In this article, we will discuss Registration of Overseas Citizen of India. So, let’s get started.
Registration of Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder
The Central Government may, on an application made in this behalf, register as an overseas citizen of India Cardholder-
(a) any person of full age and capacity –
(i) who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after the commencement of the construction; or
(ii) who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; or
(iii) who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India
after the 15th August, 1947; or
(iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or
(b) a person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in clause (a); or
(c) a person, who is a minor child, and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India; or
(d) spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immeately preceding the presentation of the application. No person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an overseas citizen of India Cardholder.
The Central Government may specify the date from which the existing persons of Indian origin cardholders shall be deemed to be overseas citizens of India Cardholder.
Notwithstanding anything contained in point (1), the Central Government may, if it is satisfied that special circumstances exist, after recording the circumstances in writing, register a person as an overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.