OCI Card Issued to 1.3 million people
OCI card is a kind of lifelong visa and any India origin person can apply for it if his host country allows dual citizenship. The Indian Government informed Lok Sabha that over 1.3million (13.7 lakh) Indians have been issued Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card, as of 31st July 2013.
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Mr. Vayalar Ravi said a maximum of 520,055 OCI Cards were issued to Indians living in the US followed by 307,822 in Britain and 133,755 in Australia and 114,748 in Canada. A total of 1,372,624 OCI Cards were issued till July 31, he said.
Mr. Ravi said,” as reported by 107 Indian missions and posts abroad, 11,672 applications for OCI registration are in different stages of processing. He added that “facilities to OCI card holders also include parity with non-resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and educational activities except in relation to acquisition of agricultural properties”.
Facilities available to OCI card holders include multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India, exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Card Issued to 13.7 lakh people
The minister also said all OCI card holders can obtain PAN card and driving licence if they reside in India. They can also open a regular bank account in India while in India, enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of entry fees to be charged for visiting national monuments, historical sites and museums in India.
Additionally, they will also enjoy parity with NRIs in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children, tariffs in air fares in domestic sectors in India and charging of entry fee as domestic Indian visitors to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.