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INDIA IS OPEN: India fully re-opened for tourism on 15 November 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Visas with a future expiry date that issued were prior to 6 October 2021 will not be accepted by the Indian authorities at this time.

DOCUMENT OVERVIEW
The OCI card is a document that grants permanent residency, allowing you to live and work in India without a stated limit.

Although OCI stands for Overseas Citizenship of India, the OCI card doesn’t grant citizenship, and you’re not eligible to vote nor to hold public office.

Get started on your OCI card here.

WHO CAN APPLY AND ENTER INDIA WITH THIS DOCUMENT
Only people of Indian origin who have not been Pakistani or Bangladeshi citizens (or a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of such a person) are eligible to apply.

You may also apply if you were a citizen of India on or after January 26, 1950; if you belong to a territory that became part of India after August 15, 1947; or if you’re a child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or spouse of an Indian citizen.

You won’t be eligible for the OCI card if you served as a member of any foreign military.

You’ll need to surrender your Indian passport to apply.

OBTAIN THE OCI CARD
To apply for this document you only need to fill out a simple online form.

Once we make sure your application is error-free, we’ll submit all the necessary documents and send you the file of your Government Application Form via email along with your tracking number. You’ll also receive a preparation guide with all the further steps that you must follow to get your OCI Card.

Keep in mind you will have to send your physical application packet by mail to the Application Center. Once your packet reach the Indian Consulate, you will receive your OCI Card within 5-6 weeks.

Visit our application page to get started.

Check the FAQs below to view other relevant information about the OCI Card.

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Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Birth Certificate

  • Proof of Marriage or Spousal Relationship (if applicable)

  • Legal Status of Parents (if applicable)

  • Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)

  • Parental Authorization (if applicable)

  • Relationship Certificate (if applicable)

  • Renunciation Certificate of Indian Citizenship (if applicable)

  • Spouse OCI Card (if applicable)

  • Indian Origin Proof

  • Previous Indian Visa Copy (if applicable)

  • Signature

  • Employment Proof

  • Divorce Certificate (if applicable)

  • Supporting Document

  • Proof of Residence (if applicable)

Important Instructions

This application is for obtaining a New OCI Card only. If you are already an OCI Card holder or a PIO Card holder who needs any service, please check the consular platform.

You can apply from any state of US, this doesn't include outside territories.

Please ensure that all data entries provided in your application match with your existing passport.

We will send you a Government Form with an Online Registration Number that you will need to print.

You need to follow all instructions pointed at the Preparation Guide in order to make your application package with the mandatory and additional physical documents the consulate will ask.

Your return shipping address must match with the proof of address submitted as part of your application.

Please enclose only one application per package. Don’t enclose multiple applications in the same package.

You need to send your physical passport attached with your application package to the VFS Application Center. Once it is checked and matches with the information, they will send it back to you (within two weeks) and the package will continue its way to the consulate.

You will be able to track the state of your application by VFS tracking service and get notice when your OCI Card is finally approved. When the process is completed you will get the OCI Card by mail, as well.

In case the consulate asks for additional documents, you will have 07 calendar days to complete the information or the process will be cancelled.

  • All travelers need a negative PCR test result to enter India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 12/01/2021

  • Countries classed as "at-risk": Countries in Europe, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

  • Countries classed as not "at risk": The rest of the world.

  • No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter India. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest India travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
  • Accepted vaccines: WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted
  • Fully vaccinated eligibility: Travelers will be considered fully vaccinated if 15 days have passed since the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination schedule.
  • COVID-19 test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours
  • COVID-19 test on arrival: All arrivals from "at risk" countries and a random sample of all other arrivals.

Quarantine requirements for "at risk" country arrivals: All travelers arriving from "at risk" countries will be tested on arrival.

  • Travelers who test positive on arrival test: Further testing in isolation facility for new virus variant. If the traveler tests positive for new variant they must remain in strict isolation in facility until a negative test result is obtained. If the traveler tests negative for the new variant they can leave when discharged by medical staff.
  • Travelers who test negative on arrival test: 7 days home quarantine, day 8 PCR and 7 days self monitoring. If the day 8 test is positive, travelers must attend isolation facility as above.

