Advisory for PIO Card holders in Jordan
Consequent upon dispensation with the PIO card Scheme w.e.f. 10th march, 2015, and merger of PIO card with OCI card it was recommended to the erstwhile PIO cardholders to apply for registration for OCI card. The OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the ICPs and also for obtaining various consular services from the Indian Missions abroad. Further, for those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.
The competent authority in the GoI has extended the date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders till 31.12.2016. All the PIOs who are resident in Jordan are, therefore, advised to apply online (url: https://passport.gov.in/oci/) for registration as OCI cardholder and, thereafter, submit the hardcopy of the applications to the Embassy before the due date.
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, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, 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.
Documents required to be submitted at the time of making application either at the Counter at the Embassy of India, Amman:
(i) Application Form: OCI being an Internet-based process. All applicants have to apply by online registration through Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India website http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=553.
- Once you filled-up Form Part-A online, Save, and give Print command. Part-A with online registration number (GBR.....) will be printed along with Part-B blank form.
- Part-B can be written by hand in BLOCK LETTERS or printed.
- For each family application Part-B is common to all applicants of the family up to a maximum of four. Separate applications are required for any other additional members.
In case the space provided is not sufficient, additional sheets may be used for providing requisite details.
One photograph (51x51mm with 80% coverage of face) should be pasted on the application form. Photograph should be of light colour background (not white) with front pose, both shoulders and both ears visible.
(iii) Photocopies of the first page, photo page, all observation pages of valid Jordanian Passport and ID card are also required.
(iv) Copy of Naturalization / Registration Certificate
(v) Indian Origin Proof
(a) For a person born in India
OCI applicant should surrender Indian Passport at the Embassy of India, Amman beforehand and submit the original Surrender Certificate & a copy of Surrender Certificate along with the OCI application. After verifying the facts the original surrender certificate will be returned to the applicant.
Applicants who have ever held an Indian Passport but are unable to produce the same for surrender for any reason (loss/misplacement/submitted to Jordanian authority) are required to furnish a notarised affidavit in original (if Passport is already expired) and also a Police Report (in cases where Indian Passport was still valid).
Applicants who obtained Foreign Nationality after May, 2010 and are unable to provide surrender certificate as his/her Indian passport is lost will be required to submit Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificate to be obtained from the Embassy of India, Amman.
NOTE: All original documents should be kept ready for verification on demand if submitted in person
- Other Supporting Documents
These documents are required to connect relationship/clarification (where applicable)
- Marriage Certificate.
- Change of name/appearance affidavit by Consular Section of Embassy of India, Amman/Notary Public/Oath Commissioner.
- Birth Certificate from Indian Municipality or Panchayat. For applicants born in Jordan full version Birth Certificate from Registrar of Births/Local authority (along with English Translation by a reputed and registered translation authority). For any other foreign-born applicant Birth Certificate must be in full version and it has to be translated in Hindi/English by a reputed and registered translation authority.
- Recently issued birth Certificate from Municipality/Panchayat etc., invariably certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.
- School Leaving Certificate, at least Secondary School onwards from required Board. Post dated School Certificate/School Leaving Certificate from India should be authenticated by Director of Education/District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.
- If the applicant is making application on the basis of documents of parents or grandparents, documentary relationship proof must be provided. In case of documents of parents/grandparents being used, only Indian Passport copies or Indian Birth Certificate copies are acceptable.
- Domicile Certificate of the applicant or of his/her parents/grandparents issued from concerned Competent Authority in India i.e. District Magistrate/Collectors/Sub Divisional Magistrate of the District/Sub Divisions, may also be accepted as a proof of Indian Origin.
- Nativity Certificate issued by an Officer should be certified by the District Magistrate/District Collector of the area with name, stamp, seal and contact telephone numbers with area code for verification.
NOTE: All original documents should be kept ready for verification on demand, at the time of submission of OCI application.
- Important clarification/Information
Full signature in the box should be provided in case of major. Thumb impression (left hand thumb for male & right hand thumb for female) or signature should be provided in case of minor.
