OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI) Apply for OCI card
APPLICATION AND PROCEDURE
ASHER & TOMAR SOLICITORS assist you to obtain Overseas Citizenship in India (OCI-Life Long Visa Card). We advise on application requirements & make on line applications for clients. Our staff have an in depth expertise of the same.
We provide a complete service for anyone requiring help in making an OCI application.
We prepare & make your OCI application on line
Draft & make any required OCI Affidavit/Statutory Declaration
We Submit OCI application to High Commission of India
Monitor your OCI applications progress
Contact you when the OCI application is successful
Our charges are the most reasonable in the UK contact us for details.
Helpful Tip! : Only follow the OCI checklist available on VFS website in order to complete your OCI application as per High Commission of India in Australia’s instructions.
Any other checklist instructions along with Application form or from other source may be generic and can result in your applications to be incomplete.
The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws. Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India OR of an OCI 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, can also apply for OCI Card’.
No foreign military/police/defence personnel either in service or retired including civil servants working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors will be registered as OCI cardholder.
A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she is registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year out of the five years before making the application.
Benefits to an Overseas Citizen of India card holder:
- A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.
- Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
- Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
Any other benefits to an OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
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