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India ordered to Issue Special Permit to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI),
who like to attend  or activities  in Tabligh, Missionary and Media

Los Angeles, March 05, 2020 A.Gary Singh

Indian Central Government ordered to give special permission to all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders who  will attend or involve in any missionary or 'Tabligh' or journalistic activities in India.

Indian Government representative said:

  • The OCI- Overseas Citizen of India cardholders will be entitled to get multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose but "required to obtain a special permission or a special permit from the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer or the Indian Mission to undertake research and to undertake any missionary or Tabligh or mountaineering or journalistic activities.

Last year, over 2,500 Tablighi Jamaat members found to be residing at the organisation's headquarters in Delhi despite guidelines and orders issued against large congregations of people.

Overseas Citizenship of India 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 applicant should have renounced his Indian citizenship and be a foreign national who:

  • was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January 1950 provided his/her country of citizenship allowed dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws.
  • was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26th January 1950.
  • belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th Aug 1947 such as Sikkim, Pondicherry, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Goa, Daman, and Diu.
  • is a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of a person who meets any of the above listed criteria.
  • is a child of a Pakistani or Bangledeshi citizen, married to a person eligible for OCI registration.
  • is the spouse of foreign origin of an Indian citizen or OCI card holder whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the date of application for OCI card.