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All About Non-ECR and ECR Indian Passports | Passport Seva Kendra

As per the Emigration Act,1983 certain categories of Indian Passport holders require to obtain “Emigration Clearance” from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE) for going to certain countries. As per the Emigration Act, “emigration” means the leaving of Indian citizen with the intent of taking up employment in a foreign country. All Ordinary Indian Passports are divided into two categories:

  1. Emigration Check Required – ECR Passport
  2. Non-Emigration Check Required – Non-ECR Passport
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Emigration Check Required

ECR refers to Emigration Check Required which is meant to protect illiterate workers emigrating to certain countries to protect them from unscrupulous employees. If you are in the ECR category then, ECR status will be printed on your passport. If you are subject to ECR, then you need an emigration clearance from Protector Of Emigrants(POE) to enter any of the following countries for employment:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bahrain
  3. Brunei
  4. Kuwait
  5. Indonesia
  6. Iraq (Emigration is banned)
  7. Jordan
  8. Lebanon
  9. Libya
  10. Malaysia
  11. Oman
  12. Qatar
  13. Sudan
  14. Syria
  15. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  16. Thailand
  17. The United Arab Emirates
  18. Yemen

Documents Required for an ECR Passport Holder While Travelling

  1. Emigration Clearance Certificate approved by the POE office and Ministry of Overseas Indian Affair
  2. Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana Document

The Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana is a compulsory insurance scheme which was introduced in the year 2003, by the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This insurance scheme is compulsory for all the workers who are traveling abroad with the ECR passports that means it is mainly for the overseas worker (excluding the countries where the emigration certificate is not required) for employment purpose. This insurance scheme provides with a maximum sum of INR 10 lakh under the scheme which includes (hospitalization, maternity, attendant and legal expenses etc.  The application amount is quite reasonable and affordable. For a validation of 2 years it is Rs 275/- and for 3 years it is Rs 375/-.

The premium with the benefits are detailed below:

*It also includes one-way economy airfare to India in case of repatriation due to Employer refusing to employ the worker.

Both of the documents are needed to be shown at the airport while traveling.

ECR Application

According to the Emigration Act in 1983, the ECR categories of Indian passport holders are required to obtain “Emigration Clearance” from the office of the Protector of the Emigrants (POE). The idea behind the ECR is to provide safety to the Indian citizens due to the legal conditions of other countries and is based on the various situations and conditions.

  • Workers going abroad for employment need to get an Emigration Stamp before leaving India.
  • A specially printed adhesive stamp will be pasted on the passport of workers going out for employment. Entries necessary for the grant of an emigration clearance will be made in these adhesive stamps.
  • These stamps are signed by the Protector of  Emigrants.
  • Emigration clearance to the individuals shall be granted on the same day on which the application is made.
  • Emigration clearance is granted for those who are semi-skilled workers for a period of 6 months when applying through authorized recruiting agents with a passport containing valid employment visa.
  • If a person concerned is leaving the country for non-employment purposes, he can obtain a suspension of an emigration clearance for a specified country and for a specified period from the Protector of Emigrants.
  • This clearance is temporary and is valid only for one journey.

ECR Suspension

The ECR Suspension is called as the temporary removal of the ECR passport seal and obtaining the Non-ECR status. The ECR suspension is only valid for a certain trip (only one time) to any one of the countries mentioned above. If an ECR passport holder graduates, then he/she can no longer use the ECR passport privilege. He/she has to apply for the non- ECR passport and extend the time period of staying there.

The documents needed to be submitted for ECR suspension are the following:

  1. ECR suspension application form- fill in the ECR Suspension form, make sure that this suspension is only applicable to the visits only.
  2. Application fee of 400/-
  3. Current Passport, original and copy
  4. Photocopy of Visa
  5. Photocopy of your confirmed return travel tickets
  6. For Middle-Eastern countries, submit a sponsorship declaration attested by the Indian Mission/Consulate.
  7. Address proof.

