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37 NRI granted OCI status in Houston

Presenting the OCI cards, Consul General said the response to the dual citizenship scheme was overwhelming.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 01:26 IST

Thirty seven Indian Americans have received their Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards at the Indian consulate.

Consul General SM Gavai presented the OCI cards at a special ceremony at the consulate on Wednesday.

For Arulmani Periaswamy, who was the first to receive the OCI status, and perhaps the first one in the entire US, along with his family, it was the most "fulfilling moment" of his life.

"I looked forward to retain my Indian passport and now I am glad that my family is the holder of the OCI card which will strengthen the ties of my children, who were born in the US," said Periaswamy who immigrated as a student in 1989 from Tamil Nadu.

"Now we can travel, invest, live and work in India as long as we wish without worrying about visa expiry", said another recipient.

The Consul General, while presenting the OCI cards to the first batch of 37 Indians families living in Houston, said the response to the dual citizenship scheme from the community was overwhelming.

"We are processing the applicants without any delay and hope that the applicants would get the documents soon," he said.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 14:56 IST