Applicants residing any part of the country can file with Foreigners regional Registration Offices (FRRO), Delhi at the following address:
East Block-VIII, Level-2,
Sector-1, R.K. Puram,
Applicants in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Amritsar can also filewith the respective Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs) at the following addresses:
Further details are available at: https://indianfrro.gov.in/
No. If the applicant, or his/her parents or grand-parents have ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/shewill not be eligible for an OCI card.
Applicants outside Indiacan file applications to
For details of the documents required, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs:http://mha1.nic.in/foreigDiv/OCI.html. It normally takes about 6-7 weeks for issue of an OCI Card.
It is not compulsory to convert your valid PIO Card to an OCI Card, as all PIO Cards are deemed to be equivalent to OCI Cards and have been declared valid for lifetime. However, you are advised to convert your PIO Card to an OCI Card in order to avoid any potential inconvenience at immigration check points, as all instructions and updates in the future will only relate to OCI Cards. PIO Card holders have been advised to apply for conversion of their PIO Cards to OCI Cards by June 30, 2017.
Please apply online for conversion of your PIO Card to OCI Card at https://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO for applicants already in India. In the case of applicants staying abroad, please apply at the concerned Indian Embassy/Consulate either directly or through the outsourced service provider, with the documents prescribed by the Embassy. It should be noted that this service will be rendered by the Embassy/Consulate free of charge (in the case of outsourced service providers, the service fee will apply).
Yes, a Renunciation Certificate (renouncing your Indian nationality and surrendering your Indian passport) is compulsory before applying for an OCI card. It takes 3-4 working days for a Renunciation Certificate to be issued.
Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of just the OCI card, accompanied by a valid passport (which may not have the U visa sticker).
Yes, the 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, can apply for an OCI card.
Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of whose parents is a citizen of India are eligible to apply for an OCI Card.
No, foreign military personnel either in service or retired are not entitled for grant of OCI. No person who has earlier served in a foreign military organisation is eligible for an OCI card.
Please view the full requirements for OCI Re-issue for more information at the following link:http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/GuidelinesOCI.pdf
An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:
The OCI Card holder is not entitled:
Yes. He/she has to declare their 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 shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.
You will be allowed entry into India if you have a valid OCI Card and a valid foreign passport, with a minimum remaining validity of six months. You do not need to carry the old passport on which your "U” (OCI) Visa was stamped, if that happens to be different from your current passport.