Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on OCI Card
- What are the Benefits for an OCI card Holder?
An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:
- A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.
- Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
- Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation t acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
- OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving licence as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.
- What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to?
The OCI Card holder is not entitled:
- To vote
- To be member of Legislative Assemble 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 .
- Under what conditions should one apply for New OCI card and Sticker?
(i) In case of issuance of new passport.
- For and applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.
- For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. 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.
- For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.
(ii) In case there is a change in personal particulars
(iii) In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet.
(iv) For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g name, father’s name, date of birth etc.
(v) In case of change of address/occupation. 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 foreign passport containing the “U” Visa sticker in case of OCI Card holder while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the ‘OCI CARD ONLY’.
- Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?
The spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas citizen of India card holder registered under section 7A and whose marriage as been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.
- Are Minor children eligible for OCI Card?
Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are eligible for OCI Card.
- Is an applicant who had nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?
No, if the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.
- Can a person renounce OCI?
Yes. He/she has to declare their intension of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.
- Whether foreign military personnel are eligible for grant of OCI?
No, foreign military personnel either in service or retired are not entitled for grant of OCI.
- Whether civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors entitled for OCI?
- Is process of conversion of PIO to OCI different from seeking fresh OCI?
Yes. Conversion of PIO to OCI is much simpler than seeking fresh OCI. For conversion, the applicant has to upload only the following documents with his/her application:
- Copy of valid Passport; and
- Copy of PIO card
Also the grant of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card is on a gratis basis.
- What happens if I don’t convert my PIO card to OCI Card by June 30, 2017?
PIO Cards are deemed to be equivalent to OCI Cards. However, all PIO card holders are required to convert PIO Card to an OCI card in order to avoid any potential inconvenience at Indian immigration check points, as all instructions and updates only relates to OCI Cards.
The deemed status of PIO card as OCI connote that the conversion process to OCI card would not require any extra scrutiny or additional documentation except for the requirement of copies of the foreign Passport and the existing PIO Card.