Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)
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OCI CARD:- 

The Government of India has withdrawn the PIO Card scheme vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, and replaced it with OCI. Therefore, PIO cardholders, who are residing in Armenia and Georgia, are advised to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card at https://passport.gov.in/oci or contact: cons.yerevan@mea.gov.in. The last date of submission of applications by erstwhile PIO Cardholders for registration as Overseas Citizen of India has been extended till 31 December 2017. Applications for OCI services can be made at the Embassy between 09.30 AM to 12:00 PM on all working days. 

Overseas Citizens of India Scheme (OCI) General Information:- 

OCI applicants are requested to surrender their Indian passports to passport section as per instructions on this matter and submit copy of surrender certificate along with their OCI applications. Those applicants who have ever held Indian passports and are unable to produce the same for surrender for any reason (loss/ misplacement/ submitted to home office long time back) are required to furnish a notarized affidavit (if the passport is already expired) and also police report (in cases where Indian passport was still valid). 

Important Points:- 

Application procedure w.e.f. 23 November 2015: The applicants can upload the requisite documents, photograph and the signature with the application in the online system. The procedure is mentioned below for the processing of applications for registration as OCI cardholder and for OCI Miscellaneous Services: 

  1. The applicants shall submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application. 
  1. After the applicant submits the complete application online including documents, photograph and signature, the originals of the supporting documents have to be submitted to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRROs concerned for prior verification. The Indian Missions / Posts/ FRROs will be responsible for verifying the supporting documents with the originals. 
  1. If there is any deficiency in the application/ uploaded documents/ photographs, the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned shall inform the same to the applicant by email. The applicant may then submit the required documents to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned, who will take necessary action to upload the same on the online system. Applicant, who has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, shall not be eligible for OCI. Minor PIO children whose both parents are either Indian nationals or one parent is an Indian national and the other is ineligible for OCI are also not eligible for registration as OCI. 

Benefits: 

Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:

  • 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 Non-Resident Indians (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.
  • Any other benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7 B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955. 

Restrictions:

  • The OCI is not entitled to vote,
  • Be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament.
  • He/she cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc.and cannot hold employment in the Government. 

Eligibility: 

(a). The following categories of persons are eligible to apply under OCI scheme: 

  1. Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the constitution; or
  2. Who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the constitution; or
  3. Who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after the 15th day of August, 1947; or
  4. Who is a child or a grand-child or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or

(b) A person, who is minor child of a person mentioned in clause (a); or

(c) A person, who is a minor child, and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or

(d) Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of india Cardholder registered under section 7A, Citizenship Act 1955 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 under this section:    

 Provided that no person, who 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 the registration as Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.  

Documents to be submitted with OCI Application:- 

A. OCI Card for Adults:

  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Two recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport OR any document which clearly establishes applicant's previous nationality as Indian.
  • Copy of present Armenian/Georgian passport
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

B. OCI Card for children below 18 yrs (who held an Indian Passport).

  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed by the applicant . Please note that, in the box on Part A, minor can sign only if he/she can, otherwise only thump impression (signature /thump impression should be within the box).
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary by either of the parent
  • Two recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport.
  • Copy of present Armenian/Georgian passport.
  • Copy of father's/mother's Armenian/Georgian passport who are eligible for an OCI Card.
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

C. OCI Card for Adults born to Indian parents and never held an Indian Passport

  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Two recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport of either of the parent.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.
  • Copy of present Armenian/Georgian passport
  • Copy of marriage certificate of the parents along with its English translation, duly notarized
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

D. OCI Card for Children below 18 yrs born to Indian parents and never held an Indian Passport.

  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed by the applicant. Please note that, in the box on Part A, minor can sign only if he/she can, otherwise only thump impression (signature /thump impression should be within the box).
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary by either of the parent
  • Two recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of present Armenian/Georgian passport.
  • Copy of father's/mother's Armenian/Georgian passport who are eligible for an OCI Card.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport of either of the parent.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate, along with its English translation, duly notarized
  • Copy of present Armenian/Georgian passport
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized

 

FEE FOR OCI SERVICES (excluding ICWF Fee of AMD 900)

Sl. No.

Particulars

Fee in AMD

1.

OCI Registration Fee

163700

2.

OCI Registration Fee for each PIO card holders

Gratis

3.

Change of passport / personal information of OCI card holder

14900

4.

Loss/Damage of OCI Card or PIO Card

59500

 

To apply for a new OCI and miscellaneous services on OCI: https://passport.gov.in/oci

 
 
 


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