OCI Card is a multiple-entry, perpetual visa that allows its holder unrestricted movement and stay in India.


  • Multiple entries and the availability of a multipurpose, lifetime visa for travel to India.
  • Any length of stay in India is an exception from the requirement to report to the police authorities.
  • Equality in all financial, economic, and educational areas with NRIs, with the exception of the purchase of agricultural or plantation lands.


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  • Who may submit an application?

    A foreign national who met the requirements to become an Indian citizen on 26.01.1950, who became an Indian citizen on or after that date, or who belonged to a territory that joined India after 15.08.1947, as well as their children and grandchildren, are eligible to register as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). Such a person's minor children are likewise eligible for OCI. However, the applicant will not be qualified for OCI if they have ever held the citizenship of Pakistan or Bangladesh.

  • Can I fill out and submit my application online?

    Yes. Online submission of Part A of the application form is required. Block letters should be downloaded and printed out by hand or on a computer for Part B. Printed copies of Parts A and B of the application form must be delivered to the Indian Mission/Post/Office with all necessary supporting documentation.

  • What conditions are necessary to use the services?

    Only registered OCI cardholders are eligible to use OCI Miscellaneous Services to reissue or issue duplicate OCI documents in the following situations: (i) In the event that a new passport is issued. (ii) In the event of a change in personal information, such as nationality, etc. (iii) In the event that the OCI registration certificate is lost or damaged. (iv) In the event that incorrect personal information, such as the wrong name, father's name, date of birth, etc., was entered when submitting an online application, (v) In cases of manually filled-out applications (now ceased), Indian Mission/Post/Office mistakes were made when inputting the personal information. (vi) In the event of a change of address or employment.