Submit all the required documents and fees at the Regional Passport Office.

Imp Note
A Person whose age is above 50 are automatically eligible for ECNR and do not need to apply for the ECR Suspension.

An ECR suspension is only applicable to those who wish to visit the above-selected country.

The Female applicants who fall below 30 years of age and hold an ECR passport are not allowed for ECR clearance. This action is performed in order to provide protection and security to the women.

Non-Emigration Check Required

The citizens who are not in the working age and those who are not illiterate or are well qualified educationally will fall under the category of ECNR (Emigration check not required). An applicant will be eligible if the applicant satisfies falling in any one of the following categories and provides the documentary proof.

  1. All holders of Diplomatic/Official Passports
  2. All Gazetted Government servants, their spouse and children
  3. Person having an educational qualification above matriculation
  4. Person older than 50 years of age
  5. Children up to age 18 years who are willing to obtain a short validity passport of 5 years will have to submit their documents to prove ECNR category, else ECR stamping will be done.
  6. Income tax payers in their individual category, their spouse, and children.

The following documents can also be submitted:

  • Proof of assessment of income tax and actual payment of income tax for last one year or Income Tax return statement for last year that is stamped by income tax authorities and a copy of PAN card. Applicants submitting NIL income tax return statements are not eligible.
  • A Person holding a 2 years of a diploma from any institute recognized by the National Council for Vocational Training or State Council.
  • Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947
  • All professional degree holders, their spouse, and children. Example MBBS degree, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Scientists, Advocates etc.
  • All person having stayed in abroad for more than 3 years.
  • Sea-men who are in the possession of Continuous Discharge Certificate or Sea Cadets.
  • Persons holding Permanent Immigration Visa or documents like Green Card, permanent Residence card etc.

If you don’t fall under this category mentioned above, then you will be issued an ECR passport.

Non-ECR Application Procedure

If you previously held an ECR Passport and now satisfies the conditions stated above, you can apply for an ECNR passport.

Steps for Applying for an ECNR category are as follows

  • To apply for a cancellation of ECR stamp in the passport, the applicant is required to fill in a miscellaneous application from EAP-2. This application is to be submitted personally or through a representative (having an authority letter duly signed by the applicant as per the Annexure L or by the registered post.
  • A small inclusive fee of 300/- is paid along with the submission of the application form either in cash or by bank draft in favor of Regional Passport Officer of your city.
  • Valid passport in original
  • Attested two photocopies of the proof that the applicant is entitled as an ECNR, as per mentioned above.
  • Address proof
  • Two photocopies of the first four and last four pages of the Passport.
  • The Government is still trying his best to provide a maximum number of benefits to the ECR and non-ECR categorized people.

How To Apply for Passport in Kolkata | Passport Seva Portal

A Passport is an Official document that is issued by the Indian Government. The Passport certifies a holder’s identity and citizenship and allows them to travel anywhere under its protection. In this way, the Passport is used as a Travel Document. The Passport also serves as an Identity Proof and Address proof and can be used in many cases such as while buying a house or taking a loan.

Applying for a passport is a long process as it includes paying frequent visits to the Regional Passport Office (RPO). Therefore, to make simple the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced an online application process so that it can be easy and convenient to use.

Online Method of Applying for a Passport in Kolkata

The Passports applicants of Kolkata can follow the below steps to apply for an online passport

  1. Visit the Passport Seva Official Portal.
  2. Click on the “Register Now” link present on the homepage.
    Registration passportindia.gov.in
    Registration passportindia.gov.in
  3. Sign up and Log in to the Passport Seva Online portal using the login credentials.
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    Registration passportindia.gov.in
  4. Click on “Apply for fresh passport/re-issue of the Passport” link on the page.
  5. Enter the required details asked in the online application form and submit it.
  6. Go to the “View saved/submitted applications” tab and book an appointment for the PSK Office (Passport Seva Kendra) or Passport Office.
  7. Make the payment to complete the appointment booking. The payment can be done online as well as Offline. Payment can be done through (debit/credit cards, internet banking or State Bank of India Challan).
  8. Print the application receipt, the receipt includes the application reference number and appointment number.
  9. Visit the Passport Seva Kendra/ Passport Office with the application receipt and all the required documents.

