Indian government grants temporary relaxation to OCI card holders

In a bid to help Overseas Citizen of India card holders, the Indian government has decided to grant temporary relaxation to OCI Card holders in certain cases till June 30, 2020, according to the Consulate General of India in New York.

In case an OCI card holder, below the age of 20 years, has not got the 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.

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

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 also 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.

It is, however, advised, the consulate said Dec. 18 in a press release, that OCI cardholders may take steps to comply with the existing OCI guidelines and renew their OCI cards as required by the rules.

News reports said last month that instances have been brought to government’s notice that people traveling with OCI card with renewed/new passports are facing difficulties.

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