Renunciation/Surrender Certificate: Indian Citizenship Act does not provide for dual citizenship. As per the Passport Act, it is mandatory for all Indian passport holders to surrender their last Indian passport to the Consulate immediately after acquisition of foreign nationality. It is an offense under the Citizenship Act and the Passports Act for foreign nationals to hold Indian passports. Once Indian passport is surrendered, Consulate will cancel it and return it to the Passport holder along with Renunciation/Surrender certificate. Consulate will not be in a position to render services like OCI, Visa etc. until Renunciation/Declaration Certificate acquired on acquisition of foreign nationality is sbumited.

Renunciation Declaration Certificate: This certificate will be granted to those who have misplaced or lost their last Indian passport and hence they do not have their Indian passport which they can surrender for cancellation. Those applicants are given a ‘Renunciation Declaration Certificate’ based on submission of sworn affidavit on loss of Indian Passport and other required documents.

Either a ‘Renunciation/Surrender Certificate’ or a ‘Renunciation Declaration Certificate’ needs to be submitted for an OCI or Visa application.

Note : Applicable Penalty would be imposed for non-surrender of Indian passport after acquiring a foreign passport and travel on the Indian passport thereafter.

What is Aadhaar
Aadhaar number is a 12-digit random number issued by the UIDAI (“Authority”) to the residents of India after satisfying the verification process laid down by the Authority. Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident of India, may voluntarily enroll to obtain an Aadhaar number. A person willing to enroll has to provide minimal demographic and biometric information during the enrolment process which is totally free of cost. An individual needs to enroll for Aadhaar only once and after de-duplication, only one Aadhaar shall be generated, as the uniqueness is achieved through the process of demographic and biometric de-duplication.

Demographic information

Name, Date of Birth (verified) or Age (declared), Gender, Address, Mobile Number (optional), and Email ID (optional), in case of Introducer-based enrolment- Introducer name and Introducer’s Aadhaar number, in case of Head of Family-based enrolment- Name of Head of Family, Relationship and Head of Family’s Aadhaar number; in case of enrolment of a child- Enrolment ID or Aadhaar number of any one parent, Proof of Relationship (PoR) document
Biometric information

Ten Fingerprints, Two Iris Scans, and Facial Photograph
Aadhaar number is verifiable in an online, cost-effective way. It is unique and robust enough to eliminate duplicates and fake identities and may be used as a basis/primary identifier to roll out several Government welfare schemes and programmes for effective service delivery thereby promoting transparency and good governance. This is the only program of its kind globally, wherein a state-of-the-art digital and online Id is being provided free of cost at such a large scale to people, and has the potential to change the way service delivery functions in the country.

Aadhaar number is devoid of any intelligence and does not profile people based on caste, religion, income, health, and geography. The Aadhaar number is a proof of identity, however, it does not confer any right of citizenship or domicile in respect of an Aadhaar number holder.

Aadhaar is a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, managing fiscal budgets, increasing convenience, and promote hassle-free people-centric governance. Aadhaar can be used as a permanent Financial Address and facilitates financial inclusion of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society and is, therefore, a tool of distributive justice and equality. The Aadhaar identity platform is one of the key pillars of ‘Digital India’, wherein every resident of the country is provided with a unique identity. The Aadhaar program has already achieved several milestones and is by far the largest biometrics-based identification system in the world.

Aadhaar identity platform with its inherent features of Uniqueness, Authentication, Financial Address, and e-KYC, enables the Government of India to directly reach residents of the country in delivery of various subsidies, benefits and services by using the resident’s Aadhaar number only.

Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI’s) on the question of linking Aadhaar details with Bank Accounts/PAN Cards and or for getting Mobile/Gas connections etc. The government of India once again clarifies:

Aadhaar Card enrollment is presently available to residents in India. OCI Cardholders who stay in India for a long time (over 182 days in twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment) and have an Indian address can also enroll for Aadhaar Card in India. NRIs, although they are citizens of India, are not eligible for Aadhaar Card if they have not stayed for more than 182 days or more in the last 12 months. Upon completion of 182 days of their stay in India in the last 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment, NRIs can apply for Aadhaar Card.

