Foreigners of Indian origin (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) are eligible to apply under OCI scheme, if he/she possesses evidence of self or parents or grand parents:
- Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of Indian Constitution i.e. 26.01.1950. OR
- Belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15.01.1947. OR
- Being a citizen of India on or after 26.01.1950.
The guidelines w.r.t. Foreigners holding Certificate of registration, Overseas Indian Citizen (OCI Card) are as follows:
- Foreigners holding OCI cards are required to carry their foreign passport bearing 'U' visa sticker for travel to India. However, due to expiry or re-issue of their foreign passports, these foreigners are issued new passports, as such they are allowed to travel to India with their new passport along with old passports/cancelled passports having 'U' visa sticker.
- If the OCI card holder acquires nationality of a different country after obtaining OCI card, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she is also allowed to enter into India provided he/she is carrying his/her old passport having lifelong India 'U' visa sticker pasted on it along with the new passport of the recently acquired nationality.
- If OCI card holder is carrying only OCI card without carrying old/cancelled foreign passport bearing 'U' visa sticker, may be granted Temporary Landing Permit in India for a period of 14 days on payment of a fee of US$ 40 after verification from the OCI database. Also, if they are not carrying OCI card, but carrying foreign passport bearing 'U' visa sticker, the entry is allowed.