OCI disadvantages for US citizens

There are occasionally, concerns expressed by some prospective applicants, whether registration as an OCI can cause problems for U.S. citizens of Indian origin. What concerns such American citizens of Indian origin is that: 1. They may have problems, if their line of work requires them to have security clearance for accessing government information.  2. They may be passed over when it comes to promotions, because of their OCI status. They somehow feel that they may project an image of not being truly American by wanting some sort of dual citizenship. Are such concerns valid? It's difficult to say, taking into account the security concerns of countries worldwide.  American citizens who are reluctant to apply for OCI do have the option to apply for a "Person of Indian Origin" (PIO) card.

Cancellation of OCI status

OCI status can be canceled by the Government of India, in cases where false information was furnished or material information was suppressed. If registration as OCI has already been granted, it can be canceled under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955.  Cancellation of OCI registration by government The Government of India can cancel OCI registration: 1. If it is found that the registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation; or 2. The concealment of any material fact; or 3. The registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act. The registration of such persons is not only canceled, but the authorities may blacklist such persons, to prevent their future entry into India. To offer more clarity on this topic, the exact wording from the Citizenship Act, 1955 Section 7D that deals with this topic is provided. Extract from Section 7D - Cancellation of Registration 7D. Cancellation of registration as overseas citizen of India.- The Central Government may, by order, cancel the registration granted under sub-section(1) of section 7A if it is satisfied that- (a) the registration as an overseas citizen of India was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact; or (b) the overseas citizen of India has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India as by law established; or (c) the overseas citizen of India has, during any war in which India may be engaged, unlawfully traded or communicated with an enemy or been engaged in, or associated with, any business or commercial activity that was to his knowledge carried on in such manner as to assist an enemy in that war; or (d) the overseas citizen of India has, within five years after registration under sub-section(1) of section 7A has been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years; or (e) it is necessary so to do in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of India, friendly relations of India with any foreign country, or in the interests of the general public.
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OCI disadvantages for US citizens

There are occasionally, concerns expressed by some prospective applicants, whether registration as an OCI can cause problems for U.S. citizens of Indian origin. What concerns such American citizens of Indian origin is that: 1. They may have problems, if their line of work requires them to have security clearance for accessing government information.  2. They may be passed over when it comes to promotions, because of their OCI status. They somehow feel that they may project an image of not being truly American by wanting some sort of dual citizenship. Are such concerns valid? It's difficult to say, taking into account the security concerns of countries worldwide.  American citizens who are reluctant to apply for OCI do have the option to apply for a "Person of Indian Origin" (PIO) card.

Cancellation of OCI status

OCI status can be canceled by the Government of India, in cases where false information was furnished or material information was suppressed. If registration as OCI has already been granted, it can be canceled under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. 

Cancellation of OCI registration by

Government of India

The Government of India can cancel OCI registration: If it is found that the registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation; or The concealment of any material fact; or The registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act. The registration of such persons is not only canceled, but the authorities may blacklist such persons, to prevent their future entry into India. To offer more clarity on this topic, the exact wording from the Citizenship Act, 1955 Section 7D that deals with this topic is provided.

Extract from Section 7D - Cancellation of

Registration

7D. Cancellation of registration as overseas citizen of India.- The Central Government may, by order, cancel the registration granted under sub- section(1) of section 7A if it is satisfied that- (a) the registration as an overseas citizen of India was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact; or (b) the overseas citizen of India has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India as by law established; or (c) the overseas citizen of India has, during any war in which India may be engaged, unlawfully traded or communicated with an enemy or been engaged in, or associated with, any business or commercial activity that was to his knowledge carried on in such manner as to assist an enemy in that war; or (d) the overseas citizen of India has, within five years after registration under sub-section(1) of section 7A has been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years; or (e) it is necessary so to do in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of India, friendly relations of India with any foreign country, or in the interests of the general public.

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