“As per Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, every person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number shall, on or after the 1st day of July 2017, quote Aadhaar number— (i) in the application form for allotment of permanent account number; (ii) in the return of income. The above provisions apply to persons who are eligible to get Aadhaar. Under section 3 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, only a resident is entitled to get Aadhaar. Therefore, the provisions of Section 139AA quoted above regarding linking of Aadhaar to PAN or the requirement of quoting the Aadhaar number in the return shall not apply to a non-resident, who is not eligible to get Aadhaar.”
Can an NRI apply for Aadhaar?keyboard_arrow_up

1. Can an NRI apply for Aadhaar?

YES. An NRI (whether minor or adult) with a valid Indian Passport can apply for Aadhaar from any Aadhaar Kendra.

2. Can my passport be used for the Aadhaar update of my spouse?

If your passport has the name of your spouse, then it can be used as Proof of Address for them.

3. I am an NRI and I have an Aadhaar. Can my spouse be enrolled based on my Aadhaar & passport?

1. If a spouse is NRI – a valid Indian passport of the applicant is mandatory as Proof of Identity (PoI).
2. If your spouse is an Indian resident (not NRI) – any valid Proof of Relationship document (refer: https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf) including your Passport (having the name of your spouse) can be used for enrolment under Head of Family (HoF).

4. What is the process for Aadhaar enrolment for children of NRIs?
Pls refer to the below:

The child is below 5 years of age:

One of the parents/guardians have to authenticate on behalf of the child and also give consent for the enrolment of the minor by signing the enrolment form.
If the child is an NRI – a valid Indian passport of the child is mandatory as Proof of Identity (PoI)
If the child is an Indian resident (not NRI) – any valid Proof of Relationship document (refer: https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf) such as Birth Certificate, along with the Aadhaar of the parent/ guardian, can be used for enrolment.
The child is between 5 to 18 years of age:

One of the parents/guardians has to give consent for the enrolment of the minor by signing the enrolment form.
If the minor is an NRI – a valid Indian passport of the child is mandatory as Proof of Identity (PoI)
If the minor is an Indian resident (not NRI) –
No document in the name of the minor: any valid Proof of Relationship document (refer: https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf) such as Birth certificate can be used for enrolment under Head of Family.
Minor has a document: use a valid Proof of Identity (PoI) and Proof of Address (PoA) document (like a School ID card) in the child’s name for enrolment (refer: https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf).

5. Can I give an International mobile number in my Aadhaar details?keyboard_arrow_up

Currently, we do not support international/ non-Indian mobile numbers.

6. The address on my passport is not updated. I want to give my present address for my Aadhaar application. Is that possible?keyboard_arrow_up
YES. A valid Indian Passport is mandatory as a Proof of Identity (PoI) for NRI applicants. You may choose to give any other Indian Address with a valid supporting Proof of Address (PoA) as per the list of documents acceptable by UIDAI: https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf

7. What is the process for NRI enrolment?keyboard_arrow_up
The process is:

Visit any Aadhaar Kendra of your convenience.
Carry a valid Indian Passport with you
Fill in details in the enrolment form
Giving Email ID is mandatory for NRI
The declaration for NRI enrolment is slightly different. Read and sign the same in your enrolment form
Ask the operator to enroll you as NRI
Give your Passport as Proof of Identity
You may choose to use your Passport itself as Proof of Address and Date of Birth proof or give some other valid document/s for this (As per https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf)
Complete the biometric capture process
Check all details on screen (in English and local language) before you allow the operator to submit
Collect the acknowledgment slip/ enrolment slip that has your 14-digit Enrolment ID and Date & Time Stamp. You can check the status of your Aadhaar from: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/check-aadhaar

Date-May17,2022
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for people traveling within the United States.
The agency now urges all domestic travelers to “consider getting tested as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than three days) before your trip,” according to its Covid-19 website updates this month.

