Miscellaneous Indian Consular Services

In Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa Information

  • Do I need a visa to go to India?

    Yes, all foreigners except for nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, need a visa to enter India. With regard to Maldives' nationals, a visa is required if intended stay in India would be longer than 90 days. Nationals of Nepal would need a visa should they enter India via China.

  • I wish to visit India for Tourism/to attend a friend's marriage/to meet my friends/family. Which visa should I apply for?

    You should apply for a Tourist Visa valid for a maximum stay of six months. Please note: Tourist Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible or non-transferable. All US and UK Passport holders are permitted a maximum stay of 180 days at a stretch whereas all other Long term Indian Tourist Visa holders are permitted a maximum stay of 90 days at a stretch.

    Please view the latest updates in Tourist Visa checklist on our website.

  • I am a frequent traveler to India for Business meetings/to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian companies. Which visa should I apply for?

    You may apply for a Business Visa valid for either Six months or One year, permitting multiple entries, along with requisite documentation as per the Business Visa checklist. To be eligible for a 5 year Business Visa you must be the Director/CEO/Chairman of the company or have a Joint Venture document available to support your application.

    Please note that a Business Visa does not permit you to work in India. Should you wish/need to work in India, you should apply for an Employment Visa.

    In accordance with the new regulations from the Government of India, you need to be an Australian Passport holder or be legally residing in Australia for 2 years prior to your date of making a Business Visa Application to be eligible to apply for a Business Visa in Australia.

  • I would be changing flights/airports in India in order to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

    You need to apply for a Transit Visa if you are going to change from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal of any Indian Airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours.

    In case you remain within limits of the waiting area reserved for International Transit Passengers of the Indian Airport and are not going to cross Immigration Controls at any time, you do not need a transit visa. Please note: the maximum period of stay in India permitted for a Transit Visa is 72 hours for each entry and is issue only when Transit/Travel is by Air. The Transit Visa is valid for 15 days only.

  • I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?

    You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/Seminar/ Workshop along with invitation letter, details of the Conference, etc as documents of support.

  • I have to go for Internship/Training in a University/institute/Company in India for a short period. Which visa should I apply for?

    You may apply for an Entry Visa or Student Visa, depending on the nature of your Letter of Invitation from the Indian Organisation/Company. You may also be required to submit a copy of Inter-University Student Exchange Agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such agreement. You would be required to submit Proof of Financial standing to support your stay in India.

  • I will be going to India for Work/Employment. My family will also accompany me during my stay in India. Which visa should I apply for? Would my children be able to study in India?

    You must apply for an Employment Visa along with requisite documentation as per the relevant Employment Visa checklist. Once your Employment Visa application is approved, your wife and children may apply for Entry Visas in case they are accompanying you during your stay in India. Employment Visas are issued for a maximum of 6 months only from Australia.

    Your children would be able to secure admission in schools/college in India once they have been granted Entry Visas. Please note: it is mandatory to undergo Registration formalities at the nearest Office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India if you are going to stay in India for a period longer than 180 days.

    In accordance with the newer regulations from the Government of India, you need to be an Australian Passport holder or Foreign National with an Australian Permanent Residency issued to you 2 years prior to your date of making an Employment Visa Application to be eligible to apply for a Employment Visa in Australia.

  • What is a Gratis Visa?

    Gratis visa is a Visa issued without any Consular Fees. Applicants qualifying for a Gratis Visa need to be submitted at the High Commission or the Consulate Generals of India directly. VFS is not authorised to accept these applications, except unless advised by the High Commission or Consulate Generals.

  • Are there any special requirements for Czech Republic Nationals?

    The validity of a Czech Republic National Passport must be of a minimum of 1 year at the time of applying for the visa. The Applicant should be a PR Holders in Australia and should also need to have a Medical Cover for the duration of his/her visit in India.

  • I hold a Hong Kong/Taiwan Passport; are there any special requirements for me?

    Nationals from Hong Kong and Taiwan are considered as a part of the People’s Republic of China. Nationals would need to complete Form D and pay A$ 15.00 as Referral charges in additional to their applicable fees. Processing Timelines will be in accordance with those applicable to Chinese Nationals.

  • I will be going for studying in India for one semester/trimester in an IIT/IIM/IISc./Indian University. Which visa should I apply for?

