Under the general permission available, the following categories can purchase immovable property in India:
i) Non-Resident Indian (NRI)
ii) Person of Indian Origin (PIO)
The general permission, however, covers only purchase of residential and commercial property and is not available for purchase of agricultural land / plantation property / farm house in India.
No. An NRI / PIO who has purchased residential / commercial property under general permission, is not required to file any documents / report withb the Reserve Bank.
There are no restrictions on the number of residential / commercial properties that can be purchased.
No. a foreign national of non-India origin resident outside India cannot purchase any immovable property in India unless such property is acquired by way of inheritance from a person who was resident in India. However, he / she can acquire or transfer immovable property in India, on lease, not exceeding five years. In such cases, there is no requirement of taking any permission of/or reporting to the Reserve Bank.
Yes, a foreign national who is a ‘person resident in India’ within the meaning of Section 2(v) of FEMA, 1999 can purchase immovable property in India, but the person concerned would have a to obtain the approvals and fulfill the requirements, if any, prescribed by other authorities, such as, the State Government concerned, etc. The onus to prove his /her residential status is on the individual as per the extant FEMA provisions, if required by any authority. However, a foreign national resident in India who is a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan would require prior approval of the Reserve Bank.
A foreign company which has established a Branch Office or other place of business in India, in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Management (Establishment in India of Branch or Office or other Place of Business) Regulations, 2000, can acquire any immovable property in India, which is necessary for or incidental to carrying on such activity The payment for acquiring such a property should be made by way of foreign inward remittance through the proper banking channels. A declaration in from IPI should be filed with Reserve Bank within ninety days from the date of acquiring the property. Such a property can also be mortgaged with an Authorized Dealer as a security for the purpose of borrowings. On winding up of the business, the sale proceeds of such property can be repatriated only with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank. Further, acquisition of immovable property by entities incorporated in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan and who have set up Branch offices in India and would require prior approval of the Reserve bank.
However, if the foreign company has established a Liaison Office in India, it cannot acquire immovable property. In such cases, Liaison Offices can acquire property by way of lease not exceeding 5 years.
(a) Yes, NRIs and PIOs can freely acquire immovable property by way of gift either from
i) A person resident in India; or
ii) An NRI; or
iii) A PIO
However, the property can only be commercial or residential in nature. Agricultural  land/ plantation property / farmhouse in India cannot be acquired by way of gift.
(b) A foreign national of non-Indian origin resident outside India cannot be acquire any immovable property in India by way of gift.
Yes, a person resident outside India i.e. (i) an NRI; (ii) a PIO, and (iii) a foreign national of non-Indian origin can inherit and hold immovable property in India from a person who was resident in India However,a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan should seek prior approval of the Reserve Bank for inheriting immovable property in India.
A person resident outside India (i.e. NRI or PIO or foreign national of non-India origin) can inherit immovable property from
(a) A person resident in India
(b) A person resident outside in India
However, the person from whom the property is inherited should have acquired the same in accordance with the foreign exchange law in force or FEMA regulations, applicable at the time of acquisition of the property.
(a) NRI can sell property in India to
i) A person resident in india; or
ii) An NRI; or
iii) A PIO.
(b) PIO can sell property in India to
i) A person resident in india; or
ii) An NRI; or
iii) A PIO –with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank
(c) Foreign national of non-Indian origin including a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan can Sell property in India with prior approval of the Reserve Bank to
i) A person resident in india
ii) An NRI
iii) A PIO
(a) NRI / PIO may sell agriculture land / plantation property / farm house to a person resident in India who is a citizen of India.
(b) Foreign national of non-India origin resident outside India would need prior approval of the Reserve Bank to sell agricultural land/ plantation property / farm house in india
(a) NRI/PIO may gift residential property to-
(i) a person resident in India or
(ii) an NRI or
(b) A foreign national of non-India origin requires the prior approval of the Reserve Bank for getting the residential/ commercial property.
(a) NRI / PIO can gift an agricultural land / a plantation property / a farm house in India only to a person resident in India, who is a citizen of India.
(b) A foreign national of non-India origin would require the prior approval of the Reserve Bank to gift an agricultural land / a plantation property /a farm house in India.
(i) NRI/ PIO can mortgage a residential / commercial property to
(a) An Authorised Dealer / the housing finance institution in India without the approval of Reserve Bank.
(b) A bank abroad, with the prior approval of Reserve Bank.
(ii) A foreign national of non-India origin can mortgage residential / commercial property only with prior approval of the Reserve bank.
(iii) A foreign company which has established a Branch Office or other place of business in accordance with FEMA regulations has general permission to mortgage the property with an Authorised Dealer in India.
