Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Does OCI Card provide dual citizenship?

The Constitution of India does not allow Dual Citizenship. You cannot be a citizen of India and a citizen of another foreign country at the same time. Government of India decided to register a Person of Indian originand issue Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card based on the registration made.

Is there any condition to be met to apply under 'New OCI Card for Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin'?

If you are of Indian Heritage or held an Indian Nationality, then you are eligible to apply under Adult and NOT through your Spouse.
If you are a Foreign Spouse of a Person of Indian Origin, you must provide the following documents:
Copy of Marriage Certificate

Marriage should be registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years preceding the OCI application.

Self Attested Joint Statement signed by the couple stating:

That in case of dissolution of marriage or deceased spouse, you must notify and return your OCI Card to the Embassy / Consulate.

My son is going to be 21. Can he travel on the same OCI?

Yes he can travel as long as his OCI and Passport are valid.
Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of 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 the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.
However, applicants must note the new OCI travel advisory – Re-issue of OCI Card (On getting a New Passport)

20 years of age or younger:
OCI card must be RE-ISSUED EACH TIME A NEW PASSPORT is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.

21 to 49 years of age:
Re-issuance of OCI registration certificate (OCI card) is NOT mandatory each time a new passport is issued between 21 to 49 years of age. However, if the applicant wishes to avail this service, he / she can request re-issue of OCI to update the new passport number. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI registration certificate (OCI card), old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.

50 years of age or older:
For applicants whose OCI cards were issued before 50 years of age, OCI must be re-issued ONCEafter the issuance of a new passport after completing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.
If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI card, old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.

Who is Eligible to apply for an OCI Card?

Following list of applicants are ELIGIBLE

A foreign national can apply for an OCI Card:

Who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; OR

Who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; OR

Who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; OR

Who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; OR

Who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; OR

Who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder; OR

Who is a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Card holder.

Please Note: A couple needs to be married for 2 years prior to the submission of the OCI application. In case of dissolution of marriage or deceased spouse, he/she must notify and return the OCI Card to the Embassy/Consulate.

Who is not eligible to apply for an OCI Card?

If you or either of your parents or grandparents or great grandparents is/has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, you are not eligible to apply for an OCI Card.

The following table enlists the exceptions for OCI Eligibility:

Sr No.

Applicant Demographic

Eligibility

1

Former Bangladesh / Pakistan Nationals

Not Eligible

2

Children of Parents / Grandparents / Great grandparents who are of Bangladesh / Pakistan Origin (one or both, mother or father, of any descent)

Not Eligible

3

Step Children or adopted children

 

- Foreign born step or adopted children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign

Not Eligible

 

- Foreign born step or adopted children with both parents Indian Nationals

Not Eligible

 

- Foreign born step or adopted children with both parents as former Indian Nationals

Not Eligible

4

Minor foreigners who are born out of live-in relationships and their parents subsequently either got married or continued with live-in relationship

 

- Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with one parent Indian and the other one foreign

Not Eligible

 

- Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with both parents Indian Nationals

Not Eligible

 

- Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with both parents as former Indian Nationals

Not Eligible

5

Foreign born children

 

- Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign

Eligible

 

- Foreign born children with both or single parent Indian National

Eligible

 

- Foreign born children with both or single parents as former Indian National

Eligible

 

- Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and parents are divorced

Not Eligible

6

Foreign Spouse

 

- Foreign Spouse whose, Indian origin spouse has deceased

Not Eligible

 

- Foreign Spouse who have separated from their Indian origin spouse

Not Eligible

7

Applying on basis of Spouse
  - Naturalized Indian Spouse is not an OCI cardholder
  - Indian Spouse does not hold an Indian Passport presently

Not Eligible

8

Applying on basis of Spouse and if marriage has not been registered and / or subsisted for a continuous period of two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application

Not Eligible

What are the various services available under OCI Card? OR What are the different OCI categories?

Following are the OCI categories/services that one can apply for depending on age and nationality are listed as follows:

New OCI Card

New OCI Card for Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin

OCI Re-Issue with New Passport

OCI Re-Issue for Lost OCI Card

OCI Re-Issue for Damaged OCI Card

Cancellation of OCI Card

OCI in lieu of PIO card

OCI in lieu of PIO card  for Lost PIO card

OCI in lieu of PIO card  for Damaged PIO card

In addition to the above services, following are the Miscellaneous services which can be applied for:

Change your address?

Correction in Date of birth?

Correction in Place of birth?

Change your Name?

Split your Name?

Change your Appearance?

Change your Signature?

Correction of Spelling in Father’s name?

Correction of Spelling in Mother’s name?

Correction of Spelling Legal Guardian’s name?

Change of Occupation?

Can a person registered as an 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 an OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the 5 yearsis eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.

What is an OCI Card holder not entitled to?

An OCI card holder is not entitled:

To vote

To be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India

To hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.

He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.

What are the benefits of an OCI?

The following benefits will be allowed to an OCI card holder:

Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India

Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India

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

OCI application is in process on my passport, meanwhile can I travel on the same passport?

Yes, you can travel on the same passport provided you already have a valid visa for the respective country you are traveling to. If not, you are required to apply for a VISA.

I am over 50 years of age can I travel on the same OCI card?

You will have to apply for reissue of OCI card only if your OCI card was issued to you before you turned 50 orthe passport number in your OCI card is different from your latest valid passport. If you got your first or reissued OCI card after you turned 50, then you can travel on the same OCI card.

 
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