    You should apply for a Student Visa along with a copy of the Letter from the Institute/University confirming your acceptance as a Student. You would also be required to submit Proof of Financial Standing to support your stay in India. Student Visas are issued for a maximum of 1 year only from Australia.

  • I wish to visit certain areas in India like Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland etc. Can I obtain a visa to visit these areas?

    A Tourist visa is not sufficient to visit these areas because these regions in India are Restricted/Protected Areas for which it is necessary to obtain a Restricted/ Protected Area Permit (RAP/PAP). This permit can be obtained in India either from the Ministry of Home Affairs or FRRO concerned after entering India with a Tourist Visa. The website to visit them is click here.  You can visit certain open areas in Sikkim for a maximum period of 15 days in case you request a 'special endorsement for Sikkim' at the time of applying for your Tourist Visa.

    There is an additional Form that needs to be completed for the same. This Permit is issued without any additional fees. However, you need to be a part of a group of 4 people with confirmed travel plans with a recognised Tour Operator when applying for this Permission from outside India. Please confirm the application procedure practiced at the High Commission/Consulate General that you plan to apply at before submitting your application.

  • I have to travel to India immediate as my family member is unwell. How can my application be processed fast?

    Emergency or Urgent applications for Visas are viewed by the High Commission /Consulate Generals of India on a case to case basis. These are normally issued on the same day in cases of death of an immediate family member or for urgent medical reasons. Applicants must submit their applications with complete supporting documentation and fees (see fee list specific to visa type) to justify the urgency for the visa to be granted on the same day. You will need to request for the same at the Centre before 01: 00 pm or 02:00pm depending on where you are located in Australia.

    Please view the Emergency/Urgent Section of our website for more information.

  • Do I need a visa for my pet who is accompanying me on my visit to India?

    Visa is not required for taking a pet to India but certain customs and vaccination-related regulations have to be complied with. Please consult your Airline/Travel Agent for details of these regulations and necessary documentation to facilitate the visit.

  • Will I be allowed to carry liquor to India?

    Please check with your Airline/Travel Agency/Ministry of Home Affairs website for restrictions on the amount of alcohol you are eligible to carry as this does not come under the purview of the Visa Issuance Authority.

    A Liquor Permit may be obtained to permit Foreign Nationals to buy, posses, carry and consume liquor while touring parts of India where prohibition is in force provided the rules of the State/Union Territory allow the use of this permit. There is an additional form that needs to be completed for the same and this permit is issued without any additional fees.

  • Can I study in India?

    Yes. With a valid Student Visa. Documents need to be provided to support the same at the time of submitting your application and a Student Visa valid for 1 year is initially issued.

  • Can I work in India?

    Yes. With a valid Employment Visa. Documents need to be provided to support the same at the time of submitting your application and an Employment Visa valid for 6 month only is initially issued.

    Please note: it is mandatory to undergo Registration formalities at the nearest Office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India if you are going to stay in India for a period longer than 180 days.

    In accordance with the newer regulations from the Government of India, you need to be an Australian Passport holder or Foreign National with an Australian Permanent Residency issued to you 2 years prior to your date of making an Employment Visa Application to be eligible to apply for a Employment Visa in Australia.

  • Do I have to submit my passport and visa application with the India Passport & Visa Services Centre only?

    Yes, However Diplomats and Officials of Foreign Diplomatic Mission, UN and other International Governmental Organisation personnel must submit their visa application directly to the High Commission or Consulate Generals of India.

  • Can I enter my pet-name for my Online Visa Application? Do I have to enter all sections?

    Enter the information requested into the appropriate spaces on the form. Please answer all questions accurately as the details entered will be reflected on your visa. All answers must be in English and must use English characters. Letters like ñ, é, ü, ç are not recognized by the system. Please enter names like Muñoz and Sémonin as Munoz and Semonin.

    The Online Visa Application system does not accept any special characters at all.
    Please replace any “-, #, /, etc” with a space, except for telephone numbers which need to be continuously entered, when completing the online application. This is in keeping with the requirements of the Government of India. All sections which need to be completed will be marked as mandatory. The system will not save your application if these sections are left unanswered.

  • How can I submit my Visa Application?

