About Us OCI Card

GENERAL INFORMATION:     

OCI Scheme is operational from 02.12.2005

     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) commonly known as ‘dual citizenship’. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category as has been specified in the Brochure 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.

2.   Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:
(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong 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.

3. Any further benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

4. 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.

Additional Information on OCI card

The entire OCI application and processing system, including the submission of the application, uploading the requisite documents and payment of fee has been made online.

PIO Card/Conversion of PIO to OCI

Important Information for PIO card holders

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has mandated that international travel documents should be machine readable with effect from 1st October, 2018. Therefore, it is necessary upon PIO Card holders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of handwritten valid PIO Cards. The Indian Immigration Authorities will continue to consider valid PIO Cards for entry/exit into/from India till March 31, 2020 along with foreign passport.

However, PIO Card holders are advised to get their PIO Card converted to OCI Card. PIO Card holders can apply online for conversion at http://passport.gov.in/oci/ and submit print of application, passport, specified photos, documentation, fees etc at the High Commission of India, Port of Spain.The charges for conversion of PIO to OCI are TT Dollars 185 (Adult) and TT Dollars 965 (Minor PIO card holders).

The Mission/Post/FRRO concerned will verify only the genuineness of the PIO card issued and clear the application for registration as OCI cardholder. In case the PIO card was issued from the Mission/Post/FRRO other than where the application for registration as OCI cardholder has been made, the issuing authority shall get confirmation regarding the genuineness of the PIO Card issued from the authority who issued the PIO Card initially, at the earliest through electronic means. The whole exercise shall be completed preferably within a fortnight of submission of the application online.

The OCI Card shall be issued by the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of the applicant's place of residence. The applicant will have to approach the Indian Mission/Post/FRRO concerned only for collecting the OCI Card by surrendering the PIO Card.

Subject: Relaxation on re-issuance of OCI card till 30th June, 2020.

1. The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005:
i. OCI card needs to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the
cardholder up to the age of 20 years.
ii. OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.
iii. Re-issuance of OCI card is not required each time a passport is issued to a cardholder between 21 and 50 years of age.( It is advisable to carry the old passport against which the OCI card is issued along with the current passport and the OCI card as part of abundant caution)

2. This is to inform that Government of India has decided to grant temporary relaxation till 30th June 2020 in the following cases:

i. In case an OCI card holder below the age of 20 years has not got the OCI card re-issued on change of passport, he/she may travel on the strength of his/her existing OCI card bearing old passport number subject to the condition that along with the new passport, the OCI cardholder carries old passport mentioned in the OCI card.
ii. In case an OCI card holder who has attained the age of 50 years and has got his/her passport renewed subsequently but has not got his/her OCI card re- issued on renewal of his/her passport, he/she may travel on the strength of the existing OCI card along with the old and new passports.

3. It is, however, advised that OCI cardholders may take steps to comply with the existing OCI guidelines in Para 1 above and renew their OCI cards as required by the rules.

STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED FOR APPLYING OCI:

  1. Visit website           www.passport.gov.in/oci/
  2. Click on proceed
  3. Choose the requisite box (the type on which applicant want to fill the form).
  4. Form will be filled in two parts: PART A and PART B
  5. After completion of PART A applicant has to upload their photograph(2inch by 2 inch of size) and Signature or Thumb impression.
  6. After that complete the PART B part of the form and submit the form
  7. After submission of form a file No. Starting with TTOP and ending with 17 will be generated.
  8. Take a printout of the form.
  9. Upload your requisite documents and visit to us at 6 Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain on any working days between 0930 hrs to 1230 hrs alongwith followings
  10. Form duly signed by the applicant and in case of applications for minors, applications should be signed by parents.
  11. Copy of documents alongwith original
  12. 2 inch by 2 inch size photograph(2 copies)
  13. Fee: Requisite fee to be paid through Demand Draft in favour of High Commission of India, Port of Spain. Detais of the fee to be charged is mentioned below:

Sl.No.

Particulars

Fee
In USD

ICWF
In USD

Total
In USD

Fee
In TTD

ICWF
In TTD

Total
In TTD

01.

For OCI Card

275

3

278

1790

20

1810

02.

For re-issuance of OCI Cards involving change of Passport

25

3

28

165

20

185

03.

For re-issuance of Duplicate OCI Card due to Loss/Damage

100

3

103

650

20

670

04.

Issue of OCI Card for PIO Card Holders  

25

3

28

165

20

185

05.

Issue of OCI Card for PIO Card Holders (Minor)

145

3

148

945

20

965

Note: Applicants in Grenada, Dominica and Montserrat wishing to pay the requisite consular
fee through US$ bank draft must add US$ 50 to the fee amount towards draft clearance charges.



Forms to Download

Affidavit for OCI / PIO Card
Form for Renunciation of Indian citizenship
Photograph specifications
Instructions 
About OCI
OCI Brochure
FAQ