How to apply for OCI

need to apply for OCI card

if you are a person of Indian origin and now Citizen of Canada, Australia, America or other country 

then you may need to get visa of India before boarding a flight to India 

but If you have OCI card then you do not need to get visa you can do multiple entries

and its valid for 10 years then again you can renew it

benefits of OCI

  1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.
  2. Exemption from registration with the local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
  3. Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  4. Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of –
    a) entry fee to be charged for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India
    b) pursuing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts, namely, doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists; advocates, architects, chartered accountants,
    c) to appear for the All India Pre-medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts.

How to apply

you can apply ONLINE from any country  just follow next steps

to get more information about eligibility requirements more about OCI and to APPLY

but first thing you need to do is fill application form clickhere

then click on proceed and next window will be

click on proceed

then click on I have read instructions and accept

then enter code and press enter

then you will see

choose your option as new applicant

then new window will open and fill all details and press save and continue

and after filling all details

you need to generate pdf of your application


after getting pdf make sure to print

if anything you find incorrect please refill the form

click here if applying form Australia

click here if applying from USA

then next step is BLS if in Canada


and you will see following window with

all options such as requirements, fees, processing time, checklist etc.

and choose forms according to your Jurisdiction

then print checklist, application form and photo and take copies of required documents and take it with you if applying by in person or send if applying by courier services

please make sure to signature where its required


1 you can go to BLS office with all required  documents

you can pay fees there in person cash or by card

if applicant do not want to go to BLS office that’s fine you can send anybody

2 you can schedule the  pickup click here

then  choose option which one you want

also you  need to make PAYMENT in the same portal

then you can track application

and once its done you will get OCI card at mailing address

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