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Govt agrees to bring back OCI cardholders with certain conditions

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The government has allowed certain categories of the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders who are stranded abroad to travel to India. This includes children born to Indian citizens abroad who hold an OCI card. Also, those who want to go to their families due to emergency or university students who want to go home, who are OCI cardholders and their parents are Indian citizens will also be able to travel.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and would be brought back under Phase III of the Vande Bharat Mission. The second phase, which began on 16 May, brought back about 32,000 stranded Indians in more than 160 flights from 47 countries. This MHA order partially resolve the problem of hundreds of thousands of people. In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, their visas were suspended following a ban on international travel.

As per the MHA order, it has been decided to allow the following categories of expatriate citizens who are OCI cardholders stranded abroad: Foreign-born children of Indian citizens who have OCI card; OCI card who want to come to India due to family emergency like death in family; couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder, while the other is an Indian citizen and has a permanent residence in India; and finally, university students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizen living in India.