OCI scheme
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Eligibility

A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) 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. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder 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 is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

Benefits of OCI

  • Multi-purpose, multi entry, lifelong visas for visiting India

  • Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration officer / Foreigners Registration Officer for any length of stay in India.

  • Parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

Every registered OCI will be issued a registration certificate which is printed like an Indian passport in different colour and an OCI visa sticker will be pasted in the person’s foreign passport. These two documents will have the photograph of the individual and all necessary security features.

 OCI Registration Process

Application form for OCI registration needs to be filled online on the website https://passport.gov.in/oci . After filling the form, the applicant needs to save and print the form. A reference number is generated on the printed form. This printed form along with the relevant documents and prescribed fee should be submitted at the Consular Section, Embassy of India, Ljubljana on working Wednesdays and Fridays between 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs. Issuance of OCI cards normally takes 5-6 weeks from the date of submission of the application.

OCI Fee Structure

Fresh OCI card application - Euro 265

OCI in lieu of PIO – GRATIS, Service charge of Euro 3.00 towards ICWF is payable.

OCI Miscellaneous services - Euro 27.00

Duplicate OCI in case of loss/damage - Euro 98.00

Note: Above fees are inclusive of service charge of Euro 3.00 towards ICWF 

The fee is accepted in Euro and in cash only at the Consular section of the Embassy of India; no Credit cards or other payment cards are accepted. The Embassy is not responsible for loss of cash sent by Post.

Conversion of PIO card to OCI card

Following the merger of PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) Card Scheme with the OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) Card Scheme, all PIO card holders are advised to obtain OCI cards. The last date for submission of application for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card has been extended till 31 December, 2017. This cutoff date will be only for submission of the applications online by the applicants. The erstwhile PIO cardholder with a valid PIO card as on 9.1.2015 will have to upload only the following documents with his/ her application:-

(a) Copy of the valid Passport

(b) Copy of the both first and last pages of PIO card

The grant of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card will be on a gratis basis.The OCI card shall be issued by the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of the applicant’s place of residence. The applicant will have to approach the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned only for collecting the OCI Card by surrendering the PIO card.

Advisory for PIO cardholders

International Civil aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents from October 2018. The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October 2018 to avoid any inconvenience. 
In order to take advantage of getting such PIO cards converted into machine readable OCI cards on gratis basis, it is advisable to get these converted before 31.12.2017.