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OCI/PIO Some times known as dual citizenship. But its not. Its basically multi entry visa. PIO is a card while OCI is a registration certificate booklet and with U visa sticker on your passport.
Most people are in confuse whether to go for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Cards or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cards.Both cards are available from Indian government for Indian origin people who lives abroad.
Here I list whats the difference between PIO and OCI- PIO or OCI
(i) An OCI is entitled to life long visa with free travel to India Whereas for a PIO card holder, it is only valid for 15 years. (ii) A PIO cardholder is required to register with local Police authority for any stay exceeding 180 days in India on any single visit whereas an OCI is exempted from registration with Police authority for any length of stay in India.
(iii) An OCI gets a specific right to become an Indian Citizen as in 31, whereas the PIO card holder does not have this.
OCI application form can be filled and submitted on line. Part A of the application form can be filed online. Upon submission of Part A online, (use this link http://ociindia.nic.in/ociindia/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp) Part B is downloaded instantly and it can be printed on computer or by hand in Block letters. Printed Part A and Part B of the application form has to be submitted to the Indianembassy.
Applicant need not to go in person to submit the application Sent by post is accepted
You need standard US passport size photo some numbers.
Documents to be submitted with the application?
1. Proof of present citizenship 2. Evidence of self or parents or grand parents, being a citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950 Like copy of the passport or school certificate, land ownership certificate, birth certificate etc 3. Evidence of relationship as parent/grand parent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI. 4. Application fee by way of Demand Draft (US $ 275 for each applicant or equivalent in local currency; US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for each PIO card holder) 5. PIO card holders should submit a copy of his/her PIO card.
All documents are to be self attested (means singnature of the applicant)though all the US based consulates want notarized (means get signature from a notary public person like from a bank)copies. Remember you have to send in two copies of each document. Most US embassies want one set to be notarized and the other can be a copy of the notarized set (a Xerox of the notarized Xerox).
Where to submit the application? Local Indian embassy. If you are in India, to the FRRO Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkota or Amritsar or to the Under Secretary, OCI Cell, Citizenship section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Jaisalmer House, 26, Mansingh Road, New Delhi-110011
Maximum time expected for registration is 120 days.
If you are holding PIO currently, PIO card will have to be surrendered to the Indian Mission/Post/MHA for grant of OCI registration certificate and an OCI visa sticker.
A registration certificate booklet and a multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI visa sticker will be pasted on the passport . For this , you have to send your original passport to the Indian Mission/Post after receipt of the acceptance letter/ verifying the status of the application online.Online status enquiry http://ociindia.nic.in/ociindia/OnlineOCIenquiry.jsp In case of applications filed in India with FRRO, applicants should go to the concerned FRRO in person/ authorized person with passport. In case of applications filed in India with MHA, applicants should go to OCI Cell, MHA, New Delhi in person/ authorized person withpassport.
OCI Links http://www.mha.nic.in/oci/oci-main.htm
OCI vs PIO comparison chart http://www.mha.nic.in/oci/chart.pdf
More Info http://www.immigrationportal.com/showthread.php?t=209468
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Here are some of the old pictures of Kolkotta city (Previously knows as Calcutta,West Bengal,East India.)
The decriptions of the photos are the original words from the photographer himself.
The South Asia Section of the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania recently acquired from a bookdealer a photograph album consisting of 60 photographs of Calcutta taken most likely between 1945-1946.
The photographer, Mr. Claude Waddell, also provided the interesting glosses accompanying each photograph. Several attested copies of this work has emerged including one with a 'title page' held by the Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.
Mr. Waddell was a military photographer. Many of his captions sound like annotations that would be found in a typical military magazine.The album begins with several general long shots of Calcutta and ends with a picture of A mysterydhobi-s (washer men) washing clothes. The text accompanying the last photograph also sounds as if the author intended to finish with that picture of one of the "great mysteries of India.".
The annotations have been included because of their intrinsic interest not only to the photographs but to a 'typical' American impression of India at this time.
I have included below a few recent titles published on Calcutta which the reader may be interested in consulting and comparing with this collection of photographs. The call numbers are to the volumes held by the Van Pelt Library.
Howrah Bridge - Engineering Marvel
Calcutta boasts the third largest cantielver bridge in the world. Its real importance, however, lies in the fact that it serves as Calcutta's gateway to the wese, being the city's only bridge spanning the Hooghly. Taking 7 years to build, it cost $10,000,000. It towers 310 feet as the city's highest structure, is 2,150 feet long with a center span of 1,500 feet. It was completed in 1942, opened in February, 1943.
Calcutta's main thoroughfare, an amazing parade of fascinating sights and sounds. Every soldier who has trod its length retains memories of one of the most colorful and interesting streets in the world.
The Mohammddan mosque, Juma Masjid
This weird-looking snake charmer is doing his best to coax a balcony audience to toss down enough baksheesh to get his cobra and mongoose in the mood to stage a fight to the finish. Actually the combatants always seem a bit bored with the act and after a few fierce
snorts and lunges, decide it is better to live.
Old Court House Street
This buffalo herd's movements seem to be guided by whim alone and are typical of the complete indifference
to traffic control by man and animal alike. This is Old Court House street, one of Calcutta's busiest. In left background is Great Eastern Hotel, Calcutta's best, used by U.S. Officers as a billet.
India has thousands of child brides. The unfortunate young woman shown here feeding the infant from the giant coconut in foreground has been seen on Calcutta's streets day after day with he child. Her misery is more than typical thousands of India's unfortunates.