Under the Citizenship (Second Amendment)
Rules, 2004, the following application forms have been prescribed
for registration as "Overseas Citizens of India"
under the Citizenship Act 1955 as amended from time to time:-
Form XIX for
Registration under Section 7(A)(1)(a)
For a person of Indian origin who became
a citizen of Australia before the commencement of the Citizenship
(Amendment) Act 2003 on January 7, 2004
A for Registration under Section 7(A)(1)(b)
For a person who obtained citizenship of
Australia on or after the commencement of the Citizenship
( Amendment ) ACT 2003 and was a citizen of India immediately
before such commencement.
B for Registration under Section 7(A)(1)(c)
For a minor of the person who is required
to fill either Form XIX or Form XIX B
Note: An application for registration
of a minor child of overseas citizen of India under Section
7(A)(1)(c) shall include the following particulars, namely
a statement whether the applicant is
a parent or guardian of the child and if he is a guardian,
how he became the guardian;
a statement showing whether the child
was adopted by the applicant and if so, documentary evidence
to this effect;
a statement indicating reasons for
which the child is required to be registered as an overseas
citizen of India.
Persons of Indian Origin holding Australian
passport can apply for registration as Overseas Citizen of
India by presenting the duly completed application forms in
quadruplicate in person at any of the following offices during
normal working hours from November 1, 2004:
High Commission of India, 3-5, Moonah Place,
Yarralumla, ACT 2600;
Consulate General of India, 25 Bligh Street,
Level 27, Sydney, NSW 2000.
The prescribed fee for registration is A$
396. This includes a non-refundable fee of A$ 36. In the event
of the application for registration as Overseas Citizen of
India not being accepted, a sum of A$ 360 shall be refunded
to the applicant.
All applications for registration as an Overseas
Indian Citizen will be processed in India. The concerned authorities
would take about 4 months (only indicative) to issue the Registration
Certificate which would be valid for life unless renounced/cancelled.
Overseas Citizen of India Passport
The Registration Certificate will form the
basis for the issue of the Overseas Citizen of India Passport.
Modalities in this regard are being evolved.
Detailed information about the Citizenship
(Amendment) Act 2003 and the Citizenship (Second Amendment)
Rules 2004 is available on the http://www.mha.nic.in/citi.htm.