Quarantine requirements for non-"at risk" country arrivals: 25% of travelers arriving from non-"at risk" countries will be randomly selected for PCR testing on arrival.

  • If the traveler tests negative: 14 days self monitoring.
  • If the traveler tests positive: Further testing in isolation facility for new virus variant. If the traveler tests positive for new variant they must remain in strict isolation in facility until a negative test result is obtained. If the traveler tests negative for the new variant they can leave when discharged by medical staff.

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No, it's not valid right now. The Indian government recently confirmed that all visas issued before the 6th October 2021 are considered invalid at this time. Applications for the 30-day tourist visa re-opened to individuals on 15th November 2021. Group applications opened on 15th October. Check back for the latest updates as soon as the government makes any new announcements.
The OCI card is a multi-purpose lifelong visa available to citizens of other countries who were citizens of India at the time of, or at any time after the initiation of, the constitution. The OCI card allows you to have multiple entries to India and exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India. As an OCI card holder, you will also enjoy equal rights as National Residents of India in terms of financial, economic, and education realms except in the case of agricultural or plantation properties. Submit the application form here.
You are not eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder if you, your parents, grandparents or great grandparents is or was a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
If this doesn’t apply to you, you may start your application process.
Yes, a spouse of an eligible person can apply if he or she also meets the eligibility requirements.
Yes, minor children can apply if and only if neither of the child’s parents, grandparents or great-grandparents are citizens of Bangladesh or Pakistan.
The first thing you need to do is fill out a simple online application and submit all the requisite documents for it. Upon completion, you will receive your Government Application with a file reference number which you must print out. Next, you will receive a VFS reference number to track the shipping and results of the application process. We’ll also give you a preparation guide with all the further steps you must follow to get your OCI Card issued.
You must save the confirmation number we’ll provide you. If you don’t, you won’t be able to know if your OCI card was issued or not. You can find more information in the preparation guide we will give you after you fill out the entry form.
The vast majority of people who apply for the OCI card aren’t in India. However, if you’re in India, you can also apply for the OCI card.
Because completing the form with iVisa.com is a great way to save yourself the extra hassle caused by making mistakes when filling out the application form and to get a preparation guide that will tell you exactly what to do to get your OCI card successfully issued. Additionally, at iVisa.com you can fill out the form in whatever language you need, and our team of experts will review your application to be sure it is good to go.
Yes, you do. As India doesn’t allow dual citizenship, the OCI card is a great way for Indian citizens who live and work abroad to be able to enter India any time they want while still holding that second citizenship. As part of your OCI card application, you must have the proper ID photos. Apply for the OCI card here.
You will have to dispatch your physical application packet via shipping to the VFS Application Center as per the jurisdiction of your application. You must submit your OCI application within 90 days from the date the online application is completed. Your application may not be accepted if you use an online application form that was filled out 90 or more days ago. Keep in mind that the processing of your application will only start once your physical application package is received by the VFS Application Center. Otherwise, the application won’t be processed. You will get an SMS acknowledgement once VFS receives the actual application package at the VFS Application Center stating ‘Received, but Not Verified’. Then, you will receive an SMS advising you on the outcome of the verification process.

India is one of the most exotic countries in South Asia, and it’s probably one of the most visited destinations in the whole world. With its millenary culture and incredible heritage, India is a must for any traveler wishing to enjoy spirituality and embrace tradition. This country is very popular for its tasty gastronomy and huge palaces, but it’s also a place to enjoy a warm welcome thanks to its friendly citizens. Additionally, India always has something to celebrate, so you might fell in love with its festivals and holidays.

Before explaining to you some of the most important highlights in India, don’t forget about valid travel documentation before entering. In case you’re a person of Indian origin, remember that you might be able to apply for an OCI Card. The OCI Card is a type of document that nationals of Indian origin and their spouses can obtain if they wish to work, live, and study in this country. You can obtain the OCI Card by using our services, especially if you don’t want to spend too much time at the embassy.

