Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Consular Services

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)

OCI Scheme has been made operational from 02-12-2005 by launching it in a Press Conference convened by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. The procedure, forms, brochure and FAQs are displayed for information.

  1. Highlights of the Scheme
  2. Brochure on OCI Scheme
  3. Instructions for filling OCI Applications
  4. Photograph specifications
  5. Guidelines for OCI Miscellaneous services
  6. Schedule of Fees for OCI Scheme
  7. OCI Application Form
  8. Disclaimer

Highlights of the Scheme

The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as 'Dual Citizenship'. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category as has been specified in the Brochure who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws. 2. Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits: (i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India; (ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and (iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties. 3. Any further benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955. 4. A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she is registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year out of the five years before making the application.


Sl.No. Details Fees In US $ Fees In Dhs.
1 Registration as Overseas Indian Citizen 275.00 3115.00
2 Refund of Registration-cum-Visa Fee in case the applicant is found to be ineligible 250.00 2825.00
3 Miscellaneous Services for PIO Cards viz. change of name, change of address, change of passport etc (has to apply for new OCI) 25.00 285.00
4 Fee for Duplicate OCI Registration Certificate.  100.00 1135.00
5 Fee in case of loss or damage of existing PIO Cards 100.00 1135.00

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