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Jmart   
Member since: Mar 04
Posts: 39
Location: Toronto

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 12:46:30

I have recently obtained Canadian citizenship and am presently trying to decide whether I should apply for OCI (Overseas Citizen of India). I would surely have liked to obtain dual citizenship to maintain ties with India as that is where was born and though I love Canada, I also love India. However for one, the fees are pretty steep - for my wife, my daughter and myself. Secondly, the OCI may be beneficial if you visit India often or ultimately decide to settle in India. But for visits, wouldnt taking a visa be more economical?

Also, I think the Indian Government should not have required current Indian citizens who subsequently obtains citizenship of a foreign country to apply for OCI. It would have saved a lot of paperwork ; of course that would mean lost fees for Indian Govt. I am not sure how dual citizenship works for other countries that have the scheme. I know that people of Irish or British origin have two passports; Canadian as well as Ireland or UK. In our case, what we get is not even a Passport.

What are your opinions?


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Smiley   
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Location: USA

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 13:02:27

Apply for a PIO card
It is simple , fast and good for 15 years. There is no practical difference between OCI and PIO . You can always renew a PIO after 15 years.

Also you get it in 2 weeks and not 6 months like OCI


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desi in ottawa   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 13:11:05

If I am not mistaken, there is a provision in OCI where if you stay in India for 1-3 yrs (cant confirm this) u can get a Indian passport. I am sure some of the CDs can confirm this.

I am told by one of our Pakistani friend that it allows dual passports.

DIO



my2cents   
Member since: May 04
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Location: Miss, Canada

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 13:14:36

Quote:
Originally posted by Smiley

Apply for a PIO card
It is simple , fast and good for 15 years. There is no practical difference between OCI and PIO . You can always renew a PIO after 15 years.

Also you get it in 2 weeks and not 6 months like OCI



But a PIO card cost $480 which is more than OCI so what is the big advantage?


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Smiley   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 13:50:46

2 weeks to get it and then no visas for 15 years . Thats pretty convenient rather than waiting for OCI for 6 months


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sudesingh   
Member since: Jul 04
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 17:34:13

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Originally posted by desi in ottawa

If I am not mistaken, there is a provision in OCI where if you stay in India for 1-3 yrs (cant confirm this) u can get a Indian passport. I am sure some of the CDs can confirm this.

I am told by one of our Pakistani friend that it allows dual passports.

DIO



If you'r talking of Pakistan allowing dual citizenship - that's true they do allow it, unlike our OCI which is not a true dual citizenship.


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tamilkuravan   
Member since: Jun 05
Posts: 5775
Location: God's own country

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 28-04-06 17:37:41

Hi,
I would prefer the PIO card since it comes in 2 weeks time. If i apply for the OCI and then while it is being processed , i have a need to go to India, then i will have to get a Visa and pay a hefty sum to get that.
The process is get the PIO card and after 10-12 years, when all people have got the OCI, Upgarde the PIO card to the OCI by paying the upgrade fees.
TK
Sidenote : When you apply for the OCI, do they retain your Canadian Passport? I hope not.


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