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Posted on May 23 2023

Dual Citizenship in India. All you need to know about Overseas Citizenship of India!

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Updated December 01 2023

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Highlights of Dual Citizenship in India

  • India does not have a general provision for dual citizenship.
  • But Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card is available to foreign nationals of Indian origin.
  • OCI card allows certain benefits like visa-free travel to India.
  • Candidates who are not eligible for OCI card can apply for a PIO card.

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Does India accepts Dual Citizenship?

As per the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, the country does not accept dual citizenship. Indian citizens are required to renounce their Indian citizenship if they acquire citizenship of another country.

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card

While not technically dual citizenship, the OCI card is available to foreign nationals of Indian origin. It grants them certain benefits, including lifelong visa-free travel to India, exemption from registration requirements, and parity with non-resident Indians in economic, financial, and educational matters.

Benefits of having an OCI card  

  • Multiple entry
  • Lifelong visa to visit India
  • Exemption from registration requirements
  • Parity with non-resident Indians in economic
  • Financial, and educational matters
  • Parity with non-resident Indians in economic, financial, and educational matters.

Requirements to obtain  an OCI card  

  • Foreign Passport
  • Cancelled Indian Passport
  • Persons of Indian Origin card
  • Original Receipt of payment of fees
  • Status of application

How to obtain an OCI card?

Step 1: OCI Card Re-issuance

OCI cardholders need to apply for re-issuance each time they acquire a new passport up to the age of 20.

Step 2: Re-issuance at Age 50

On reaching 50 years of age, OCI cardholders are required to apply for re-issuance when they acquire a new passport.

Step 3: No Re-issuance between 21 and 50

Individuals aged between 21 and 50 years with an OCI card do not need to apply for re-issuance when they obtain a new passport.

Step 4: Age-based Re-issuance Requirement

The need for re-issuance of the OCI card depends on the age of the cardholder at the time of acquiring a new passport.

Step 5: Simplified Re-issuance Process

The re-issuance of the OCI card is required for an accurate information and alignment with the cardholder's current passport.

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