OCI Benefits and Restrictions

While dual citizenship may probably have been the ideal solution for many NRIs settled abroad. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) is perhaps, the best alternative for many foreign citizens of Indian origin. Some of the benefits that are applicable to OCI registrants are mentioned here: Benefits allowed to OCI holders  Per section 7B of the Citizenship act multi-purpose, multiple entries, lifelong visa for visiting India. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India. Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields, except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. Parity with non-resident Indians on inter-country adoption. Parity with resident Indian nationals in domestic airfares Parity with Indian nationals in entry fees for national parks and wildlife sanctuaries Pursuing professions in India in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant act.  Professions such as: Doctors, Dentists, Nurses Pharmacists Advocates Architects Chartered Accountants Appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts. Any further benefits that may be announced by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

Restrictions on OCI holders

Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights; they are not allowed to stand for election to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and             Legislative Assembly/Council. They cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, and Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. OCI card holders cannot purchase agricultural or farm lands.

Extract Section 7B of the Citizenship act is shown below:

7B. Conferment of rights on overseas citizens of India. (1)Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, an overseas citizen of India shall be entitled to such rights other than the rights specified under sub-section(2) as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf. (2) An overseas citizen of India shall not be entitled to the rights conferred on a citizen of India- (a) under article 16 of the Constitution with regard to equality of opportunity in matters of public employment; (b) under article 58 of the Constitution for election as President; (c) under article 66 of the Constitution for election of Vice-President; (d) under article 124 of the Constitution for appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court; (e) under article 217 of the Constitution for appointment as a Judge of the High Court; (f) under section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950(43 of 1950) in regard to registration as a voter; (g) under sections 3 and 4 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) with regard to the eligibility for being a member of the House of the People or of the Council of States, as the case may be; (h) under section 5, 5A and 6 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) with regard to the eligibility for being a member of the Legislative Assembly or a Legislative Council, as the case may be, of a State; (i) for appointment to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of any State except for appointment in such services and posts as the Central Government may by special order in that behalf specify. (3) Every notification issued under sub-section (1) shall be laid before each House of Parliament.

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Use OCI Card as Identification

As per the Government of India's Notification No. 585(E) dated 23.03.2012 of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs which permits use of OCI registration booklets of OCIs as their identification for any services rendered to them. in case proof of residence is required, Overseas Citizens of India may give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular/specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India, and may also in their affidavit give their overseas residential address as well as e-mail address, if any."

OCI Benefits and Restrictions

While dual citizenship may probably have been the ideal solution for many NRIs settled abroad. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) is perhaps, the best alternative for many foreign citizens of Indian origin. Some of the benefits that are applicable to OCI registrants are mentioned here: Benefits allowed to OCI holders  Per section 7B of the Citizenship act multi- purpose, multiple entries, lifelong visa for visiting India. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India. Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields, except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. Parity with non-resident Indians on inter-country adoption. Parity with resident Indian nationals in domestic airfares Parity with Indian nationals in entry fees for national parks and wildlife sanctuaries Pursuing professions in India in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant act.  Professions such as: Doctors, Dentists, Nurses Pharmacists Advocates Architects Chartered Accountants Appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts. Any further benefits that may be announced by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under section 7B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

Restrictions on OCI holders

Persons registered as OCI have not been given  any voting rights; they are not allowed to stand for election to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and Legislative Assembly/Council. They cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, and Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. OCI card holders cannot purchase agricultural or farm lands.

Use OCI Card as Identification

As per the Government of India's Notification No. 585(E) dated 23.03.2012 of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs which permits use of OCI registration booklets of OCIs as their identification for any services rendered to them. in case proof of residence is required, Overseas Citizens of India may give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular/specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India, and may also in their affidavit give their overseas residential address as well as e-mail address, if any."

Extract Section 7B of the Citizenship act

is shown below:

7B. Conferment of rights on overseas citizens of India. (1)Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, an overseas citizen of India shall be entitled to such rights other than the rights specified under sub-section(2) as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf. (2) An overseas citizen of India shall not be entitled to the rights conferred on a citizen of India- (a) under article 16 of the Constitution with regard to equality of opportunity in matters of public employment; (b) under article 58 of the Constitution for election as President; (c) under article 66 of the Constitution for election of Vice-President; (d) under article 124 of the Constitution for appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court; (e) under article 217 of the Constitution for appointment as a Judge of the High Court; (f) under section 16 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950(43 of 1950) in regard to registration as a voter; (g) under sections 3 and 4 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) with regard to the eligibility for being a member of the House of the People or of the Council of States, as the case may be; (h) under section 5, 5A and 6 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) with regard to the eligibility for being a member of the Legislative Assembly or a Legislative Council, as the case may be, of a State; (i) for appointment to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of any State except for appointment in such services and posts as the Central Government may by special order in that behalf specify. (3) Every notification issued under sub-section (1) shall be laid before each House of Parliament.

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