Different rules for international travel

These domestic updates are separate from CDC guidance for those traveling to the US, including US territories, from abroad.
Those travelers must have a negative coronavirus test within a day of travel or submit proof that they’ve recovered from Covid-19 in the previous 90 days. Children younger than 2 do not need to test.
The CDC also recommends getting tested three to five days after international travel to the United States.
Additionally, foreign citizens must be vaccinated for Covid-19 to enter the United States. No such requirement exists for US citizens, US nationals, and lawful permanent residents traveling domestically or internationally.
Still, the agency recommends that people be up-to-date with vaccines before any air travel.

NOTE: NEW RULE-Update 05/15/2022

  • YOU MAY BE ASKED TO UPDATE YOUR SOUPSE’S NAME ON YOUR PASSPORT BEFORE YOU ARE ISSUED PCC.
  • FOR THIS YOU WILL NEED TO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT. APPLY FOR NEW PASSPORT WITH APPLICATION TO CHANGE DETAILS WITH YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE.

  • PCC should be issued by PSK (Passport Seva Kendra) for it to be valid for your immigration puspose. (PCC issued by local police stations are no longer valid)
  • Validity of PCC for the purpose of immigration to USA: 1 Year
  • PCC Needs to be valid at the time of your interview
  • Locate Your Local Passport Seva Kendra
  • PSK rules may vary depending on your state, Please call PSK helpline Call Centre at 1800-258-1800 to get most accurate and up to date information

Dcoument Finder

NOTE: RECENTLY PSK REQUIRES YOU TO ADD YOUR SPOUSE’S NAME TO YOUR PASSPORT BEFORE YOU CAN GET YOUR PCC.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PSK TO GET MORE INFORMATION.
ON HOW TO ADD SPOUSE’S NAME ON PASSPORT, YOU CAN FIND THE FAQ’S AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

What You Need to Know
  • Make sure you are up to datewith your COVID-19 vaccines before you travel internationally.
  • You must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa). Only limited exceptions apply.
  • You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before you travel to the United States by air.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
  • Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before you travel internationally. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease and slow the spread of COVID-19. People who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines should follow additional recommendations and after travel.If you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant and not fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed to board a flight to the United States. Only limited exceptions apply to the requirement to show proof of vaccination. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.
    Are You Fully Vaccinated for Travel to the United States?

    You are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

    If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT considered fully vaccinated to travel to the United States. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.

    A person who has received only one dose of an accepted 2-dose series and has recovered from COVID-19 does not meet this definition, and therefore is NOT considered fully vaccinated for travel to the United States.

    *CDC has not recommended the use of mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine primary series. However, such strategies are increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

 

 

Are you a resident in the U.S.? Do you have immovable property in India? Do you want to transfer power of attorney to someone in India? Do you want a power of attorney for non-property-related matters in India?

What is the Power of Attorney?

If you are abroad and need a reliable person in lieu of yourself to execute decisions and act on your behalf, you will need someone to delegate these functions to – a third party who could be a family member, business partner, or an employee. A power of attorney is a legal document that explains this arrangement between these two parties.

A power of attorney can be created to empower the agent for:

  • Financial matters.
  • Property-related matters.
  • Commercial or Company matters.

Who are the principal and agent?

As a person who is empowering another person to act on your behalf, you will be the principal and the person you assign as the power of attorney is the agent. Your agent will act for you and his actions will have legally binding implications for you. You cannot walk away from the consequences so choose your agent wisely.

When do you need a power of attorney? Types of Power of Attorney

There are two types of power of attorney:

  • General power of attorney
  • Special power of attorney

A general power of attorney is usually a document that allows an agent to act on behalf of his principal on more than one matter. There is no expiration date on a general power of attorney unless otherwise specified. On the other hand, the special power of attorney is created to give an agent power to complete a specific job. The power of attorney ceases to apply once the transaction is completed.

Is it possible to revoke a power of attorney?

