The Union government of India has decided to simplify he process of reissuing of OCI cards
Bengaluru: In a development that can be seen as a great news for Overseas Indian card holders, the Union government has simplified the process of reissuing them.
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.
But now, there is a change. It has now been decided that this process will be dispensed with, as per a statement released by Union home ministry.
With a view to update the data regarding new passports obtained by the OCI cardholder, 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 3 months of receipt of the new passport, the statement adds.
For those registered as OCI cardholder as spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India
The statement notes that the person concerned will be required to upload on the system, a copy of the new passport containing the photo of the passport holder and also a latest photo along with a declaration that their marriage is still subsisting each time a new passport is issued. These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder spouse within three months of receipt of his/ her new passport.
The details will be updated on the system and an auto acknowledgement through e-mail will be sent to the OCI cardholder informing that the updated details have been taken on record. There will be no restriction on the OCI cardholder to travel to/ from India during the period from the date of issue of new passport till the date of final acknowledgement of his/ her documents in the web-based system.
The changes have been incorporated on the suggestions of Union home minister Amit Shah.
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Last Updated Apr 16, 2021, 1:12 PM IST