RENOUNCING INDIAN CITIZENSHIP
Now days it has become trend to have citizenship of two countries and so many people try to fool government by playing with norms. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has brought new rules regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2018. The government has notified a revised from for declaration of renunciation by Indian citizens who are also nationals of another country the form requires the applicant to specify if he/she is/ was an Indian citizen by birth, descent, registration or naturalization; as well as the circumstances that have led him/her to acquire foreign citizenship.

Only one foreign origin spouse of PIOs can now apply for OCI card:
Another significant change is in the rules to acquire an overseas citizen of India (OCI) card. Now, a foreign-origin spouse of any Indian national will be eligible for a privileged OCI card. An OCI is multipurpose card which grants a life-long visa with multiple entries for visiting India. The Ministry of home affairs said in a notification that a foreign-spouse of any Indian-origin would be able to apply for OCI card and provide he or she has to meet the conditions.

It is a significant change in the rules as until now foreign nationals were not permitted to apply for this facility. The new rule will spare them from registration with the foreign regional registration officer or foreign registration officer, which was an obligation until now.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR OCI?
The home ministry, while notifying the citizenship rules, 2018, also made it clear that only one spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or overseas citizen of India (OCI) would be eligible to apply for registration as an OCI card holder. “This is in conformity with the law in India that bans polygamy (except in case of Muslims by virtue of their personal law)”, said a ministry official.

BENEFITS OF OCI:
OCI will give us many benefits:
1) Multiple entries, multi-purpose life-long visa to visit India
2) Exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in India
3) Party with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

EMPLOYMENT:
1) Employment allowed in all areas except mountaineering, missionary and research work.
2) Employment allowed in private sector.
3) Professional practice is allowed only as per provision contained in relevant acts.
OCI holders do not need to get an employment visa and are not required to register with FRRO for seeking employment.

A person registered as an OCI is eligible to apply by the ministry of citizenship under section 5(1)(g) of the citizenship act 1955, if they are registered as an OCI for five years and have been residing India for one of the five years before making the application. However, such a person would have to renounce their foreign citizenship.

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