Yes, the power of attorney can be revoked in the following cases:

  • As a principal, you can revoke the power of attorney.
  • You and the agent may mutually agree to revoke the power of attorney as well.
  • You and the agent may mutually agree to revoke the power of attorney once the goal of giving the power of attorney is complete.
  • The power of attorney is automatically revoked in the event of death, bankruptcy, and insanity (principal).

 

How to get a power of attorney? Steps for creating a Power of Attorney

    • STEP 1: Write the power of attorney on plain paper or Indian stamp paper
      Sign the power of attorney. Two witnesses should also sign this document. The addresses of the applicant and witnesses should be typed clearly. All this must be done in the presence of a notary public. You can also get this done at the Indian Consulate as well. All post offices and banks have a public notary too.

      • STEP 2: NECESSARY ONLY FOR COMMERCIAL AND COMPANY MATTERS. 

Send a request for an apostille to the Secretary of State. The Department of State, Authentications Office is responsible for signing and issuing certificates under the Seal of the U.S. Department of State (22 CFR, Part 131. The goal is to provide authentication services to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals (for example, Indians) on documents such as a power of attorney that will be used overseas. For more information on where to apply please visit
http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=authorities.details&aid=353

 

  • STEP 3: FOR PROPERTY AND FINANCES
    Documents submitted by applicants of other nationalities will be attested only if there is an ‘India’ connection. This means that the applicant wants to give this document for a transaction in India or it originates from India.
  • A power of attorney must be wisely created and given to a trustworthy person. The agent must also be very cautious before accepting a power of attorney. A poorly drafted power of attorney may become a bone of contention between the affected parties. If you live in the U.S. and are having a tough time dealing with financial and property-related matters in India, it is a good idea to draft a power of attorney today!

 

For information please contact our office -at 281-612-3564/713-534-1245

US VISA WAIVER PROGRAM COUNTRIES

  1. Ireland
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Japan
  4. Singapore
  5. Germany
  6. Italy
  7. Norway
  8. Portugal
  9. Malta
  10. Australia
  11. France
  12. Chile
  13. Spain
  14. Slovakia
  15. Hungary
  16. Switzerland
  17. Belgium
  18. New Zealand
  19. Denmark
  20. Czech Republic
  21. Lithuania
  22. Sweden
  23. Latvia
  24. Andorra
  25. Monaco
  26. South Korea
  27. Austria
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Finland
  30. Taiwan
  31. Brunei
  32. Luxembourg
  33. Estonia
  34. Greece
  35. Slovenia
  36. San Marino
  37. Netherlands
  38. Iceland
  39. Poland

 

Suppose you in the company of your family or friends want to visit the United States of America for a vacation and are under a visa waiver program (VWP) country. In that case, you need to submit an esta group application and process it for approval before making further plans. What is ESTA application? ESTA application and approval allows residents of countries under the visa waiver program to visit the United States of America without a visa for as long as they need to.

To apply for esta as a group, you need to visit their online platform and fill the appropriate form for family esta. The esta application form for a group or family doesn’t require all the group members. You can represent your family if you have all their details, including name, date of birth, home address, and passport information. After completing the application form for your group, the next step is to wait for approval. This type of group application is very suitable for traveling to the U.S.A with your kids as one family.

Why your Family Should Apply for Group ESTA

When going for a vacation as a group or family, there is a lot to plan for and not enough time. Besides, you need to take extra care to ensure that you do not forget anything. And this is why applying for esta as a group is a very nice idea. In addition to saving time, it also has many benefits for your family or group. Because only one person is tasked with the group application for family esta, it will be hard to forget. Suppose you or any member of your family tasked with applying forgets to submit a group application for esta. In that case, your group or family will not be allowed to visit the United States of America.

Another reason why group application for esta is encouraged is so that you and your family or group can be granted permission at the same time. If you and your group or family are granted permission simultaneously, you all have the same number of days to spend in the U.S A. there, which is 90. This means you can all spend your holiday together as a group. Time is an important factor when traveling or makes travel arrangements. To save time traveling with your family as a group, you shouldn’t apply for esta individually. This may not only cause permission to be granted at different times, but you or any member of the family may likely forget. Applying for esta by filling the group application form will save you time since you can choose one person to do it for the entire group or family.

