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Passport & O.C.I.

“Passport is identity of your citizenship, when you are traveling abroad and is also your license to leave country”

Passport is the document issued by National government and is property of issuing government. It certifies the identity and nationality of holder for the purpose of international travel. It contains all your personal information such as your name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, contact details. It does not only gives right to leave the country it also gives right to re-enter your country too.

Types of Passports

  • Ordinary passport (Blue color): for regular citizens travelling abroad for tourism, business, family visits.
  • Official Passport: Issued to government officers   and dependent   for work purpose international travel.
  • Diplomatic passport (white passport): Issued to diplomats and other government officials.
  • Emergency passport or temporary passport: Issued in case of emergency such as lost passport. 

Passport Booklet:

There are normally two types of booklet for Indian passport 1. Normal 36 pages 2. Jumbo   60 pages for frequent travelers.
Tips & General information.

  • Passport is your 1st & most important travel documents.
  • Make sure that your passport has all the correct information about you.
  • Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 to 9 months valid beyond your travel date.
  • You can always renew your passport within one year of expiry date.
  • Always keep your passport at the safe place.
  • Keep your passport in water roof cover.
  • Never handover your passport to unknown person.
  • Always keep a multiple Xerox of your passport.
  • Never ever destroy your passport.
  • Check the validity of your passport whenever you are travelling abroad.
  • When travelling abroad leave copy of your passport with your family / friends.
  • In case of you lose your passport inform respective passport office, police station and Indian high commission / consulate of India if abroad.

Apart from the passport Indian government issues O.C.I. (Overseas citizen of India) card to the origin Indian citizens having citizenship of other country.
OCI Scheme is operational from 02.12.2005

The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI). Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category as has been specified in the Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 are eligible for registration as OCI.

Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following   benefits:

  • Multiple entry, multi-purpose life  long visa to visit India;
  • Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and
  • Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

Eligibility:

A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, is eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such persons are also
eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

Please click here to download passport application, Annexure, O.C.I. application  &  necessary forms

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