Pakistan-born singer and actor Salma Agha will get an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card that will offer her multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa to visit India and exemption from reporting to police. She had applied for the OCI card a few days ago and her application was approved after taking into consideration various aspects. Earlier this year, Pakistani singer Adnan Sami was given Indian citizenship.
Who is Salma Agha?
- The 59-year-old artiste is a citizen of UK. She had given her voice to few Bollywood films and acted in some of them including “Nikaah”.
- Agha had won Filmfare best female playback award in 1982 for her rendition ‘Dil ke armaan aansuon me beh gaye’ in ‘Nikaah.’
Rules to get Overseas Citizen Of India Card – OCIs
- Any person who belonged to a territory that became part of India after the August 15, 1947, but now a citizen of another country can also get OCI status. OCIs are exempted from reporting to police their length of stay in India .
- The OCI card would give the person same facilities like that of NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
- As per the rule, a foreign national who is a child, grandchild or a great grandchild of Indian citizen is eligible for registration as an OCI card holder.
- However, no person, who or either of whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan and Bangladesh shall be eligible for registration as an OCI card holder.