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National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and Pakistan Origin Card (POC)

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In 2002, Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) developed two types of cards linking Overseas Pakistanis to their motherland. The NICOP serves as a registration document for overseas Pakistanis and provides visa-free entry into Pakistan for dual nationals. The POC gives eligible foreigners an opportunity to connect with their roots in the motherland, while offering many incentives such as multiple visa-free entry into Pakistan, indefinite stay in Pakistan, the right to open bank accounts, the right to manage property and real estate, and the right to obtain employment under certain circumstances.


  • Employment
  • Governance
  • Housing
  • Identity
  • Migrants rights
  • Return and reintegration

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