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Changes in the Overseas Citizenship of India Program

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently issued a notification to all the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) or Foreigners Registration Offices (FROs) stating that an Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) application can only be submitted in India once a foreign national has resided in India for a continuous period of six (6) months prior to submitting the application. This means an uninterrupted stay in India for an entire period of six (6) months. It is important to note that this is applicable only to OCI applications submitted in India.

Key words: OCI, FRRO/FRO, Ministry of Home Affairs

Ashwina Pinto, Associate