Aside from the OCI Card, you might also need your passport and other travel documents depending on your country of origin. You can always check iVisa.com’s homepage to learn more about it.

You’ll probably be entering Delhi upon arrival, as it is home to the capital city, New Delhi, and it has the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Delhi is full of old monuments and busy neighborhoods, as it is the cosmopolitan center of the country. This city is almost 1,000 years old, and you can find it poised along the banks of River Yamuna. It gives you a mesmeric mosaic of adventures, both heritage and up-to-date. As a plus, you can enjoy a big part of the city peacefully if you take into consideration some recommendations. Contrary to the common belief, not all India is full of danger.

Delhi is a good example of all the things you can enjoy in India, including traditional spots with hundreds of years in history. A must-see in Delhi is the India Gate, an incredible archway that stands as a tribute to Indian soldiers who fought for their country. This 42-meters-high gate was the first of its kind in the capital city, and it’s an important spot to learn a little about Indian history. The base of this monument is made of red Bharatpur stones and the architecture itself is alike to France’s Arc-de-Triomphe.

Talking about Indian architecture is talking about incredible spots that go beyond the Taj Mahal. An example of it is the Red Fort, made of fine red sandstone. This structure stands as a testament to the architectural legacy of the Mughals. Besides, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and it’s not for less when it’s full of beautiful palaces, pavilions and mosques.

A place you cannot miss when visiting Delhi is the Akshardham temple complex as it holds the Guinness World Records as the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple. This complex looks like a golden city when viewed from above, and it’s always a fascinating spot for curious visitors due to its huge expansion. This temple has been constructed in pink sandstone and marble and is placed amidst neatly manicured lawns, crystal-clear waterfronts, and open courtyards. It holds a traditional Hindu style of architecture, which is why it tends to fascinate anyone who sees it.

We cannot talk about India without mentioning the Impressive Taj Mahal but take into account that you’ll find this building in the city of Agra (hence its popular reference as “the city of Taj Mahal”). Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was the creator of the Taj Mahal, and to this day it’s a unique place mentioned in almost all literature about India. Its name is believed to be inspired by the Persian language as “taj” means crown and “mahal” means palace. As an interesting fact, the queen it was built in memory of had the name of Mumtaz Mahal (although its real name was Arjumand Begum), which meant “the crown of the palace”.

The Taj Mahal has many meanings for Indian culture, including a symbol of love, a grieving emperor’s ode to his deceased queen, and even an expression of Shah Jahan’s vision of kingship. Regardless of your preference in the meaning, it’s something you cannot forget to visit at least once in a lifetime.

There’s another city that worth the visit if you’re traveling to India, and that’s Jaipur, popularly known as the “City of Palaces” and “Pink City”. Jaipur is full of historical monuments and gardens that testify to the grandeur of the Rajput kings. One of the most iconic sites in this city is Hawa Mahal, which is an impressive building with a fine honeycomb of latticed windows. This palace was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and it was primarily constructed as a summer retreat for the royal household. Nowadays it serves as a mandatory stop for any visitor in India.

There are other places you can enjoy in India, but we remind you that you cannot enter this country with valid documentation. Just like any other country in the world, you need a valid passport to visit India if you’re a foreigner, but you might have it easier if you’re a citizen of Indian origin.

You can apply for an OCI Card before entering India and therefore enjoy your stay there. Besides, by having an OCI Card you’ll be able not only to visit tourist spots but also to live, work and study there for the long-term. In other words, you can easily live as an Indian citizen with an OCI Card, even if you don’t get Indian citizenship.

Remember that the OCI Card doesn’t offer citizenship immediately, that’s another type of process, but this card is a great way of having valid residence in the country so that you can enjoy staying there for a long time.

Besides, applying for the OCI Card is not as complicated as other visa processes. This card is available at almost any embassy, and you can even speed-up the process by applying online with our platform. We recommend you consider this before traveling to India, you won’t regret it.

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