OCI Reissuance Clarification OCI Reissuance Clarification

OCI Reissuance Clarification

According to the recent relaxation in OCI Card Reissue Requirements:

(i)     Mandatory requirement of re-issuance of an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner upto 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age is dispensed with; 

(ii)     OCI cardholder is required to get the OCI card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age;  

(iii)    OCI cardholder is required to upload ONLINE a copy of the new passport and a latest photo each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age.  The uploading of these documents may be done within three months of receipt of the new passport.  The service will be provided on Gratis basis; 

(iv)    Foreign Spouse of an Indian Citizen or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder are required to upload a copy of the new passport and a latest photo ONLINE each time a new passport is issued along with a declaration on subsisting of marriage, copy of the Indian passport of the Indian spouse/passport & OCI card of the OCI cardholder spouse. 

2. Further, timeline for re-issuance of OCI card in r/o OCI cardholders who may be required to get their OCI card re-issued, has been extended till December 31, 2021.

3. The requirement of carrying old and new passports, along with the OCI card, has been done away with. Henceforth, an OCI cardholder traveling on the strength of existing OCI card bearing old passport number is not required to carry the old passport. However, carrying the new (current) passport is mandatory.

4. Appropriate modifications are being made in the OCI Miscellaneous Services portal to implement the above decisions. This is expected to be launched soon. OCI cardholders are therefore requested to wait for the updating of the portal before submitting any application for re-issue of OCI card.