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Persons of Indian Origin Who Served Foreign Military Excluded From OCI Status

An inter-ministerial committee from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has decided against giving the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) status to individuals who may have served a foreign military either in advice or combat capacities.

An OCI card allows any person of Indian origin to enter India without a visa for life among other uninterrupted access privileges within all Indian territories. Despite being a person of Indian origin but having served a foreign military force and having such access would be deemed against the best interest of the country. This included both retired and active military personnel. The Government preferred that they continue to go through the visa process that has clauses like periodic reporting to the local law enforcement when in the country.

This decision was announced after the Government of India decided to merge Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards with OCI and give these individuals lifelong privileges like –

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