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OCI & PIO to be merged

Senior Desi
Member since: Sep 08

Posts: 224

Originally posted by chiclets

If that is true, it means that now you won't have to wait 7 years to get Indian citizenship back. We'll soon find out for sure.


According to MHA website (look under section (3) By Registration), citizenship can be acquired by:

Persons of full age who or either of the parents were earlier citizen of Independent India and residing in India for ONE YEAR immediately before making application under section 5(1)(f). Application shall be made in Form III- B.
Persons of full age and capacity who has been registered as an OVERSEAS CITIZEN OF INDIA (OCI) for five years and residing in India for ONE YEAR before making application under section 5(1)(g). Application shall be made in Form III-C.

Just wondering if this means that former Indian nationals do not necessarily have to get OCI first and then wait for 5 years to get Indian citizenship back, as they can simply apply under section 5(1)(f) after legally residing in India for ONE year?

Last edited by: kulb on 11-01-11 20:03:19
Post ID: 177654 11-01-11 19:55:56
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Senior Desi
Member since: Jan 09

Posts: 881

Before the OCI/PIO merger info came, I read in the local newspapers that PIO cards would be issued in India also, in major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, etc.

If someone can please throw more light on OCIs getting Indian citizenship / passport, that would be very much appreciated.

Post ID: 177660 11-01-11 21:37:16
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Junior Desi
Member since: Apr 07

Posts: 2

Merging of OCI & PIO cards :

I feel it will be better to replace the term citizenship" in the OCI card with the term "Visa" so that the confusion of dual citizenship can be avoided.

Any way India doesn't allow dual citizenship and so the govt. can consider renaming OCI to OVI " Overseas Visa for Indians " or some suitable name


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