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Embracing one’s cultural heritage is a journey of profound significance, a bridge that connects us to our roots and enriches our sense of identity. For those with ties to Pakistan, the Pakistan Origin Card (POC) is a unique program designed to foster connections between eligible foreigners and their Pakistani heritage.

Whether you’re an expatriate seeking to strengthen your ties with Pakistan or an individual with family roots in the country, the POC offers a range of benefits and privileges.

Join Wego as we explore what the Pakistan Origin Card or POC entails and how it can enhance your experience.

What is a POC?

The Pakistan Origin Card or POC is an identity card issued to Pakistani-origin individuals who have relinquished their Pakistani citizenship. While a POC holder is not considered a Pakistani citizen, they are allowed to travel to and reside in Pakistan without a visa as long as the POC remains valid.

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POC benefits

The Pakistan Origin Card (POC) aims to provide eligible foreigners compelling incentives to reconnect with their ancestral origins, fostering a strong bond between the motherland and expatriates across the globe. Some of the key benefits include:

  • multiple visa-free entry into Pakistan.
  • indefinite stay in Pakistan without the need to report to the police or foreign registration offices.
  • right to purchase, sell, own, deal with, and dispose of movable and immovable property anywhere in Pakistan.
  • right to open and operate bank accounts within Pakistan.
  • swift immigration into and from Pakistan at designated routes, ports, and places.
  • proof of Identity in place of a National Identity Card.
  • employment opportunities

POC eligibility

The Pakistan Origin Card (POC) is granted to individuals who or whose parents have renounced Pakistani citizenship to acquire nationality in a country without a dual nationality arrangement with Pakistan. Moreover, foreign spouses of Pakistani origin are eligible to obtain the POC.

The POC eligibility encompasses various scenarios, including:

  • former Pakistani nationals who have renounced Pakistani citizenship and now hold nationality in a country without a dual nationality agreement.
  • foreign nationals possessing citizenship in a country without dual nationality arrangements, whose parents or grandparents were Pakistani nationals.
  • foreign nationals whose relatives (such as siblings, uncles, or aunts) are or were Pakistani nationals.
  • foreign nationals married to Pakistani or ex-Pakistani citizens.

Countries with dual nationality agreements with Pakistan

The following countries have established dual nationality agreements with Pakistan:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Netherlands (Holland)
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Bahrain
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Norway

Please note that the following additional conditions apply to Germany and Norway:

  • children of Pakistani parents who grew up in Germany and acquired German nationality due to birth in Germany are eligible for the Smart POC.
  • Norwegian nationals who previously renounced their Pakistani nationality can apply for Smart NICOP after acquiring the resumption certificate.

POC requirements

To initiate the application process for the Pakistan Origin Card (POC), applicants must prepare the necessary documentation tailored to their specific circumstances. The following documents are typically required:

  • copy of your CNIC/NICOP
  • CNIC/NICOP/passport of your parents/grandparents who are Pakistani nationals (any appropriate documents proving your relationship with them)
  • CNIC/POC/passport of your siblings/relatives who are Pakistani nationals (any suitable documents proving your relationship with them)
  • attested copy of the marriage certificate
  • CNIC/NICOP/passport of your spouse (Pakistani national)

Please note that the exact combination of documents required may vary based on individual circumstances. Applicants should carefully review the specific requirements corresponding to their situation and ensure that all necessary documentation is provided accurately and completely.

How to apply for the POC?

You can apply for the Pakistan Origin Card (POC) by simply visiting the official Pak Identity website. You can apply in the following categories:

  • new (in case of applying for the first time)
  • modification (change in your existing POC data)
  • renewal (in case of expired POC)
  • cancellation (in case you wish to surrender your POC)

Please note that the Pakistan Origin Card (POC) will be delivered to your doorstep once it has been issued.

POC fees

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has established a transparent fee structure for the POC application process. The fee structure reflects the commitment to provide accessible services while ensuring the sustainability of administrative operations.

Service Type Normal (31 days) Urgent (23 days) Exclusive (7 days)
New POC USD 150 N/A USD 200
POC renewal USD 150 N/A USD 200
POC modification USD 200 USD 250 USD 300

 

For more information on the Pakistan Origin Card (POC) fee structure, please visit the official NADRA website.

 

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