Non-Resident Indians Alert! June 30 – The Deadline for conversion of the PIO card to OCI card

The Consulate General of India, Toronto and New York has issued a reminder to Non-Resident Indians (NRI) who are  Indo-Canadian and Indian American card holders to convert their PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cards to OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cards before June 30 2017. The announcements were made in furtherance of the Indian Government’s step for the complete merger of PIO and OCI cards. 

NRI Advocates Delhi and London

The Notification of Indian Government’s Ministry of Home affairs dated 09-January-2015

http://www.hicomind.org.nz/hcinz/assets/ApplicationForms/Gazette-Notification-dated-9-jan-2015.pdf

The merging of the two was to remove the confusion between the PIO and OCI status, which broadly confer similar benefits and to simplify Indian immigration norms by making it easier for overseas Indians to apply for Indian citizenship.

However, the merger allows additional benefits to merged OCI card holders;-

  • PIO card holders previously eligible for 15 years visa, now means that OCI card holders enjoying life long visa free entry to India..
  • Exemption from police reporting.
  • Earlier PIO cards were not allowed to the nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Iran, Nepal and China, now after merging, it is available to the nationals of above countries except Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • To enable for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by a minor, whose parents or either parents are Indian Citizens.
  • To enable for registration as OCI by a child or a grand-child or a great grand-child of person who has been citizen of India or undivided India at any time.
  • To enable for registration as OCI by such spouse of a citizen of India or spouse of an OCI registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section with prior security checks by Competent Authority.[1]

    THE OVERSEAS CITIZEN OF INDIA CARD

  • It is not mandatory for the PIO card holders to convert their cards to OCI. But the Ministry of
  • External Affairs website advises conversion to avoid any complications during travel to India

Such steps are welcome making it easier for those eligible for OCI status to travel, education, work and trade in India as well as other benefits.

 

See the Press Release – Extension of date of Merger of PIO and OCI Cards dated December 30, 2016

http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/27935/Extension_of_date_of_Merger_of_PIO_and_OCI_Cards

Reference and more information read:

Canada: Consulate General of India sets June 30 deadline for conversion of PIO to OCI

http://www.indiablooms.com/ibns_new/world-details/USN/11095/canada-consulate-general-of-india-sets-june-30-deadline-for-conversion-of-pio-to-oci.html

Last Date for Converting PIO Cards to OCI Cards Nearing: Deadline June 30

http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/last-date-for-converting-pio-cards-to-oci-cards-nearing/article_e63ac1c4-26c6-11e7-9193-13ca6283f412.html

Weekly Indian Law & Legal Sector Updates 29th April 2017

Our weekly round up on Indian legal developments and the law.

 

Poor English results in SC setting aside Himachal HC order

Indian lawyers updates

The Tribune reported that an order of Himachal Pradesh High Court was set aside by the Indian Supreme Court as it was incomprehensible. The order of the High Court was remanded back to it for re-drafting. The message to Indian lawyers and the judiciary: keep it simple. 

Read the full article on The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/poor-english-forces-sc-to-set-aside-himachal-hc-order/393851.html

 

 

The right to privacy & Aadhar Card issue needs to be settled by court: Attorney-General

Livemint reported that India’s Attorney General’s (A-G) comments on the legal issues of Aadhaar card. The A-G addressed the importance of Aadhaar in  social welfare schemes, the right to privacy, the criticism of Aadhaar and collection of biometrics and  the role of the Unique Identification Authority of India.

Read more about the interview   on Livemint  http://www.livemint.com/Politics/k8iqZg5Yxa6q1cfYKLSgmK/The-larger-question-on-privacy-needs-to-be-settled-by-court.html

 

 

Indian Goods & Service Tax reform “an act of courage”: IMF chief

India Today reports that the IMF Chief Christine Lagarde appreciated the Indian Government’s GST reform aimed at the creation of a uniform market by substituting the local levies with a federal tax regime. The political will of the present government in bringing the Indian bankruptcy law and demonetization was also acknowledged.

Full Article on India Today http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gst-reform-an-act-of-courage-imf-chief/1/934226.html

 

 

Corporate Affairs Ministry amends Indian Companies Act and adds new rules

Indian Corporate and Company law sees a major shift with the newly notified Section 234 of The Companies Act 2013. This widens the scope and ambit of mergers between Indian and Foreign companies. The Business World reported the change in law and its implications on the Indian Companies and the Corporate sector.

