Instructions to existing PIO Card holders for conversion into OCI:
PIO card scheme has been rescinded with effect from 09.01.2015 and is no longer in existence. The validity of PIO cards has now been made ‘Life-Long’. Henceforth, registration with Police authorities while visiting India would also not be required for PIO card holders. All the existing PIO cardholders are deemed to be OCI cardholders with effect from 09.01.2015. All the PIO cardholders have to apply for the issuance of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card by 31.03.2016. The grant of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card will be on a gratis basis and no fee shall be payable by the applicant. The PIO card holders can apply online for OCI card in lieu of PIO card at the following website: http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO.
For more detailed information, please visit website of Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
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In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 7B of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955), and in continuation of the notifications of the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs number S.O. 542(E), dated 11th April, 2005 and in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs S.O. 12(E), dated 6th, January, 2007 and S.O. 36(E), dated 6th January, 2009, the Government of India hereby specifies the following rights to which persons registered as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) under Section 7A of the said Act, shall be entitled namely: --
"State Governments should ensure that the OCI registration booklets of OCIs are treated as their identification for any services rendered to them. In case proof of residence is required, Overseas Citizens of India may give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular / specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India, and may also in their affidavit give their overseas residential address as well as e-mail address, if any." - Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (appendix)
The ITA issues Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cards to eligible applicants. Details regarding the OCI card scheme, including information on fresh applications and miscellaneous services online, can be obtained from website. For online registration, applicants can also directly reach the website by entering Download forms - OCI at the Google site.
When filling in the OCI form, the applicant has to mention his/her foreign passport details (such as Taiwan passport details) in the fields numbered 18, 19 & 20 in the online application form.
(i)(i)Application forms compulsorily require to be filled in online. The form can be downloaded from the website http://passport.gov.in/oci/. Part A has to be filled up online for each applicant of the family and Part B is common to all applicants of the family up to a maximum of four. Separate applications are required for any other additional members. After submission of Part A online, a copy of Part A with an online registration number will be printed along with Part B of application form. Details in Part B can be typed or hand written in BLOCK LETTERS. In case the space provided is not sufficient, additional sheets may be used for providing requisite details. No column is to be left unanswered. The applicants shall submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents (self attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign,left hand thumb impression for male and right hand thumb for female) along with the application. Application form complete in all respects, photocopy of relevant enclosures (self attested) along with the original of the supporting documents have to be submitted at ITA.
(ii)Signature : Full signature in the box should be provided and thumb impression for infants (left hand thumb for male and right hand thumb for female) who cannot sign.
After completion of online registration for fresh OCI card or miscellaneous service, the reference number of the online registration may be sent to ITA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with a request for an appointment for interview.
The originals and copy each of supporting documents may be brought to ITA at the time of interview. The required documents are:
(a) Print out of completed online registration form
(b)One photo (2 x 2 inches) with light colour background pasted on the form
(d)New Taiwan Dollar
(e)Old Indian Passport (of parent/grandparent if applicant was never issued one)
(f)Renunciation / Surrender Certificate of Indian Passport (of parent/grandparent if applicant was never issued one)
(g)Naturalization / Registration Certificate of foreign nationality, if any
(h) Address Proof (recent utility bill)
(i) Birth Certificate in cases where applying on the basis of parent's eligibility declaration of never having applied for or issued an Indian Passport or similar declaration by parents on behalf of their children - where required
(j) Marriage Certificate in case where applying for spouse of foreign origin of citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of OCI card holder.
OCI eligibility is based on Indian lineage. If applicants have never possessed an Indian Passport and are applying on the basis of their parents'/grandparents' eligibility, proof of their Indian nationality is required to be submitted as also proof of their relationship with the applicant.
Applicants will be interviewed as part of processing of the OCI card application. After interview and subject to approval, applicants would be asked to deposit the OCI Card fee in cash. After payment of the fee, it may take upto two months for the OCI cards and Lifelong visa stickers to be ready as they are printed in New Delhi and sent to ITA. The applicants will be informed when their cards/visa stickers are ready for collection. They would be required to submit their Passports along with OCI Card fee receipt for collection of OCI Card and Lifelong Visa Sticker, which will be pasted on their Passport.
SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE
(i) The Overseas Citizens of India card holders, while travelling to India, must carry the OCI booklet and their passport having "U" visa sticker.
(ii) For an applicant who is 21-49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicants desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.
(iii) For an applicants who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport
(iv)An individual, who has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, is not eligible for OCI Card
(v) Under Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship. In view of these provisions, PIOs, intending to apply for OCI/PIO Cards and Visa, should surrender their Indian passports, obtain Renunciation Certificates and then apply for these services. This would also be applicable to the PIOs who seek to renew their OCI/PIO Cards or seek fresh Visa. For further details, it is requested to refer to Visa & Consular Services --> Passport Services.
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card Scheme Withdrawn
PIO card scheme has been rescinded with effect from 09.01.2015 and is no longer in existence. The validity of PIO cards has now been made ‘Life-Long’. Henceforth, registration with Police authorities while visiting India would also not be required for PIO card holders. All the existing PIO cardholders are deemed to be OCI cardholders with effect from 09.01.2015. All the PIO cardholders have to apply for the issuance of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card by 31.03.2016 and OCI cards in lieu of PIO cards are issued without payment of any registration fee. However, they may have to bear only the postage charges and service fee wherever applicable. The PIO card holders can apply online for OCI card in lieu of PIO card at the following website: http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO.
Advantages in obtaining OCI card in lieu of PIO card
The OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the ICPs and also for obtaining various Consular services from the Indian Missions. Further, for those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.
All applications for fresh registration as OCI cardholder from the spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI card holder registered under section 7A 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 shall be submitted only on the online system.
The foreign national spouse of a PIO/OCI cardholder, whose parents/grandparents were of Indian origin will also be eligible for OCI card.
A person, who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India can register as an OCI cardholder.
OCI – Fresh Issue - NT$ 9,100
OCI – Miscellaneous Service - NT $ 900
OCI – Duplicate upon loss / damage - NT $ 3,300
Conversion of PIO cards into OCI card - No Fee