About Us Relaxation of OCI Guidelines

Embassy of India

Relaxation on re-issuance of OCI card till 31st December, 2022 

The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005:

i. OCI card needs to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years.

ii. OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age.

iii. 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 further inform that Government of India has decided to grant temporary relaxation till 31st December, 2022 in the following case:

OCI cardholderswho are required to get their OCI card re-issued once a new passport is issued after completing the age of 20 years, are given further time to do so by 31st December, 2022. Such OCI cardholders will be allowed to travel with their existing OCI cards bearing old passport numbers along with a new passport.

3. This 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.

For more information, please visit www.ociservices.gov.inor write to oci.berne@mea.gov.in.

January 05, 2022