Find the Notification on http://www.mca.gov.in/Ministry/pdf/section234Notification_14042017.pdf  and the Amendment to the rules on http://www.mca.gov.in/Ministry/pdf/CompaniesCompromises_14042017.pdf

Read about the impact on Business World http://businessworld.in/article/Corporate-Affairs-Ministry-Tweaks-Companies-Act-Adds-New-Rules/21-04-2017-116794/

and in  The Economic Times
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/india-eases-rules-to-allow-merger-of-indian-companies-with-foreign-firms/articleshow/58249903.cms

 

 

WhatsApp Privacy Policy: Govt states to SC its Working on a Data Protection policy. 

Bloomberg Quint reported that the Attorney General of India (A-G) requested the Supreme Court to postpone the hearing of the Whatsapp privacy policy matter as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is of formulating a comprehensive data protection framework, which will be finalised in a few months and could potentially affect the case.

Read a brief history of the matter on Bloomberg Quint https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2017/04/18/whatsapp-privacy-policy-government-tells-supreme-court-its-working-on-data-protection

 

 

Trump order a future challenge for Indian immigration in the IT Sector 

The latest executive order of the US Government concerning immigration and the H-1B visa to further the ‘Hire American’ Policy and its impact on Indian IT firms’ hiring scheme in future. The Times of India report focuses on the immediate effect of the order and the profitability of the industry.

Full article on The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/trump-order-a-future-challenge-for-indian-it/articleshow/58273100.cms

 

 

Indian Arbitration: CJI advocates ” zero govt. role”  in arbitration process

The Hindu reported Justice J.S. Khehar, the Chief Justice of India (CJI), who delivered a speech at the inaugural ceremony of the Engaging Asia Arbitration Summit. The CJI spoke on the increasing potential of India in International Commercial Arbitration in the continent and the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods by the government and the judiciary.

Find the full article on The Hindu on this link:  http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-becoming-hub-of-international-arbitration-cji/article18189439.ece

 

 

India and the European Union continue talks and trade 

The Hindu reported the visit of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union to India. It reported that this will boost ties between India and EU which were impacted by the on going Italian Marines issue.  It also reported a possible relaunch of ‘Joint working groups’ in the sector of Science & Technology and Defence.

To read more, : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-eu-likely-to-resume-talks/article18161848.ece

 

 

Mondelez India bribery case may see top guns face off in the US

The Economic Times reported that a team from the US Department of Justice may visit Mondelez India to investigate the 7-year-old bribery and corruption case against Mondelez Inc under the USForeign Corrupt Practices Act regime, against each other, since one of them left the department and has been hired by Mondelez to fight the case.
Read the details of the case on The Economic Times http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/probe-into-seven-year-old-mondelez-india-bribery-case-likely-to-conclude-by-month-end/articleshow/58287616.cms

 

 

Eight women’s panels seek stringent law on sham marriages by NRI’s

WebIndia123 reported that Women Commissions from 8 States of the country got together and insisted on a stricter law on the issue of sham marriages by Non Resident Indian bridegrooms at a national seminar organised jointly by the Punjab State Commission for Women and the National Commission for Women.

Find the full article on Webindia123 http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20170420/3096774.html

 

 

Outsourcing Woes: Indian IT firms facing more US lawsuits with changing business environment

There is a worrying trend in  lawsuits against Indian IT firms over alleged breaches of contract and delayed service delivery in the outsourcing and IT sectors.  This report by the Business Standard analyses the effect of changing dynamics on business leading to the increase in lawsuits against Indian Companies and Corporates in this sector.

Read the full article on Business Standard http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/indian-it-firms-face-more-lawsuits-with-changing-business-environment-117042100453_1.html

Special wing of the punjab police to handle complaints from NRI’s

In the past one year complaints from Punjabi NRIs have increased twofold. On the initiative of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Punjab Police introduced a NRI wing aimed at achieving fast track results, which received about 8000 complaints this year as opposed to 3,852 complaints the previous year and the establishment of NRI Courts. Continue reading