I would like to share very important information regarding the dual citizenship (Overseas citizen of India, OCI) launched by Indian Government.
The Indian government launched a program called "Overseas Citizens of India" or "OCI". This program often has been mischaracterized as "dual nationality" or "dual citizenship."
1.First of all, US citizens (NRI) would not get Indian citizenship or Indian Passport. Remains only citizen
2.OCI is granted life time visitor visa for India. So he does not need to apply for visitor visa any more.
3.OCI is a special visa which grants the holder the right to indefinitely visits, stay or work in India and
also the right to own most types of Properties in India, excluding agriculture and plantation properties.
4.OCI card holder does not need to register with local DSP (Police or Immigration dept.) for the resident
5.While non OCI has to get resident permit in India for staying more than 6 Months. If his visitor visa has
6.OCI is not getting political rights in India including the right to vote or eligibility for government employment.
7.The OCI card is not similar to a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card. PIO cards are not granted for life time visitor visa, and PIO Card holders may be required to register with police/immigration authorities under certain circumstances.
8.An American citizen who wishes to obtain a PIO or OCI Card, may apply outside of India at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, or at an Indian consulate in New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Houston.
9.An American citizen who resides in India can apply at the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in New Delhi (tel. 2671-1348).
11.In Delhi, applications also may be made at the Foreigner's Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs,
13.In short OCI card is granting life time visitor visa to stay in India and not required to do any kind of
when you visit India carry old US pass port to show the life time visitor visa. Because a new US pass port does not have sticker of life time visitor visa.