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Attention: PIO card holders

PIO cards will be accepted as valid travel documents till 31.12.2021 along with valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Checkposts will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31.12.2021. However, this extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the ICAO thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Mission/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

With a view to avoid inconvenience to OCI cardholders who may be required to get their OCI cards re-issued due to issuance of a new passport, Ministry of Home Affairs vide order dated 22.03.2021 had granted extension of time till 31.12.2021 to all eligible foreigners to get their OCI cards re-issued, if so required. Such OCI cardholders will be allowed to travel to / from India on the strength of their existing OCI cards bearing old passport number along with the new passport.

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.

Appropriate modifications are being made in the OCI Miscellaneous Services portal to implement the above decisions. This is expected to be launched by end May, 2021. OCI cardholders are therefore requested to wait for the updation of the portal before submitting any application for re-issue of OCI card.

Checklist for New OCI card 
Checklist for New OCI foreign spouse 
Checklist for OCI in lieu of PIO card 
Checklist for 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/sent by post. 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/sent for verification.

Applications received by Post

All the applicants, sending the OCI applications through post are also required to send their originals along with OCI applications and a self-addressed registered return envelope. The new OCI card(s) once received by the Mission would be sent by using the enclosed registered return envelope along with the original documents. In case, anyone desires to get their original documents back immediately, as the processing time may take few weeks, they can enclose additional self-addressed registered envelope for the same.

Contact Posten regarding the amount of stamps to be affixed on the self addressed return envelope depending on its size for registered post. Embassy will not be responsible if the Posten refuses to take return envelopes as registered post with the given stamps and accepts as ordinary post. In this case, the return envelopes would be sent as ordinary post without notifying the applicants.

Please note that Embassy of India, Oslo will not be responsible for any kind of postal loss/delay or damages.

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"
  • Online bank transfer – You can pay online and attach online transaction receipt along with the application. For details please visit

http://www.indianembassyoslo.gov.in/page/consular-fees/

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CASH FEE BE SENT BY POST, IF CASH IS SENT BY POST, THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND RETURNED.

BRIEF ON OCI SCHEME

  • 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).

AVAILABILITY OF OLD PASSPORTS IN THE EMBASSY

Indian passports which were received in the Embassy from Norwegian Directorate of Immigration are available for return to holders on production of identity proof (current passport) and payment of NOK 170+20 towards renunciation of Indian citizenship prior to 01.06.2010.  In case, renunciation of Indian citizenship is after 01.06.2010, a fee of NOK 810+20 will be charged.

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