    You can submit your application in-person with an appointment or you can post/courier the same to us at the centre within the Jurisdiction of your state. A family member/friend/travel agent may also make this submission on your behalf. You must complete your application online form and sign the form as you have signed in your Passport/Travel Document before you submit/post it to us. All supporting documents, in accordance with the checklist for your chosen Visa Category, as well as your applicable fees must be available at the time of submission/enclosed in your postal package.

    Please allow for an additional week or more, depending on the area you post your application from, in the processing time for application sent by Post as these applications are dependent on Postal delivery timelines and the state of completion of the application.

  • How long will my application be available online?

    You can print your Visa Application Form within 30 calendar days of completing it online. To access your completed online application you are required to note your Web Reference number before you exit. An Email with this information will also be sent to your valid email id, if provided.

    If your application is not submitted for processing within this time, the information will be purged out/deleted from our system and you will need to commence enter your details afresh.

    Visa Fees will not be refunded in this situation.

  • What happens to my application after I have made a payment online but not submitted it?

    You must submit your application within 30 calendar days of making an online payment. Should you not do so, your Application information will be purged out/deleted and your fees paid will be forfeited. Visa Fees will not be refunded in this situation.

  • Do all the applicants need to be present at the time of submitting an application?

    No, you can submit the application of your family member / friend / colleague you have all the requisite documents and the form/s and checklists have been signed by the applicants. It is recommended that you Post/Courier your application as this will save travel and queuing time for you.

  • How do I pay for the Visa Fees and service charges?

    Visa Fees and Services charges can be paid online using an Australian issued Visa or MasterCard Credit Card or by Bank Cheque/ Demand Draft/ Money Order/Postal Order favoring VFS Services Australia Pty Ltd or by Cash, Credit Card and Debit Card only if the application is submitted in person at the Application centre. Surcharge is applicable for Credit and Debit Card payments.

    If you post the application to us, payments are accepted only through Bankers Cheque/ Demand Draft/ Money Order/Postal Order favoring VFS Services Australia Pty Ltd. Applicants can also make their payment online using your Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard only –1.95% surcharge applicable). Personal Cheques are not accepted at anytime.

  • I had a problem while submitting my online application and lost internet connectivity? How do I know if my application was saved?

    If you have completed your application and saved it, you will have received your Web Reference Number via email as long as you have provided us with a valid email id. You can retrieve your application and complete the remaining payment procedure or additional family members’ applications, as required.

    If your application is saved in our system and you have not been able to save your Web Reference Number, please email your Full Name and Passport Number to our Visa Helpline email id or call us with the same and we will assist with the necessary information.

    If you have already made a payment and your Credit Card account reflects a debit of the amounts payable but have not been able to download your online payment receipt, please email the applicant/s Full Name/s and Passport Number/s to our Visa helpline email id and we will assist with the same.

    Once you have made payment, you will not be permitted to add more family member applications. Any additional applications will need to be added in as new applicants and not as part or continuation of an earlier record.

  • My application and passport have been submitted and it has been a while. How can I enquire about the status of my application?

    You can trace your application online by visiting our website www.vfsglobal.com/india/australia and entering your web reference number and Date of Birth, if you have applied after 04 December 2009. You can also call our helpline on 02 9037 2579 on all business days between 09:00 to 03:30 all working days or emailing us on visainfo.inau@vfshelpline.com

  • How do I know when my application is ready for collection from the India Passport & Visa Services Centre?

    You can check the status of your application online by visiting our website www.vfsglobal.com/india/australia and entering your web reference number and Date of Birth, if you have applied after 04 December 2009. You can also call our helpline on 02 9037 2579 on all business days between 09:00 to 03:30 or emailing us on visainfo.inau@vfshelpline.com

  • Can I collect my application from the High Commission / Consulate General of India, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne?

    No. The Application has to be collected from the place where the application was made. If you are unable to come collect your processed application, you can authorize someone to collect the same on your behalf as long as they have the Invoice-cum-receipt issued by us, an authority letter signed by you and photo-id of themselves with them. We can also return the same via courier or post for you. Additional Fees for the same are applicable.

  • Do all the applicants need to be present at the time of collection an application?

    No, you can collect the application of your family member / friend / colleague as long as you have the Invoice-cum-receipt issued by us, a letter of authority from them and carry your own personal identification proof.

  • I applied for a visa for India but I have changed my mind about going to India. Can I claim a refund of my fees?