Another benefit of applying for esta as a group for you and your family is that it makes travel arrangements easier. Since only one person is needed to complete the group application esta form for the entire family, the other members of your group or family can settle one or two important things for the journey. If you want to travel with your family to the United States of America, you need to complete a group application esta form. This is to enable you and your family to travel together at the same time.

s Permission Granted or Rejected for All Group Members?

After completing the esta family application form, the next step is to wait for permission to be granted or denied. To know if you and your family have been granted permission or not, you need to check esta status 72 hours after you have submitted your application. You must know that only the person who completed the esta family application firm will receive all the family members or group results. However, permission or rejection is not given as a group. This means some people may be granted permission in your group while others might reject others.

If you or any of your family members have been denied permission, you need to wait until after ten days have elapsed before applying for esta again. When do I need VISA? If you are asking this question, then the answer is right here. You need a visa if your esta application has been rejected for strong reasons. This means you can’t join the rest of your family members who have been granted permission to visit the United States of America. Fortunately, you can apply for a visa, and if you are given one, you can join them.

Can Children Apply for ESTA?

Who needs ESTA? Anyone who wants to travel to the United States of America, whether for vacation or tourism, must obtain permission. If you’re a country citizen under the visa waiver program (VWP), you need to apply for esta. If permission is granted, you can visit the U.S.A without a visa. Alternatively, you can apply for a visa to visit the United States of America if you are not from a country under the visa waiver program.  This also applies to children; a child must have a visa before visiting the U.S.A. if the child is not from a visa waiver program country. However, suppose the child is a citizen of a country that belongs to the visa waiver program. In that case, he or she must apply for esta, and the permission must be granted before that child can visit the United States of America. However, you must note that infants are also included and required to apply for esta.

Even though a child or infant must have permission before visiting the U.S.A, an adult can help the child complete the application process. If the child is going with one of his or her parents, then the other absent parent must grant permission also. Where a relative or grandparent is the person traveling with the child, then both parents must grant permission. This is done to reduce the kidnapping cases or a situation where a parent or relative absconds with a child. In other words, children or infants are required to have permission. An adult is to apply for an esta on their behalf in this case. If the child is not traveling with his or her parents, then signed permission is needed from both parents in addition to the permission granted by the esta.

 

 

Whether you’re flying, driving, or sailing, traveling internationally can be stressful—especially with kids. Since different travel companies and airlines have different policies, there are important documents to have in any situation to guarantee your travels are less stressful.

Some documents, such as Child Travel Consent forms, are not only necessary but also helpful in keeping children protected. Child Travel Consent forms reduce the risk of abduction or child trafficking. This keeps children safe and prevents missing children from leaving the country.

Here are the three documents you need to reach your destination without any hassle.

Passport

Children of all ages usually require a valid passport when flying to another country. While children traveling by land or sea can travel to most destinations with a birth certificate, we strongly recommend that you apply for a passport anyway. A passport provides official proof of citizenship and helps avoid delays when passing over borders. Because passports are the primary form of identification when traveling, it is worth obtaining one just in case.

To apply for a passport, bring a completed application form, passport photo, and the required verification documents to the passport office. Usually, these documents include proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate) and passport photos. Additional documents may also be required. There is also a fee required when applying for a passport. Both parents or guardians must sign the application form when applying for a passport. If your child is under the age of 16, their passport will be valid for five years.

After submitting the required documents, passports usually take about four to six weeks to arrive so it’s important to plan ahead. If you find yourself needing a passport at the last minute, you can apply to have it rushed for a fee. For urgent services, you must apply in person at select passport offices, provide proof of travel, and pay additional fees. There is no guarantee that your passport will be ready in time, so try to plan ahead of time.

