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Overseas Citizenship of India

Are you looking to continue to be a citizen of India while already holding citizenship in another country? The Constitution of India does not permit dual citizenship but introduced The Citizenship(Amendment) Act 2005 in response to the huge demand for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin and their spouses, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, allowing them to live and work in India indefinitely. OCI status is not citizenship and does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections or hold public office; however, Overseas citizens enjoy many benefits and rights available to resident citizens.

The privileges of holding an OCI card are now such that multi-national companies find it easy to hire OCI holders who can travel to India multiple times and enjoy an indefinite stay with an exemption to register with the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Officer) on arrival. A few among many other privileges an Overseas Citizenship holder enjoys are:

  • Multiple entries, multi-purpose lifelong visa-free visits to India.
  • Parity with Indian citizens for domestic airfares and admission fees for national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments, historical sites, and museums.
  • Parity with NRIs for most economic, financial, and educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  • Can obtain a Driving license, PAN card, and AADHAR card.
  • It can be used as a valid form of ID in India.

Applying for an OCI can be daunting, time-consuming, and tedious. We at A1 help you to navigate these complex processes with ease. Our aim is to make this entire process seamless and efficient with a quick turnaround. We take your burden and handle the application process from start to finish.

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New OCI
New OCI

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin and their spouses, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, allowing them to live and work in India indefinitely.

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New OCI

OCI - in lieu of valid PIO card
OCI - in lieu of valid PIO card

Are you already a PIO card holder? Then, you are strongly recommended to apply for conversion of PIO to OCI card. Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance on arrival.

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OCI - in lieu of valid PIO card

OCI Card - in lieu of Lost/Damaged PIO card
OCI Card - in lieu of Lost/Damaged PIO card

Lost or Damaged your PIO card and want to apply for an OCI card? No worries! We’ve got you covered. We can help convert your lost/damaged PIO card to an OCI card.

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OCI Card - in lieu of Lost/Damaged PIO card

Damaged/ Lost OCI
Damaged/ Lost OCI

Can’t find your OCI card? Is it Lost? Misplaced? Don’t fret. A1 Visas can help with applying for your Lost/Damaged OCI card.

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Damaged/ Lost OCI

Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous

If you are an existing OCI holder and your passport is re-issued, or there’s any change in any of your particulars like name, nationality, father’s name, or change in address/occupation in these circumstances, your OCI details MUST be updated.

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Indian Citizenship Renunciation
Indian Citizenship Renunciation

Are you a Naturalized US Citizen thinking of applying for an OCI? Then, you must apply for renunciation of Indian citizenship before the OCI. Our team of experts can help in this process from start to finish. Contact us for more information.

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Indian Citizenship Renunciation

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Constitution of India does not permit dual citizenship but introduced The Citizenship(Amendment) Act 2005 in response to the huge demand for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin and their spouses, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, allowing them to live and work in India indefinitely.
People of Indian origin and their spouses, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren can apply for an OCI.
An OCI card holder can stay in India indefinitely, whereas an Indian visa holder can only stay in India for a maximum period of 6 months per visit. Overseas citizens enjoy many benefits and rights available to resident citizens, except that it does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections or hold public office.
Yes, a key requirement is to apply for renunciation of your Indian citizenship before applying for an OCI card.
The application process for an OCI Card is between 8-10 weeks long as it involves various verification stages in India. If you are in a hurry to travel, please apply for a Tourist Visa to India.
OCI Card renewal is only required once after acquiring a new passport after turning 20 years of age.
A valid PIO card needs to be converted into an OCI card. We can help apply for an “OCI card In-Lieu of PIO”. Please contact us to convert your PIO card.

The benefits of having an OCI card are:

  • Multiple entries, life-long multi-purpose visa for visiting India.
  • Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
  • On par with NRIs(Non-Resident Indians) in respect of economic, financial, and education fields as per the relevant Acts, except in the acquisition of agricultural and plantation properties.
  • OCI can be used as identity proof for applying for a PAN card and driving license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.

No, you do not need a visa as an OCI card holder.

Yes, you can travel to India with a valid visa while your OCI application is still in process.

Yes, you need a valid passport to apply for an OCI card.

Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person registered as an OCI for 5 years and residing in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.