Cabinet may consider merger of PIO, OCI cards today

The Union Cabinet is, Wednesday, likely to consider the issue of merger of PIO and Overseas Citizens of India schemes to facilitate hassle-free travel for the Indian Diaspora.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is, Wednesday, likely to consider the issue of merger of PIO and Overseas Citizens of India schemes to facilitate hassle-free travel for the Indian Diaspora.

The development comes months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement in this regard during his US visit.

In his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Modi had announced that his government will merge PIO and OCI cards to simplify the Indian Diaspora's travel to India.

A PIO card holder does not require a visa to visit India and the card is valid for 15 years. A PIO card holder enjoys several economic and educational benefits.

On the other hand, the OCI card is a kind of lifelong visa and any Indian-origin person can apply for it if his host country allows dual citizenship.

There have been demands by overseas Indians for hassle- free travel by them to India.

(With PTI inputs)

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