New Delhi: Union Cabinet is expected to take up a bill that will facilitate merger of the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes soon, reports said on Wednesday.
During his recent visits to the United States and South Asian nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the oversees Indian citizens that his government will soon merge the PIO and the OCI schemes.
“A draft bill for amending the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which will enable merger of the PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) schemes, is expected to be brought to the Union Cabinet for approval shortly,’ a PMO statement said.
During his visit to the US in September, Modi had also announced granting lifetime visas to PIO card holders. POM Modi also exempted the PIOs staying in India for long term from police reporting.
The PM then said that the Home Ministry has issued instructions to the embassies and consulates that apart from special circumstances, US nationals should get visas for 10 years.
In another major initiative, Visa-on-Arrival and Electronic Travel Authorization in respect of 43 countries, including the United States, Australia, Fiji and Pacific Island countries is expected to be inaugurated on 27 November, 2014, the PMO statement said.
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