Offline Method of Applying for a Passport in Kolkata

The Passport Seva Kendra are the service centers for the Passport and its related issues. Here the applicants can submit their documents and complete the additional formalities.

Generally, a fresh Passport cannot be filed in the PSK without an appointment until and unless it is an urgent case or Tatkal passport, or the applicant is a handicapped, minor or a senior citizen.

All the other applicants are requested to schedule an appointment and visit the Passport Seva Kendra on the appointed date.

Step by step procedure to apply for a Passport in Kolkata

  1. Buy an application form from the Passport Office or download it from the Passport website.
  2. Now submit the filled in application form along with the supporting documents in the Passport Office.
  3. A file number is generated or issued after the submission of the application form and the documents.
  4. Pay the mentioned processing fee, after that the application will be processed.
  5. You can track the application form on the Passport website by mentioning the file number.
  6. After the successful verification and processing, the applicant is then notified and can collect the passport in person.

How to Apply for a Passport in Delhi | Passport Seva Kendra

A Passport is an Official document issued by the Government of India. It certifies a holder’s identity as well as citizenship. The document allows traveling anywhere around the world under its protection. In this way, the Passport is used as a Travel document. Similarly, the Passport serves as an Identity Proof as well as Address proof for the citizens.

Applying for a Passport is a long process and recently, the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced an online method to apply for the Passport.

The Residents of Delhi can apply for a Passport in both ways either Online or Offline. In this article, we will be providing you the information regarding the methods to apply for a Passport in Delhi.

Online Method of Applying for a Passport in Delhi

Step by step procedure of applying for a Passport online in Delhi:

  • Visit the official Passport Seva website run by the Ministry of the External Affairs.
  • Register on the site.
  • Login to the site, and click on the “Apply for a Fresh Passport/Re-issue of the Passport” present on the homepage of the site
  • Complete the online form and submit.
  • After the submission of the form, go to the View Saved/ Submitted Applications tab and select the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link.
  • Make the processing payment. The payment can be done either online or offline (through debit/credit card, internet banking or SBI Challan).
  • Click on the “Print Application Receipt” link after booking an appointment and then print a copy of the receipt which contains the application reference number.
  • On the date of appointment, visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Regional Passport Office (RPO) and submit the required documents mentioned along with the application receipt.
  • After the completion of the Verification process, the passport can be collected as in a person.

Offline Mode of Applying for a Passport in Delhi

If you are not acquainted with the online process, then you can opt for the offline process as well. In the offline process, the passport application is done through the Passport Seva Kendra or the Regional Passport Office.

Step by step procedure to apply for a passport offline is as follows:

  1. Buy an application form from the Regional Passport Office or a Passport Seva Kendra. You can also download it from the Passport Seva Website.
  2. Now fill in the application form with the required details and submit it to the RPO along with the required documents and processing fee.
  3. A file number is issued as an acknowledgment receipt of the application. This acknowledgment receipt can be used to track down the application through the Passport Seva Website.
  4. Once you are done with the verification process, the passport can be collected from the RPO in person.

The procedure for applying for a passport is similar to that of the above. Visiting a PSK, with an appointment is made to submit the documents and pay the application fee.

The walk-in applicants are considered if they fall under the following categories:

  • Minors
  • Senior Citizens
  • Tatkal cases or Urgent Issues or
  • Handicapped applicants.

These passport application procedures are applicable for a new passport as well as in the re-issue of an expired passport.

