India OCI Application for Singapore Citizens

If you are a Singaporean citizen and wish to obtain an OCI card in India, Visas for Future is here to assist you in simplifying the process. The application process is quite simple - all you need to do is fill out the online form, pay the fee, and submit the required documents. If you want to know more about how to apply for the card, keep reading for further information.


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Singapore citizens can apply for an OCI or Overseas Citizen of India, meaning they can apply for a special card that grants them some of the rights and privileges of Indian citizens, such as visa-free entry, multiple entry, and lifelong validity.

There are several benefits to being an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder, including:

Visa and Stay

  • Multiple entry, lifelong visa: You can visit India anytime, for any purpose, and stay for as long as you want without obtaining a separate visa.
  • Exemption from registration: Unlike foreign nationals, you don’t need to register with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.

Economic and Financial

  • Parity with NRIs: You enjoy similar rights as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial, and educational fields. This includes:
    • Acquiring, holding, transferring, and disposing of immovable property (except agricultural/plantation properties).
    • Admitting children to educational institutions under the general NRI quota (including medical and engineering colleges, IITs, IIMs, etc.).
    • Availing various housing schemes offered by government agencies and LIC of India.

Other Benefits

  • Identity proof: You can use your OCI card as identification proof for various purposes in India, like opening a bank account or applying for a PAN card.
  • Path to citizenship: After holding the OCI card for five years and residing in India for at least 1 year, you can apply for Indian citizenship under specific conditions.

Important points to remember

  • You cannot vote in Indian elections as an OCI cardholder.
  • You cannot hold certain government jobs or contest elections.
  • For certain activities like research, missionary work, or employment in foreign diplomatic missions, you may need special permission from the Indian government.

Singaporean citizens can easily apply for an Overseas Citizen of India Card (OCI) through Visas for Future.

  1. Go to Visas for Future and select India OCI then click “Get India OCI Now
  2. Complete the online application form by providing:
    • Personal information.
    • Place of submission.
    • Email.
  3. Pay the fee using credit cards or debit cards.
  4. Complete the intake form by providing your passport number, travel dates, travel plans, accommodation preferences, and the intended arrival and departure cities.
  5. Review your personal information, intake form answers, and uploaded documents before submitting your application to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Visas for Future takes the complexity out of OCI applications. Submit your documents, and we’ll handle the rest, processing your application within two business days. Receive your OCI card in a swift seven to eleven weeks, supported by our expert team every step of the way.

What We’re Offering

If you are a foreign national of Indian origin, you may want to consider applying for an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. Our service will process your application within two business days, after which you will receive your OCI card within seven to eleven weeks.

  • Unlimited stay.1
  • Multiple entries.1
  • $368 fee (Including Government fee).
  • Form validation included.
  • We plant a tree for every OCI sold.

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Eligibility for OCI application for Singapore Citizens

For Singapore citizens, the eligibility for OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) application falls under two main categories: direct lineage and marriage to an OCI holder.2

Direct Lineage

  • You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:
    • You were a citizen of India at any time after January 26, 1950.
    • You were eligible to become a citizen of India on January 26, 1950.
    • You belonged to a territory that became part of India after August 15, 1947.
    • You are a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of such a citizen.
    • You are a minor child of such persons mentioned above.
    • You are a minor child, and both your parents are citizens of India, or one parent is a citizen of India.
  • Additionally, you must be a Singapore citizen at the time of application.

Marriage to an OCI Holder

  • As a foreign national married to an OCI cardholder, you can apply for an OCI card. However, specific conditions apply:
    • Your marriage must have been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of two years immediately before applying.
    • You must be a citizen of a country that allows dual citizenship or grants you no objection to acquiring OCI status.

Requirements and documents needed for an Indian OCI for Singapore Citizens

Singaporean Adults

  • Completed online application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Original and copies of current Singaporean passport (and any previous Indian passport)
  • Proof of Indian origin (e.g., birth certificate, parents’ passports, marriage certificate, PIO card)
  • Proof of address in Singapore(residence permit, utility bill)
  • Application fee
  • Additional documents for specific cases:
    • Spouse of Indian citizen/OCI cardholder: Marriage certificate and spouse’s passport/OCI card copy
    • Children of OCI cardholders: Birth certificate and copy of parent’s OCI card.
    • Individuals born before 15th August 1947: Proof of Indian origin of an ancestor born before that date.

Singaporean Minors

  • Completed application form signed by both parents/legal guardian
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Original and copies of current Singaporean passport
  • Proof of Indian origin through parents’ documents
  • Proof of address in Singapore (parents’ residence permit, utility bill)
  • Application fee paid by parents/guardian
  • Additional requirements for specific cases:
    • Minors below six years: One parent’s signature on the form is enough
    • Minors who cannot sign: Both parents/guardians sign and provide the minor’s thumbprint

Fees and processing time for an Indian OCI

The fee for an OCI card application is USD 368. However, additional fees may apply depending on document processing, courier charges, or government service taxes.

The processing time of your application is within two business days, after which you will receive your OCI card within seven to eleven weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel to India after applying for OCI?

Unfortunately, you cannot travel to India immediately after applying for an OCI card. The application process for an OCI card is two business days, and you will receive your physical OCI card within seven to eleven weeks.

Is it better to get an OCI or an Indian visa?

1. Choose OCI if: You plan to spend significant time in India, want to work or do business there, desire long-term freedom of movement, and enjoy some citizen-like benefits.
2. Choose a visa if: You have a short-term purpose for visiting India, prefer a simpler and quicker application process, or your plans don’t involve long-term residency or specific privileges.

Can I stay in India permanently with OCI?

Yes, you can stay in India permanently with an OCI card. This is one of the key benefits of having an OCI card compared to a regular Indian visa.

Can I apply for OCI without an Indian visa?

Yes, you can apply for an OCI card without having an Indian visa as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for OCI.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/2022-07/oci-faq.pdf [] []
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (n.d.). Retrieved December 5, 2023, from <https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/2022-07/oci-faq.pdf> []

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