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Indian OCI

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Indian OCI Card is a multiple entry life-long visa which enables the holder to have unlimited travel and stay in India.

 
Indian OCI is an online process. Applicant needs to fill up OCI Application Form Online. After filling up the online OCI application, applicant has to take out the print of the application and submit  the application form with prescribed documents and fees to the designated VFS Centre. The time taken for issue of OCI Card is depends on your application type.
 

Benefits of applying for Indian OCI card are:

  • Multiple entries, with multi-purpose life-long Visa being offered to visit India.

  • Exception from having to report to Police authorities for any length of stay in India.

  • Equality with NRIs in all spheres of financial, economic and educational fields barring the purchase of agricultural or plantation properties

Important Note: 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’.

 

Mandatory documents for an OCI Application:

  • Printed Application form
  • 2 photographs   2″ x 2″ with white back ground.
  • Foreign Passport Copy
  • Copy of Naturalisation Certificate, if applicable (Applicants, who have obtained Foreign Nationality by Naturalisation, are required to submit Naturalisation Certificate (Original) along with the copy.
  • All applicants are required to submit the originals along with the copy of the Proof of Indian Origin documents as per the below list. In addition to the above documents the below additional documents will be required as per the cases advised:

Documents required for Applicants born In India:

  • Applicants are mandatory required to submit Surrender Certificate of Indian Passport (original).
The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Under the Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship on order to obtain Surrender Certificate.
  • Applicants who have obtained foreign nationality after May 2010 need to submit original Surrender Certificate compulsory, however If applicants are unable to provide surrender certificate due to loss of passport will be required to submit the Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificate.
  • Applicants who have held an Indian passport, and obtained foreign nationality before May 2010, but are unable to produce the same for Surrender of Indian passport  for any reason (lost/misplaced/submitted to UK Home Office long time back) are required to furnish a notarised affidavit in original from UK stating the facts about their Indian passports along with other necessary documents as mentioned below.
  • Applicants who were born in India and never held Indian passport, and travelled on parents Indian Passports, are required to submit a notary affidavit in original from UK stating the fact and how they travelled to UK along with other necessary documents as mentioned below.

Other necessary documents of Indian origin.

  • Domicile certificate (in original) OR
  • Original Birth Certificate issued from Indian Municipality or Panchayat. Recently issued birth Certificate (Post-dated birth certificates) from Municipality/Panchayat etc. This should be duly certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area, with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification. OR
  • School Leaving Certificate (in original). Post-dated School Certificate/School Leaving Certificate from India should be authenticated by Director of Education/District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification OR
  • Agriculture land documents.

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