- Applicant will be responsible for any correction/omission
- Full Version birth certificate (along with English/Hindi Translation) needed for link between parents.
- Laminated document will not be accepted.
- Non-Jordanian passport holder should give residential address of respective country and such cases require more processing time. It is advisable to apply the OCI from the country of Origin.
- OCI cannot be applied on the basis of spouse's Indian origin.
- At the time of filling of application please fill Amman station.
- If you are sending more than one application, please send one detailed letter with details of all applications (with amount & GBR.. nos.)
- Please do not send the original Jordanian Passport with the application.
- If the supporting documents are not satisfactory applicant will be asked to provide more Documentary evidence.
It is an offence to knowingly furnish false information or to suppress material information when applying for OCI.
Status Report: Applicants are expected to track the progress of the OCI application at https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIenquiry.jspafter 3-4 weeks of submission of application (to check the online status you have to mention your passport number along with Online Registration number or Reference / Acknowledgement number.
- Submission of Application
Application Form: OCI being an Internet-based process. All applicants have to apply by online registration through Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India website http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=553. Important steps :
Once you fill up Part-A online, Save, and give Print command. Part-A with online registration number will be printed along with Part-B blank form.
Part-B can be written by hand in BLOCK LETTERS or printed.
For each family application Part-B is common to all applicants of the family up to a maximum of four. Separate applications are required for any other additional members.
In case the space provided is not sufficient, additional sheets may be used for providing requisite details
Completed applications along with all the enclosures is required to be submitted in person at the Embassy of India in Amman and sign a declaration in the presence of Consular Officer in the Embassy.
An applicant can submit only family application at the counter (Husband/wife & minor children only - below 18 years).
Applicants should provide following documents at the counter of the Embassy of India, Amman on a working day between 00900 to 1130 hrs only:
a) Print out of on-line status report
b) Jordanian and/or Foreign Passport
c) PIO card (If holding)/ OCI card [Where transfer to new passport is involved]
d) Applicants for miscellaneous OCI services should submit old OCI Card and old Passport for cancellation at the time of collection of new OCI documents.
OCI cards/visa will be ready for collection same day between 4.00pm and 4.30 pm only.
JD 197.000 (JD 195 +JD2.000) for each OCI (fresh/normal) application.
JD20.000 (JD 18.000+JD 2.000) for PIO card holder (Major).
JD 105.000 (JD103+JD2.000) for minor PIO Card holder or equivalent in local currency and covers the fee for issuing registration certificate as well as “U” Visa.
JD20.000 (JD 18.000+JD 2.000) for re-issuance of certificate to OCI Card holder (miscellaneous service).
JD73.000 (JD 71.000+JD2.000) for duplicate certificate (lost/damaged cases of OCI ducuments
Note: The above is inclusive of an additional fee of £ 2.00 per application, which is collected as 'Consular Surcharge' for all OCI services. The additional fee is duly reflected in the receipts issued to the applicant.
- Applicants who are not found eligible for OCI will be refunded the admissible amount after deducting the necessary administrative costs.
Receipt of OCI Applications
0900 to 1130 hrs (working days)
For collection of OCI Visa Card
Issue of OCI tokens for collection after Submission of Passport for OCI visa card
0900 – 1130 hrs (working days)
Collection of OCI Cards / Visa
1600 – 1630 hrs
- Miscellaneous OCI Services
- Registration is to be done through online registration at MHA website (http://mha.nic.in/ uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=553).
- New Passport Number is to be given for transfer of OCI Card to new Passport or in case of loss/damage.
- Applicants have to show their old Passport and old OCI Card at the time of submission of application in the counter.
- Applicants applying from previous nationality to another nationality have to cancel the previous OCI Sticker and OCI Card at the time of submission of their new application for Miscellaneous OCI Services.
- Applicants should fill up new Passport number not the old Passport number to avoid problems.
- OCI card will be printed & pasted on the Passport whose details are given/filled in the application form.
