OCI Matters

Overseas Citizens of India

OCI stands for Overseas Citizens of India. An OCI Card is issued by the government of India to different classes of people under the Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The card is extremely beneficial as it guarantees the holder a number of rights and privileges in India which they would otherwise not be entitled to. These include unlimited visits to India with no restrictions, equal treatment with NRI’s in economic and educational aspects, parity with Indian citizens for domestic airfares, eligibility for appointment as teaching faculty at IITs, NITs, IIMs, IISERs, IISC, Central Universities and new AIIMS that have been set up and more. India does not provide for dual citizenship but an OCI card entitles you to nearly all the benefits of dual citizenship. It also provides the protection of the law and benefits equivalent to either the resident Indian citizens or Non-Resident Indians in most cases. Moreover, you also get exemptions from many of the procedures that foreign nationals have to go through.


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There are instances when an OCI card may be rejected or revoked. The common reasons for rejection include incomplete filing of documents, incorrect proof of renunciation of citizenship, lack of security clearance and more. If the card is rejected due to incomplete or incorrect information, a fresh application has to be made and the documents need to be submitted correctly or the application will be rejected again. If a person is not satisfied by the reasons for rejection, an appeal can be filed under Section 15A of the Citizenship Act. Such an application has to be made within a period of 30 days from the date of rejection of an application. If the card is rejected again, a petition can be filed before the High Court regarding the same.

If the card is revoked by the agencies, an application can be filed under Section 15 of the Citizenship Act before the Ministry of Home Affairs. If the application has been rejected, a petition can be filed before the High Court. At NRI Legal Consultants, our team of experts facilitates you with the process of obtaining an OCI Card. Our services include assistance in drafting application before the authorities, assistance in obtaining the required documents and filing of petitions before the High Court.

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