Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)....clearer definition

#1 Oct 18th, 2007, 14:21
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One cannot get a clearer defnition of what one gets as an OCI.

SOURCE: http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/acsdualnation.html

Dual Nationality
The Indian government recently launched a program called "Overseas Citizens of India" or "OCI". This program often has been mischaracterized as "dual nationality" or "dual citizenship." However, a person who holds an OCI Card in reality is granted an Indian visa, not Indian citizenship. Thus, an American citizen who obtains OCI status remains a citizen only of the United States. The OCI Card is a special visa which grants the holder the right to indefinitely visit, study or work in India, and also the right to own most types of property in India (excluding certain agricultural and plantation properties). A holder of an OCI card also need not register with local police/immigration authorities, unlike other holders of Indian visas. An OCI holder, however, does not receive an Indian passport, and has no other political rights in India, including the right to vote or eligibility for government employment.

The OCI card is similar to a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card, except that PIO cards are not granted for life, and PIO Card holders may be required to register with police/immigration authorities under certain circumstances.

An American citizen who wishes to obtain a PIO or OCI Card, may apply outside of India at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, or at an Indian consulate in New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Houston. An American citizen who resides in India can apply at the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in New Delhi (tel. 2671-1348). The FRRO also maintains offices in Mumbai, Chennai (known as the Chennai Immigration Office), Calcutta and Amritsar. In Delhi, applications also may be made at the Foreigner's Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs, located at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi (tel. 2338-7436). For more information on the OCI program, please see http://www.mha.nic.in/oci/oci-main.htm
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#2 Feb 11th, 2008, 15:48
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Originally Posted by eater View Post One cannot get a clearer defnition of what one gets as an OCI.

SOURCE: http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/acsdualnation.html
Eater, Do you know if one can transfer the OCI process from say Chicago to India say to chennai??
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Where can i get this info pertaining to UK citizens.Cheers

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#4 Feb 13th, 2008, 21:09
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Your local friendly Indian High Commission website

Or the appropriate section of the Ministry of Home Affairs site has all the details,
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One problem i see with OCI as opposed to PIO is that the spouse of an OCI cannot get one, whereas PIO is extended to spouse of PIO holder until death.
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But the spouse of an OCI can get PIO, so for a person truly of Indian origin and their non-indian-origin spouse, one OCI and one PIO would fit the bill.
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Is that a fact? I was unaware of it if so.
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This is my reasoning: if you qualify for OIC you will be of Indian origin, and thus your spouse will qualify for a PIO card.
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An important update!!!

Don’t Go to India Without A Visa, Says OCI Holder
SAN FRANCISCO - The registration card looks like a passport (which it isn’t), it’s also called the OCI or “Overseas Citizen of India” card, which will doubtless gladden the hearts of many sentimental Indians who actually get it.

But take that with a grain of salt, and don’t think for a moment that the document alone will suffice to get you through immigration in India.
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Very interesting.

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So here’s the bottom line: While the OCI card entitles the holder to a lifelong visa, the registration card itself is not sufficient to allow entry. The holder can get a lifelong “U” visa stamp on the foreign passport. Next, the traveler has two alternatives. The holder can travel with the “U” visa-stamped passport even after it has expired, or get a new ‘U’ visa for a $25 fee when he/she gets a new passport.
Would an OCI get entry to Bhutan under Indian status.?
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The OCI holder gets a visa sticker in his passport as well. It looks like this guy left his expired passport with the sticker at home.

Not really the Immigration guy's fault.
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I would like to get OCI status but they ask for documents that they took away from me. Such as my Indian Passport that I had to surrunder when I took British Nationality.

It is a shame that Govt. of India do not keep record of their citizens and had to ask me for a letter from UK Home Office that states that I was an Indian citizen. I got that without any problem. But It is now enough.

I have loads of other papers too that will prove to anyone with common sense that I am of Indian origin. I showed them to senior official in their Chennai office. He told me that they are not good enough and my application is likely to be rejected when it reach Delhi.
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applying for an OIC

i need to apply for OIC for my daughter who is 6 yrs old. She is holding a slovene passport and also an indian passport wich expired in may this year.

Is the only way to apply via post through Delhi or is there maybe some office in Hyderabad where we could also do it? Her indian visa in her slovene passport expires mid october so i would like to star t the process asap. Where or how do I start?

thanx!
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Actually you need both documents. I just presented my US passport with the stamped OCI visa and the agent asked for my OCI document as well. I showed it but I do not know what he would have done if I did not have it.
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lucullan, I think you can apply online.

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