@mea.gov.in



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