NRI Acronyms

Official acronyms for the Indian expatriate community

  • NRI: Non Resident Indian
  • PIO: Person of Indian Origin
  • OCI: Overseas Citizen of India
  • PBD: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Acronyms in a lighter vein

  • ABCD: American Born Confused Desi
    • Second generation Indian born in America
  • ABCDEFGHIJ: American Born Confused Desi Emigrated From Gujarat, House In Jersey
    • Second generation Indian born in America with some more unique characteristics
  • DBCA: Desi Born Confused American
    • Inverse of ABCD, born in India but emigrated to America
  • FOB: Fresh Off Board
    • Newly arrived in America
  • PIGS: Poor Indian Graduate Student
    • Indian graduate student struggling to make ends meet with a nominal assistantship, and a bank loan
  • RNRI: Returned Non Resident Indian
    • An NRI who has moved to his home country
  • RNI: Resident Non Indian
    • Resides in India but with perfect American/British accent and attitudes

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