Eligibility & Incentives to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder
  • A. Registration of Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder under Citizenship Act, 1955 of India:
  • The following persons are eligible for the registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder―
    • (a) any person of full age and capacity:
      • (i) 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
      • (ii) 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
      • (iii) 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
      • (iv) who is a child or a grandchild 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 further that no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents 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 an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder under this sub-section.

  • B. Benefits to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders:
    • A registered Overseas Citizen of India is granted multiple entry, multi purpose, life-long visa for visiting India.
    • He/she is exempted from registration with Foreign Regional Registration Officer or Foreign Registration Officer for any length of stay in India,
    • He/ She is entitled to general parity with Non-Resident Indians in respect of all facilities available to them in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties. Specific benefits/parity is notified by the Ministry from time to time.
    • Parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children.
    • Parity with resident Indian nationals in matters of tariffs in domestic air fares.
    • Parity with domestic Indian visitors in respect of entry fee for visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.
    • Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of
      • Entry fees for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India.
      • Practicing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts, namely:
        • Doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists
        • Advocates
        • Architects and
        • Chartered Accountants
      • Entitlement to appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts.