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What are the abbreviations and terms commonly used in relation to Indian Diaspora?

What are the abbreviations and terms commonly used in relation to Indian Diaspora?

Cited below is a list of abbreviations with their full forms that will reduce confusion regarding specific terms used in relation to Indian Diaspora.

  • ECR– Emigration Check Required
  • FEMA– Foreign Exchange Management Act
  • FIPB– Foreign Investment Promotion Board
  • KIP- Know India Programme
  • MEA– Ministry of External Affairs
  • MHA– Ministry of Home Affairs
  • MOIA– Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
  • NRI– Non-resident Indian
  • OCB– Overseas Corporate Body
  • OCI– Overseas Citizenship of India
  • PBD– Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
  • PIO– Persons of Indian Origin
  • JCI– Joint Commission International.

The Ministry has issued notifications granting registered Overseas Citizenship of India further benefits as under –

  1. Parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children ;
  2. Parity with resident Indian nationals in matters of tariffs in domestic air fares ;
  3. Parity with domestic Indian visitors in respect of entry fee for visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India ;
  4. Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of:
    1. Entry fees for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India;
    2. Practicing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts, namely:
      • Doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists;
      • Advocates;
      • Architects; and
      • Chartered Accountants; and
  5. Entitlement to appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts.

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