About Us OCI Card

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card scheme was launched in August 2005. The details of the scheme are as follow;

1. Important Information regarding OCI card:

  • Multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for persons of Indian origin.
  • Issued to persons of Indian origin with lineage up to 4th generation.
  • Can be applied at Mission post abroad or at FRRO in India on the Web page www.ociservices.gov.in
  • It is to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years and once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant.
  • Re-issuance of the OCI cardholder registration is not mandatory each time a new passport is issued between 21 and 50 years of age.
  • In case of change of nationality of the OCI cardholder, he/she is permitted to enter/ exit on the strength of the OCI card and valid passport of the new nationality.
  • Adopted children, children born out of live-in relationship and children born out of IVF/ Surrogacy also considered for registration as an OCI cardholder.

2. Procedure for granting registration as OCI card holder.

  • Normal Category: OCI card can be granted by the Indian Mission/Post/ FRRO.
  • Foreign spouse category: In the case of application submitted in respect of spouse of a person of Indian origin, Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO can issue OCI card

3. Benefits available to OCI card holder in parity with Non- Resident Indians (NRIs)

  • Inter- country adoption of Indian children.
  • Rubee tariffs in air fares in domestic sector in India
  • Admittance into national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments.
  • Gainful employments as a doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, advocate, architects, and charted accountants.
  • Appear for all Indian pre-medical tests or such other test to make th­em eligible for admission in Indian Universities. 
  • Parity with NRI in economic, financial and agricultural fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties
  • Eligible to teach faculty in IITs, NITs, IIMs, IISERs, IIS, Central Universities and in the new AIIMS set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY)
  • Exempted from registration with FRRO/ FRO for any length of stay in India. OCI cards are treated as their identification for any services rendered to them.

4. Benefits to which OCI cardholders are not entitled.

  • To Vote
  • To hold the offices of President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court and High Court, Member of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assembly of Council.
  • For appointment in Public Services (Government Service)