    Should you cancel your application after completing it online but before it is submitted to us for processing; only your Visa Fees will be refunded. Please allow 10 working days after cancellation of your application for your refund to be processed.

    Should you change your mind about travel after your application has been processed, no fees will be refunded.

  • Will the Visa fees be refunded?

    All Fees, once the application is received / processed, are non-refundable, even if the application is withdrawn or service denied.

  • If I have opted for a Postal/Courier return but have changed my mind, can I collect my processed application in-person and have a refund of my Postal/Courier fees?

    The India Passport and Visa Services Centre cannot change postal/couriers address or hold back applications from delivery. These requests are only authorised by the High Commission or Consulate Generals.

    Should your request be approved by the High Commission/Consulate Generals, they will annote the same on your return delivery envelope and then a personal collection can be made until the end of business on that day. If this is not collected, applications will be dispatched as normal to avoid any delivery issues. Fees paid for the Postal/Courier return will not be refunded.

  • Is there anyway in which I can fast track my visa after I have applied; I’m getting a cheaper airfare if I travel earlier?

    Emergencies or Urgent Visa applications are only processed after they are approved by the High Commission or Consulate Generals. Such needs to be supported with adequate documentation. Applications which are processed as normal cannot be changed to Emergency/Urgent applications unless in a Medical or Death situation.

    It is strongly recommended that applicants do no make any confirmed travel arrangements until they receive their Visas. Any loss occurring due to confirmed travel plans being made prior to receiving your Indian Visa, under any circumstances, will not be reimbursed. Please refer to the average processing timelines on our website prior to submitting your Visa Applications for processing. Our personnel in the office or at the Contact Centre cannot promise you an earlier issuance at any time.

  • I am traveling in 2 months time but may not be able to apply then. Can the High Commission/Consulate General date my visa for later?

    The High Commission and Consulate Generals of India do not issue visas based on travel dates. Visa is valid from the day it is stamped on your passport and it’s the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your travel arrangements are made in accordance with the Visa validity.

  • I have noticed that my name is mis-spelt; what should I do?

    Applicants are requested to confirm their particulars on the Invoice-cum-receipt at the time of submitting their visa applications and on receipt of their Visa to ensure that there are no errors in printing.

    If the particulars are incorrect, this needs to be informed to one of our team members immediately to ensure timely rectification of the same.

    If you have received these by Postal/ Courier delivery at home, you can post the passport to our office for amendment/clarification along with a covering letter and we will send the same back to your provided address.

Passport Information

  • Why does it take minimum 45 days for issue of a fresh passport in place of an expired one?

    Issue of a fresh passport in lieu of an expired one takes a minimum of 45 days as reference to original passport issuing authorities needs to be made for verification of particulars/antecedents etc. See processing times for more details.

  • When to renew the passport and when to apply for a new passport?

    An Indian passport is normally valid for 10 years from the date of its issue. It must be replaced with a fresh passport after expiry of its validity. Application for a fresh passport can be made up to one year before the date of expiry of the present passport. It is always better to apply well in time. Similarly, if your passport is due to expire but has not lived its life of 10 years you should apply well in time for its renewal.

  • The lamination on my passport has peeled off; is my passport ok to travel?

    If the lamination of your passport has peeled off, the passport is considered to be damaged. You will need to apply for a fresh booklet (passport) under the damaged category.

  • I want to apply for my passport but I also need to travel abroad for 2 weeks, can I submit my passport later?

    You will need to submit your original passport at the time of lodging your application. It is recommended that you complete all required travel and then submit your application for a new passport as, once your passport application is registered for renewal, you will not be able to use your old passport. In exceptional circumstances, you can request for an interim withdrawal of your passport, at the time of submitting your application and before it has been registered, to allow for travel. You can then submit your passport after your return to commence processing of your application.

  • Why do I have to submit a valid immigration status/visa status at the time of applying for an Indian Passport?

    An Indian Passport issued outside of India needs certain documentary evidence. One of them is proof that the applicant has a valid visa to be in the foreign country. The Indian Missions need to know type of immigration status/visa status assigned to you and this needs to be a recently issued (recommended within the month of application) document/proof if it’s not stamped in your last Indian Passport. E.g. Bridging Visas in Australia.

  • I am not too internet savvy. Can I complete a manual Passport Application form?