 

Child Travel Consent (If you need contact to our office (Quartus Global Service)

A Child Travel Consent form (sometimes called a letter of permission to travel) provides proof that a child has permission to travel without both (or either) legal guardians present. If a child is crossing borders alone or with an adult who isn’t their legal guardian, they need a consent letter signed by both parents. If they are traveling with one parent, the other parent needs to sign the consent form as well. In either case, parents or guardians should verify their identities with supporting documents (such as a copy of their passport or photo ID).

Regulations may not require you to provide a Child Travel Consent form if you are flying with children, but be sure to check the airline or country border control requirements. Even if a form isn’t legally required, a Child Travel Consent form is highly recommended. Without the proper documents, officers or attendants may not allow you or your child to travel in or out of the country.

A Child Travel Consent form includes:

  • The child’s contact information
  • Both parents’ contact information
  • The child’s travel arrangement (one parent, no parents, chaperone, group travel, etc.)
  • The child’s destination

Having your Child Travel Consent witnessed or notarized decreases the chance of travel authorities questioning its validity. The country you are traveling to and the airline you are using will affect the signing details. Be sure to check their policies before signing, especially when traveling with a minor abroad.

 

Proof of Relationship

In addition to a passport and travel consent letter, parents should also carry proof of their relationship with their child. This could include a birth certificate, a court order, or an adoption decree. Providing proof of the relationship between the child and parents verifies a Child Travel Consent.

Separated parents should carry guardianship forms, like a Child Travel Consent form, stating that both parents agree to the child traveling in the care of one parent. A letter of consent to travel with one parent can save separated parents a great deal of trouble at the border. They should also carry a copy of the court order, separation agreement, or other legal custody documents that prove their custody arrangements.

If a child has a deceased parent, you should present a copy of the death certificate alongside the travel consent letter.

Quick Tips for Parents Traveling with Children

  • Keep all documents in a safe, accessible place where they won’t be easily damaged or stolen
  • Always check with your travel agent, airline company, or government official to find out if there are any specific documents required for your trip
  • If you are flying internationally, try to arrive at the airport three hours early to allow for adequate travel time
  • Make sure your child has your personal information on them at all times, along with copies of their travel consent forms, travel itinerary, and passport
  • More valuable documents like passports should stay with a parent or guardian, if possible
  • Read over all documents ahead of time to ensure information is complete and accurate

A little bit of planning can take away a lot of stress when traveling. By making sure you have the right documents, you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your vacation with your kids.

Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of permanent residency available to people of Indian origin and their spouses which allows them to live and work in India indefinitely. Despite the name, OCI status is not citizenship and does not grant the right to vote in Indian elections or hold public office. The Indian government can revoke OCI status in a wide variety of circumstances. As of 2020, there are 6 million holders of OCI cards among the Indian Overseas diaspora.

The OCI scheme was introduced by The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2005 in response to demands for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora. It provides Overseas citizens many of the rights available to resident citizens.

OCI status is not available to anyone who has ever been a Pakistani or Bangladeshi citizen, or who is a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of such a person.

 Antiquity

The Constitution of India does not permit dual citizenship (under article 9 of The Indian Constitution) in India. Indian authorities have interpreted the law to mean a person cannot have a second country’s passport simultaneously with an Indian one — even in the case of a child who is claimed by another country as a citizen of that country, and who may be required by the laws of the other country to use one of its passports for foreign travel (such as a child born in the United States or in Canada to Indian parents), and the Indian courts have given the executive branch wide discretion over this matter.

On the recommendations of a High-Level Committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to register Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of a certain category, as has been specified in the Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955, as Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders, by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003.

The OCI program was launched during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention held in Hyderabad on 9 January 2006.

Before 9 January 2015, travelers holding OCI cards were required to carry a passport that contained the lifelong “U” visa stamp while traveling to India. This requirement was done away with that day and OCI cardholders no longer require the lifetime visa stamp passport. The OCI card (the blue-grey booklet) in conjunction with a valid foreign passport is sufficient to travel to and from India.

