OCI and PIO Card Service
Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card
The OCI scheme was launched on 2 December, 2005 for the benefit of Persons of Indian Origin. A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950, or was a citizen of India on or at anytime after 26.01.1950, or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947, and their children and grand children, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India. Minor children of such person are also eligible for registration as OCI. However, those persons who were citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh at any time are precluded from the scheme. The OCI Card once issued is valid for life.
- 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.
- Further benefits as may be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. (www.moia.gov.in)
- The fee for an OCI card is Q.2,200.
- In case of PIO card holders, the fee is Q.200.
- For Minor Q.1160
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card
The PIO Card Scheme was launched in 1999 to make the journeies of PIOs back to their roots in India simpler, easier and flexible.
All persons of Indian origin who hold passports of any other country (except Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Pakistan, and such other countries as may be specified by the Government of India from time to time) will be eligible to apply for PIO Card if they fulfill the following conditions:
- They held an Indian passport at any time; or
- They or either of their parents or any of their grand parents or great grand parents were born in and permanently resident in India, as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter, provided None of the above was at any time a citizen of any of the specified countries; or
- They are the spouse of a citizen of India, or of a person of Indian origin.
- A PIO Card is valid for 15 years.
- A PIO Card holder does not require a separate visa to visit India.
- A PIO Card holder neither requires ‘Student’ visa for studies nor ‘Employment’ visa for employment in India.
- A PIO Card holder, who intends to stay in India longer than 180 days during a single visit, will need to apply for registration with a Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in whose jurisdiction he lives, within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days.
- A PIO Card-holder (except for specified countries) enjoys parity with NRIs in matters of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India, except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
- A PIO Card however confers no political rights in India.
- The fee for a PIO Card is Rs.15,000, or 2600 Quetzals.
- For children up to the age of 18 years, the fee is Rs.7,500, or 1,300 Quetzals.
How to apply:
Application for a PIO Card can be made in the prescribed form (Click here), in duplicate, accompanied by documentary evidence to show that the applicant is a person of Indian origin, and four passport size photographs.