    The Government of India has developed an online Indian Passport Application form in keeping with need to ensure uniformity in processing of Indian Passports across the globe by all Indian Missions. Given this requirement, we are unable to accept any manual forms for the same.

  • Do I have to submit so many documents for an Indian passport? I am Indian.

    An Indian Passport is a valuable document and is not issued unless the authority concerned is convinced about the authenticity of the service request. To ensure that there are no processing issues, the High Commission of India in Canberra has provided checklist specific to each passport category specific to applicants resident in Australia. We hope this will help ease any confusion with regards to the processing requirements.

  • Does my new born have to put a thumb impression for the issuance of her Indian Passport application form?

    Your new born or minor child need not put his/her Thumb Impression on the Indian Passport application form. Please ensure that there is a letter enclosed, as mentioned on the checklist, stating the reason for why there is no signature or Thumb Impressions.

Long Term Visas Information - OCI

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  • Who is eligible to apply for OCI?

    A foreign national, who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26 January 1950 or was a citizen of India on or any time after 26 January 1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 August 1947 and his/her children and grandchildren, provided their country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or the other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such a person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

  • Who is an NRI?

    "Non Resident Indian" (NRI) means a person who is a resident of a foreign country but is a citizen of India.

  • Who is PIO or Person of Indian origin?

    "Person of Indian Origin " means a citizen of any country (not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh) if:

    • he/she at any time held an Indian passport; or
    • he/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents were born in and were permanent residents of India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935, and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the specified countries; or
    • He/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (1.) and (2.) above.

  • Who was eligible to become Citizen of India on 26 January 1950?

    Any person who or either of whose parents or grand-parents were born in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally Enacted), and who was ordinarily residing in any country outside India but was eligible to become citizen of India as on 26 January 1950.

  • Which territories became part of India after 15 August 1947 and from what Date?

    The territories which became part of India after 15 August 1947 are:

    • Sikkim from 26 April 1975
    • Pondicherry from 16 August 1962
    • Dadra and Nagar Haveli from 11 August 1961
    • Goa, Daman and Diu from 20 December 1961
  • How many copies of application have to be submitted?

    Only one Set of Application has to be submitted for each applicant.

  • Can the spouse of the eligible person apply for OCI?

    Yes, if he/she is eligible in his/her own capacity.

  • Can children of parents, wherein one of the parents is eligible for OCI, Can apply for OCI?

    Yes. Children can apply on the basis of the parent/s who is/are eligible for OCI. OCI Card should not be granted to a minor child whose one parent is eligible for OCI and the other parent is or was ever a Pakistani or Bangladeshi national.

  • What documents would qualify for "Any other proof" for evidence of self or parents or grandparents being eligible for grant of OCI?

    Any documentary evidence by which the Officer equivalent to Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Indian Mission/Post can diligently arrive at the decision. Documents may vary from person to person depending on the personal circumstances.

  • Whether applicant(s) have to go in person to submit the application(s)?

    Application can be submitted in person/Travel agent/Representative or by Post/Courier.

  • Whether the applicant (s) have to take oath before the Counsel of the Indian Mission/Post?

    No. Earlier provision in this regard has been done away with.

  • Can a person apply in the country where he is ordinarily residing?

    Yes. The person needs to ensure that he/she is available in the country for collection as the OCI cannot be applied for in one country/Indian Mission and collected from another.

  • What are the consequences of furnishing wrong information or suppressing material information?

    All the applications will be subject to pre or post enquiry depending on whether any adverse information is available or not. If at any time the Government comes to know that any false information was furnished or material information was suppressed, the registration as OCI already granted shall be cancelled by an Order under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The persons concerned will also be blacklisted, banning their entry into India.

  • What is the time taken for registration as OCI?

    Within 8 weeks of the application, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant, an OCI will be granted. If any adverse information is available against the Applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken within 120 days.

  • Can a PIO cardholder apply?

    Provided he/she is otherwise eligible for grant of OCI like any other applicant.

  • Will the PIO card be honoured till the time they are valid even after acquisition of OCI?

    No. PIO card will have to be surrendered to Indian Mission/Post/MHA for grant of OCI registration certificate and OCI 'U' visa sticker.

  • What will be issued after registration as OCI?

