Note "The date for submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO card holders is extended   till 31.12.2016"

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme

  1. The entire OCI application and processing system, including the submission of the application, uploading the requisite document and payment of fee will be brought online by 31.7.2015.
  2. The date for submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders is extended till 31.3.2016. This cutoff date will be only for submission of the applications online by the applicants.
  1.  The applicants can submit the applications only from anywhere. The grant of OCI card in lieu of  the PIO card will be on a gratis basis and no fee shall be payable by the applicants.
  2. The Mission/Post/FRRO concerned will verify only the genuineness of the PIO card issued and clear the application for registration as OCI cardholder. In case the PIO card was issued from the Mission/Post/FRRO other than where the application for registration as OCI cardholder has been made, the issuing authority shall get confirmation regarding the genuineness of the PIO Card issued from the authority who issued the PIO Card initially, at the earliest through electronic means. The whole exercise shall be completed preferably within a fortnight of submission of the application online.
  3. The OCI Card shall be issued by the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of the applicant's place of residence. The applicant will have to approach the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned only for collecting the OCI Card by surrendering the PIO Card.

OCI Scheme is operational from 02.12.2005

The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as ‘dual citizenship’. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category as has been specified in the Brochure who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws.

2. Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:

(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India;

(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

3. Any further benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

4. A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she is registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year out of the five years before making the application.

5. Fee                                                                                              TT Dollars                 US Dollars

For OCI Card -                                                                                   1790 + 15                   275 + 3

For re-issuance of OCI Cards involving change of Passport -                         165 + 15                     25 + 3

For re-issuance of Duplicate OCI Card due to Loss/Damage                          650 + 15                   100 + 3

Issue of OCI Card for PIO Card Holders                                                     165 + 15                     25 + 3

Issue of OCI Card for PIO Card Holders (Minor)                                          945 + 15                    145 + 3

6. For detailed information on OCI Scheme, eligibility, criteria, please go to:

www.mha.nic.in >Foreigners Division

Forms to Download

Affidavit for OCI / PIO Card

Form for Renunciation of Indian citizenship

Photograph specifications

About OCI

OCI Brochure