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OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI) CARD

ELIGIBILITY
          OCI Card is a multiple entry life-long visa which enables the holder to have unlimited travel and stay in India.  The following categories of persons (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) are eligible to apply under OCI scheme:
 (a)     Person 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
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
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
 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 minor child of foreign nationality 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.

APPLICATION
Applicant needs to first fill up Application Form Online on website https://passport.gov.in/oci.  Once the application is registered, applicant has to upload photograph, signature or thumb impression in case of minor and copies of relevant documents such as Passport, proof of Indian origin and Marriage Certificate etc. In case the documents are in foreign language – other than English – these need to be translated into English and duly attested by the competent authorities of the country before uploading them on the OCI website.
Please note that photo requirements are strictly met by the applicants. We require two passport-size (5cmx5cm) photographs that meet basic specifications such as the face of the applicant should cover about 60-70 percent of the photo area; both ears, neck, and shoulders should be clearly visible; the head must be centred within the frame and the photo should present full face, front view and eyes open; the background should be plain white coloured without borders with contract coloured clothes (not white clothes) and photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds or shadows on the face or on the background will not be accepted.

SUBMISSION OF PHYSICAL APPLICATION AT THE CONSULATE
After completing of the online process, applicant has to take the print out of the online registered application and submit it with all prescribed documents (originals and photocopies) to the Consulate.
Applications are accepted on all working days from 0900 to 1200hrs with prior appointment. The usual time taken for issue of OCI Card is 6-8 weeks.

CAPTURING OF BIOMETRICS OF THE APPLICANT
Capturing of biometrics of fingerprints & face (if technically feasible) in case of applicants for registration as OCI cardholders is mandatory. In case of applications for registration as OCI cardholders submitted to Indian Missions/Posts abroad, the applicants will have the option of giving biometrics at the application stage or at the Immigration Check Posts on arrival in India.
Applicants are advised to give biometrics at the Indian Mission/Post concerned at the application stage itself i.e. at the document verification stage. If for any reason the applicant is not able to give the biometrics at the application stage (which shall be informed to the Indian Mission/Post concerned in writing), his/her biometrics shall be captured at the Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) on arrival in India.
Biometrics captured would be valid for next 5 years from the date of enrolment and applicants would not be required to be enrolled again within 5 years, if they have already enrolled their biometrics. Applicants with no fingerprints or poor fingerprints will be exempted and only facial traits would be captured for them. Further, applicants with less number of fingers shall give fingerprints of existing fingers only. Applicants above 70 years of age or below 12 years of age would be exempted from biometric capturing.

 DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
          The following supporting documents should be enclosed for each applicant:

  1. Original and copy of Indian passport that was cancelled and returned to the applicant at the time of renunciation of Indian citizenship along with surrender certificate. Applicants who previously held an Indian Passport but are unable to produce the same for surrender for any reason (loss/misplacement/submitted to this Consulate long time back) are required to furnish a notarised affidavit in original (if Passport is already expired) and also a Police Report in cases where Indian Passport was still valid.
  2. Proof of present citizenship – Valid passport of current nationality
  3. P I O card, if applied on the basis of PIO card
  4. Marriage Certificate duly attested by the competent authorities of the country for claiming OCI to foreign spouse of Indian national or spouse of OCI card holder. Application for OCI in such case is accepted only after completion of two years of marriage.
  5. Evidence of self or parents or grandparents to establish the fact of:
  1. being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or
  2. belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15 August,1947; or
  3. being a citizen of India on or after 26 January,1950

          These documents could be:
(i)      Copy of the passport: or
(ii)     Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority; or
(iii)    Any other proof substantiating the request. Usually applicants are able to submit a certificate of residence or place of birth of self/parents/grandparents from First Class Magistrate/District Magistrate (DM) of the concerned place.
(iv)     Evidence of relationship with parents/grandparents if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI such as birth certificate or educational certificate etc.

          Applicant must bring all original documents for verification at the time of application. Please take into consideration that all original documents originating from India have to be attested by the Home Department of the concerned state followed by attestation by Ministry of External Affairs.

FEE
Fee for OCI application is 6,394,000 VND. The fee of OCI Miscellaneous Services is 644,000 VND. The fee is received only in cash in Vietnamese Dong (VND) at the counter. Payment by any other means will not be accepted.

OCI IN LIEU OF PIO CARD
The Government of India has withdrawn the PIO Card scheme and replaced it with OCI scheme. As part of the exercise of bringing about uniformity in the scheme, all PIO card holders are required to get their PIO cards converted into OCI cards at the earliest as per instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The charges for conversion of PIO to OCI is 2,369,000 VND.
Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 30th September 2019 along with valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 30th September 2019. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the ICAO thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN CITIZENSHIP / SURRENDER OF INDIAN PASSPORT.
The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Citizenship Act 1955 and Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are therefore required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

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