Indian Passport for Newborn and Infants

Passport is one of the most prized possession in one’s life. It’s a document provided by the Government of the country to its citizens for international travel and identification. It can also be used for the verification of one’s country of citizenship. Even a newborn/infant is eligible to get a Passport, following is the process of applying for Passport for Newborns/Infants

In India, this document can be acquired by the citizens of the country either online or from the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) present throughout the country.

Follow these steps to get a passport for Newborn and Infants

  1. Parents of the minor must register an account with the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)
  2. For minors, an appointment is required for the family to visit the PSK during working hours along with the receipt of the application 
  3. Once the required documents are submitted with correct details, the applicants will get a token number by the authority, and wait till their turn comes up
  4. In their turn, the application will be verified and scanned into system
  5. Once the documentation is completed candidates will be provided with an acknowledgement receipt post which the Passport will be sent to the applicants address after a period of 4-7 days.

Documents Required to Apply for Passport for Newborn and Infants

According to the official website of Consular Section of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, following are the documents which need to be submitted when applying for passport for a newborn.

Proof of Present Address (Mandatory)

  • Water Bill
  • Telephone (Landline or post paid mobile number)
  • Electricity Bill
  • Income tax Assessment Order
  • Election Commission Photo ID Card
  • Proof of Gas Connection
  • Certificate from Employer of Reputed Companies on letter head
  • Spouse’s Passport copy  (First and last page including family details), (provided the applicant’s present address matches the address mentioned in the spouse’s passport)
  • Parent’s passport copy, in case of minors(First and last page)
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Registered Rent Agreement
  • Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks, and Regional Rural Banks only)

Proof of Date of Birth (Mandatory)

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority, whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India
  • Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/ recognised educational board
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations / Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy
  • Copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant
  • Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department
  • Driving License issued by the Transport department of concerned state Government
  • A declaration was given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant

Annexure D

A Declaration affirming the particulars furnished in the application about the minor as per Annexure ‘D’ (Mandatory)

Note:

  • It is advised to carry original and self-attested copies of parents passport to Passport Seva Kendra (PSK), in case parents possess a passport.
  • For minor applicants, documents can be attested by parents.

OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) – A Detailed View

The Overseas Citizenship (OCI) has to do a lot with the history and people. From centuries and centuries, people have been migrating from one country to another country in search of shelter, food, study, and work. In early years there were people called Nomads and Hippie traveled from place to place in search of food and shelter. Countries like Bali, Indonesia, Fiji etc still have that Indian touch in their facial features and behaviors and they still listen to Amitabh Bachchan’s songs.

Indian Diaspora-

People with Indian origin had begun to migrate overseas since the 19th century. Indians had spread initially in the countries like Africa, Fiji, Caribbean and a lot more due to the cheap and massive labor that arose immediately due to the British slavery in 1833-1834. Today the Indian Diaspora constitutes around 20 million of population reflecting a rich diversity and potpourri of culture, heritage, religion, socialism, and ethnicity. According to the current census, the maximum of the Indian population is present in the United Arab Emirates, constituting an approx of 75% of the total population, 68.3% of the population in Mauritius is covered by the Indians. The Indian Community maximum holds in the countries like Kazakhstan,  Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and much more. It consists of students, entrepreneurs, managers, hotels, managers, traders, bankers, multinational corporations, and workers.

There are many famous personalities and celebrities who hold an Indian Origin and has set their mark in the other countries.

  • Shri Krishna Pandit Bhanji – having an Indian-Kenyan descent is a well know Oscar winning actor.
  • Kalpana Chawla – First Notable Indian- American astronaut.
  • Anand Satyanand- Former Governor General of New Zealand.
  • Lily Singh- Also called as “Superwoman” having an Indo-Canadian descent is the most famous Indian YouTube Personality.”
  • Rudranath Capildeo- Having an Indo-Trinidadian is a famous Mathematician and Politician.
  • Satya Nadela- Having an Indian- American descent is the Microsoft’s CEO.
  • Sundar Pichai- Having an Indian- American descent, he is a famous business executive who is the CEO of Google.

