This is to convey that the date for submission of online application for registration as OCI card holder in lieu of PIO Card by the erstwhile PIO card holders has been extended till 30.06.2017. It is advised that PIO card holders may submit their online OCI applications for registration by 30.06.2017.
An OCI card holder is entitled to multiple entry multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India, exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India and parity with Non Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights (For more details, please refer to our website).
Further, the OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearances at the Immigration Check Points and also for obtaining various consular services from the Indian Missions. Further, for those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.