About Us Benefits

  • Lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose;
  • Aadhar Card is not required by OCI cardholders, instead OCI or PIO card can be used as proof of their Indian origin; OCI card will be treated as their identification for any services rendered to them.
  • Exemption from registration with FRRO for any length of stay in India;
  • Parity with NRIs in respect of facilities available to them, except in matters relating to the    acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  • Parity with NRIs in matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children;
  • Parity with NRIs in matters of tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India;
  • Parity with NRIs for entry fee to visit national parks, wild life sanctuaries, historical sites and monuments, etc.
  • Parity with NRIs for pursuing following professions – doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, advocates; architects; chartered accountants and to appear for AIPMT or such other tests.

OCI cardholder is NOT entitled to

  • Right to vote;
  • Cannot become a Member of Parliament, Legislative Assembly, Council and cannot hold any Constitutional Post such as President, Vice-President, Judge of High Court or UPSC, Election Commission, etc;
  • He/She cannot normally hold employment in the Government;
  • He/She cannot undertake any Missionary, Mountaineering and Journalism work without prior permission of the Govt. of India;
  • OCI cardholder shall also require Protected Area Permit (PAP)/Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit any place which falls within the Protected/Restricted Area notified by the Government as in the case of any foreigner;
  • Further, OCI cardholders cannot acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India.