1. Who is eligible to apply?
A foreign national, who was eligible to
become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of
India on or at anytime 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, provided his/her country
of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other
under the local laws, is eligible for registration as 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.
2. Who was eligible to become Citizen
of India on 26.01.1950?
Any person who or either of whose parents
or any of whose grand-parents was 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in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted),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
was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950.
3. Which territories became part
of India after 15.08.1947 and from what date?
The territories which became part of India after 15.08.1947
(i) Sikkim from 26.04.1975
(ii) Pondicherry from 16.08.1962
(iii) Dadra & Nagar Haveli from 11.08.1961
(iv) Goa, Daman and Diu from 20.12.1961
4. Can the spouse of the eligible
person apply for OCI?
Yes, if he/she is eligible in his/her
5. Can children of parents, wherein
one of the parents is eligible for OCI, can apply for OCI?
6. Who is a Minor?
A person who has not attained the age
of 18 years is considered minor.
7. Are minor children whose both
parents are Indian citizens, eligible for OCI?
8. In what form should a person
apply for OCI and where are they available?
A family consisting of spouses and upto
two minor children can apply in the same form i.e. Form
XIX, which can be filed online or downloaded from our website
In case of more than two children, the application should
be lodged under the individual category.
NOTE: The fees is A$396 per person and
is not per family, even though the application is lodged
under the family category.
9. Can application form be filled
and submitted on line?
Yes. Part A of the application form should
be filed online Upon submission of part A online, Part B
is downloaded instantly and can be printed on computer or
by hand in block letters. Printed Part A and B of the form,
along with enclosures should be submitted in two sets (
both the sets should have original signature and photograph)
along with fees in the Indian Mission/Post/Office.
10. What documents have to be attached with the application?
The following documents shall be enclosed
for each applicant:
1.Copies of current passport.
2.Evidence of self or parents or grand
(a) being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time
of commencement of the Constitution; or
(b) belonging to a territory that became part of India after
15th August, 1947; or
(c) being citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950
These could be:
(i) Copy of the passport :or
(ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent
(iii) Any other proof .
3. Evidence of relationship as parent/grand
parent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant
4. Application fee by way of Bank Cheque or Money Order
for A$396 (A$ 36 for each PIO card holder) drawn in favour
of “Consulate General of India, Sydney”
5. PIO card holder should submit a copy of his/her PIO card
along with proof of Indian origin viz. Evidence of self
or parents or grand parents - Copies of Indian Passport,
Birth Certificate from India, School leaving certificate,
Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent
authority ;or Any other proof
11. What documents would qualify
for “Any other proof” for evidence of self or
parents or grand parents being eligible for grant of OCI?
Any documentary evidence by which the
officer equivalent to Under Secretary to the Government
of India in the Indian Mission/Post can diligently arrive
at the decision.
12. How many copies of application
have to be submitted?
Application has to be submitted in duplicate
(two sets) for each applicant.
13. Whether applicant(s) have to
go in person to submit the application (s)?
The complete application can be posted
in Express Post / Registered Post, mentioning :
Attn. OCI Section
The mailing address: CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA
Level 27, 25 Bligh Street, NSW,
Applications can be lodged in person at the mission between
10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. on working days.
14. Whether the applicant (s) have
to take oath before the Counsel of the Indian Mission/Post?
No. Earlier provision
in this regard has been done away with.
15. Where to submit the application?
To the Indian Mission/ Post of the country
of citizenship of the applicant. If the applicant is not
in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post
of the country where he is ordinarily residing. If the applicant
is in India, to the FRRO Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota or Amritsar
or to CHIO, Chennai or to the Under Secretary, OCI Cell,
Citizenship section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home
Affairs (MHA), Jaisalmer House, 26, Mansingh Road, New Delhi-110011.
16. Can a person apply in the country
where he is ordinarily residing?
17. What are the consequences of furnishing wrong
information or suppressing material information?
All the applications will be subject to
pre or post enquiry depending on whether any adverse information
is available or not. If the Government comes to the knowledge
that any false information was furnished or material information
was suppressed, the 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 banning
his/her entry into India.
18. What is the fee for application
for registration as OCI?
A$ 396 for each applicant . In case of
PIO card holder, A$ 36.
19. What is the time taken for
registration as OCI?
Within 45 - 90 days of the application,
if there is no adverse information available against the
applicant. If any adverse information is available against
the applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken
within 120 days.
