How long does it take to get OCI in Australia?

How long does it take to get OCI in Australia?

For Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) 8 weeks for clearance of application + on an average 7 working days after re-submission of passport. All OCI service applications are returned by Courier as a process mandate.

How much does it cost to apply for OCI?

Fees for OCI Card

Service Consular Fee Total
New OCI card (Adult/Minor) $275.00 $295.00
New OCI for PIO Card Holder (Adult) $275.00 $45
New OCI card (Adult/Minor) $275.00 $295.00
Re-issue in case of Lost /Damaged OCI card $100.00 $120.00

Is OCI valid for lifetime?

What is the validity period of PIO (now considered OCI cards)? The existing PIO Cards are now valid for life of the holder.

Do you need to carry old passport with OCI?

Applicants need to carry originals and photocopies for all supporting documents. The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005: OCI card needs to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.

How long does the OCI process take?

between 8-10 weeks

How long can you live in India with OCI?

cardholders ? (i) An OCI is entitled to life long visa with free travel to India whereas for a PIO card holder, it is only valid for 15 years.

How do I get an OCI?

How to apply for OCI card? The Bureau of Immigration under the Union Home Ministry issues OCI status. It can be applied online by logging on to

How does OCI card look like?

Physical appearance. The OCI document is a passport-like document (though it is not a passport). OCI Cards were formerly printed with a separate lifelong “U” Visa Sticker (which was pasted on the applicant’s passport). The proof of lifelong visa is now just the OCI Card which has a “Life Time Visa” printed on it.

Does OCI need to be renewed?

The previous provision of OCI card holders below 20 years of age and above 50 years of age requiring to re-apply for a fresh OCI card every time their passport was renewed was causing a lot of anxiety and travel turbulence to people of Indian origin.

How much does it cost to renew OCI?

The fee is US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for re-issuance of OCI documents.

Can OCI holder travel to India now?

OCI Card Holders Can Now Travel to India Without Carrying Old Passports. In a move welcomed by the Indian diaspora, the government has said Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders are no longer required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India. However, carrying a new passport is mandatory.

What is the difference between OCI and Visa?

OCI is a lifelong visa to live and work in India as any other Indian citizen or NRI. But unlike visitors on other long-term visas (for example, work permits, student visas), OCI holders do not have to register with their local FRRO. OCI holders, just like NRIs, can open bank accounts and buy property in the country.