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Dual Citizenship (OCI Card)
Despite all the news coverage and excitement over this issue, please understand clearly that the Constitution of India does NOT allow dual citizenship, i.e., holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.
Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) which most people mistakenly refer as 'dual citizenship'. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)of certain category who
If you get OCI, it is NOT same as being regular Indian citizen:
* You do not get Indian passport.
As OCI, you get following benefits:
* Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;
Any further benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply by the Ministry of citizenship under section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she is registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year out of the five years before making the application. However, such person would have to renounce foreign citizenship.
OCI scheme is being operational from Dec 2, 2005. It has been decided that formal launching of scheme will be done by Prime Minister at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Jan 7, 2006 at Hyderabad by symbolically handing over the first OCI certificate to a person of Indian origin.
It is anticipated that a large number of Indian Diaspora will be benefited by this scheme for a hassle free travel to their motherland. They will bring economic value and benefits to Indian economy and contribute to the development process. India will grant dual citizenship to persons of Indian origin (PIOs) belonging to certain countries,and Indian citizens who may apply for the citizenship of these countries in the future.
What is dual citizenship?
Citizenship is generally defined based on some common factors. You will be deemed a citizen of a country for one or more of the following reasons:
* "Right of the Soil" - if you were born in the territory (within the borders) of that country
As there are various ways to acquire citizenship of a country, it is possible for someone to be considered a citizen under the laws of two or more countries at the same time.This is dual citizenship.
Who is eligible for dual citizenship?
1. United States of America
* that person is of Indian origin, of full age and capacity and a citizen of one of the specified countries
What is the procedure to apply for dual citizenship?
* i) In India : to the Collector within whose jurisdiction the applicant is ordinarily resident. This form will be sent to the Central Government through the State Government or Union Territory Administration, as the case may be.
Please note that the specific regulations and requirements are still being decided.
What is the fee for application for registration as an OCI?
US $ 275 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant. In case of PIO card holder, US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant.
What is the time taken for registration as OCI?
Within 30 days of the application, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant. If any adverse information is available against the applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken within 120 days.
If the registration as an OCI is not granted, what amount will be refunded?
An amount of US $ 250 or equivalent in local currency shall be refunded, if registration is refused. US $ 25 is the processing fees plus $ 25 our charges, which is non-refundable.
The detailed rules, application forms and other necessary information in connection with the grant of overseas citizenship will be available very shortly.
What are the benefits of dual citizenship?
Once you are accepted and registered as an Indian citizen, you will receive the following benefits:
What rights are not available to you if you hold dual citizenship?
If you qualify for and are accepted to hold dual citizenship in India, you will still not have certain rights:
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