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Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme
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Important Notice for Conversion of valid PIO Card to OCI Card

As per MHA Notification dated 09/01/2015 all PIO Card holders with a valid PIO Card as on 09/01/2015 are deemed to be OCI cardholders. For conversion of PIO to OCI card, they will have to upload only the following two documents with his/her application;

  1. Copy of the valid Passport
  2. Copy of the PIO Card

The applicants can submit the applications online from anywhere. The grant of OCI Card in lieu of PIO Card will be subject to payment of conversion fee of US Dollars 100/- (US Dollars one hundred only).

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Important notice for Renewal of OCI card

 

All OCI Card holders may kindly note the following rules with regard to reissue of OCI subsequent to reissue/renewal of passports:

OCI card/registration is required to be got re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age and once after completion of 50 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant. Re-issuance of OCI registration certificate is not mandatory each time a new passport is issued between 21-50 years of age. In effect:

  1. Up to the age of 20, OCI Card is to be re-issued each time the passport is reissued.
  2. For adults above the ages of 20 and up to 50 years, there is no need to get the OCI card re-issued each time the passport re-issued/renewed.
  3. For adults above the age of 50, OCI needs to be re-issued only once.

For any clarification please contact Consular Wing of Embassy of India, Panama at 00 507 2692792 or 00 507 2691163 or email us on cons.panama@mea.gov.in

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CONVERSION OF PIO CARDS TO OCI CARDS-

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.

FEE:

 1.

For OCI Card

USD  278

 2.

For OCI Miscellaneous Services

USD  28

 3.

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

USD  103

 

 
 
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