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General Information

It has been decided to outsource Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) services also to M/s VF Services (UK) Ltd, with effect from 15 January 2015. All applications need to be submitted through M/s VF Services website. All relevant procedural and document requirements have been listed therein : http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/france/

The OCI Card is a multiple entry life-long visa which enables the holder to have unlimited travel and stay in India. On change of passport, one has to apply for a new OCI Card corresponding to the new passport.


Eligibility Conditions

A foreign national is eligible to apply for an OCI card if he/she:

  • Was a citizen of India on or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution; or
  • Was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; or
  • Belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947; or
  • Who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen mentioned above; or
  • A person who is a minor child of a person mentioned above; or
  • A person who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or
  • A spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section:

You are not eligible to apply for an OCI card in the following cases:

  • The applicant will not be eligible for OCI, if the applicant/their parents had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh
  • Foreign Defence/Military/Police/ex-Defence personnel and the persons working with security agencies are not eligible for OCI card

The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify the date from which the existing Persons of Indian Origin cardholders shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India cardholders.

Please refer to links below for more information:

Press Information Bureau, Government of India


Re-Issue of OCI Card

OCI Card Re-Issue is for applicants currently holding an OCI Card which needs to be renewed for the following reasons:

  • Change in the passport number
  • Change in personal particulars

Loss or damage of OCI Card


Mandatory conversion of PIO into OCI Card

Merger of PIO Card and OCI Card: Clarifications for the PIO Card holders.

  • The date of submission of application for registeration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card online has been extended till 31.12.2017. All PIO card holders are requested to follow the deadline.
     
  • Advantage of obtaining an OCI card in lieu of the PIO Card. OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration and consular services. 
     
  • PIO card holders can now submit OCI card application at their place of normal residence. This is in modification of the earlier instructions that they should apply only at the location where the PIO card was issued.
     
  • The grant of OCI card in lieu of PIO card will be on gratis basis. The applicants will have to bear only postage charges and service fee. 
     
  • The PIO card holders can get their new passport numbers endorsed on their existing PIO card till they get their OCI card.
     
  • Foreign national spouse of an Indian natonal who is no more will be eligible for OCI card provided he/she has not married again.
     
  • Foreign national children of an Indian national who is no more will also be elgible for OCI card.
     
  • Foreign national spouse of a PIO/OCI cardholder whose parents/grandparents are/were of Indian origin will also be eligible for OCI card.
     
  • In case a PIO card is reported to be lost, the fee for replacement card will have to paid. It will be Rs.5500/- till further orders.
     

No fee will be levied in case of change of personal particulars e.g. passport no., address, occupation etc. while submitting the OCI card in lieu of the PIO card.