These people are an inspiration to all. Nowadays, moving out of a country and settling down in abroad is like a dream of every Indian. Many of our parents feel proud saying that their son and daughter are studying or working in abroad. However, the Indians who settle down in abroad work a lot hard and study just to keep and maintain a strong connection to India.

This creates a lot of trouble for the Indian Government in figuring out how to deal with 30 million of the Indians living in another country. There are so many issues residing like. What about the land ownership? Voting? Taxation process? Passport, Visa and much more. One of such major moot point is the Overseas Citizenship India. 

Overseas Citizenship of India

There’s a famous quote by Jawaharlal Nehru stating-

Citizenship consists in the service of the country

Same goes with the Overseas Citizenship.

Definition

These are citizens of India who hold a lifetime Visa status. These are the citizens of India who have migrated from India for purposes like education and employment and achieved a citizenship of a foreign country.

Eligibility Criteria to apply for OCI

The applicants who come under the OCI umbrella satisfies certain criteria and conditions. This criteria and conditions are registered under the Section 7A Citizenship Act, 1955. Some of its criteria are as follows-

Hemust be a citizen of India or at any time after 26th January 1950.

  • If the applicant belongs to a territory, which became a part of India after 15th August 1947.
  • If he/she is the child/grandchild/great grandchild of the citizen who is eligible for all the above conditions mentioned, can also hold an OCI status.
  •  A minor child whose parents fall under the above criteria or anyone of the parent is a citizen of India is also eligible for an OCI status.
  • If the person is a spouse of the foreign origin of a citizen of India or a spouse of a foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under the Section 7A Citizenship Act 1955. They must be legally registered and married for a continuous period of time not less than 2 years.

Who Are Not Eligible For The OCI Status

These are the following people who don’t satisfy the eligibility for OCI

  • If anyone has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • If anyone having their parents or grandparents as a citizen of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China or Sri Lanka FRRO.
  • Any person who had or has served the foreign military or worked under the foreign defense department.

Any person who had or has served the foreign military or worked under the foreign defense department.

How To Apply For An Overseas Citizenship of India:

Application for the registration of an OCI can be done online.

Follow The Following Instructions:

  • Make sure you fill in the correct details.
  • Go through the complete form before clicking the submission button.

NOTE-
Using Internet Explorer browser is recommended as other web browsers may have a difficulty in saving the dates in the application form.

The official site through which you can apply for an OCI card is https://passport.gov.in/oci/ The process of registration is divided in Two Parts- PART ‘A’ and PART ‘B’.

 Detailed Steps To Follow For The Registration of an OCI Application:

  • Part “A” Registration:
  • Visit the official website and click on the “New Registration”.
  • After clicking the “New Registration” option, a box of instructions pops out. The instructions are as follows-
    • It is compulsory to upload the applicant’s photo and signature during the time of the OCI registration.
    • The Height and the Width of the signature and the photo must satisfy the aspect ratio of 1:3.
    • Make sure that you have the Photo and the signature ready before filling up the registration form.
    • After reading the instruction, click OK.
  • You’ll be given a Captcha question before getting started up. For example-
    “What is the color of the Apple?”.
  • After answering the above question, you’ll be given two Options saying-
    • You want to start a Fresh Application or
    • Continue with the Partially filled application
  • Choose the desired option, but for now, let us consider registering for a fresh passport-
  • In the OCI registration form, submit the following details
    • Place of Submission- In this part, you need to mention the place where you are applying.
    • Mission- This denotes the FRRO office which is nearest to your residential location. The FRRO office is the primary agency to conduct the registration process, stay and departure and also for the recommendation of the extension to stay in India.
    • After filling the above information, fill the Applicant’s details. Under the
    • Applicant’s details-

