Citizenship and Related Issues

OCI cards enough to visit India

  1. News: Indian diaspora will no longer have to get a visa affixed on their passports every time they travel to India
  2. Context: Govt has decided that since categories Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) were merged last yr
  3. OCI card will suffice to enter the country and hence would require no VISA
  4. Old Practice: Every OCI card holder required to get a visa affixed from Indian High Commission whenever they planned a visit to India.
  5. Amendment: Govt amended the Citizenship Act, 1955 last yr and a notification was issued to merge the 2 cards
  6. Importance: Move would also help create a database of the Indian diaspora as a consolidated figure is not present with the govt

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