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Overseas Citizenship of India(OCI)
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Before applying for OCI: It is mandatory for all Indian Passport holders to renounce their Indian citizenship upon acquiring foreign nationality. This is essential for applying for OCI.  If not done before, then the applicant must simultaneously apply for surrender of Indian citizenship certificate or cancellation of concerned Indian passport along with the OCI application. 

 

Eligibility: Following categories of foreign nationals are entitled for grant of status of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI):

  • One who was a citizen or eligible to have been a citizen of India anytime on or after 26.01.1950.
  • One whose father and mother, both, were at anytime citizens or eligible to have been citizens of India on or after 26.01.1950.
  • One whose all grand parents (maternal and paternal) were at anytime citizens or eligible to have been citizens of India on or after 26.01.1950.
  • Minor children of OCI cardholders. 
  • Anyone who has ever been citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh is not eligible for OCI. 
  • As per the instructions of Government of India, any person who has ever served in the defence forces in a foreign country, for any period of time in any capacity, is not entitled for the OCI status. Eligible persons would be granted OCI only upon submission of all necessary documents and fulfilling all other necessary formalities. Please refer documents and how to apply

 

Documents:  

  • The applicant needs to produce requisite documents of self, or parents or grand parents, based on one’s ground for claiming OCI. i.e; An applicant claiming OCI on the basis of Indian Citizenship of  parents needs to produce requisite documents of  parents, on the basis of  grandparents needs to produce requisite documents of grand parents etc.
  • Applicants claiming OCI through their parents or grand parents should produce documents which would prove their relationship with their parents or grand parents, as the case maybe in addition to other necessary documents.
  • The applicant should carry the original and photocopy of all documents at the time of submitting the application in Embassy of India. The original shall be returned after verification and the photocopy shall be retained by the Embassy. 

 

Requisite documents: 

1. Indian passport(s). 

         OR

2. Domicile/nativity certificate(s) issued by the competent authority in India. 

         OR

3. Any 3 supportive documents. Supportive documents are as follows:

  • Birth certificate(s) issued by Government/ Municipal authorities in India.
  • Certificate(s) from recognized educational        institutes. 
  • Employment certificate(s) from India.
  • Property or land ownership certificate(s) in India.
  • Any other document issued in India to prove residency/citizenship. 

         OR

4. Laissez-Passez issued by Israeli authorities for immigration from India to Israel and any one of the supportive documents. 

         OR

5. A certificate from Israeli Ministry of Interior mentioning passport number of the applicant on which he/she emigrated to Israel and any one of the supportive documents. 

 

Other documents:

1. Israeli passport and Israeli ID Card. 

2. Police Clearance Certificate in English from the Israeli Police.

3. Detailed Personal Particulars from Ministry of Interior, Israel (Tamsit Reshum) to verify the date of immigration to Israel.

4. Surrender of Indian citizenship Certificate or copy of cancelled Indian passport on acquisition of Israeli nationality.

P.S: Proof of change of name should be submitted in English, if there is any discrepancy in name as on the Israeli ID or passport and the Indian documents.

5. Latest salary/pay certificate (if employed)

6. A certificate (duly attested by the Israeli Defence Forces) stating that the individual has only done mandatory service and is not on reserve duty.

 

How to apply:

Step 1: Ensure that the applicant qualifies for OCI as per the eligibility criteria and also ensure necessary documents are present (Refer Documents). 

 

Step 2: Apply for Police Clearance Certificate in English from the Israeli Police. The Police authorities send the Police Clearance Certificate directly to the Embassy. It normally takes about 3 – 4 weeks. Please check with the Embassy about the receipt of the certificate after 4 weeks.

 

Step 3: After Police Clearance Certificate has been received in the Embassy, applicant should apply for new OCI online registration by clicking on the link: www.ociindia.nic.in or https://passport.gov.in/oci/. The online application forms have two parts. Part A and Part B of the online application form have to be filled separately. After submission of Part A online, a copy of Part A with an online Registration Number will be printed along with unfilled Part B of application form. Details in Part B should be typed out except for the declaration and signature.  In case the space provided is not sufficient, additional sheets may be used for providing requisite details. 

 

Step 4: Printout of Part A of the application form, duly filled Part B of the form should be submitted along with all the necessary documents (Refer Documents) in the Embassy any day from Monday to Thursday between 0900 and 1000 hrs.  They should be accompanied by the following:

  • OCI fee of NIS 1385.
  • 4 photographs (5 cm x 5 cm).  It should have light color background (not white) without border.  Photographs should not be stapled and should not have any signature on them. 

 

Step 5: Status of the application can be tracked in: http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury. Processing time is normally 6-8 weeks and the Embassy informs the applicant when the OCI card is ready. The applicant should bring the passport along at the time of collection of the card to affix the lifelong Multiple-Entry visa. 

 

Benefits: Status of an OCI is almost on a par with a normal Indian citizen excepting restrictions in the following:

  • Voting rights.
  • Government employment.
  • Becoming a member in the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament.
  • Holding Indian Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court, High Court etc. 
  • Acquisition of agricultural property. 

 

OCI Miscellaneous Services for OCI Card holders: can be availed only by the OCI Card holders for re-issuance/issuance of duplicate OCI documents in the following contingencies: 

  • Issuance of new passport. 
  • Change of personal particulars.
  • Loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa. 
  • Filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online application. 
  • Change of address/occupation. 

 

2. The application for this service should be filled online on http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionMisc. One hard copy of the application form is to be submitted to the Embassy, except for change of address or occupation.   

 

3. OCI registration certificate and visa should be re-issued by availing this service, each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant. It is not mandatory each time a new passport is issued to the OCI holder between 21 and 50 years. 

 

4. In case of loss/damage of OCI documents, the service would be granted only after personal interview.

 

 

 


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