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Overseas Citizenship of India



MERGER OF PIO AND OCI SCHEMES
The PIO Scheme has been discontinued with effect from 9 January 2015.  All the existing PIO cardholders are deemed to be OCI Cardholders.  A separate online application for issue of OCI Card in lieu of the PIO Card without payment of any registration fee has been uploaded in MHA’s website https://passport.gov.in/oci/.  All PIO card holders are advised to submit their applications online by 30.06.2017.  Please read the whole document before raising any queries.

 

  1. CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 2015

Extract:
“7A. (1) The Central Government may, subject to such conditions and restrictions, as may be prescribed on an application made in this behalf, register as Overseas Citizen of India cardholder –

(a) Any person of full age and capacity –

     1.  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

     2.  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

     3.  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

     4.  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 subjected 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.”

An Overseas Citizen of India shall not be entitled to the rights conferred on a citizen of India under various articles as prescribed in the Ordinance.

“7C. (1)  If any Overseas Citizen of India cardholder of full age and capacity makes in prescribed manner a declaration renouncing the card registering him as an overseas Citizen of India cardholder, the declaration shall be registered by the Central Government, and upon such registration, that person shall cease to be an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder.

(2) Where a person ceases to be an OCI Cardholder under sub-section(1), the spouse of foreign origin of that person, who has obtained OCI card under clause (d) of sub-section (1) of Section 7A, and every minor child of that person registered as OCI cardholder shall thereupon cease to be an OCI Cardholder.

7D. The Central Government may, by order cancel the registration granted under sub-section (1) of section 7A, if it is satisfied that –

(a) The registration as OCI cardholder was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact; or

(b) The OCI cardholder has shown disaffection towards Constitution of India, as by law established; or

(c) The OCI cardholder has, during any war in which India may be engaged, unlawfully traded or communicated with an enemy or been engaged in, or associated with, any business or commercial activity that was to his knowledge carried on in such manner as to assist an enemy in that war; or

(d) The OCI cardholder has, within five years after registration under sub-section (1) of section 7A, been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years; or

(e) It is necessary to do so in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, friendly relations of India with any foreign country, or in the interests of the general public; or

(f) The marriage of an OCI Cardholder, who has obtained such card under clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 7A

    (i) Has been dissolved by a competent court of law or otherwise; or

    (ii) Has not been dissolved but, during the subsistence of such marriage, he has solemnized marriage with any other person.”

B.    APPLICATION FORM AND PROCEDURE

C.    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED / CHECKLIST FOR OCI

D.    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

E.     MISCELLANEOUS OCI SERVICES

F.     FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 

Queries may please be mailed to Attache (Consular) at cons@hcindiatz.org .