Payment can be made by NRI/PIO out of:
(a) Funds remitted to India through normal banking cannels or
(b) Funds held in NRE / FCNR (B) / NRO account maintained in India
No payment can be made either by traveler’ cheque or by foreign currency notes or by other mode except those specifically mentioned above.
The Authorised Dealers can allow NRIs / PIOs to credit refund of applications / earnest money / purchase consideration made by the house building agencies / seller on account of non-allotment of flat / plot / cancellation of bookings / deals for purchase of residential, commercial, commercial property, together with interest, if any, net of income tax payable thereon, to NRE / FCNR account, provided the original payment was made out of FCNR account of the account holder or remittance from outside India through normal banking channels and the Authorised Dealer is satisfied about the genuineness of the transaction.
Yes, such loans are permitted subject to the terms and conditions laid down in Schedules 1 and 2 to the Notification No. FEMA 5/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 viz. Foreign Exchanges Management (Deposit) Regulations, 2000, as amended from time to time. Bank cannot grant fresh loans or renew existing loans in excess of Rs. 100 lakhs against NRE and FCNR (B) deposits, either to the depositors or to third parties. The bank should also not undertake artificial slicing of the loan amount to circumvent the ceiling of Rs.100 lakh.
Such loans can be repaid in the following way.
(a) By way of inward remittance through normal banking channels or
(b) By debit to the NRS / FCNR (B) NRO account of the NRI/ PIO or
(c) Out of rental income from such property
(d) By the borrower’s close relatives, as defined in section 6 of the Companies Act, 1956, through their account in India by crediting the borrower’s loan account.
Yes, NRI /PIO can avail of housing loan in Rupees from an Authorised Dealer or a Housing Finance Institution subject to certain terms and conditions laid down in Regulation 8 of Notification No. FEMA 4/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 viz. Foreign Exchanges Management (Borrowing and lending in rupees) Regulations, 2000, as amended from time to time. Authorised Dealer / Housing Finance Institutions can also lend to the NRIs/PIOs for the purpose of repairs / renovative / improvement of residential accommodation owned by them in India Such a loan cacan be repaid (a) by way of inward remittance through normal banking channel or (b) by debit to the NRE / FCNR (B) / NRO account of the NRI /PIO or (c) out of rental income from such property, or (d) by the borrower’s close relatives, as defined in section 6of the Companies Act, 1956, through their account in India by crediting the borrower’s loan account.
Yes, subject to certain terms and conditions gives in Regulation 8Aof Notification No. FEMA 4/ 2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 and A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27 dated October 10,2003, i.e
(i) The loan shall be granted only for personal purpose including purchase of housing property in India;
(ii) The loan shall be granted in accordance with the lender’s Staff Welfare Scheme / Staff Housing Loan Scheme and to other terms and conditions applicable to its staff resident in India;
(iii) The lender shall ensure that the loan amount is not used for the purposes specified in sub- clauses (i) to (iv) of clause (1) and in (2) of regulation 6 of Notification No. FEMA 4/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000;
(iv) The lender shall credit the loan amount to the borrower’s NRO account in India or shall ensure credit to such account by specific indication on the payment instrument;
(v) The loan agreement shall specify that the repayment of loan shall by way of remittance from outside India or by debit to NRE /NRO / FCNR Account of the borrower and the lender shall not accept repayment any other means.
(a) In the event of sale immovable property other than agriculture land / farm house / plantation property in India by a NRI / PIO, the Authorised Dealer may allow repatriation of the sale proceeds outside India, provided the following conditions are satisfied, namely:
(i) the immovable property was acquired by the seller in accordance with the provisions of the foreign exchange law in force at the time of acquisition by him or the provisions of these Regulations.
• The amount paid for acquisition of the immovable property in foreign exchange received through normal banking channel, or
• The amount paid out of funds held in foreign Currency Non-Resident Account, or
• The foreign currency equivalent (as on the date of payment) of the amount paid where such payment was made from the funds held in Non-Resident External account for acquisition of the property; and
(ii) In the case of residential property, the repatriation of sale proceeds is restricted to not more than two such properties.
For this purpose, repatriation outside India means the buying or drawing of foreign exchange from an Authorised dealer in India and remitting it outside India through normal banking channels or crediting it to an account denominated in foreign currency or to an account in Indian currency maintained with an authorized dealer from which it can be converted in foreign maintained with an authorized dealer from which it can be converted in foreign currency.
