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Attention: PIO card holders

Handwritten travel document/PIO cards will be accepted as valid travel document along with valid foreign passport at all Indian Immigration Check Posts(s) till 31.12.2024 instead of earlier circulated deadline i.e. 31.12.2023.

Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 31st December 2024 along with valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31.12.2024. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the ICAO thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts.

All the PIO card holders with valid PIO cards as on 09.01.2015 are hereby advised to apply for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards. 

OCI Cards

Further, Central Government vide orders dated 16.04.2021 has now dispensed with the requirement to re-issue an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. Re-issue of OCI card will now be required only once i.e. when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age. However, OCI cardholder will be required to upload a copy of the new passport containing the photo and also a latest photo on the online system each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. Further, those who have been registered as OCI cardholder as spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder will be required to upload a copy of the new passport containing the photo and also a latest photo on the online system each time a new passport is issued, along with a declaration signed by the OCI cardholder and his/ her Indian spouse or OCI cardholder spouse to the effect that their marriage is still subsisting.

OCI Miscellaneous service

Since the uploading of supporting documents (viz. Norwegian Passport copy, PIO Copy, Indian origin proof, OCI copy etc.) to be undertaken by the applicants themselves for all categories of OCI cards, is mandatory, all applicants should also enclose their original documents of all the supporting documents (as mentioned in the checklist) for verification at the time of submission of OCI application at the Embassy. The supporting documents will be verified with the originals and the originals will be returned to the applicants immediately. The OCI applications would not be processed if the originals documents including passports are not submitted for verification.

The applicants can check their application status on the OCI website (https://ociservices.gov.in/statusEnqury)

Situations which requires OCI miscellaneous services

  • In case there is a change in personal particulars.
  • In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet, and if the passport has been shredded.
  • For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g. name, father’s name, date of birth, etc.
  • In case of change of address/occupation.

Mode of Payment

  • Debit card – Debit cards issued by Norwegian Banks bearing the sign “BankAxept"




  • Important information regarding OCI card
  • Multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for persons of Indian origin.
  • Special permission from MHA is required to undertake research work in India.
  • Prior permission from MHA is required to undertake missionary, mountaineering and tabligh activities. Permission form External Publicity (XP) Division, MEA is required for undertaking journalist activities.
  • Protected Area Permit (PAP)/Restricted Area Permit(RAP) from MHA is required to visit any place which falls within the Protected/Restricted Area as notified by the Govt. of India.
  • Issued to person of Indian origin with lineage upto 4th generation. Only in case of Mauritius and Suriname the facility has been extended to 6th generation.
  • Can be applied at Mission/Post abroad or at FRRO in India on the webpage www.ociservices.gov.in
  • In case of change of nationality of the OCI cardholder, he/she can be permitted to enter/exit on the strength of the OCI card and valid passport of the new nationality provided the new nationality is not that of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • Children and spouse of foreign military/police personnel either in service or retired and foreign nationals working in Private Security Agencies, Home Offices, Prisons, National Probation Service and companies or organization associations with the Home Office or military institutions, i.e. those who are not directly employed in military of police, may be considered for registration of OCI cardholder.
  • Adopted children, children born out of live-in relationship and children born out of IVF/Surrogacy may be considered for registration as an OCI cardholder, provided fulfilling prescribed eligibility criteria.
  • Eligibility for OCI – A foreign national,
  • who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or
  • who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or
  • who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or
  • who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or
  • who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or
  • who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India
  • 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.
  • Categories not eligible for OCI card
  • Person of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and other countries as notified by Govt. of India.
  • Foreign Military/Police personnel either serving or retired.
  • Benefits available to OCI cardholders in parity with NRIs
  • Inter-country adoption of Indian children;
  • Tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India;
  • Admittance into national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments;
  • Working as doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, advocates, architects and chartered accountants;
  • Appearing for All Indian pre-medical test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission;
  • In economic, financial and agricultural fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties;
  • Eligible for teaching faculty I IITs, NITs, IIMs, IISERs, IISc, Central Universities and in the new AIIMS set up under Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
  • Exempted from registration with FRRO/FRO for any length of stay in India. OCI cards are treated as their identification for any services rendered to them.
  • OCI cardholders are not entitled:-
  • To vote;
  • To hold the offices of President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court and High Court, Member of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assemble or Council;
  • For appointment in Public Services (Government Service).

Cancellation of OCI Registration

If it is found that registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact or the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he/ she will also be blacklisted from visiting India.

For More details on OCI please visit www.ociservices.gov.in