Overseas Citizenship of India
The OCI, also known as Overseas Citizenship of India, is a status scheme that is available to a non-natives of India who come from a family i.e. parents or grandparents, of Indian citizenship. Since the Indian government does not allow dual citizenship, this is an alternative for traveling to India under a foreign citizenship. Under this scheme, there are several benefits that the individual can avail once he or she has registered. At the same time, you shouldn’t consider OCI as a dual citizenship.
Who’s Eligible For OCI?
Foreign nationals falling under following categories, are eligible for the registration as Overseas Citizenship of India:
♦ An individual who has been an Indian citizen at any time on or after the commencement of the Constitution Of India.
♦ An individual who was eligible for Indian Citizenship on 26-01-1950.
♦ An individual who lived in an Indian Territory after 15-8-1947.
♦ An individual who is child or grandchild of Indian Citizen in accordance with first three points.
♦ An individual who is the minor child of Indian Citizen in accordance with first three points. At least one of the parents should be the citizen of India.
♦ Spouse of an Indian Citizen or the spouse of an OCI card holder under section 7A of India Citizenship Act.
Who is not Eligible?
An individual who is from Bangladesh or Pakistan, or whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Government of India may specify in the Official Gazette, will not be eligible for Overseas Citizenship Of India.
Guidelines To Follow
♦ You should submit the OCI application online along with all the required documents, photograms, and signatures. These documents could be self-attested. The minors, who cannot perform signatures must provide their thumb impressions – left for the boy and right for the girl.
♦ Once you fill the application form and upload all the required documents, you must submit the original documents along with the photocopies to the BLS International for required verification.
♦ If the BLS International found any discrepancies in your application or the supporting documents, they shall inform you by email. In case any further modifications are needed, you must physically submit the required to the BLS International.
♦ When your application and all of your documents are verified, you will receive an automated email that your application is being processed.
♦ OCI application or service request are not accepted offline anymore.
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