OCI FAQ

Conversion of PIO Card into OCI Card

As per Government of India's instructions, PIO scheme has been withdrawn with effect from 09.01.2015.

All PIO cardholders who desire to apply for OCI card in lieu of their PIO Card can fill online at: https://passport.gov.in/oci/ and submit all the documents with a printout of the application form filled online.

Procedure:

i)Please bring in person a print out of your duly filled application form, with two photographs and requisite documents as prescribed online.

ii) Applicant has to pay no amount towards conversion of PIO Card to OCI. The amounts given below are inclusive of SEK.15/- towards ICWF.

1. Fees for New OCI - 2287 SEK

2. Fees for PIO to OCI - GRATIS

3. Reissuance of OCI Card - 222 SEK

4. Duplicate OCI in case of loss/Damage of OCI documents - 841 SEK

 Q.1     

Who is eligible to apply

Ans.

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 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.

 

 

 Q.2    

What are the conditions for being considered eligible to become a Citizen of India on 26.01.1950

Ans.

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in India, or whose parents or grand-parents were born in  India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted), and who was ordinarily residing in any country outside India is considered eligible to have become citizen of India on 26.01.1950.

 

 

 Q.3     

Can the spouse of an eligible person apply for OCI

Ans.

Yes.

 

 

 Q.4      

Are Minor children eligible for OCI

Ans.

Yes, if either of the parents is eligible for OCI.

 

 

 Q.5     

What form should be used to apply for an OCI registration and where are the forms available

Ans.

Link for online registration is given below:- http://passport.gov.in/oci/

 

 

 Q.6     

How many copies of application have to be submitted

Ans.

Only one set of Application has to be submitted for each applicant with supporting documents

 Q.7      

What documents have to be submitted with the application

Ans.

Documents required for OCI

>>Proof of present citizenship, Evidence of self or parents or grand-parents,

>>being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or

>>belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15th August, 1947; or

>>being a citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950

>>These could be copy of the passport or copy of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority or any other proof such as school certificate, agricultural land ownership certificate, and birth certificate etc. by which eligibility may be reasonably ascertained.

>>Evidence of relationship as parent/grand-parent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI.

>>Proof of payment of fees

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

 

 

 

 

 Q.8      

With reference to part (ii)b of the answer to question 8 above, which territories became part of India after 15.08.1947 and from what date

Ans.

The territories which became part of India after 15.08.1947 are:

>>Sikkim 26.04.1975

>>Pondicherry 16.08.1962

>>Dadra & Nagar Haveli 11.08.1961

>>Goa, Daman and Diu 20.12.1961

 

 

 Q.9      

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

Ans.

Not necessarily, application(s) can also be sent by post or courrier, as felt convenient.

 

 

 Q.10      

Can a person apply for the OCI registration from anywhere

Ans.

No, they should apply in the country where they are ordinarily resident.

 

 

 Q.11      

What are the consequences of furnishing wrong information or suppressing material information

Ans.

All the applications are subject to pre or post enquiry. In case of furnishing of false information and suppressing the material facts by the applicant, the current application or 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.

 

 

 Q.12       

What is the fee for application for an OCI

Ans.

1. Fees for New OCI - 2287 SEK
2. Fees for conversion of PIO Card to OCI Card - GRATIS
3. Reissuance of OCI Card - 222 SEK
4. Duplicate OCI in case of loss/Damage of OCI documents - 841 SEK
5.5. The fee should be deposited to Bank Giro 5816-4930

 

 

 Q.13      

If the registration as an OCI is not granted, will the fees be refunded

Ans.

If registration is refused, 10% of fees would be retained as the processing fee and 90% would be refunded.

 

 

 Q.14      

What documents will be issued after registration as an OCI

Ans.

A registration certificate in the form of a booklet will be issued.

 

 

 Q.15      

Will some type of passport be issued to an OCI

Ans.

No; as stated in the answer to question 14 above, OCIs would be issued a Registration Certificate in the form of a booklet which is not a passport.

 

 

 Q.16      

If the OCI Certificate is lost, will a duplicate certificate of registration be issued

Ans.

Yes. For this purpose, an application has to be made to the Indian Mission/ Post with evidence/proof of 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 have to be made to the same Indian Mission/ Post which issued the certificate along with the fee.

 

 

 Q.17      

Can a person registered as an OCI travel to protected area/restricted area without permission

Ans.

No. He/she will be required to seek Protected Area Permission/Restricted Area Permission for such visits.

 

 

 Q.18      

 Do the Indian civil/criminal laws apply to persons registered as OCI

Ans.

Yes, for his/her period of stay in India.

 

 

 Q.19  

Can a person registered as an OCI be granted Indian citizenship

Ans.

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.

 

 

 Q.20   

Will foreign-born children of PIOs be eligible to become an OCI

Ans.

Yes, provided one of the parents is eligible to become an OCI.

 

 

 Q.21     

What are the benefits of getting an OCI Certificate

Ans.

Following benefits will be allowed to an OCI:

>>Multi-purpose, multiple entries, lifelong visa for visiting India.

>>Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.

>>Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

 

 

 Q.22     

Is the OCI entitled to voting rights in Elections in India

Ans.

No.

 

 

 Q.23   

Is the OCI entitled to hold constitutional post in India

Ans.

No.

 

 

 Q.24 

Is the OCI entitled to hold Government posts in India

Ans.

No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.

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