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Overseas citizenship of India (OCI) scheme
The constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.  However, based on the recommendation of the High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India have decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India(OCI) commonly known as ‘Dual Citizenship’.  The Parliament of India approved the relevant bill in this connection in August, 2005.  Persons of Indian origin(PIOs) of certain category who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws.

2.  Persons registered as Overseas Citizen of India will not have the right of voting, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, constitutional posts such as President, Vice-President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCI shall be entitled to the following benefits:

1. Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;

2. Exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

3. Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties

4. A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under Section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she has been registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year, out of the five years before making the application.

5. For getting one registered under the OCI Scheme, one has to apply to the Indian Mission/Post in the country of citizenship of the applicant, on a form prescribed for the purpose.

6. The registration fee is US $275 for each applicant. In case of PIO card holder, the fee is US $25.  An amount of US $250 shall be refunded if the registration is refused.

7. For more details about the OCI Scheme, the website www.mha.nic.in may be visited. 

Embassy of India, Tokyo  has started to accept applications for the Overseas Citizenship of India with effect from January 9, 2006. Applications for OCI service can be made at the Embassy between 0900 hrs to 1100 hrs. on all working days and by post also. Applicants are advised to ensure that no column of the application is left unattended. Apart from affixing photographs and signatures at the designated places on the application, it may also be ensured that the requisite numbers of spare photographs (04 in all) of prescribed size are enclosed with the application. Photographs should be 35X35 mm in size with white background, front pose, both shoulders and both ears visible . Applicant’s signature/thumb impression should not touch outlines of the signature box. The existing foreign passport, cancelled or expired Indian Passport if available and their photocopies also need to be enclosed along with the application.

The applicants have to furnish ‘Divorce Certificate’ and ‘Marriage Certificate’ if got re-married  if he/she is a ‘Divorcee’ and nationality proof  of grandparents such as copy of Passport or any other document issued by Government of India, along with the  application for OCI.

For online OCI registration, applicants can directly reach the website by entering  https://passport.gov.in/ocI

If the foreign passport of OCI holders on which ‘U’ visa is pasted lapses, the OCI holder has to apply online accordingly as mentioned under ‘OCI Miscellaneous Services’, for getting a new ‘U’ visa pasted on the new passport along with new registration booklet. The OCI application for Miscellaneous Services has to be submitted at the Embassy paying a fee of Yen 3750.   

For online OCI Miscellaneous Service registration, applicants can directly reach the website at https://passport.gov.in/oci

Fee for OCI services will be as under:


Type of Service

Fee in Japanese Yen


Fresh OCI Card



OCI Card in case of PIO card holder (Adult)



OCI Card in case of PIO card holder (Minor up to 18 years)



Re-issuance of OCI card



Duplicate OCI card in case of loss/damage of OCI documents



The fee will be collected in cash in Japanese Yen  only. In addition to the above fee an amount of Japanese Yen 200 will be charged towards ICWF.

We expect the OCI cards to be ready for collection in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

For more information on OCI and to apply online and download application, please click http://www.mha.nic.in/oci/oci-main.htm

The following documents would be required for delivery of OCI card:

1. Foreign passport
2. Cancelled Indian Passport
3. P I O card, if applied on the basis of PIO card.
4. Original receipt.

The documents would be accepted in the morning on any working day between 900-1100 hours  and would be returned on the date of delivery given by the officer between 1600-1700 hours.

PIO Card

The PIO Card for Persons of Indian Origin


Type of Service

Amount in Japanese Yen


PIO Card - Adult           



PIO Card - Minor (up to 18 years) 



Duplicate PIO card in lieu of lost card


In addition to the above fee an amount of Japanese Yen 200 will be charged towards ICWF.


The Government of India understands and respects your need to be close to your place of origin and has accordingly launched the ‘PIO Card’ scheme, aimed at making the journey back to your roots, simpler, easier, flexible and trouble free.

Who is eligible?

Any person:

* who at any time held an Indian passport; or

* he/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any country as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time; or

* who is a spouse of a citizen of India or a Person of Indian Origin as mentioned above.

The scheme is broad-based, covers up to four generations and also the foreign spouse of a citizen of India or a PIO.

What benefits accrue to a PIO Card holder?

* No visa required for visiting India.

* Exemption from the requirement of registration if stay in India does not exceed 6 months. Should the continuous stay exceed 6 months, registration will be required within 30 days of the expiry of 6 months with the concerned Foreigners Registration Officer.

* Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields.

* All facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

* Facilities available to children of NRIs for getting admission to educational institutions in India including medical colleges, engineering colleges, Institutes of Technology, Institutes of Management etc. under the general categories.

* Facilities available under the various housing schemes of LIC, State Governments and other Government agencies.

Where to apply for the PIO Card?

* Download PIO Application Form

* Applications should be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant ordinarily resides.

* Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities

Download PIO Application Form:

DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
New Delhi 110 002.
Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183

MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
Mumbai 400001.
Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721

CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549

CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036
Those residing in the rest of India:

Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi 110 003
Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563

What is the validity of the PIO Card?
15  years subject to the validity of the passport.
Note: The PIO Card will be valid only when accompanied with a valid passport.

The nationality proof like copy of Indian Passport, Identity Proof like Election I/Card or Aadhar Card/ Driving License etc.  of applicant’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents  need to be submitted for verification while submitting the applications for OCI and PIO.

For downloading the PIO application form, please click http://www.indembassy-tokyo.gov.in/downloads/pioform.pdf

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