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What is the purpose of the OCI booklet?

Old Aug 1, 19, 10:24 am
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What is the purpose of the OCI booklet?

I understand it serves as visa for life, but no one has ever stamped or marked any of the pages whenever I have used it. They always look at it, then stamp my foreign passport. What is the purpose of the pages in the booklet?
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Old Aug 2, 19, 2:49 am
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how many pages does it have????
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Old Aug 2, 19, 3:09 am
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It has 6 empty pages. The original purpose of those is to enter endorsements (entries by the consular officer or FRRO) or document changes (new address, change in passport number etc). Imigration is not supposed to stamp it.
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Old Aug 5, 19, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by curiousgeorge99 View Post
I understand it serves as visa for life, but no one has ever stamped or marked any of the pages whenever I have used it. They always look at it, then stamp my foreign passport. What is the purpose of the pages in the booklet?
It was done to make it look more passport like -- to convey a false sense of citizenship -- and to use it as a way for some notices/endorsements to be placed on it for when dealing with some Indian authorities. I don't know if the OCI booklets have been marked up for those who needed to get identification numbers and additional authorizations of sort after arrival in India as an OCI, but maybe some have.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 9:20 pm
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Yes, the OCI booklet is designed to look like a passport (in line with the deliberately confusing naming of the visa as an "overseas citizen" status) but the pages seem never to be used for anything. I've never heard of anyone getting endorsements on the inner pages, but then again I only know a handful of OCI-holders. I suppose it's possible. Really, they could probably have designed it to be a card like the US "green card" or a driver's license.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 1:50 am
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But you can stamp and sign such cards And you know Indians loove to stamp and sign stuff.

The only similar overseas citizen scheme I know of is the mavi/pembe card issued by Turkey to migrants who pick up citizenship in other countries. Sadly they named it blue card recently, so its impossible to find images of it in the interweb easily. I vaguely recall from my last trip to Turkey that my collegues looked like a service passport in a similar format to the OCI card. The images I see on the internet are more of a card but all in Turkish and very rudimentary.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 9:17 pm
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But you can stamp and sign such cards And you know Indians loove to stamp and sign stuff.
Yeah, all the more strange that they don't stamp the OCI booklet at all. It might actually have been interesting in the same way that collecting stamps in the passport is interesting, although considering how often I travel to India my booklet would likely have been filled up quickly with stamps - and that might result in another headache in that one might have to renew the OCI if the pages are full! :-)
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Old Aug 17, 19, 1:10 pm
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My Mother-in-Law's OCI card has a stamp with an endorsement for change of address (actually, a correction of address). Previously, my wife's PIO card had an endorsement to extend validity to "lifetime".
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