When must you get new OCI documents - Renew OCI Visa

While OCI provides a visa for a lifetime; to keep records in order, the OCI registration certificate and visa have to be re-issued in some cases.

Renewal of OCI is required:

1. Each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age. OCI documents have to be re-issued and payment of appropriate fee is required. 2. Once an OCI holder reaches age 50, they must get their OCI registration certificate and visa re-issued. Explanation: Between the ages of 21 and 50, there is no mandatory requirement to get documents re-issued, when you get a new passport. In such cases, if you travel to India, you would have to carry your previous passport that has the OCI 'U' visa stamped on it, along with your new passport. In case someone wishes to get fresh documents issued to them as a matter of convenience, they can do so on payment of the appropriate fee. Once you get new documents, then the requirement to carry your previous passport is not required as the OCI 'U' visa will be stamped on your new passport.

Not compulsory for everyone to renew OCI after age 50

While OCI documents must be renewed by those who got OCI visa prior to reaching age 50, there is no such requirement for those who got their first OCI visa when they were already 50 years or above.  Hence if you got your OCI visa and you were over 50 years of age at that time. You need not apply for new OCI visa. There is no compulsory requirement to do so. If your passport that has the original OCI stamp expires, then you can travel to India if you take: 1. Your expired passport that has the OCI original visa stamped on it. 2. Your OCI booklet. (Rules that the OCI booklet must be carried came into effect from April 2013) 3. Your new valid passport of the country whose citizenship you hold

Changes to OCI 'U' Visa Record

Those who are already registered as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and require changes to their OCI record can make some changes by using the OCI Miscellaneous Services. Using OCI Miscellaneous Services OCI Miscellaneous Services can be used for re-issuance or issuance of duplicate OCI documents in the following cases: 1. In case of issuance of new passport. 2. In case of change of personal particulars viz. nationality etc. 3.  In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa. 4. In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications viz. name, father's name, date of birth etc. 5. In case of manually filled in applications that were done earlier have errors that were made by consular staff while entering personal particulars. 6. In case of change of address/occupation is required.
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Transfer of OCI Visa to New Passport is not required as of January 29, 2015. OCI holders will no longer be required to get their lifelong OCI ‘U’ visa transfered to a new passport when their old passport expires. In a letter dated January 29, 2015 sent to all Indian missions abroad and the FRROs in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners division) has advised that the mandatory requirement for OCI  holders to carry their passport showing the OCI “U” visa when entering or leaving India has been dispensed with.  The OCI registration booklet will be required to show their OCI status. To view copy of letter Click Here
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When must you get new OCI

documents - Renew OCI Visa

While OCI provides a visa for a lifetime; to keep records in order, the OCI registration certificate and visa have to be re-issued in some cases.

Renewal of OCI is required:

1. Each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age. OCI documents have to be re-issued and payment of appropriate fee is required. 2. Once an OCI holder reaches age 50, they must get their OCI registration certificate and visa re-issued. Explanation: Between the ages of 21 and 50, there is no mandatory requirement to get documents re-issued, when you get a new passport. In such cases, if you travel to India, you would have to carry your previous passport that has the OCI 'U' visa stamped on it, along with your new passport. In case someone wishes to get fresh documents issued to them as a matter of convenience, they can do so on payment of the appropriate fee. Once you get new documents, then the requirement to carry your previous passport is not required as the OCI 'U' visa will be stamped on your new passport.

Not compulsory for everyone to renew

OCI after age 50

While OCI documents must be renewed by those who got OCI visa prior to reaching age 50, there is no such requirement for those who got their first OCI visa when they were already 50 years or above.  Hence if you got your OCI visa and you were over 50 years of age at that time. You need not apply for new OCI visa. There is no compulsory requirement to do so. If your passport that has the original OCI stamp expires, then you can travel to India if you take: 1. Your expired passport that has the OCI original visa stamped on it. 2. Your OCI booklet. (Rules that the OCI booklet must be carried came into effect from April 2013) 3. Your new valid passport of the country whose citizenship you hold

Changes to OCI 'U' Visa Record

Those who are already registered as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and require changes to their OCI record can make some changes by using the OCI Miscellaneous Services.

Using OCI Miscellaneous Services

OCI Miscellaneous Services can be used for re- issuance or issuance of duplicate OCI documents in the following cases: In case of issuance of new passport. In case of change of personal particulars viz. nationality etc. In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa. In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications viz. name, father's name, date of birth etc. In case of manually filled in applications that were done earlier have errors that were made by consular staff while entering personal particulars. In case of change of address/occupation is required

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Update Transfer of OCI Visa to New Passport is not required as of January 29, 2015. OCI holders will no longer be required to get their lifelong OCI ‘U’ visa transfered to a new passport when their old passport expires. In a letter dated January 29, 2015 sent to all Indian missions abroad and the FRROs in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners division) has advised that the mandatory requirement for OCI holders to carry their passport showing the OCI “U” visa when entering or leaving India has been dispensed with. The OCI registration booklet will be required to show their OCI status. To view copy of letter Click HERE.
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