Overseas Citizenship Of India


A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26 th January 1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 th August 1947 and his/her children and grand children are eligible for registration as OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI. A person who may have been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, and is married to a person eligible for registration as OCI is not eligible for grant of OCI. However, their children are eligible as OCI. An OCI Registration Card will be issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad after scrutinizing the application and deciding eligibility.

Application for registration as OCI can be made Online. Before filling the application, Instructions may be perused so that there is no mistake in submission of application. Further, the details regarding Fee and Offices where applications have to be filed may also be perused.

To apply for OCI Registration, please Click Here

OCI Status-Enquiry avails you the current status of your OCI-Application.

To view your application status, please Click Here

(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;


(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and


(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

(i) Visit our website www.mha.nic.in or;


(ii) Visit the website of the local Indian Mission/Post;


(iii) Contact the Indian Mission/Post or OCI Cell, Citizenship Section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs-India.


(iv) Write Us to NDCC-II Building, Jai Sing Road, OFF Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001, India


(v) For any assistance send email at : shettybn[at]nic.in