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Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) is the term which has replaced people of Indian-origin (PIO). They are eligible for an OCI card, which offers certain citizenship rights for Indians and Indian-origin people living abroad. Once you get it, you will obtain the right to enter India without applying for a visa and eligibility to find employment in India, with certain exceptions. The OCI card is valid for 10 years after issued and it allows Multiple Entry to the country.

Late CDS Bipin Rawat, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella among list of Padma awardees

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were conferred with Padma Bhushan awards as the government announced Padma awards...


Singapore polytechnic to fire lecturer for his racist remarks against Indian-Chinese descent couple

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) in Singapore said it is planning to fire the senior lecturer who was recorded making racist remarks against an...


OCI cardholders no longer need to carry old passport while travelling to India

People of Indian origin and Indian diaspora who have an overseas citizen of India (OCI) card are now not required to carry their old,...


OCI card holders will need special permission for Tabligh, journalistic activities: Indian government

OCI card holders will also need to take permission for research, internship or employment in any foreign diplomatic missions or foreign...


MEA launches Global Pravasi Rishta Portal to connect with Indian diaspora ahead of PBD 2021

Indian External Affairs Ministry yesterday launched the Global Pravasi Rishta portal and app to connect with the nearly 31.2-million strong...


VFS Global wins contract to provide visa, OCI and passport services for India across the United States

VFS Global’s India Consular Application Centres will be located in six cities - Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta...


Indian government relaxes visa rules, OCI and PIO card holders can visit India except for tourism

Under this graded relaxation of visa rules, the Indian government has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas...


UP CM Yogi Adityanath inaugurates online portal for NRIs

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday launched the Indian state's official online portal for Non-Resident Indian (NRIs),...


Indian Home Ministry allows OCI cardholders from air bubble nations to travel to India

The Indian Home Ministry has given permission for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders from countries with which air bubble...


Government further eases restrictions on OCI cardholders’ entry into India

New rules easing restrictions on the entry of OCI cardholders as well as certain foreign nationals were issued last week.


Indian government to soon take decision on lifting OCI cardholders' travel ban

Indian government indicated that it would soon take an appropriate decision on the issue even as consulates in the USA assured...


Indian government bars travel of all OCI card holders, suspends all visas

Indian government also announced the suspension of all existing visas granted to foreign nationals, barring a few categories, till...


NRIs – Make sure to diversify your equity portfolios geographically

One misstep from a country’s leadership can send the entire economy, and along with it the stock market, in a downward spiral. Therefore,...

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Indian-American activist calls for extension of OCI card renewal deadline

Following a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs about the deadline for renewal of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards,...


OCI doctors allowed to lecture in Indian medical colleges: Medical Council of India

Indian Health Ministry has announced plans to engage Indian overseas doctors in teaching positions at government and private medical...

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NRIs, OCIs pensions to be taxed at source as per DTAA: Indian pension authority

NRI News: Pensions for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) will be taxed with rates set in various Double...

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Relief for OCI cardholders as Indian government extends renewal deadline till June 2020

Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders who are either below 20 years or above 50 years of age and have renewed their passports without...

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Are you an OCI cardholder planning a trip to India? Here’s what you need to know

With Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders across the world are travelling to India...


31.73 million Indians abroad in 207 countries

Upper House of Parliament VK Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, said, The total number of overseas Indians residing in 207...