About Us Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

2.Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) services


A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder 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 is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, 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. Foreign Military/ Police Personnel either serving or retired will not be registered as OCI Cardholder with an exception to Israeli citizens.

Procedure for submission of application for registration as OCI Cardholder

Any eligible person can submit an application for registration at https://ociservices.gov.in Applicants are required to 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. Further, every person, including a minor, eligible to be registered as Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder under Section 7A, may submit separate application. In case of a minor, the application from may be signed by either of the parents or by the person to whom the legal custody of the minor has been granted or by the legal guardian of such minor, as the case may be.
After submission of online application, applicant is required to take a print of the copy of the application form with the Online Registration Number. Application form, complete in all respects, along with all relevant enclosures and requisite fee may be submitted to the Embassy


Fresh OCI card

KW 322,400

Re-issuance of OCI

KW 32,400

Duplicate OCI in lieu of loss/damage

KW 119,400

Benefits of OCI-

  1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa ('U'Visa) for visiting India (however one needs to carry a valid passport along for travel).
  2. No separate student/Employment/Business visa will be required for admission in colleges/institutions or taking up employment , business, etc in India
  3. Special counters for speedy immigration clearance at designated Immigration check posts
  4. Exemption from registration with the local police authorities for any length of stay in India
  5. Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields except acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  6. OCI registration certificate can be used as identity proof for applying for a (I)PAN Card (II) Driving License (III) Opening of Bank account in India, if the OCI Card holder resides in India. 

However, the OCI card holder is not entitled to vote, to be member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India and to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice-President, Judges of the Supreme/High Courts etc. He/She cannot normally hold employment 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.

Note :-

In case an OCI card holder below the age of 20 years has not got the OCI card re-issued on change of Passport, he/she may travel on the strength of his/her existing OCI card bearing old Passport number subject to the condition that along with the new Passport, the OCI cardholder carries old Passport mentioned in the OCI card.

In case an OCI card holder who has attained the age of 50 years and has got his/her Passport renewed subsequently but has not got his/her OCI card re-issued on renewal of his/her Passport, he /she may travel on the strength of the existing OCI card along with the old and new Passports.

Handwritten PIO cards will be accepted as valid travel document along with valid foreign Passport at all Immigration Check Posts till September 30, 2020.

OCI card needs to be re-issued each time a new Passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years. It is required to be re-issued mandatorily only once after completing 50 years of age. Re-issuance of OCI card is not required each time a Passport is issued to a cardholder between 21 and 50 years of age. There is no mandatory requirement of carrying the old Passport but it is also advisable to carry as part of precaution.

a) The timeline for re-issuance of OCI cards in r/o OCI cardholders, who may be required to get their OCI card re-issued has been extended till 31.12.2021

b) Requirement of carrying old and new Passports along with the OCI card has been done away. Henceforth, the OCI cardholders travelling on the strength of their existing OCI Card bearing old Passport number are not required to carry their old passport. However, carrying of the new passport is mandatory.

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