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  O.C.I. (Overseas Citizen of India) CARD

Foreigners of Indian origin (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) whose present nationality is such that their country of nationality allows dual citizenship in some form or other,  are eligible to apply under OCI scheme, if he/she possesses evidence of self or parents or grand parents:

1. Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of Indian Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950.     OR
2. Belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15.01.1947.  OR
3. Being a citizen of India on or after 26.01.1950
Authority to which application is to be made: -
Application for OCI Card is available online on the Ministry of Home Affairs website i.e. www.mha.nic.in . which can be submitted to:

Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is ordinarily resident, when such foreigner is resident    outside India.


OCI Cell, Citizenship section, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi when the foreigner is residing/ visiting India.


Foreigners,  residing in the following cities, can also submit their application to concerned FRROs:

(a) Delhi
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Level-II, East Block-VIII, Sector-I, R.K. Puram,
New Delhi-110066 
(b) Mumbai

Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
3rd Floor, Special Branch Building,
Badruddin Tayabji Lane,
Behind St. Xaviers College,

(c) Kolkata
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,
(d) Amritsar
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
123-D, Ranjeet Avenue,
(e) Chennai
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,Shastri Bhavan, 26, Haddows Road, Chennai-600006  

(B)  Foreigners who are residing elsewhere in India other than (A) ,will have to submit their application to the:

Documents required to be enclosed at the time of submission of application for OCI:
1. Application of OCI Card can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs i.e. www.mha.nic.in .Form XIX,Part A can be filled online and printout taken, while Form XIX ,Part B has to be filled by hand.
2. Photocopy of Passport and valid VISA.
3. Proof of Indian Origin –
    1. Previous Indian Passport OR
    2. Applicant Birth Certificate
    3. Any other documentary proof
    4. In case of PIO Card holder -  Copy of PIO Card and Copy of previous Indian passport/Birth Certificate and parents Indian passport.
4. Copy of Registration Certificate.
Application with the self-attested documents to be submitted in duplicate along with the following:

For applications to be filed in India, an amount of Rs.12,400/- has to be paid for each applicant by Demand Draft in favour of “Pay and Accounts Officer (Secretariat), Ministry of Home Affairs” payable at New Delhi. In case of PIO Card holders, an amount of Rs.1,150/- have to be paid and Rs.6,550/- in case of Minor PIO card holder.
In case of applications to be filed outside India, for the amount of fee to be paid in local currency, please visit the web site of the respective Indian Mission/Post.

Benefits available to a OCI Card holder:
1. Grant of multiple entry, multi purpose life long VISA to visit India.
2. Exemption from registration with FRRO/FRO for any length of time.
3. Parity with NRI's in economic, financial and educational fields except in maters relating to acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

Note : In case of minor children, OCI will be issued, if either  of the parents  is holding OCI Card or eligible for OCI.