Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme
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Overseas Citizen of India Scheme


This is to inform that a decision has been taken in the Government of India, according to which the quantum of fee to be charged for OCI card in lieu of PIO Card will be US Dollars 100/-. These charges will be effective for all such applications which have been filled after 31.12.2017. Government of India had recently announced that ICAO will accept only machine readable travel documents, hence, existing PIO Card, which are handwritten will therefore, become invalid. Thus, it will be necessary upon PIO Cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of hand written PIO Cards before October, 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

Government of India had recently announced the introduction of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Scheme commonly known as ‘Dual Citizenship’.  Under this scheme foreigners of Indian origin, subject to certain conditions, can be registered as overseas citizens of India.  The Embassy of India, Panama is happy to announce that the process of OCI registration is being started for all eligible applicants with immediate effect.

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.

Persons registered as OCI have, however, not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha / Legislative Assembly / Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc.

Details about the OCI Scheme including procedure for applying, eligibility and benefits, etc. can be accessed directly from the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs at https://passport.gov.in/oci/

Registration as OCI can be made online here.  Please click link for stepwise guidelines for filling the application form.  These may be perused so that there is no mistake in submission of application which could cause delay in processing.

Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India have launched an on-line Supplemental Service -OCI Miscellaneous Services with effect from the January 01,2008 regarding facilities/procedures for re-issuance of OCI registration certificate/visa in certain situations viz:

  • In case of issuance of new passport.
  • In case ofchangeofpersonal particulars viz. nationality etc.,
  • In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa.
  • In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications viz. llame, father's llame, date ofbirth etc.,
  • In case of manually filled in applications (discontinued now) mistakes have been committed by the Indian Mission/PostlOffice while entering the personal particulars.
  • In caseofchangeofaddress/occupation

The detailed instructions/procedures and fees payable regarding the OCI Miscellaneous Services have been made available on the Ministry' s website https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIMiscMain.jsp

In case of doubt or if any clarification is required, please contact Embassy of India, Panama (Tel. 507- 2642416 /  2643043 / 2648780).

All local documents issued by a foreign authority are required to be duly apostilled/authenticated by the Ministry of External Relations(Foreign Affairs) of the respective country and documents (other than those which are in English) are to be submitted alongwith its English translation for processing the application.



For OCI Card

USD  278


For OCI Miscellaneous Services

USD  28


For re-issuance of Duplicate OCI Card due to Loss/Damage

USD  103


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