PAKISTAN ORIGIN CARD
(POC)

 

 

Pakistani citizens, with dual nationality, with valid work visa, valid student visa or permanent residence card in a country outside Pakistan are not eligible for POC but are eligible for National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

 

Pakistan Origin Card is solely for individuals with one foreign nationality and annulled Pakistani Citizenship, but has sufficient link with Pakistan in one of the following ways:

 

  A.   Former Pakistani Citizens: Any person who does not currently hold Pakistani citizenship but has ever remained a Pakistani citizen in his/her lifetime.

Following persons are however excluded from this category:

a.   Any person who was deprived of Pakistan citizenship by an order passed by the Federal Government under subsection (2) or subsection (3) of section 16 of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951).

b.   A person who ceased to be a Pakistani citizen upon creation of Bangladesh pursuant to subsection (1) of section 16-A of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951).

c.   A Pakistani citizen who was domiciled in the territories of the hitherto Province of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) but who, before 16th December 1971, ceased to be a Pakistani citizen and acquired the nationality or citizenship of a foreign country (excluding India and Israel) unless he or she can prove at least one of his living relatives to be presently a citizen of Pakistan.

d.   Any person currently holding citizenship or nationality of Israel or India.

 

B.   Foreigners with links to Pakistan: The following persons are eligible to apply for POC in this category:

a.   A person who has never been a Pakistani citizen but any of whose parents or grandparents is/was a citizen of Pakistan at any time during his/her lifetime, provided that

(i) At least one of his living relatives is presently a Pakistani citizen;

(ii) He is not, and never was, a citizen or national of India or Israel;

(iii) None of his parents or grandparents has ever been a citizen or national of India or Israel unless such parent after having acquired Pakistani citizenship never acquired/re-acquired citizenship or nationality of India or Israel.

b.   Any person who has never been a Pakistani citizen but who either himself, or any of whose parents or grandparents

(i) Was born in the territories included in the Indo-Pak sub-continent;

(ii) Was domiciled in the territories now included in Pakistan; and

(iii) Who acquired the citizenship or nationality of a foreign state or country before the commencement of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951) i.e. 13th April 1951. Such person shall have to prove that at least one of his living relatives is presently a Pakistani citizen. This category however excludes all persons who are, or have ever been, citizens or nationals of India or Israel.

Pakistani citizens stranded in Bangladesh, i.e. those who continue to be citizens of Pakistan pursuant to the first proviso to subsection (1) of section 16-A of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951), may not apply for POC.

Pakistani citizens who are holding dual nationality or are only on work or residence permit in a country outside Pakistan are not eligible for POC but eligible for National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis. 

 

Application Procedure for POC:

  1. Application may be made for a new card or for renewal of a card. Renewal is needed upon expiry of the validity period of the old card, or duplicate in case of misplaced or lost, or changed in case of any change in card or cancellation in case of death of applicant.
  2. This is applicable only to a person not holding Pakistani NIC or passport. The details of applicable ground on the bases of which applying for NICOP must be specified that applicant is whether by birth or by relation or having any immoveable property in Pakistan or any other grounds (please specify any other grounds on extra page).
  3. Full name must be mentioned in block letters (First, Middle, Last).
  4. Please mention Place of Birth in the sequence; City or Town, State/Province/Country.
  5. NIC/NICOP/POC number, if any.
  6. Present nationality (other than Pakistani nationality/citizenship).
  7. Provide details of Pakistani passport and foreign passport.
  8. Father's full name must be mentioned in block letters (First, Middle, Last).
  9. Father's present nationality.
  10. Father's NIC/ NICOP/POC number, if any.
  11. Mother's name (First, Middle, Last).
  12. Mother's nationality.
  13. Mother's NIC/ NICOP/POC number, if any.
  14. Married person should write their spouse's name (First, Middle, Last).
  15. Spouse's present nationality.
  16. Spouse's NIC/ NICOP/POC NO. if any
  17. Present address on which applicant can be contacted and POC may be delivered. Mistake or incomplete/inaccurate information provided here may result in delays or non-delivery of the card.
  18. Permanent address in Pakistan, if any. Foreigner spouses of Pakistani citizens may mention the permanent address of their spouses in Pakistan.
  19. Shade on which addresses you want the card to be delivered.
  20. Mention children, if space is insufficient, use extra sheet.
  21. Complete information about relative, relationship with applicant, his/her CNIC or NICOP number, present address and telephone number.
  22. Kashmiri’s will fill this information
  23. If you have ever been deprived of Pakistani citizenship by an order of the Government of Pakistan passed under subsection (2) or subsection (3) of section 16 of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951), please shade the applicable box.
  24. The box adjacent to the appropriate answer is to be ticked or checked
  25. Select the appropriate answer and shade the box adjacent to the choice applicable in your case. In respect of education, select only the highest level of education. Profession may be identified even if unemployed.
  26. It is mandatory to fill in this block. Unanswered will be treated as incomplete from and will be rejected.
  27. Paste your picture with blue background in the respective block. Signatures and thumb impression must be clearly affixed in BLACK INK only.

 

Required Documents for POC:   

·        Completed POC Application Form.

·        2 photographs (passport size).

·        Copy of Foreign passport.

·        At least 1 proof of Pakistani origin: 

·        Copy of Pakistani passport.

·        Copy of National ID card (NIC / CNIC / NICOP).

·        Proof of property owned in Pakistan

·        Proof of relationship with a Pakistani; e.g. (Marriage or Birth Certificate), along with the relative's Pakistani passport or NIC / CNIC / NICOP.

Fee:

·        Bank draft or money order in the name of “NADRA-Pakistan” for CD $100 for adults, CD$50 for Children under 18 years of age and CD $10 additional for the DHL service charges from NADRA Pakistan to your residence in Canada.

For POC status online, please see POC tracking on www.nadra.gov.pk.

For further information and concerns on POC please contact designated official for overseas cards NADRA Pakistan” Facilitation Cell, POC: Email: poc@nadra.gov.pk.
Telephone number: 0092-51-9208606 and 0092-51-90391918.