In the past few years, there has been an influx of Indian origin people or NRIs coming back to India to reside permanently or to stay for long.
Also, there are many people who want to travel in India without facing any hassle. The Indian government has, therefore, introduced a set of schemes i.e the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) scheme for NRIs and overseas citizens.
This not only legitimizes their stay, but also gives them extra benefits while travelling in India. They are free to invest in India and will be able to open bank accounts with ease.
There are two types of schemes available for Overseas Citizens:
Given below is the basic criteria for applying for the two schemes:
|Who can apply?||Any person of Indian Lineage who is a foreign citizen and holds a foreign passport.||Any person of Indian Lineage who is a foreign citizen and holds a foreign passport.|
|Where to apply?||CKGS Application Center in the applicant’s jurisdiction.||CKGS Application Center in the applicant’s jurisdiction.|
|Official guidelines for eligibility||Any person who:Was eligible to become a citizen of India on or after January 26, 1950.Belonged to a territory that became a part of India after 15th of August 1947.Is a child or grandchild of a person meeting any of the criteria above.||Anyone who at any time has held an Indian passport.He/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents were born in and permanently resided in India as defined by the Government of India Act, 1935.Persons of Indian origin up to four generations back can apply for the PIO card.|
|Requirement of Indian Visa||Not required||Not required|
For more details log on to: http://boi.gov.in/content/overseas-citizenship-india-oci