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India suspends all visas until April 15th

India suspends all visas until April 15th

Old Mar 19, 20, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by PiperAtGatesofDawn View Post
When citizens are not allowed to return... OCIs (technically foreign nationals) should not be complaining about how they are being treated.
Nothing technical about it.
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Old Mar 19, 20, 11:41 pm
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Originally Posted by PiperAtGatesofDawn View Post
When citizens are not allowed to return... OCIs (technically foreign nationals) should not be complaining about how they are being treated.
I'm not arguing with the sentiment, but surely the whole thing about OCI status is that holders of it ARE foreign nationals.

Essentially the "citizen" part is a bit of feel-good window-dressing. Maybe that's lulled some OCI into a false sense of security, and the current situation might shake them out of it.



An Indian colleague long-time resident in UAE is currently in the UK, facing similar confusion getting "home" to Dubai.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by PiperAtGatesofDawn View Post
...OCIs (technically foreign nationals)...
I was trying to be nice.

But yes, they are citizens of another country and should look to that country for assistance right now and in almost every other situation when they are stuck in a foreign country. Where they are residing in India they can approach the Indian embassy for help. But not expect to be helped before citizens.

But imagining OCIs are the same as resident citizens, NRIs or green card holders etc. is not is not correct at all. It is a glorified visa. as AJLondon put it.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 8:39 am
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It has been I who started saying that OCI is a “de facto glorified visa from India, and the status conferred by OCI is far short of being any kind of long-term permanent residence status upon which an OCI can count upon having and being able to exercise free of the changing administrative whims of the GoI's netas and babus”. For OCIs considering investments or reallocation of assets in India, this move by the Indian government should be a wake up call that OCI status doesn’t make them secure — forget about equal — in India.
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Old Apr 17, 20, 10:36 pm
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Extended to May 3 according to the CKGS website.
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Old May 12, 20, 9:24 am
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LockDown 4.0 on the way. Guess we will find out in a few days (apparently before May 18) as to what will happen.
This being FT...it will be interesting to know when regular commercial flights will resume (domestic / international)….and what happens to OCIs, Visa holders and so on
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Old May 22, 20, 12:25 pm
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Some restrictions on OCIs have been lifted. OCI minor children of Indian nationals, OCI university students whose parents are in India, and OCIs married to Indian nationals can now travel to India. This should really help many families who have been stuck outside India because either a parent or a child was an OCI while the rest were Indians. Still doesn't help for OCIs stuck outside India who belong to all-OCI families with residence in India. (But maybe that's a small number of cases.)

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Old May 22, 20, 1:29 pm
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Hopefully this will at least help people with extremely urgent need to get to India.
I am guessing this group of people will have to fly on repatriation flights offered by Air India (if they want to get to India immediately)…...as regular commercial international flight services have not yet commenced (hoping that will happen soon).
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Originally Posted by Bandicoot View Post
Some restrictions on OCIs have been lifted. OCI minor children of Indian nationals, OCI university students whose parents are in India, and OCIs married to Indian nationals can now travel to India. This should really help many families who have been stuck outside India because either a parent or a child was an OCI while the rest were Indians. Still doesn't help for OCIs stuck outside India who belong to all-OCI families with residence in India. (But maybe that's a small number of cases.)

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That’s progress, but this is India in 2020, where even the tiniest fractions of the population mean lots of people and the country should have the kind of brains in use to make sure this kind of mess didn’t happen in the first place.

There are lots of OCIs who are semi-retired/retired and have their primary (or even sole) residence in India but have been excluded from returning home to India due to the Indian Government’s “Fire.Ready.Aim.” approach for this too.

The rules for OCIs from the start of this pandemic should have allowed for return/entry of OCIs who have a residence in India or are the immediate family of those with an Indian residence. And yet India is still short on this front.

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