Entry visa enquiry and PIO status of children born in India to non-Indian parents
arunachalagovinda
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#1
| Member

Entry visa enquiry and PIO status of children born in India to non-Indian parents

I'm a British national residing in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, since '98. My wife is Israeli and we have two children born here. We do voluntary work in ecological restoration of the mountain where we live, environmental education, and have recently been involved setting up a small village learning centre. We are also devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi and frequent the Ashram here.
All of the family are residing on entry visas, for which applications for extensions had been made in 2008. This was under correspondence.
3 months back my wife received notice that her application had been declined, and that she should quit India with immediate effect. The District Collector submitted an appeal on her behalf, stating the situation of the children, her good work, and the fact that she had done no wrong according to any local authorities. This appeal was rejected.
We are now having to leave India which is very upsetting, as we are entirely settled here and there are a number of projects that require our participation. We hope to procure a new entry visa, hopefully without needing to spend time in Israel. We would also like to procure PIO status for the children if they are eligible. Can anyone tell if children born in India to two non Indian parents are eligible for PIO? Can anyone also tell whether, given the right supporting documents, an Israeli national may apply for Entry visa in the UK, Spain or Portugal (these are our options now that we have to leave)?
Many thanks.

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#2
| Clueless
Few questions:

1. What passport does your kids have
2. Why does your spouse have to go to UK,Spain or Portugal ? Isnt Israel closer ?
3. PIO is given to children/grandchildren of parents/grandparent who are eligible to be citizens or are of indian descent are they ?
4. If you are on X visa, then you cannot typically do paid-work.
#3
| Member
Thanks. The kids have British citizenship. Neither myself nor my wife is of Indian descent. However, point 2 of the government site states that a person is eligible if;

He/She or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in India or permanent resident in India provided neither was at any time a citizen of any other specific country.

This is not entirely clear to me. It seems to suggest that birth is enough, then the final part of the para casts doubt on that.

Main reason to go to the countries other than Israel will be to visit my scattered family. My in-laws have been visited much more recently, and to go also to Israel will add greatly to the cost of the trip.

We do not do paid work.
#4
| Member
That said, as I understand it, I am eligible for citizenship due to the length of time I've spend here and my speaking an Indian language other than English. If we can just get my wife's situation sorted out then the next step will be for me to apply for citizenship.
#5
| Structural Member

Originally posted by: arunachalagovinda View Post

That said, as I understand it, I am eligible for citizenship due to the length of time I've spend here
Do be aware that in obtaining that Indian citizenship, you would have to renounce your British citizenship, which is a big step to take.

If you're going to apply, you'll have to do it soon, because the time lived in India does lapse.
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#6
| Loud Noisy Bird

Originally posted by: arunachalagovinda View Post

That said, as I understand it, I am eligible for citizenship due to the length of time I've spend here and my speaking an Indian language other than English.
In practice, being eligible, and being eligible to apply may differ :dontgetit.

If you do decide on this route, please post your experiences here: I think you would be the first, and the information would be invaluable
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