Overseas Citizenship of India
Are you looking to continue to be a citizen of India while already holding citizenship in another country? The Constitution of India does not permit dual citizenship but introduced The Citizenship(Amendment) Act 2005 in response to the huge demand for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin and their spouses, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, allowing them to live and work in India indefinitely. OCI status is not citizenship and does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections or hold public office; however, Overseas citizens enjoy many benefits and rights available to resident citizens.
The privileges of holding an OCI card are now such that multi-national companies find it easy to hire OCI holders who can travel to India multiple times and enjoy an indefinite stay with an exemption to register with the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Officer) on arrival. A few among many other privileges an Overseas Citizenship holder enjoys are:
- Multiple entries, multi-purpose lifelong visa-free visits to India.
- Parity with Indian citizens for domestic airfares and admission fees for national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments, historical sites, and museums.
- Parity with NRIs for most economic, financial, and educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
- Can obtain a Driving license, PAN card, and AADHAR card.
- It can be used as a valid form of ID in India.
Applying for an OCI can be daunting, time-consuming, and tedious. We at A1 help you to navigate these complex processes with ease. Our aim is to make this entire process seamless and efficient with a quick turnaround. We take your burden and handle the application process from start to finish.
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