On 15 April 2021, the number of times OCI needs to be renewed got reduced down to only once, when the passport is renewed for the first time after age 20. However, every time the passport is renewed before age 20 and when the passport is renewed for the first time after age 50, a copy of the current passport along with the current passport-sized photo needs to be uploaded onto the OCI online portal. These relaxed OCI renewal guidelines reduce the administrative burden caused by multiple OCI renewals.

Eligibility

The Government of India, on application, may register as an Overseas Citizen of India, any person who:

  • is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India on 26 January 1950 or at any time thereafter; or
  • is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 August 1947; or
  • is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26 January 1950; or
  • is a child or a grandchild or a great-grandchild of such a citizen; or
  • is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or
  • is a minor child whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or
  • is a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder registered under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application?

A person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan & Bangladesh, is ineligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India.

A person who has served as a member of any foreign military, including that of his home country, is ineligible to receive an OCI card, except when bound by their home country to serve under their local law. For this reason, Israeli citizens of Indian origin are exempt from this rule and are eligible for OCI even if they served in the Israel Defence Forces.

Dutch nationals of Surinamese origin up to the sixth generation whose forefathers came from India in the 19th century will be eligible for applying for OCI Card.

Revoking the OCI card

Previously, the government could cancel OCI status of people who obtained it by fraud, showed acts of unpatriotism, or broke a law punishable with at least two years in jail before five years of having issued OCI. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 gives the government additional power to strip people of their OCI status if they violate any local law, whether it is a petty misdemeanor or a serious felony. The new act makes the rules much more strict for OCI cardholders, however, it also has a proviso that gives the person whose OCI status is at stake the right to be heard by the government before they come to a verdict.

 

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Flying can be stressful. The time it takes to check-in and goes through security lines can top an hour during the travel season at the nation’s busiest terminals. Then once you’re through, you’ve got to jostle with fellow passengers to get to your seat and find space for your bag in the overhead compartment. If you’re returning to the U.S. from abroad, you can also expect long lines to get through customs and immigration.

One of the best ways to beat the stress of travel is to join one of the government’s trusted traveler programs: TSA Precheck or Global Entry. One allows you to use faster security lines before your flight, while the other lets you access expedited customs and immigration processing lanes when returning to the U.S.

Read on to learn more about the difference between TSA Precheck and Global Entry, and why you might want to choose one program over the other.

What Is TSA Precheck?

TSA Precheck was launched in 2013 and allows travelers who are deemed low-risk by the Transportation Security Administration to use expedited security lines at certain airports.

Passengers with TSA Precheck can leave laptops and liquids (in approved containers) in their bags, and do not have to remove their shoes or belts when going through airport security. Travelers can now find TSA Precheck lanes at over 200 airports across the U.S., and a total of 73 airlines currently participate in the program.

According to the TSA, 94% of travelers who use TSA Precheck lanes experience wait times of five minutes or less. That’s a lot of time saved, especially when the TSA considers the normal average wait time to be 30 minutes, and even longer during peak travel times.

Eligibility: You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or legal permanent resident of the United States to be eligible for TSA Precheck. There are no age requirements, but children 12 and under can use Precheck lanes when traveling with a parent or guardian who is a member.

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Registering with airlines: Even after you are approved for TSA Precheck, you will not automatically get to use the designated security lanes when flying. You must first register your Known Traveler Number with any airlines you fly by logging into your frequent-flier accounts and adding it to your traveler profile. If it works, you should see the TSA Precheck logo on your boarding pass when you check-in. If you do not, you can ask an airline agent at the airport to add you’re Known Traveler Number to your reservation.

Expiration and renewal: TSA Precheck membership is valid for five years. You can renew your membership online up to six months before it expires. You will have to pay the $85 application fee again and may be required to complete another in-person interview.

What Is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows travelers the U.S. government designates as low risk to use automated immigration kiosks and expedited customs lines when returning to the U.S. from abroad. It is currently available at over 70 airports in the U.S. and a few international airports such as Abu Dhabi International and Toronto Pearson.

Eligibility: You can apply for Global Entry if you are a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, or a citizen from a list of other approved countries that includes Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, and Switzerland, among others.

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