i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;
(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and
(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields, except in the
acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties
As for registering with the police if you are going to stay for a long time in India, hmm, don't know if that's a real benefit or not.
"Re the last point, try having a look at bank accounts in India, and you will see the ones normally offered to NRIs are excluded to people with OCI. No real benefits apart from the visa one"
You are wrong. OCi can open a bank account in local currency as offered to NRi. OCi can buy property with same taxation to NRi. OCi can open a Dmat account and trade in Indian share market.
OCi can start-up a company and taxation treat as same as NRi. OCi can have mortgage from bank.
OCi can join the local govt universities and colleges in NRi quota.
There are lot of benefits than just a life-long visa. I am not just saying, I know the people and myself are enjoying all these facilities. And I have legally check with local solicitors.
Last edited by mmsG; 17-07-2008 at 12:41 PM.
but I had a couple questions.
I am in a similar situation.
I am currently holding an Indian passport, and was born in India. However, since 3 months old, I've lived in Hong Kong. Now 25 years later of living in HK, I am thinking of applying for Chinese citizenship and a HKSAR passport.
If I understand the process correctly, as I already have a Permanent HKID card (with ROA), I need to first apply for Naturalization as a Chinese National. This process takes 2-6 months.
If and when that is approved, I need to renounce my Indian citizenship and passport. Once that is done, I can get the certificate, and apply for HKSAR passport and new HK ID card.
Now my questions:
- Do I have to have a Chinese name on my Chinese naturalization application, my HKSAR passport application or my new HKID?
- Am I allowed Visa-free travel to China with just my HKSAR passport?
- How long does the HKSAR passport and ID application take to process?
- Once my naturalization is approved, how many days do I have to show proof of giving up my Indian citizenship (in case I need to travel in between for work)?
If someone can help answer some of these questions for me, that would be great!
- No, you don't have to have a Chinese name on any of the documents, however, if you wish to apply for the home permit (which u need to access the maninland) then you will need a Chinese name on your HKID and home permit.
- Read above. You will need to apply for the home permit from China Travels. You don't need your passport to visit China, just this home permit.
- The whole process takes around 3-6 months.
- I don't know if there is any limit once approved. I'm sure anything reasonable, say within 3 months from aprroval should be fine.
So...basically let's say I get the passport w.o a Chinese name... I can't apply for Home permit... but I can still apply for a regular multiple-year China visa right? Or is that not even possible?
Also...one other quick question. I was just reviewing Indian Consulate's "Surrender Indian Passport" page (side note: It is outrageous that they've increased the processing fee from HK$80 to HK$1,150!!), and they say I have to surrender all present and past passports. Does that mean they keep them? Or do they just cut the corners off and give it back to you?
Only the Home Return Permit.- Am I allowed Visa-free travel to China with just my HKSAR passport?
10 working days for HKSAR passport and the the temporary Id card will be given immediately after taking ID photo and 3 weeks to get the real ID.- How long does the HKSAR passport and ID application take to process?
It depends on how efficient the Indian consulate. Normally, they give affidavit on same day after submit the citizenship renounce form. And this affidavit has to submit to the HK immigration. The HK immigration will contact the Indian consulate for verification. After verified, the HK immd issue the Chinese naturalization certificate.- Once my naturalization is approved, how many days do I have to show proof of giving up my Indian citizenship (in case I need to travel in between for work)?
Sorry to jump in here, but when HK immigration conduct the interview for Natualization is it essential to know some Chinese? Coz I dont know any and want to apply for Natualization.