OCI stands for Overseas Citizenship of India. It is given to Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who immigrated from India and afterward acquired citizenship of a foreign country. OCI Application Australia Having an OCI card implies that Indian Citizenship has been renounced and does not equate to having dual citizenship with India.


Some of the benefits of OCI are as follows:

  • Multiple entries and lifetime visa to visit India.
  • Equality with resident Indian nationals in domestic affairs.
  • Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
  • Equality with NRIs pursuing professions in India
  • OCI holders do not require an employment visa to work in India Some of the limitations of OCI are as follows:
  • Cannot Vote in India
  • Cannot become a member of a Legislative Assembly or the Parliament.
  • Cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court, or High Court.
  • Cannot hold employment in the Government.
  • Cannot hold an Indian passport.
  • Cannot purchase agricultural or plantation properties in India. Renewal of OCI Card If a new passport is issued, an OCI holder should apply for renewal of their OCI card. The procedure is the same as applying for a new OCI card. The guidelines are below for the application of renewal of OCI card are as follows:
  • An applicant who is 20 years of age or younger should apply for renewal each time a new passport is issued.
  • An applicant who is 50 or older should apply for renewal once after the new passport is issued.
  • Applicants who are between 21 to 49 years of age need not apply for renewal every time a new passport is issued. Common Reasons for Rejection of OCI Card Some of the common reasons for the rejection of OCI cards are as follows:
  • The documents are not provided according to the checklist
  • Lack of Proof
  • wrong proof of address provided.
  • Photocopy of Indian Passport not provided.
  • Parent’s signature not provided in Minor’s application.
  • Copies of Indian passports of parents of a minor child are not provided.
  • Proof of name change is not provided if the name is different on both Indian and Foreign passports.
  • No labels provided. The process of applying for the OCI application:
  • Prepare your application: Some of the parts of the application can be filled online but one part is supposed to be filled in hard copy in handwritten with block letters.
  • Choose an Application Centre and book an appointment: You can submit your application either by hand by visiting the centre or by sending it through Speed Post or Registered post.
  • Track your application: By using the reference number on the invoice of application submitted and date of birth you can track your application online. iVacsAustralia provides various services like has Notary Public Services to enable members of the community to notarize their documents as per the legal requirements at an affordable cost. We aim to assist Australian-Indian and local community will all types of Indian consulate services which include Indian Visas, OCI services, and Indian passport renewal. Our team consists of a group of young, experienced professionals to help the community with Indian consulate services.