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Clear concept of dual citizenship (Overseas citizen of India, OCI) for NRI

 Clear concept of dual citizenship (Overseas citizen of India, OCI) for NRI

The Indian government launched a program called “Overseas Citizens of India” or “OCI”. This program often has been mischaracterized as “dual nationality” or “dual citizenship.”

1.   First of all, US citizens (NRI) would not get Indian citizenship or Indian Passport. Remains only citizen of USA.

  1. OCI is granted life time visitor visa for India. So he does not need to apply for visitor visa any more.
  2. OCI is a special visa which grants the holder the right to indefinitely visits, stay or work in India and also the right to own most types of Properties in India, excluding agriculture and plantation properties.
  3. OCI card holder does not need to register with local DSP (Police or Immigration dept.) for the resident permit for staying more than 6 months.
  4. While non OCI has to get resident permit in India for staying more than 6 Months.  If his visitor visa has been expired, he has to apply for visitor visa at DSP office.
  5.  OCI is not getting political rights in India including the right to vote or eligibility for government employment.
  6. The OCI card is not similar to a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card. PIO cards are not granted for life time visitor visa, and PIO Card holders may be required to register with police/immigration authorities under certain circumstances.
  7.  An American citizen, who wishes to obtain a PIO or OCI Card, may apply outside of India at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, or at an Indian consulate in New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Houston.
  8. An American citizen who resides in India can apply at the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in New Delhi (tel. 2671-1348).

10. The FRRO also maintains offices in Mumbai, Chennai (known as the Chennai Immigration Office), Calcutta and Amritsar.