Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Scheme
New instructions w.e.f 23 November, 2015
Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India has issued new instructions relating to online submission and processing of applications for registration as OCI Cardholder and for OCI Miscellaneous services. The details are as follows:
OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)
The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. However, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) w.e.f. 02.12.2005. Now Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders are also deemed to be OCI card holders w.e.f. 09.01.2015 and may apply for OCI cards in lieu of their PIO cards without payment of any registration fee.
Benefits of OCI
Restrictions for OCI
A foreign national, who
Self-attested photocopies of the following documents, as applicable,should be submitted along with the application. Original documents should be produced for verification. Apostilled documents can be accepted only if the applicants are unable to produce original documents.
Foreign spouse of Indian national/Overseas Citizen of India
Note: In case of foreign spouse, the application along with documents should be submitted in duplicate.
OCI Card in lieu of PIO
OCI Miscellaneous Services
OCI Registration Process
Application from for OCI registration needs to be filled online on the website of the Embassy of India, Vienna, Austria at https://passport.gov.in/oci
OCI Fee Structure
Note: A Consular Surcharge of Euro 2.00 is levied on all types of OCI applications
Note: 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.
Dispensation of the OCI services
OCI card is issued normally after 5-6 weeks from the date of submission of application subject to its receipt from the Ministry. OCI Miscellaneous services take about 2-3 weeks. Applicants are advised to check the status of their applications online and submit their passports only after the receipt of OCI cards in the Embassy of India, Vienna as reflected on the OCI website.The passport may be submitted at the Consular Wing of the Embassy on working days between 0930-1130 hrs. The passport with the necessary OCI services and the booklet will be delivered to the applicant on the next working day between 1600-1700 Hrs.
Note:-For more details about OCI, applicants may refer to the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (http://mha1.nic.in/foreigDiv/OCI.html).