    A registration certificate in the form of a booklet will be issued and a multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI 'U' visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the applicant. For this purpose, the applicant has to send the original passport to the India Passport and Visa Services Centre after online status shows a date against documents delivery in mission/ post as per the jurisdiction of your application.

  • Will a separate OCI passport be issued?

    No. A separate registration Certificate in the form of a Booklet will be issued. This booklet cannot be used for travel without the Foreign Passport of the applicant on which the OCI ‘U’ Visa Sticker is stamped.

  • In case of loss/ damage/ change in details, will a duplicate certificate of registration as OCI be issued?

    Yes. Applicant can apply for OCI Miscellaneous service.

  • Will a new OCI visa sticker be issued on the new foreign passport after the expiry of the old passport?

    Yes. On payment of a requisite fee, a new OCI 'U' visa sticker will be issued. The details for this service can be found under Miscellaneous OCI services on our website.

  • Will the applicant lose his current foreign citizenship after registering as OCI?

    No. As only citizens of those countries which allow dual citizenship under the local laws in some form or the other are eligible for applying for registration as OCI, the question of losing current foreign citizenship does not arise.

  • Can a person after acquiring OCI travel to protected area/restricted area (PAP/ RAP) without permission?

    No. He/she will be required to seek PAP/RAP for such visits. Such permissions may be issued by FRRO on arrival into India on providing a confirmed itinerary.

  • Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable to persons Registered as OCI?

    Yes, for the period a person registered as OCI is living in India.

  • Can a person registered as OCI be granted Indian citizenship?

    As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a Person who is registered as OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of those 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship. In such a case, the person will have to renounce his / her current foreign citizenship as Indian law does not permit Dual Citizenship.

  • Will OCI be granted gratis to certain categories of people?

    No. Charges are applicable in each and every case.

  • Can OCI be granted to foreign nationals who are not eligible for OCI, but married to persons who are eligible for OCI?

    No. Such people should apply for a PIO card.

  • Will foreign-born children of PIOs be eligible to become OCI?

    Yes, provided one of the parents is eligible to become OCI.

  • What are the benefits of OCI?

    Following benefits will be allowed to OCI: (a) Multi-purpose, multiple entry, lifelong visa for visiting India. (b) Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India. (c) Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

  • Will any other benefit be granted to OCI?

    Any other benefits to OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

  • Whether the OCI is entitled to voting rights?

    No

  • Whether the OCI is entitled to hold constitutional post in India?

    No

  • Whether the OCI is entitled to hold Government posts in India?

    No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.

  • If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he/she apply for OCI?

    Yes, as long as the local laws of at least one of the countries allow dual Citizenship in some form or other.

  • Whether an OCI be entitled to apply for and obtain a normal Indian passport which is given to a citizen of India?

    Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered as OCI for 5 years and has resided in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship. In such a case, the applicant will have to renounce his / her current foreign citizenship as Indian law does not permit Dual Citizenship.

  • Whether nationals of Commonwealth countries are eligible for OCI?

    Yes, if they fulfil the eligibility criteria.

  • Should PIO holders give a copy of PIO card and also proof of Indian origin, while applying for OCI?

    Yes. Copy of PIO card is to be submitted to become eligible for fee concession for OCI by an individual. However, proof of eligibility for OCI should also be submitted to demonstrate the eligibility to get an OCI.

  • Can a person renounce OCI?

    Yes. He/she has to declare intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A

  • Who can avail the OCI Miscellaneous services?

    Only a registered Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) can avail the OCI Miscellaneous Services.

  • Under what circumstances can the services be availed?

    OCI Miscellaneous services can be availed for re-issuance/issuance of duplicate OCI Registration Certificate and Visa in the following category of cases:

    • In case of issuance of new passport.
    • In case of change of personal particulars viz. nationality etc.,
    • In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa.
    • In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications viz. name, father's name, date of birth etc.,
    • In case of manually filled in applications (discontinued now) mistakes have been committed by the Indian Mission/Post/Office while entering the personal particulars.
    • In case of change of address/occupation
  • Can an OCI holder undertake Research work in India?

    Yes, after getting prior approval/special permission from MHA.

  • Whether foreign military personnel are eligible for grant of OCI?

    No, foreign military personnel either in service or retired are not entitled for grant of OCI.

  • Whether civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors entitled for OCI?

    No.