About Us OCI Services

Eligibility criteria

                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 his/her children and grand children, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

What benefits accrue to an OCI card holder?

  Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:

  • Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;
  • Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and
  • Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

Where to apply for the OCI Card?

  • To the Indian Mission/Post in the country where the applicant is ordinarily resident.
  • If the applicant is not living in the country of his/her citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post having jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant is ordinarily resident.
  • If in India on long term visa (more than one year), to the FRRO, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai or the Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs.

What is the validity of the OCI Card?

                  An OCI Card is a life time document. It allows multiple entry multi-purpose life long visa for visiting India.

What is the Fee for the OCI Card?

                  The fee payable for issue of OCI Card is Euro 216.00 + 3.00 (Service Charge).

Application Form

  • Fill the form online at the following link for a New OCI Card:


  • Fill the form online at the following link for OCI Miscellaneous Services:


Procedurefor Submission of Application

                  After filling the application online, please take printout of the duly filled-in application and submit it to High Commission of India, Malta along with passport sized photograph, required documents and fee.