A passport holder Of Indian origin should have an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card to be able to travel to India. This acts a lifelong visa to enter India, among other benefits. However, Lifelong is defined differently when it comes to mandatory travel documents required to travel to India.

When Do you Need A New OCI Card

Under the following circumstances, an OCI card may have to be re-issued and the original will have to be rescinded.

  • For those under 20 years of age: A new OCI card is required each time the passport is renewed.
  • For those between the ages of 21 and 49, the OCI card can remain the same and doesnt need to be reissued for each passport renewal.
  • Having said that, the new passport number in the OCI documents will not match. And the traveler will be expected to carry both passports when traveling in order to avoid the hassle of carrying two passports, travelers can request for a new OCI card with updated information from the new, or renewed passport.
  • For those above the age of 50: OCI card must be re-issued when a new passport is issued. This needs to be done only once. If the OCI card is being issued for the first time after the age of 50, a re-issue of the OCI card will not be necessary in the future.

Process To Get a New OCI Card

Here is the complete process on how to have your OCI reissued.

Apply on Official OCI Website: Apply on the official Indian government website.The portal works best with the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome.

Verification: Verify that you have read and prepared for all the requirements. Proceed.

ARN: Take note of the unique web reference number. This number is used for tracking your application or making inquiries.

Complete application: With recent photographs, scanned signature and supporting documents that include copies of your passport, visa, and residential certificates, etc. in PDF format.

Review application: Make edits if need be, and correct errors. At this stage, you can even start a Fresh Application if you need a re-do.

Click submit: A copy of your application along with the Online Registration Number is sent to the email address your submitted.

Payment: After submission, you will be redirected to pay the one-time application fees of $25. In addition, you have to pay an ICWF fee of $3, a community welfare fund.

OCI Processing Times

The duration from the first time you apply to receiving the OCI card in the mail can vary depending upon where you are applying from. The covid-19 pandemic has added additional delays to processing times. Currently, the processing times range from 8-10 weeks.

Important to Know

One has to be ordinarily resident of India to be eligible to apply for OCI registration in India.

Before applying for an OCI card, former Indian nationals should have a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian citizenship.

OCI is Not Granted to any citizen who is / was and / or if their parents, grandparents or great grandparents are / were citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh.