Nowhere to go: India-based OCIs stranded abroad appeal to government to allow them back

When Sundareshan Krishnaswamy, a vice president with American tech company Oracle, left Bengaluru on March 3 for a business trip in the United States, he couldn’t have imagined the nightmare that awaited him, that divided his family across four countries, and has left him stranded without a home and access to much needed medicines.

Hundreds of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders like him, who are permanently based in India but were travelling, studying or working abroad, have appealed to the government to make an exception for them to return, with little headway so far.

Officials say their hands are tied as the government decided on March 11 to cancel all visas issued to non-Indians, and suspend OCI rights for the duration of the coronavirus-related directions as well.

‘Needs to return’
“We have lived in India for 15 years, and don’t have a home outside,” Mr. Krishnaswamy’s son Siddharth Aatreya, a student at the U.K.’s Cambridge University told The Hindu over the telephone,

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