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US Passport renewed - OCI needs to be renewed ?

Old Oct 28, 19, 2:25 am
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a clarification from the external affairs ministry to the indian embassy in australia, who in turn forward the communication to all airlines in australia, should fix this problem very easily....however, this is easier said that done....our current government is not the best in resolving issues unless it becomes a huge pr opportunity for them....
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Old Oct 30, 19, 8:06 am
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And the PIO card doesn't exist anymore ?
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Old Oct 30, 19, 4:09 pm
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The PIO card does exist, and is deemed valid for travel to India (by Indian immigration authorities) until some time in 2020, at which time all PIO card holders have to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards. (This is something that has been repeatedly pushed back by the Indian government, so who knows, the deadline may move and PIO cards may continue to be valid a lot longer.) However, there is a bigger practical problem with the PIO card in that it is not a machine-readable document (at least most of them) and therefore airlines will often not accept it as a valid travel document. If you can convince the airline it's valid, then it's fine to use it for entry to India.
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Old Oct 30, 19, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
a clarification from the external affairs ministry to the indian embassy in australia, who in turn forward the communication to all airlines in australia, should fix this problem very easily....
It looks like this happened - I believe TIMATIC information for travel to India has been updated to specify that OCI holders need to renew their OCI card only once after they turn 50, which (at least implicitly) means that a mismatch in the passport number is acceptable in these cases. It would be ideal if the TIMATIC information explicitly stated that the old passport need not be carried along too, but I guess this is better than nothing.
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Old Oct 31, 19, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by Bandicoot View Post
It looks like this happened - I believe TIMATIC information for travel to India has been updated to specify that OCI holders need to renew their OCI card only once after they turn 50, which (at least implicitly) means that a mismatch in the passport number is acceptable in these cases. It would be ideal if the TIMATIC information explicitly stated that the old passport need not be carried along too, but I guess this is better than nothing.
great....i'm surprised they did this so quickly....
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Old Oct 31, 19, 4:56 am
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The timatic entries can be viewed here:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/IN-...quirements.htm

U visas are no longer issued to those who have been granted Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) status. Passengers with OCI status must travel with their OCI cards and will not be required to show a "U" visa. Passengers arriving at Delhi (DEL) and traveling without an OCI card are allowed to enter if they have a "U" visa on their old or current passport.
Furthermore, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Cards are no longer being issued. Passengers with PIO status must convert their PIO status to OCI status before the 31 March 2020. From the 31 March 2020, passengers with a PIO card will no longer be allowed to enter.



Passengers with a Registration Certificate/Residential Permit must also travel with the supporting documents allowing them to stay in India, e.g. PIO.
Expired passports are mentioned a few times:

Valid visa stickers in expired passports are acceptable if accompanied by a valid passport of the same nationality of the expired passport. Passengers must have both the expired and the valid passport.



Valid ETA issued on expired passports are accepted if accompanied by a valid passport of the same nationality. Passengers must have both the expired and the valid passport.
The OCI and new passport <20 >50 is now a special warning:

Warning:

Passengers younger than 20 years must apply for a new OCI card every time they get a new passport.
Passengers older than 21 and younger than 49 years are not required to apply for a new OCI card when they get a new passport. They can present the OCI card with a valid passport.
Passengers older than 50 years must apply for a new OCI on the first renewal of the passport after 50 years. If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the passenger is older than 50 years, there is no need to issue a new OCI ever time a new passport is issued.
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Old Nov 7, 19, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by pindi View Post
Please see my post above. I got a new passport after 50 and went to India with my existing OCI. No questions asked. Visa stickers are no longer needed. Don't lose sleep over this one.
https://www.sbs.com.au/language/engl...ights-to-india

Seems babus have woken up and working hard to make "Mera bharat mahan" again
So when it come to sheer Indian bureacratic stupidity Modi and Kangress are on equal footing

You get OCt at age 22, for next 27 years facial changes have no issue to babus.
You get OCI at age 49, within 2 years they need new OCI card (yes, and they claim it is lifetime!!)

Any even then why not just re-issue OCI with new photo and pasport numer>? why does have to go through entire PAINFUL proces all over again?
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Old Nov 7, 19, 11:50 am
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Old Nov 7, 19, 12:43 pm
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But they can look at the passport and match the face!
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Old Nov 11, 19, 9:17 am
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But they can look at the passport and match the face!
if only life were that simple....
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