This is also likely to be announced by the PM in his address at Madison Square Garden on 28th September.
Hitherto PIO cards launched in 1999, were issued to Indian born people staying outside the country for centuries. And OCI cards launched in 2005 were issued to those who were recent immigrants to other countries. Both the cards were aimed at giving long-term residency rights to people of Indian origin to help them participate in developmental activities in India.
The advantage of OCI card holders was they were entitled to a lifelong period of visa free travel for 15 years. It was mandatory for a PIO card holder to notify the local police if their stay exceeded 180 days, while an OCI was exempted from any such restriction on their duration of stay. An OCI for 5 years and living in India is also eligible for Indian citizenship. PIO’s have no such benefits. The OCI cards have been promoted by the Indian Govt. in a major way with almost 11 lakhs of them being issued in 2012 alone.
Given below is a list of specific details of both the cards.
Benefits of OCI card
Where To Apply
Indian Mission/post in the home country of the foreign national
INR 15,000 for adults and INR 7,500 for minors or equivalent foreign currency, payable along with the application.
No political rights
Cannot undertake activities such as mountaineering, missionary and research work which require specific permission.
Source: The Times Of India
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