(b) In case the property is acquired out of rupee resources and/or the loan is repaid by close relatives in India (as defined in section 6of the Companies Act, 1956), the amount can be credited to the NRO account of the NRI / PIO. The amount of capital gains, if any, arising out of sale of the property can also be credited to the NRO account.
NRI / PIO are also allowed by the Authorised Dealers to repatriate an amount up to USD 1 million per financial year out of the balance in the NRO account / sale proceeds of assets by way of purchase / the assets in India acquired by him by way of inheritance / legacy. This is subject to production of documentary evidence in support of acquisition, inheritance or legacy of assets by the remitter, and a tax clearance / no objection certificate from the Income Tax Authorised for the remittance. Remittances exceeding US $ 1,000,000 (US Dollar One million only) in any financial year requires prior permission of the Reserve Bank.
(c) A person referred to in sub-section (5) of Section 6 of the foreign Exchange Management Act, or his successor shall not except with the prior permission of the Reserve Bank, repatriate outside India the sale proceeds of any immovable property referred to in that sub-section.
Please refer to the answer at Q 22. Above. NRI /PIO may repatriate up to USD one million per financial year (April-March) from their NRO account which would also include the sale proceeds of immovable property. There is no lock in period for sale of immovable property and repatriation of sale proceeds outside India.
Yes. Authorised Dealers have been authorized to allow repatriation of sale proceeds of residential accommodation purchased by NRIs / PIOs out of funds raised by them by way of loans from the Authorised dealers / housing finance institutions to the extent such loan/s repaid by them out of the foreign inward remittances received through normal banking channel or by debit to their NRE / FCNR accounts. The balance amount, if any, can be credited to their NRO account and the NRI /PIO may repatriate up to USD one million per financial year (April -March) subject to payment of applicable taxes from their NRO account balance which would also include the sale proceeds of the immovable property.
The sale proceeds of immovable property acquired by way of gift should be credited to NRO account only. From the balance in the NRO account, NRI / POI may remit up to USD one million, per financial year, subject to the satisfaction of Authorised Dealer and payment of applicable taxes.
Yes, general permission is available to the
NRIs / PIO to repatriate the sale proceeds of the immovable property inherited from a person resident in india subject to the following conditions:
(i) The amount should not exceed USD one million, per financial year,
(ii) This is subject to production of documentary evidence in support of acquisition /inheritance of assets and an undertaking by the remitter and certificate by a Chartered Accountant in the format prescribed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes vide their Circular No. 4/2009 Dated June 29, 2009,
(iii) In case of deed of settlement made by either of his parents or a close relative (as defined in section 6 of the Companies Act, 1956) and the settlement taking effect on the death of the settler,
(iv) The original deed of settlement and a tax clearance / No Objection Certificate from the income-Tax Authority should be produced for the remittance,
(v) Where the remittance as above is made in more than one installment, the remittance of all such installment shall be made through the same Authorised Dealer,
(vi) In case of a foreign national, sale proceeds can be repatriated if the property is inherited from a person resident outside India with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank. The foreign national has to approach the Reserve bank with documentary evidence in support of inheritance of the immovable property and the undertaking and the C. A. Certificate mentioned above.
The general permission for repatriation of sale proceeds of immovable property is not available to acitizen of, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Iran he has to seek specific approval of the Reserve Bank.
As FEMA 1999 specifically permits transactions only in Indian Rupees with citizens of Nepal and Bhutan. Therefore, the question of repatriation of the sale proceeds in foreign exchange to Nepal and Bhutan would not arise.
In terms of Regulation 5A of the Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India) Regulation 2000, Foreign Embassies / Diplomats / Consulates General, may purchase / sell immovable property ( other than agricultural land / plantation property / farm house) in India provided –
(i) Clearance from the Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs has been obtained for such purchase / sale; and
(ii) The consideration for acquisition of immovable property in India is paid out of funds remitted from abroad through the normal banking channels.
Yes. NRI / PIO can rent out the property without the approval of the Reserve Bank. The rent received can be credited to NRO / NRE account or remitted abroad. Powers have been delegated to the Authorised Dealers to allow repatriation of current income like rent, dividend, pension , interest etc. of NRIs / PIO who do not maintain an NRO account in India based on an appropriate certification by a Chartered Accountant, certifying that the amount proposed to be remitted is eligible for remittance ad that applicable taxes have been paid / provided for:
Yes, a person who had bought the residential / commercial property / agricultural land / plantation property / farm house in India which he was a resident, continue to hold the immovable property without the approval of the Reserve Bank even after becoming an NRI / PIO.
The sale proceeds may be credited to NRO account of the NRI / PIO.
Yes. From the balance in the NRO account , NRI / PIO may remit up to USD one million, per financial year, subject to the satisfaction of Authorised Dealer and payment of applicants taxes.
