Dual Citizen of US/Canada entering India

#1 Oct 26th, 2018, 07:29
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My daughter is a US citizen and has an OCI card using her US passport details. WE now live in Canada and plan to apply Canadian Citizenship. She will be holding both US and Canadian passports.

Should we be updating the OCI card using her Canadian passport details?

Which passport should we use to enter India? Book flight tickets etc.

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#2 Oct 26th, 2018, 13:41
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Use US Passport since this on your OCI. Always unless you change it on OCI.
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Reshmi, welcome to IndiaMike

She (your daughter) is not obliged to change her OCI details if she gets dual nationality. As accurately said above, she should continue to use her USA passport as the OCI medium unless she plans to surrender it.
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The OCI requirements change from country to country ! I gather, that your daughter is a minor. Let her decide when she is an adult.
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Entirely depends upon the pleasure you derive from dealing with babucrats. OCI is simply a dressed up life-time visa. Unless and until you daughter decide to give up her US citizenship - there is absolutely no other reason wake the sleeping dogs...
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I suspect the OP might have been worried about the newish canada entry rule which was introduced around 2 years ago.

Dual nationals of canada and another country have to enter Canada using their canada passport.

Many british/ canadian colleagues who had let their Canada passport lapse and had been travelling there for decades using the british passport were caught out.

They had to apply for special permission to travel as they couldnt renew their canadian passport in time ( plus it is not easy to renew a passport which lapsed 2 decades ago and that too in another country as it need more paperwork)

Luckily for the OP dual american / canadian citizens are exempt from this rule.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcen...um=1167&top=16
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When a dual citizen enters one of the country of his/her citizenship, he/she must use the passport of that country and enter as a citizen. Thatís the norm. However, when one goes to a third country of which one is not a citizen, one has a choice of the passport to use. In the case of OPís daughter, she would simply use the US passport to visit India.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post When a dual citizen enters one of the country of his/her citizenship, he/she must use the passport of that country and enter as a citizen. Thatís the norm. However, when one goes to a third country of which one is not a citizen, one has a choice of the passport to use. In the case of OPís daughter, she would simply use the US passport to visit India.

I agree that it is ideal but very few countries enforce it.

I think its is only US/Canada and South Africa (not sure ) among the bigger nations

Canada didn't enforce it.till 2 years ago.British Canadians have been travelling back and forth on British passports for decades.

Many had let their Canadian passports expire and never bothered to renew .

A British citizen can enter the UK on another passport provided the purpose of the visit is within the scope/ entitlement of the passport he/she is travelling on .

So a US/British citizen visiting the UK for a few weeks on a US passport will not have any issues while the same person may have issues if they have come to start working or permanently live in the UK.

In fact even Pakistan insists on its dual nationals (Pakistanis who become dual citizens of certain countries are allowed.to.keep.their Pakistani passports . ) enter Pakistan using a NICOP or a NADRA card. This is like an OCI but has a chip on it and more like a aadhar card.

https://www.nadra.gov.pk/identity/identity-nicop/
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This is all very interesting, but still not very relevant to the OPís query. The OPís daughter might in future become a dual citizen of the US and Canada. She holds a OCI that references the US passport. Unless she intends to renounce the US citizenship - itíd be completely unnecessary exercise to transfer the OCI to the Canadian passport when she can just as easily enter India using the US passport and the OCI associated with it.

PS: My wife has entered India on two different passports. Her PIO was with her German passport - and had visited India multiple times using that. When we converted it to OCI, we sent them the US passport. There was no problem with that. And, she entered India using the US passport since. The Immigration Officer in India can see all that on their terminal - but it is a non-issue.
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post I agree that it is ideal but very few countries enforce it.
All flights in to US{or India, or Canada...} are required to transmit APIS data to authorities.

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