      • Surname- Mention your surname
      • Required given name- Your first name
      • Then there’s an option that if you have ever changed your name, click inside the box otherwise leave it blank.
      • If you tick the box, then provide the previous name and surname in the required box.
      • Sex- Mention the desired gender, male/female/transgender.
      • Date of Birth- You need to mention your birth date.
      • Country of the Birth- The country where you were born.
      • Birth Place- Your birthplace basically “Your Hometown”
      • Current Nationality- Mention your nationality, ethnicity you belong to Hindu/Christian/Jainism etc..
      • Visible Mark- If you have any sort of scars, scab or flaws. Mention that.
      • Marital Status- This section asks you whether you are married or unmarried or a divorcee.
  • There’s another sub-section called Applicant’s Passport Details where you are required to fill the Passport Details. The Passport Details that are needed are-
    • Passport Number- The Passport Number is 9 digit number which is located at the upper right corner of the page.
    • Date of Issue- It is the date when your Passport was issued.
    • Place of issue-This denotes the place where your Passport was issued.
  • The next sub-section is Applicant’s Family Details. Where you are required to fill the following details-
    • Father’s Name
    • Father’s Nationality
    • Mother’s Name
    • Mother’s Nationality
  • The images must be in JPEG format or jpg format with a maximum size limit of 200kb.
  • The height and the width dimensions of the Applicant’s photo must satisfy the following criteria-
  • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) * 200 pixels (height).
  • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (height).
    • Under the Section 7A of the Citizen Act, 1955, the act states that;
    • This is to certify that the person whose particulars are given in this Certificate has been registered as an Overseas Citizen of India under the provisions of Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955
      • All the details mentioned above are mandatory to fill.
      • Once you are done with the above steps click save next and continue. This will re-direct you to the next page.
    • Page II of the Part “A” form-
      • After clicking on the next button. You will be redirected to the verification page.
      • Crosscheck all the details that you have submitted and select modify if there are corrections to be made. If all the information is correct then click submit.
      • The next page redirects you to the OCI registration image upload page.
      • Here you will see a File Reference number displayed and information regarding the upload of image and signature is displayed.
      • Now, upload the photo and the signature on the desired boxes.
      • The next page will show the applicant’s image and the signature uploaded. if it seems okay then you can further click “I have uploaded successfully” otherwise you can upload it again if it is not proper.
      • The next page is the OCI Registration Confirmation. This page includes a File Reference Number which can be recorded for the future reference.

This completes the Part “A” of the OCI registration process. Click to proceed Part “B” of the Registration Form.

  • This is the last and the final step of the application process. it includes a one-page application form. This application form asks a general question which you need to answer.
  • After answering the question. Click the submit button.
  • The next page will take you to the confirmation page for the successful completion of the application form (both Part A and B).
  • After the completion of both the forms, now click to Generate Registration form and take the printout.
  • Uploading Documents-

    Applicants are required to click upload documents and upload the relevant documents. You will need a Passport Number and the online registration number to further proceed with the documents upload.

    • Select the required documents and upload. The maximum size limit of the documents is 500Kb.
    • After the documents are successfully uploaded it will show that you have successfully completed the registration procedure of the OCI.
    • After the submission of all the document, you are successfully done with the online part of the of the registration.

      Documents Required-

      The documents which are required for an OCI status are-

      • Photocopies of the Passport / a copy of Domicile Certificate issued by the Competent Authority / an Evidence of Relationship as a parent/grandparent if their Indian Origin is claimed as the Basis of Grant of OCI.
      • If the origin of the Parent/Grandparents is claimed then the following documents are necessary-
        • The applicants who are claiming for an OCI card on the basis of their Parents or Grandparents need to show their birth certificate showing their parents name.
        • Submission of the applicant’s birth certificate as well their parent’s birth certificate clearly mentioning their names with the connection established.
        • A copy of their Indian Passport or their Domicile Certificate or land ownership certificate.
        • Including any other proof, that is acceptable to authority as a proof that the applicant has an Indian Origin.
        • Surrender Certificate-

          The Indian Nationals who are applying for an OCI card requires submitting a “Surrender Certificate”.

