About Us OCI Cards

As on December 20, 2019


Official Website: https://ociservices.gov.in/





A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder 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 is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents 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 registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.





Application for registration as OCI can be made Online. Before filling the application, Instructions may be perused so that there is no mistake in submission of application. Further, the details regarding Fee and Offices where applications have to be filed may also be perused. To apply for OCI Registration, please Click Here





OCI Status-Enquiry avails you the current status of your OCI-Application. To view your application status, please Click Here





Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India;

Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.




Visit our website www.mha.gov.in or;

Visit the website of the local Indian Mission/Post;

Contact the Indian Mission/Post or OCI Cell, Citizenship Section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs-India.

Write Us to Foreigners Division, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate, New Delhi-110002, India.

For any assistance send email at: helpdesk-oci@gov.in








1-    I have a PIO Card for my minor son. How can I change it to an OCI Card?

Kindly note that the last date for conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards free of charge was 31st December 2018. You are required to fill in online application for OCI Card in lieu of PIO card on the link: https://ociservices.gov.in/ . After reaching this website, please Click OCI Registration, then proceed, select option OCI Registration in lieu of valid PIO card. It is mandatory to upload Applicant’s signature and image and documents supporting the application are also to be uploaded. Hard copy of the duly filled in application may be submitted at the Embassy of India, Buenos Aires from eligible applicants under the area of its jurisdiction (which covers whole of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) along with copy of the valid passport and copy of PIO Card. Original documents need to be submitted only for verification. In case of minor who cannot sign, his/her left thumb impression may be placed in the signature box. Parents should not sign in this box on behalf of the children. Please check that all fields in the form are filled in and all necessary enclosures are attached before submission of the form to the Embassy. It is recommended to visit the link Click Here to get further details. Payable fee may be checked at Fee Structure .


2-    I am applying for OCI Card for first time. What is the procedure?

For new OCI Registration, please visit the website: https://ociservices.gov.in/, click on ‘new registration’ and follow the instructions therein.


3-    I have changed my passport. Do I need to apply for a new OCI Card?

In case of change of passport, you may apply for OCI Miscellaneous Services.

Please see the relevant instructions and fill up the form at: https://ociservices.gov.in/. Further information can be found at Click Here .


4-    Whether OCI documents have to be re-issued each time a new passport is taken?

OCI registration certificate and visa have got to be re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age and once after completion of 50 years of age. Re-issuance of OCI registration certificate and visa is not mandatory, each time a new passport is issued between 21-50 years of age. However, if the applicant wishes to obtain new set of OCI documents, he/she can apply for the same.