Rajya Sabha passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015
The Bill will replace the Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 that was issued in January 2015 to merge the PIO and OCI schemes.
Rajya Sabha on 4 March 2015 passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 by voice vote. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 2 March 2015.
The Bill seeks to merge the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes.
Apart from this, the Bill also provide 30-day break to person who applies for Indian citizenship if they have to leave Indian for some time.
Further, it empowers the Union Government to cancel the OCI card obtained by the spouse of an Indian citizen if the marriage is dissolved by a court or the spouse enters into another marriage even while the first marriage has not been dissolved.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 will become an Act after it receives the nod of President of India.
However, the bill will be considered to have come into force on 6 January 2015 when the Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 was promulgated.