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Press release on Relaxation in OCI Guidelines till 30th June 2020

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December 18, 2019

  1. The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005:

    • OCI card needs to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.
    • OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.
    • Re-issuance of OCI card is not required each time a passport is issued to a cardholder between 21 and 50 years of age.
  2. This is to inform that Government of India has decided to grant temporary relaxation till 30th June 2020 in the following cases:

    (i) In case an OCI card holder below the age of 20 years has not got OCI card re-issued on change of passport, he/she may travel on the strength of his/her existing OCI card bearing old passport number subject to the condition that along with the new passport, the OCI cardholder carries old passport mentioned in the OCI card.

    (ii) In case an OCI card holder who has attained the age of 50 years and got his/her passport renewed subsequently but has not got his/her OCI card re-issued on renewal of passport, he/she may travel till June 30, 2020 on the strength of existing OCI card along-with the new and old passports.

  3. It is, however, advised that OCI cardholders may take steps to comply with the existing OCI guidelines in Para 1 above and renew their OCI cards as required by the rules.
New Delhi
December 18, 2019