- The Home Ministry has decided to discard its ‘Black List’ of Indian-origin people.
- The list mostly comprised the names of people belonging to the Sikh Community who had taken asylum abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India.
- The Blacklist was maintained by Indian missions and posts abroad. Those who were in the Blacklist were denied visa services by Indian missions and posts.
- With the decision to do away with the list,such asylum seekers along with their family will be granted visa and consular services at par with foreigners of the country in which they are living.
- The asylum seekers can also obtain Overseas Citizen of India cards if they have held normal Indian visas for at least two years.
- The Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in the Republic of India indefinitely.It was introduced by The Citizenship (Amendment) Act,2005.
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