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PUBLIC ADVISORY ON OCI CARD
The Government of India has withdrawn the PIO Card scheme vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, and replaced it with OCI. Therefore, PIO cardholders, who are residing in Belarus, are advised to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card at https://passport.gov.in/oci or contact: cons.minsk@mea.gov.in. The last date of submission of applications by erstwhile PIO Cardholders for registration as Overseas Citizen of India has been extended till 31 December 2017. Applications for OCI services can be made at the Embassy between 09.30 AM to 11.00 AM on all working days. We expect the OCI cards to be ready for collection in approximately 8 to 12 weeks and we request that no inquiry be made for at least 12 weeks after submission of application.

OVERSEAS CITIZENS OF INDIA SCHEME (OCI) General Information
OCI APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO SURRENDER THEIR INDIAN PASSPORTS TO PASSPORT SECTION AS PER INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS MATTER AND SUBMIT COPY OF SURRENDER CERTIFICATE ALONGWITH THEIR OCI APPLICATIONS. THOSE APPLICANTS WHO HAVE EVER HELD INDIAN PASSPORTS AND ARE UNABLE TO PRODUCE THE SAME FOR SURRENDER FOR ANY REASON (LOSS/ MISPLACEMENT/ SUBMITTED TO HOME OFFICE LONG TIME BACK) ARE REQUIRED TO FURNISH A NOTARISED AFFIDAVIT (IF THE PASSPORT IS ALREADY EXPIRED) AND ALSO POLICE REPORT (IN CASES WHERE INDIAN PASSPORT WAS STILL VALID).

Important Point
Application procedure w.e.f. 23 November 2015: The applicants can upload the requisite documents, photograph and the signature with the application in the online system. The procedure is mentioned below for the processing of applications for registration as OCI cardholder and for OCI Miscellaneous Services:1. The applicants shall submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application.
2. After the applicant submits the complete application online including documents, photograph and signature, the originals of the supporting documents have to be submitted to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRROs concerned for prior verification. The Indian Missions / Posts/ FRROs will be responsible for verifying the supporting documents with the originals.
3. If there is any deficiency in the application/ uploaded documents/ photographs, the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned shall inform the same to the applicant by email. The applicant may then submit the required documents to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned, who will take necessary action to upload the same on the online system.Applicant, who has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, shall not be eligible for OCI.Minor PIO children whose both parents are either Indian nationals or one parent is an Indian national and the other is ineligible for OCI are also not eligible for registration as OCI.

Benefits:
Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:
  • Multi-purpose, multi entry, lifelong visas for visiting India.
  • Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration officer/Foreigners Registration Officer for any length of stay in India.
  • Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of all facilities to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
  • Any other benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7 B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

    Restrictions:
  • The OCI is not entitled to vote,
  • Be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament.
  • He/she cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc.and cannot hold employment in the Government.

  • Every registered OCI will be issued a registration certificate which is printed like an Indian passport in different colour and will have the photograph of the individual and all necessary security features.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    A foreign national, who:
  • was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950, or
  • was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950, or
  • belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947and his/her children and grandchildren, are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), provided his/her country of citizenship s dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws.

  • The minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.
    Documents to be submitted with OCI Application :

    A. OCI Card for Adults:
  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • 2 recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport OR any document which clearly establishes applicant's previous nationality as Indian.
  • Copy of present Belarusian passport
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

  • B. OCI Card for children below 18 yrs (who held an Indian Passport).
  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed by the applicant . Please note that, in the box on Part A, minor can sign only if he/she can, otherwise only thump impression (signature /thump impression should be within the box).
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary by either of the parent
  • 2 recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport.
  • Copy of present Belarusian passport.
  • Copy of father's/mother's Belarusian passport who are eligible for an OCI Card.
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

  • C. OCI Card for Adults born to Indian parents and never held an Indian Passport
  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
  • 2 recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport of either of the parent.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.
  • Copy of present Belarusian passport
  • Copy of marriage certificate of the parents along with its English translation, duly notarized
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized.

  • D. OCI Card for Children below 18 yrs born to Indian parents and never held an Indian Passport.
  • Application form -Part A duly filled in and signed by the applicant. Please note that, in the box on Part A, minor can sign only if he/she can, otherwise only thump impression (signature /thump impression should be within the box).
  • Application form -Part B duly filled in and signed wherever necessary by either of the parent
  • 2 recent passport photographs measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person's head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.
  • Copy of present Belarusian passport.
  • Copy of father's/mother's Belarusian passport who are eligible for an OCI Card.
  • Copy of previous Indian passport of either of the parent.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate, along with its English translation, duly notarized
  • Copy of present Belarusian passport
  • Copy of nationality certificate along with its English translation, duly notarized

  • E. Fee structure
  • OCI Card - fee – US $ 275
  • PIO to OCI (For minors)- US $ 145
  • PIO to OCI (For adults) - US $ 25(For PIO card holders) - Should submit a copy of PIO card along with other documents
  • OCI Miscellaneous Services - US $ 25
  • Issue of OCI Card in case of Loss/Damage of OCI Documents - US $ 100

  • Payment details:
    To check the status of OCI already applied for https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp
    To apply for OCI Miscellaneous services: https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIMiscMain.jsp

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