- Applicants should enclose old OCI Sticker page photocopy of Passport and old OCI Card copy along with copy of new Passport.
Grant of Research Visa/Permission to OCI/PIO Card Holder
PIO/OCI Card does not entitle the cardholder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work. Special prior permission is required for undertaking any missionary work, mountaineering and research work in accordance with relevant laid down procedure.
All PIO/OCI Card holder/s desiring to undertake any missionary, mountaineering and research work is requested to contact the Embassy for further information/assistance.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Given below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). In case you still have a query, please send an email to [email protected]
Do I have to fill all columns when filling up the application online?
Yes. All column is required to be filled and no column is left unanswered.
What are the eligibility criteria for minor applicants to get OCI?
One of the parents should be eligible for OCI.
Are laminated documents accepted for submission?
Are Birth Certificates issued by one of the African countries wherein the Nationality of parent is mentioned as Indian accepted?
Yes, provided concerned Indian Mission/Post in that African country has authenticated the certificate/s.
Are Foreign Passports issued in African countries, in respect of parents, wherein the place of birth of holder is mentioned as India accepted as a proof of Indian Origin?
Yes, if they are authenticated by the Indian Mission/Post in that country.
Are 'Empire of India' Passports issued by the British authorities in India prior to Indian Independence accepted as a proof of Indian Origin?
No, if they state the National Status of the holder as British subject by birth. Yes, if they state the National Status of the holder as person of British Protectorate, originally a citizen of a place in India.
Are letters issued by the Indian Mission/Post in an African country in respect of parents/grandparents etc. stating that the applicant was once a citizen of India accepted as proof of Indian Origin?
Can I submit my OCI application through an agent?
No, for security reasons, OCI applications are accepted at the Counter from the applicants only and not through third party. Passport submitted through agents would be confiscated.
Is there an emergency service for OCI?
No. Please apply for appropriate visa in case of an emergency.
- What is the processing time of application?
Within 6-10weeks, if submitted in person. Applicants are required to check the status on MHA website at the following link : http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?id pk=553. No separate intimation will be sent to the applicant about the status of their application. Once the status shows "Documents received" with date, applicants should take action to collect the documents as per collection procedure.
How long will it take for my OCI card to be ready?
OCI card is expected to be ready for collection at the Embassy of India, Amman in 6 -10 weeks (if submitted in person). No enquiry would be entertained before 6 weeks (if submitted in person) from the date of submission of application.
I am an OCI holder. What documents should I carry while travelling to India?
OCI holders should carry both (a) the Passport bearing 'LIFE LONG' Visa Sticker and (b) the OCI booklet. In case this Passport has expired, there is no need to transfer 'LIFE LONG' Visa to the new Passport, but the new Passport is to be carried along with (a) & (b) above. Applicants are welcome to apply for transfer, but it will take the same 6-10 weeks as in the case of fresh applications.
The status of my OCI document in the online status enquiry is 'Granted' and but has not been printed even after a week. What is the problem?
This means that the photograph uploaded could not be printed in Delhi. To rectify this, please take a copy of the status report and paste a fresh photograph (51x51mm with 80% coverage of face) on the left hand below the status report copy & sign (thumb impression in case of infants) on the right hand side opposite to the photo and submit it at the counter at the premises of the Embassy of India, Amman . This will be scanned and uploaded again. This process is likely to take a further period of up to 2-3 weeks and the progress can be watched through status enquiry
Facing problems relating to access to online registration for fresh application or transfer through miscellaneous registration. What should I do?
Please read all instructions contained in Ministry of Home Affairs Website: (http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp? Id_Pk=553) with special attention to items: BROCHURE, F.A.Q. & F.A.Q.OCI MISCELLANEOUS, etc, therein. If problems persist, please contact Dr. B. N. Shetty by email [email protected] to sort out problems faced. The Embassy of India, Amman is an end-user like any other applicant and unable to assist in this regard.
Can OCI applications be made in India?
Yes. Any applicant wishing to apply in India may see details at Item no.6 at the Ministry of Home Affairs website https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp