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I. Conversion of PIO Cards into OCI Cards:

The last date for conversion of PIO Cards in to OCI cards is 31st December,2017. All PIO card holders are required to convert their PIO cards into OCI cards by this deadline.

The Conversion of PIO cards in to OCI cards will be done free of charge (Gratis) for applications submitted until December 31, 2017."

“Those who had applied for OCI card more than 3 months ago but have not as yet received their OCI cards may send email(s) mentioning therein Reference No. starting with USAC…. to the Consulate at oci.chicago@mea.gov.in .”


Those who are applying for conversion of PIO card in to OCI card or reissue of OCI card are required to submit only the following documents, along with their application forms:

            a) A copy of the valid passport.

            b) A copy of PIO card/OCI card.


The OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the ICPs and also for obtaining various consular services from the Indian Missions. For those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.


The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of his/her place of residence.


While the grant of OCI card in lieu of PIO card will be on gratis basis, the applicants will have to bear only the postages and service fee wherever applicable.


In cases of erstwhile PIO cardholders, the new foreign passport number (when they get a new passport) will continue to be endorsed on the existing PIO card till the person concerned is issued an OCI card in lieu of the PIO card.


 II. New OCI card:



  • You may check the status of your OCI at www.in.ckgs.us


  • For general OCI inquiries, please call 516-2061483, 646-589-0088.



NOTE: All applications along with relevant documents and the requisite fee should necessarily be sent to COX and Kings Global Services, USA. The applications sent to the Consulate will not be entertained.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on OCI Card:

1. What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder:


An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:


i. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.


ii. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.

iii. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

iv. OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving   license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.



2. What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to:

The OCI Card holder is not entitled:


i. to vote,


ii. to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,

iii. to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.

iv. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government


3. Under what conditions should one apply for New OCI Card:

(i) In case of issuance of new passport.

(a) For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.

(b) For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI.


(c) For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.


(ii) In case there is a change in personal particulars.

(iii) In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet.

(iv) For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g. name, father’s name, date of birth etc.,


(v) In case of change of address/occupation.


In terms of circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, no immigration authorities in India would insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.



4. Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?


The 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.


5. Are Minor children eligible for OCI Card?

Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are eligible for OCI Card. Except whose one parent is of a Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.


6. Is an applicant who had held nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?

No, If the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.


7. Can a person renounce OCI?

Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.


Important Advisory:      The Government of India is pleased to inform vide Notification No.585(E) dated 23.03.2012, permitting use of OCI registration booklets of OCIs to be treated as their identification for any services rendered to them in India. It also allows OCIs to give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India.



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