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QUESTIONS about OCI re-issue

Old Jan 10, 20, 6:45 pm
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QUESTIONS about OCI re-issue

Have checked all threads until beginning of 2019 but could not get answer to these two questions
Also looked up CKGS website and its detailed PDF files

Question is about re-issue of OCI upon acquiring new passpoert after age 50 when OCI was obtained before age 50

q1. Do you need to send in your new US passport or notorized copy is sufficient? (for new OCI, passport is needed - questions about re-issue)

q2. Do you need to send in your old OCI booklet/card? (rendering you unable to travel to India while CKGS/GoI take their time issuing new OCI card/booklet)
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Old Jan 11, 20, 2:42 am
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not sure about the first question but just to be on the safe side i would send in the passport....dealing with the indian government, its better do send in more documents than less....

i checked with my uncle regarding the second question as he recently had his oci renewed after turning 50....he said they asked for the old booklet....
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Old Jan 12, 20, 5:10 pm
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Here is the answer as of Jan 2020:

a) No need to send original US passport for Re-Issue of OCI card
- Need "Affidavit in Lieu of Original" form notarized
- Copies of 1st page and Endorsement page(s) (even if blank) need to be sent

b) Unfortunately, original OCI booklet (officially called OCI Card) DOES need to be sent
(which means you cannot travel while "Re-Issue" is taking place)

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Old Jan 15, 20, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by desi View Post
Here is the answer as of Jan 2020:

a) No need to send original US passport for Re-Issue of OCI card
- Need "Affidavit in Lieu of Original" form notarized
- Copies of 1st page and Endorsement page(s) (even if blank) need to be sent

b) Unfortunately, original OCI booklet (officially called OCI Card) DOES need to be sent
(which means you cannot travel while "Re-Issue" is taking place)
Maybe get a visitor visa as a backup?
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Old Jan 17, 20, 2:02 pm
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Maybe get a visitor visa as a backup?
Regular visitor visa need something caled "surrender" or "renunciation" certificate which people who obtained US citizenship decades ago (30+ years) dont have it.

It seems new e-Visa does not require renunciation (someone else can confirm) based on a dummy application.
But website immihelp reports issues with having BOTH eVisa and OCI

6 years of Modi govt. Seems like beuractratic nonsense is actually increasing rather than decrease that was promised.

No one has exlained the need for getting new OCI card within age 49 to 51 but no need between 21 to 49 or 51 to 99.
a) They cud easily make reissue mandatory for everyone every 10 years (but just the ID card, not entire process)
b) They should not take away old card until new card is ready for shipment. (in wich case you are unable to fly just 48 hours irrespective of processing backup)
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I expect questions about OCI will be pointless at some point if some in the Indian government get their way.

Scrapping OCI is not beyond the realm of possibility if some in the government get their way.

When pushed for an explanation of why, babus and netas usually come up with some reason for doing whatever bureaucratic ridiculousness they instituted or sidestep the issue.

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Old Jan 25, 20, 9:09 am
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If OCI card was first issued after age 50, is it required to be renewed after getting a new passport?
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Old Jan 25, 20, 12:11 pm
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If you get a new passport and you are older than 50 you need to get your OCI card reissued with an updated picture and the new passport info.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by oneworldflyer View Post
If OCI card was first issued after age 50, is it required to be renewed after getting a new passport?
No.

By now, several websites of Indian Govt (including Embassy) have spelled out (ridiculosly illogical) requirements very clearly.

You are good until some idiot babu changes rules again.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
If you get a new passport and you are older than 50 you need to get your OCI card reissued with an updated picture and the new passport info.
Oliver,
Your statement is valid ONLY when your current OCI card was issued before you turning 50.

For example:

CASE 1:
You get your US passport at age 41
You get OCI at age 49.
Get new US passport at age 51
You need to re-issue your OCI (even though your OCI is just 2 years old)

CASE 2:
You got US passport at age 43.
You got OCI at age 51.
Get new US passport at age 53 and 63 and 73 and 83 and 93...
No need to do anything. Even your 6th passport at age 93, you dont need to do anything.
(of course by then some babu will come up with some other rules)

The explanation from bureacratic babu that this requirement is due to facial changes is so ridiculous.
How come facial changes from 21 to 49 or from 51 to 99 dont matter but one between 49 and 51 matters??
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Old Jan 28, 20, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by desi View Post
It seems new e-Visa does not require renunciation (someone else can confirm) based on a dummy application.
But website immihelp reports issues with having BOTH eVisa and OCI
Confirmed, e-Visa does not require renunciation

No issues with having both eVisa and OCI. My wife applied for eVisa right after she received US citizenship and passport last year. Then applied for renunciation and OCI a few months later. No issues whatsoever.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 9:27 pm
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Confirmed, e-Visa does not require renunciation

No issues with having both eVisa and OCI. My wife applied for eVisa right after she received US citizenship and passport last year. Then applied for renunciation and OCI a few months later. No issues whatsoever.
Has your wife travelled to India with new OCI and eVisa? (both active)
Issue reported is not with obtaining one while in possession of the other. That part is easy as two issing parties are totally different.
Problems reported on immihelp was on entry/exit (agian, mangable problems)
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Originally Posted by desi View Post
Has your wife travelled to India with new OCI and eVisa? (both active)
Issue reported is not with obtaining one while in possession of the other. That part is easy as two issing parties are totally different.
Problems reported on immihelp was on entry/exit (agian, mangable problems)
Know someone who travelled to India just when the issues happened with airlines.
She took a evisa as a backup ( just in case the airline created a fuss) but entered india using her OCI .
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Old Feb 12, 20, 6:05 am
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question for those with their oci on their old passport....

my sister came to india earlier this week....she got a new passport earlier this year & her oci is still on her old passport....during check-in she was informed that from june onward the oci needs to be on the current passport....

does anyone know whats the latest on this rule????
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Old Feb 12, 20, 6:31 am
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The current exemption is till June 2020.

To all OCI Card Holders travelling to India, please note of the following information pertaining to the OCI Card relaxation reissuance:
  • Passengers with an overseas citizen of India (OCI) Card younger than 21 years must have both passports when the passport number in the OCI Card does not much the one in the valid passport.
  • Passengers with an overseas citizen of India (OCI) Card 50 years or older must have both passports when the passport number in the OCI does not match the one in the valid passport
This relaxation has been temporarily granted by the Government of India until 30th June 2020.
https://qatarairways.zendesk.com/hc/...Bound-to-India
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