What OCI stand for and what is its person?
OCI is a, or can be used as a passport for identification purposes. OCI stands for Overseas Citizenship of India. This document is an immigration passport issued to a person of Indian origin. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) allows the person of Indian origin to stay, live and work in India.
This document was introduced in India after 2006 in answer to the need for dual citizenship. As per the Indian Constitution, Indians are not permitted to have dual citizenships. However, this, Overseas Citizenship of India, allows people of Indian origin some relief. However, the government of UK argues differently and considers Overseas Citizenship of India as dual nationality.
What is PIO and what is its purpose?
Persons of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) was first issued to those who traveled to certain countries as identification document along with passports. However, ever since the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) came into place, the PIO cards were stopped and were not issued.
However, the already existing cards are now treated as OCIs, as the Person of Indian Origin card scheme was merged with Overseas Citizenship of India. The PIO cards came with a stamp on them which stated “Lifelong validity” in one place and “no registration required” in another.
All the PIO cards had to be converted into OCI cards; an extended deadline was given with the last date being 30th June 2017.
What is the application procedure for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card?
If you wish to convert your PIO card into Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), you’ll need to fill out an online form. Search the internet with OCI Application Form Online and find the form. Follow the instructions as mentioned on the website and add all the details as required.
Furthermore, remember to scan the documents, images and other documents as required by the form. Then you will be required to print out two sets of the application and take it to VFS centers. You will need to pay the required fees and then submit the form.
How long does it take?As long as you have filled out all the correct information and have submitted your forms in a requisite manner, the form should be accepted, and you should receive your card within 6-8 weeks. However, in certain cases, due to technical issues faced by the authorities, it may so happen that the ICO cards arrive later.
This is why it is advised to all the applicants to book their travel plans, tickets and make other arrangements only when they receive their OCI cards and not before that.
Are some original documents submitted along with the forms?
Yes, you are required to submit some original documents. But these documents will be returned to you through postal services.
How will I receive my OCI cards?
When you print the form and submit it, you are required to submit two envelopes which are self-addressed with the form. These are special delivery Silver Royal Mail Envelopes or of any other courier service which is close to your house.
While two envelopes are used to send your original documents back, the other envelopes are utilized to send your OCI cards.
The applicants must check the status of their application online and submit some more documents to make sure they receive their OCI cards:
- The acknowledgment receipt of the application.
- Print-out of the online status report.
- If you have a PIO card, you will need to send the original card for cancellation.
- Your British passport, original.
All of these documents are to be submitted to the India Visa and Consular Services Application Centre once your online status changes to OCI received by the authorities. Once all the necessary documents, older passports, and other things are submitted to the VFS centers, your OCI will be delivered to your address.
Will I be eligible for a refund?
All OCI applicants are not eligible for refunds.
How can I get in touch with someone for help?
Here are the helpline numbers, in case you need help:
- +44 203 793 8629
- +44 203 788 4666
The working hours are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM from Monday to Friday, except on consular holidays.