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Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card-

            The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme for registration of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) was introduced by amending the Citizenship Act, 1955 in August 2005. OCI Card holders are entitled to multy-entry, multi-purpose life-long visa to visit India, exemption from registering with FRRO for any length of stay in India, parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except for acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

The OCI Scheme was modified on 9 January 2015 by further amending the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the earlier scheme for issuance of PIO Card was merged with the OCI Scheme.  

PIO Card Validity Extended up to December 31, 2021

The Indian Immigration will accept all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards (including handwritten PIO cards), along with valid foreign passport, as valid travel document till December 31, 2021, instead of earlier deadline i.e. September 30, 2020. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO card valid for exit from/entry into India till December 31, 2021 as last and final opportunity. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts. It may, however, be ensured that the PIO card is valid at the time of travel.
All PIO cardholders (handwritten and machine-readable) are meanwhile advised to convert their PIO card to OCI card.  With effect from 9 January 2015, PIO Card Scheme has been withdrawn and all  existing PIO card holders are deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders. The PIO Card holders must obtain an OCI card in lieu of their PIO card by applying online at https://ociservices.gov.in/

Government of India Guidelines on OCI Card :

  1. OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.
  2. OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.
  3. The Government of India has decided to grant further extension of time till 31st December, 2021 to get the OCI cards re-issued in accordance with above guidelines.
  4. The requirement of carrying old and new passports, along with the OCI card, has been done away with. Henceforth, an OCI cardholder traveling on the strength of existing OCI card bearing old passport number is not required to carry the old passport. However, carrying the new (current) passport is mandatory.

Eligibility for registration as OCI-

As per Section 7A of the Ordinance, the following categories of persons may be registered as Overseas Citizen of India cardholder:

(a) any person of full age and capacity,

(i) who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of - India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the Constitution; or 

(ii) who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; or 
(iii) who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after the 15th day of August,1947; or
(iv) who is a child or a grand-child or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or

(b) a person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in clause(a); or

(c) 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; or

(d) spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder 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 under this section: Provided that for the eligibility for registration as Overseas Citizen of India cardholder, such spouse shall be subject to prior security clearance from a competent authority in India. Provided further that no person, who 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 Overseas Citizen of India cardholder.

The OCI Card holder is NOT  entitled to the following:
i. to vote, 
ii. to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or the Parliament of India, 
iii. to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc. 
iv. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government,
v. The OCI Card does not entitle the holder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering or research work, without prior permission.

How to apply for OCI Card-

A brochure giving details of application form, procedure, documents required and the benefits available to the OCI card holders can be seen at: https://ociservices.gov.in/

Application for registration for issue of an OCI card has to be made online at https://ociservices.gov.in/ 

Application form with self attested copies of all documents and prescribed fees has to be deposited in the Consular Section in the  Embassy. 

OCI Services:-

  1. OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI) FOR  INDIAN ORIGIN PERSONS WHO HELD INDIAN NATIONALITY IN THE PAST.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  1. OCI application form duly filled up, signed and pasted with photo.
  2. Copy of Foreign passport of applicant.
  3. Copy of Certificate of Acquisition of Foreign Nationality.
  4. Copy of cancelled Indian passport containing personal particulars and passport officer´s observation (s) if any.
  5. Renunciation Certificate issued by Embassy. (Refer under Miscellaneous Consular Services for Renunciation Certificate).
  6. Copy of previous Indian visa if any.
  7. Copy of proof of residential address in Mexico i.e. electricity, water, telephone bill in the name of applicant or any family member or Copy of a lease deed /rent agreement with a copy of landlord’s Mexican ID.
  8. Original Letter of Employer in English, signed by the authorized signing authority of the company addressed to the Consular Officer, Embassy of India, Mexico City, stating date of appointment and position in the Company. In case of private business, copy of Company’s Registration with SAT..

Fee and Mode of payment :

Fee to be deposited in respective banks and bring  original fee payment receipts.

HSBC Bank

Embajada de la Republica De la India

0199300451

MXN $ 5705

Scotia Bank

Embajada de la Republica De la India

104978276

MXN $ 65

Do not deposit complete fee in one bank.

NOTE:  1. All copies to be submitted are to say:   TRUE COPY, SELF ATTESTED and signed by applicant.

  1. Applicants are required to come in person in the Embassy from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM all working days. (No prior appointment required). Please check the list of holidays in the Embassy’s web page (www.indiainmexico.gov.in)

Please ensure that documents mentioned above at Sl. No. 2, 3, 4, 5  and 6 are uploaded on OCI web portal before submission of application in the Embassy.

  1. OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI) FOR FOREIGNERS LINKED TO INDIAN PERSONS (FATHER, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  1. OCI application form duly filled up, signed and pasted with photo.
  2. Copy of Foreign passport of applicant.
  3. Copy of birth Certificate of the applicant duly apostiled and attested by the Embassy. (Refer under Miscellaneous Consular Services for Attestation of Civil Documents).
  4. Copy of Marriage Certificate of parents duly apsotiled and attested by the Embassy.
  5. Copy of Indian passport/OCI card of parents/Grandparents.
  6. Copy of previous Indian visa if any.
  7. Copy of proof of residential address in Mexico i.e. electricity, water, telephone bill in the name of applicant or any family member or Copy of a lease deed /rent agreement with a copy of landlord’s Mexican ID.
  8. Original Letter of Employer in English, signed by the authorized signing authority of the company addressed to the Consular Officer, Embassy of India, Mexico City, stating date of appointment and position in the Company. In case of private business, copy of Company’s Registration with SAT..

Fee and Mode of payment :

Fee to be deposited in respective banks and bring  original fee payment receipts.

HSBC Bank

Embajada de la Republica De la India

0199300451

MXN $ 5705

Scotia Bank

Embajada de la Republica De la India

104978276

MXN $ 65

Do not deposit complete fee in one bank.

NOTE:  1. All copies to be submitted are to say:   TRUE COPY, SELF ATTESTED and signed by applicant.

  1. Applicants are required to come in person in the Embassy from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM all working days. (No prior appointment required). Please check the list of holidays in the Embassy’s web page (www.indiainmexico.gov.in)

Please ensure that documents mentioned above at Sl. No. 2, 3, 4, 5  and 6 are uploaded on OCI web portal before submission of application in the Embassy.