20. If the registration as OCI
is not granted, what amount will be refunded?
An amount of A$ 360 shall be refunded,
if registration is refused. A$ 36 is the processing fees,
which is non-refundable.
21. Can a PIO cardholder apply?
Yes, provided he/she is otherwise eligible
for grant of OCI like any other applicant.
22. Will the PIO Cardholder be
granted OCI registration gratis?
No. He/she has to make a payment of A$36
along with the application.
23. Will the PIO card be honored
till the time they are valid even after acquisition of OCI?
No. PIO card will have to be surrendered
to Indian Mission/Post/MHA for grant of OCI registration
certificate and OCI ‘U’ visa sticker.
24. What will be issued after registration
A registration certificate in the form
of a booklet will be issued and a multiple entry, multi-purpose
OCI ‘U’ visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign
passport of the applicant. For this purpose, the applicant
has to send the original passport to the Indian Mission/Post
after receipt of the acceptance letter/ verifying the status
of the application online.
25. Will a separate OCI passport
26. Will a duplicate certificate
of registration as OCI will be issued?
Yes. For this purpose, an application
has to be made to the Indian
Mission/Post with evidence for loss of certificate. In case
of mutilated/damaged certificate an application has to be
made enclosing the same. The applications in both the cases
have to be made to the same Indian Mission/ Post which issued
the certificate alongwith with payment of fee of A$ 36.
The documents required are - copy of OCI and copy
of recent Passport.
27. Will a new OCI visa sticker
be issued on the new foreign passport after the expiry of
the old passport?
(i) On payment of requisite fee, a new OCI ‘U’
visa sticker will be issued. The process is similar to a
fresh OCI while the fees is only A$36.
(ii) However, the applicant can continue
to carry the old passport wherein OCI ‘U’visa
sticker was pasted along with new passport for visiting
India without seeking a new visa, as the visa is for lifelong.
28. Will the applicant lose his
citizenship after registering as OCI?
No. As only citizen of the country which
allows dual citizenship under the local laws in some form
or the other are eligible for applying for registration
as OCI, losing foreign citizenship does not arise.
29. Can a person holding OCI travel to protected
area/restricted area without permission?
No. He/she will be required to seek PAP/RAP
for such visits.
30. Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable
to persons registered as OCI?
Yes, for the period OCI is living in India.
31. Can a person registered as
OCI be granted Indian citizenship?
Yes. As per the provisions of section
5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered
as 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.
32. Will OCI be granted gratis
to certain categories of people?
33. Can OCI be granted to foreign
nationals who are not eligible for OCI, but married to persons
who are eligible for OCI?
34. Will foreign-born children
of PIOs be eligible to become OCI?
Yes, provided one of the parents is eligible
to become OCI.
35. What are the benefits of OCI?
Following benefits will be allowed to
(a) Multi-purpose, multiple entry, lifelong visa for visiting
(b) Exemption from registration with local police authority
for any length of stay in India.
(c) Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and
education fields except in matters relating to the acquisition
of agricultural/plantation properties.
36. Will any other benefit be granted
Any other benefits to OCI will be notified
by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under
Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
37. Whether the OCI is entitled
to voting rights?
38. Whether the OCI is entitled
to hold constitutional post in India?
39. Whether the OCI is entitled
to hold Government posts in India?
No, except for the posts specified by
an order by the Central Government.
40. If a person is already holding
more than one nationality, can he/she apply for OCI?
Yes, as long as the local laws of at least
one of the countries allow dual citizenship in some form
41. What are the advantages of
OCI when compared to PIO cardholders ?
(i) OCI is entitled to life long visa
free travel to India whereas for PIO cardholder, it is for
(ii) PIO cardholder is required to register with local Police
authority for stay exceeding 180 days in India on any single
visit whereas OCI is exempted from registration with Police
authority for any length of stay in India.
42. Whether an OCI be entitled
to apply for and obtain a normal Indian passport which is
given to a citizen of India?
No. Indian Passport is given only to Indian
43. Whether nationals of Commonwealth
countries are eligible for OCI?
Yes, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.
44. Can a person renounce OCI?
Yes. He/she has to declare 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.
45. Do the applicants who have
applied on the earlier prescribed Application form have
to apply again in the new form?
No. All such applications will be considered
for registration as OCI without seeking fresh application