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Union Cabinet to soon consider Bill on merger of PIO, OCI schemes

Pursuant to the announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, the Cabinet is soon expected to consider a bill that will facilitate merger of the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (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 Cabinet for approval shortly,’ a PMO statement said.

During his visit to the US in September, Modi had announced grant of lifetime visa to PIOs.

Subsequently, he had said the Home Ministry was working on the new programme that will merge the PIO and OCI schemes and that instructions had been issued to 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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