How to apply for OCI while staying in India

Question: How to apply for OCI while staying in India?


Raju Kanumuri: OCI visa is meant for foreigners of Indian origin, perhaps this is the reason reference to all OCI applications on many government sites refers to applicants residing abroad.
Whereas OCI applicants deal with the Indian Consulates applicable to the area where they reside abroad, those who apply for OCI from within India, use the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) applicable to their residential area in India.
The OCI application procedure is the same, on-line application first, followed by the submission of documents. The only difference is that instead of documents being submitted to Indian consulate abroad, they are submitted to the appropriate FRRO in India. Once OCI registration has been approved, for applications filed in India, registration is granted by FRRO.

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