De PIO Card is omgezet naar een OCI Card.
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Engels Text over OCI
The Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as ‘dual citizenship’ to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, as long as their present country allows dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws. The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. Applicant will receive OCI booklet & a sticker of OCI on the current passport
An Individual registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian 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.
Benefits to an Overseas Citizen of India card holder:
Benefits to which OCI is not entitled to:
The OCI is not entitled to vote, be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc. and he/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.
(a) Any person of full age and capacity:-
(i) Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the Constitution; or
(ii) Who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; or
(iii) Who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after the 15th day of August, 1947; or
(iv) Who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or
(b) A person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in (a) above; or
(c) a person, who is a minor child, and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or
(d) spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application:
Provided that for the eligibility of registration as an OCI Cardholder, such spouse shall be subjected to prior security clearance by a competent authority in India:
Provided further that no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.
Foreign spouse whose Indian spouse has died
Foreign spouse whose Indian spouse is no more can apply for OCI card subject to the condition that the foreign spouse has not re-married another foreigner. In this case, the details of child/children born out of wedlock with the Indian spouse, properties acquired by such married couple in either of their name, etc. are required to be provided by the applicant. It may please be noted that if the foreign national gets remarried to another foreigner after issuance of OCI card, he/she is not eligible for OCI card. In that case, he/she will be required to present him/herself before the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned for cancellation of OCI card. In case of re-marriage to another citizen of India or an OCI cardholder, the person concerned will have to submit fresh application for grant of OCI card.
The foreign national children of such Indian national who is no more are entitled to OCI card as per section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 on the basis of their Indian origin. Such children holding PIO card are also be eligible to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card.
Rules and regulation of Overseas Citizenship of Indian (OCI) process are subject to change by Indian Mission without any prior intimation to the applicant.