          What is a Surrender Certificate? How can I avail it? What is the procedure?

          A “Surrender Certificate” is a certificate claiming that the applicant wants to surrender the Indian Citizenship and wants to acquire a Foreign Citizenship and Nationality. You can avail this certificate by applying it online on the official site of the Passport. http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink and later you need to visit the Passport Office along with the required documents for further verification.

        • Fees- If you have acquired for the Foreign Nationality on or after 1st June 2010 then you will have to pay Rs 5000/-. If you have acquired for a Foreign Nationality before 1st June 2010 then you will be charged Rs 500/-.
        • Documents- You need to submit your Original Passport along with the Foreign Nationality.
      • The Applicants can check their application status and track on the official website.
        • OCI Approval Application-

          After the approval of the OCI application, the application and the other documents are sent to the concerned Indian Consulate.

        • After multiple verification procedures, an OCI “U” Visa sticker is pasted on the  Foreign Passport and a registered certificate which is in a form of booklet is issued to the applicant.
      • According to the Indian Citizenship Act 1956 (25C), the applicants who are applying for an OCI card can submit their applications to the following-
        • The Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Amritsar.
        • The Chief Immigration Officers (CHIO) in Chennai OR
        • OCI Cell in Foreigners Division of Ministry of Home Affairs at Under Secretary (Foreigner Division)
        • Ministry Home Affairs.
      • Fees: For applications that are filed in India, the current fee is Rs 15,000/- for each applicant. The fees can be paid in the form of a demand draft, payable at New Delhi and made in the favor of the Accounts Officer.

OCI Fee Refund: If in case your application fee is canceled, the processing fee of $25 will be deducted (Rs 1603.11/-) and the rest amount will be refunded back.

Benefits of OCI Citizenship-

  • They can have a life long multiple entry visits to India- The applicants who own an OCI card can visit India multiple times without any termination of their Visa. In short, they own a life long Visa.
  • You can eventually be a citizen of India if you remain an OCI for 5 years and stay in India for at least 1 year.
  • No requirement of a student Visa to study in India- You will not be asked for a Visa to study in India.
  • You don’t require an employment Visa to get a job- You can freely apply for Job without any requirement of an employment Visa.
  • You can also open a Personal Bank Account in India, just like the NRIs do- You can open and create your own Personal Bank Account, anywhere in India.
  • You can also use your OCI card, for applying for a driving license,  to get a PAN card or open a bank account- You can use an OCI card for applying in different identity proof cards like PAN card, Driving License etc.
  • You can buy non – farm properties as well as make investments in India- You can buy and sell the land properties as well.

You pay the Indian resident fee in various places such as visiting parks, wildlife sanctuaries, monuments, museums.

Drawbacks for an OCI citizen:

  • OCI applicants are restricted to purchase agricultural land or farm houses.
  • The OCI applicants cannot vote.
  • The OCI citizens cannot hold a Government Job.
  • The OCI applicants may not travel to some of the restricted areas without permission.
    • The Restricted Areas are-
      • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
      • Arunachal Pradesh
      • Himachal Pradesh
      • Kashmir
      • Lakshadweep Islands
      • Manipur
      • Mizoram
      • Nagaland
      • Rajasthan
      • Sikkim
      • Uttaranchal.

Conclusion:

Living abroad is tempting as well as daunting. A lot of people desire and dream of studying and working in the foreign countries and earn a better position. OCI holders are one them. Their application procedure, as well as the documents collected, is not that tuff and complex as compared to the procedures of an Indian Passport but they somewhere loose a lot of privileges and rights. They have benefits as well but still, they have their Indian tags tucked to their hearts.

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