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Centre eases norms for re-issue of OCI cards

Presently, the OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age, in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: April 16, 2021 4:06:47 am
Currently, the OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age, in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant. (Representational image)

In order to ease the process of retaining the validity of Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards, the government has done away with the requirement of getting the cards reissued multiple times and has now asked OCIs to get it reissued only once after they attain the age of 20.

Presently, the OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age, in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant.

“With a view to facilitate the OCI cardholders, it has now been decided by the Government of India to dispense with this requirement. A person who has got registration as OCI cardholder prior to attaining the age of 20 years will have to get the OCI card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after his/her completing 20 years of age, so as to capture his/ her facial features on attaining adulthood. If a person has obtained registration as OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of re-issue,” a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

With a view to update the data regarding new passports obtained by the OCI cardholder, Home Ministry officials said it has been decided that he/she shall upload a copy of the new passport containing his/her photo and also a latest photo on the online OCI portal, each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder within three months of receipt of the new passport.

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