Yes, they may continue to hold the immovable property under holding license obtained from the Reserve Bank. However, they can transfer the property only with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank.
A person resident in India who is a citizen of Pakistan of Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal of Bhutan is governed by the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India) Regulation, 2000, as amended from time to time, i.e. she / he would require prior approval of the Reserve Bank for acquisition and transfer of immovable property in India even though she/ he is resident in India. Such requests are considered by the Reserve Bank in consultation with the Government of India.
The citizens of countries other than those listed above can be PIOs who are covered under the general permission (please refer to Q. No. 1). The provisions relating to foreign national of non-Indian origin are covered in detail in Q. Nos. 6 and 7.
|1.Non Resident Indian
||No RBI Approval
|No RBI Approval required
||(a)Direct remittance NRO / NRE A/c
(b)Loans against NRE / FCNR Deposits for Residential House only
||No RBI Approval required
||Repatriation of sale Proceeds equivalent to the Original Investment is permitted for a maximum of two houses as well as Commercial Property after 3 years of acquisition (i.e. possession) or payment of last installment, whichever is later, provided the investment is out of direct remittance of NRE / FCNR account. Form IPI 8 to be submitted to RBI within 90 days of sale of the property.
|2.Foreign citizen of Indian Origin
||No prior RBI approval only intimation to RBI in Form IPI-7 within 90 days of purchase (Press Release dated 8/1/1992)
||No RBI approval required Intimation to RBI in Form IPI-7 within 90 days of purchase (08/06/93 Circular)
||(a)Out of NRE / FCNR A/c or Foreign remittance
(b)Loans against NRE / FCNR Deposits for Residential House only
(C)With prior approval of RBI from NRO account
||No RBI approval required
||Same as above
|3. Non Citizens of Foreign Origin i.e. Foreigners
||RBI approval required (Circular dated 23/3/1992)
||RBI approval required
||RBI approval required (Circular dated 23/3/1992)
|4. OCB (a) Controlled by NRI 60% (b) Others
||(a) RBI approval required
(b) RBI approved required
|(a) NRI approval required
(b) RBI approval required
|(a) Direct remittance
(b) Direct remittance
|(a) RBI approval required
(b) RBI approved required
|(a) Non Repatriable
(b) Non Repatriable
|5. FERA Companies
||No RBI approval required (FERA 104 / 92-RB Dated 29/1/92)
||No RBI approval required
||NO RBI approval (Circular Dated 23/3/1992)
|(a) Citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka are deemed not be of Indian origin.
(b) Income from letting out not allowed to be repatriated under any circumstances to any of the above.
||HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCHEME
||The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as ‘Dual Citizenship’. Persons of Indian Origin
(PIOs) of certain category, as has been specified in the Brochure on overseas citizenship of India 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.
||Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights and are not eligible for election to Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha / Legislative Assembly/
Council or for holding Constitutional posts such as President. Vice President,
Judge of Supreme Court / High Court etc. Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits.
- Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong 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.
||Any further benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
||A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under section 5(1) (f) of the citizenship Act,1955 if he/she is registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year out of the five years before making the application.
||The OCI Brochure, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and application form are appended.
A foreign national, who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI registration. However if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not qualify for registration as OCI.
A PIO card holder who is eligible for registration as OCI may also submit his / her application in Form XIX. He/she will be considered for grant of registration in the same manner as other eligible applicants. A PIO card holder will, however, have to pay a fee of US $ 25/- or equivalent in local currency instead of US $ 275 for other applicants. APIO card holder will have to surrender his/her PIO card (in original) immediately prior to issue of OCI registration certificate and visa.
All such applications will be considered for grant of OCI on the same lines as in para 3 above without seeking fresh application and fees.
If it is found that registration as an OCI was obtained by fraudulent means, false representation or concealment of any material fact or the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or under any of the provisions of section 7D of the citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he / she will also be blacklisted for future visits to India.
A registered OCI shall avail the benefits of:
(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 Indian (NRI)s in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
Any other benefits extended to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act,1955 from time to time.
The OCI is not entitled to vote, become a member of Legislative assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme court or High Court etc. and he / she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.
A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his / her children and grand children, provided his / her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.
Any person who or either of whose parents or any of whose grand-parents was born in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted), and who was ordinarily residing in any country outside India was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.29150.
The territories, which became part of India after 15.08.1947 are:
(i) Sikkim from 26.04.1975.
(ii) Pondicherry from 16.08.1962
(iii) Dadra & Nagar Haveli from 11.08.1961
(iv) Goa, Daman and Diu from 20.12.1961
Yes, if he / she is eligible in his / her own capacity.
