Helpful Tip! :
Only follow the OCI checklist
available on VFS website
in order to complete your OCI application as per High Commission of India in Australia’s instructions.
Any other checklist instructions along with Application form or from other source may be generic and can result in your applications to be incomplete.
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) 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.
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 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.
Benefits to an Overseas Citizen of India card holder:
||A multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa for
||Exemption from registration with local police
authorities for any length of stay in India.
||Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of
economic, financial and educational fields except in relation to acquisition of
agricultural or plantation properties.
Any other benefits to an OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas
Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
Benefits to which OCI is not entitled to:
The OCI is not entitled to vote, be a member of Legislative Assembly or
Legislative Council or Parliament, cannot hold constitutional posts such as
President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc. and he/she
cannot normally hold employment in the Government.
Renunciation / Surrender Certificate Guidelines for Persons of Indian
The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based
on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired Australian/Foreign
Please review the detail checklist on
www.vfs-in-au.net on the effective date.
|If the Date of Australian / Foreign
Citizenship is on or before 31-May -2010
||If the Date of Australian /
Foreign Citizenship is after 31- May - 2010
|If the Indian Passport is not cancelled or is lost/damaged and not in possession (the applicant will need to provide a statutory declaration attested by a JP): For OCI / PIO / VISA Applications Au$ 24.00 cancellation fee is payable Statutory declaration will be attested and given back to applicant as a proof of cancellation. If the Indian Passport is cancelled the applicant will need to submit a photocopy proof of the bio page of the cancelled passport and no cancellation fee will be applicable.
||If the Indian Passport is not cancelled or is lost/damaged and not in possession (the applicant will need to provide a statutory declaration attested by a JP): For OCI / PIO / VISA Application Au$ 147 is payable along with the submission of the OCI/ PIO/ VISA application and the surrender certificate will be issued along with the requested service. If the surrender certificate is already acquired only a copy of the same needs to be submitted and no additional fee will be applicable.
Penalty Rates may also apply and will be levied as per the schedule of