The ministry has kept in abeyance multiple-entry life-long visas given to OCI card holders till international travel remains suspended due to the coronavirus
pandemic. It also said that the government is making travel arrangements for green card-holders, OCI card-holders and foreigners who want to leave the country for various reasons.
Multiple Entry Lifelong Visa of OCI cardholders remains suspended for the duration of lockdown. (Except for those OCI already in India, whose card shall be valid till the duration of their stay.)
OCI cardholders wishing to travel to India reason should contact Indian missions. pic.twitter.com/d1ojqDsfXv
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) May 8, 2020
The OCI is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in India indefinitely. The OCI was introduced in response to demands for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora, particularly in developed countries.
All existing visas issued to nationals of any country who have not yet entered India, will remain suspended till prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted. Exceptions include Visa
issued to diplomats, official passport holders, those in UN/international organisations, and those on Employment and Project visas.
According to the Indian embassy, regular visa, e-visa
or stay stipulation of all foreign nationals whose visas have expired or would be expiring during the period from 1 February, 2020 (midnight) till the date on which prohibition on international air travel of passengers from India is lifted, would be extended on GRATIS basis on submission of online application with the FRRO/FRO.
India has suspended domestic and international passenger flights till May 17 as part of a nationwide lockdown
to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
From March 24, the country is under a nationwide lockdown
imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus
that has claimed 1,783 lives while the number of cases have gone up to 52,952 as of Thursday.
The number of Covid-19 cases in India stands at 59,695 while 1,985 people have succumbed to the disease so far.