A family of spouses and upto 2 minor children can apply in the same form i.e.Form XIX, which can be downloaded from the website www.indianembassy.org
For the present, application form has to be submitted in person or by post to the embassy / Consulate General of India.
The following documents must be attached with each application.
(1) Three additional stamp size photographs.
(2) Proof of citizenship of applicant(s)
(3) Evidence of self or parents of grandparents being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947 or being citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950.
The documents required are :-
(i) Copy of the passport (or)
(ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority (or)
(iii) Any other proof (or)
(4) Evidence of relationship as parent / grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as bases for grant of OCI.
(5) Proof of fee payment US $ 275/- for each applicant or equivalent in local currency (US $ 25/- or equivalent in local currency for each PIO card holder).
(6) PIO card holders must also submit a copy of their PIO card.
Any documentary evidence by which the officer equivalent to Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Indian Mission / Post can diligently arrive at the decision.
Application has to be submitted in duplicate.
No. Application(s) can be sent by post.
No. Earlier provision in this regard has been done away with.
To the Indian Mission / Post of the country of citizenship of the applicant. If the applicant is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission / Post of the country where he is ordinarily residing. If the applicant is in India, to the FRRO Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Amritsar or to Chief immigration Section, Chennai or to the Under Secretary. Citizenship section, Foreigners division, Ministry of Home affairs (MHA), Jaisalmer House, 26, Mansingh Road, New Delhi 110011.
All the applications will be subject to pre or post verification depending on whether any adverse information is available or not. If the Government comes to the knowledge that any false information was furnished or material information was suppressed, the registration as OCI already granted shall be cancelled by an order under section 7 D of the citizenship Act, 1955. The persons will also be blacklisted banning his/her entry into India.
US $ 275 /- or equivalent in local currency for each applicant in case of PIO card holder, US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant.
Initially, the time taken for registration as OCI will be a minimum of 42 working days (6 weeks) from the date of receipt in the embassy. If any adverse information is available against the applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise will be taken within 120 days. During this period, the applicants are requested to refrain from making telephonic / written / email enquiries regarding the status of the application.
An amount of US $ 250 or equivalent in local currency shall be refunded, if registration is refused. US $ 25 is the processing fee, which is non-refundable.
Yes, provided he / she is otherwise eligible for grant of OCI like any other applicant.
No. He / She has to make a payment of US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency along with the application.
No. The PIO card will have to be surrendered to Indian Mission / MHA at the time of grant of OCI registration certificate and OCI ‘U’ visa sticker.
A registration certificate in prescribe format will be issued and a multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI “U” visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the applicant. For this purpose, the applicant has to send the original passport to the Indian Mission / post after receipt of the acceptance letter / OCI registration certificate.
Yes. For this purpose, an application has to be made to the Indian Mission / Post with evidence for loss of certificate. In case of mutilated / damaged certificate an application has to be made enclosing the same. Application in both the cases have to be made to the same Indian Mission / Post which issued the certificate along with payment of fee of U $ 25 or equivalent in local currency.
Yes. On payment of requisite fee, a new OCI ‘U’ visa sticker will be issued. However, the applicant can continue to carry the old passport wherein OCI ‘U’ visa sticker was pasted along with new passport for visiting India without seeking a new visa, as the visa is valid lifelong.
No. As only citizens of the country which allows dual citizenship under the local laws in some form or the other are eligible for applying for registration as OCI, losing foreign citizenship does not arise.
No. He / she will be required to seek Protected Area Permit (PAP) / Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for such visits.
Yes. For the period OCI is living in India.
Yes. As per the provisions of section 5 (1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered as OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1years out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.
Yes. Provided one of the parents is eligible to become OCI.
A person registered as an OCI shall avail the following benefits:
(a) Multi- purpose, multiple entry, lifelong visa for visiting India.
(b) Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
(c) Party with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields, except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural / Plantation properties.
Any other benefit extended to OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas
Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the citizenship Act, 1955.
No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.
Yes, as long as the local laws of at least one of the countries allow dual citizenship in some form or other.
(i) OCI is entitled to life-long visa free travel to India whereas for PIO cardholder, it is for 15 years
(ii) PIO cardholder is required to register with local Police authority for stay exceeding 180 days in India on any single visit whereas OCI is exempted from registration with Police authority for any length of stay in India.
No. Indian Passport is given only to an Indian citizen.
Yes, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.
Yes, He / She has to declare 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.
No. All such application will be considered for registration as OCI without seeking fresh application and fee.