Can Overseas Citizen of India be an Advocate?

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Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a type of permanent inhabitant accessible to individuals of Indian origin and their life partners which permits them for living and working in India for an indefinite period of time. Notwithstanding the name, OCI status isn’t citizenship and doesn’t provide the right of voting in elections to be held in India. An OCI can’t get farmland and can’t hold public office. However, an OCI is qualified for working in India, subject to limitations forced by proficient bodies, like the Bar Council of India or the Institute of Chartered Accountants. The status of OCI is stamped on the passport.

As of late, numerous NRI attorneys employed in law offices in New York, New York and somewhere else have gotten back. Numerous returnees have discovered work with Indian law offices. A portion of the individuals who got back to India had obtained foreign nationality during their overseas term of duty. India doesn’t perceive double nationality.

Under the Advocates Act 1961, only the Indian citizen is eligible to be an advocate. Any Indian attorney who migrates abroad and obtains foreign nationality will instantly cease to an Indian advocate. Until recently, any one in the UK who had a work permit for a time span of four years could become a permanent resident and every permanent resident could opt to be a British national after holding  permanent resident for a year. In other words, one could become a British national five years after landing in the UK. Because of amendments to UK immigration laws, this period has become six years. Numerous NRI attorneys employed in United Kingdom have become British nationals.