The OCI card is for foreign nationals who were eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or who was a citizen of India on or after that date. A Person holding an OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) Card is entitled to a lifelong visa-free, travel to India.
Despite all the news coverage and excitement over this issue, the Constitution of India DOES NOT allow dual citizenship for any NRI who holds an OCI card i.e. simultaneously holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country.
Benefits of OCI
• Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India.
• Exemption from registration with Indian Police authorities for any length of stay in India.
• OCI is a Requirement for NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields; Opening a bank account in India and transfer of monies.
• Separate counters for immigration would be provided to OCI card holders at all International Airports in India.
• Employment - OCI holders do not need to get an employment visa.
• Parity with Entry fees to be charged for visiting the National Monuments, Historical Sites, Museums, National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries
• Requirement for pursuing the professions of doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, advocates, architects and chartered accountants in India
• Inter-country adoption.
• Parity with Resident Indians in Domestic Airfares.