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Instructions about re-issuance of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card

(MHA O.M. No.26011/Misc/181/2019-OCI dated 22.03.2021)

  • The time line for re-issuance of OCI cards in r/o OCI card holders, who may be required to get their OCI card reissued, has been extended until 31.12.2021

  • Requirement of carrying old and new passports along with the OCI card has been done away. Henceforth, the OCI card holders travelling on the strength of their existing OCI card bearing old passport number are not required to carry their old passport. However, carrying of new passport is mandatory.


A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26th January 1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26th January 1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August 1947 and his/her children and grand children, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor Children of such persons are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

Application Form and Procedure:

A family consisting of spouses and upto two minor children can apply in the same Form i.e. Form XIX.

This form can be filled in online only and downloaded from the

Website: https://passport.gov.in/oci/

Fees charged for OCI and related services may be seen in the fee schedule herein below.

Part B can be downloaded and filled in by hand in BLOCK LETTERS.

The following documents must be enclosed in each application:

  •  Proof of present citizenship. In case application is filled in India, a copy of valid visa/Residential permit for a minimum valid period of three months should also be enclosed.

  •  Evidence of self or parents or grand parents,

  1. a. being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or

  2. b. belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August 1947; or

  3. c. being Citizen of India on or after 26th January 1950.

These could be:

  1. i. Copy of the Indian Passport; or

  2. ii. Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the competent authority; or

  3. iii. Any other proof

    •   Evidence of relationship as parent/grand parent, if their

Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI.

Prior Permission of the Government of India is required by the OCI Card holders for undertaking mountaineering expeditions, missionary activities, research work and visit to the restricted/ protected area.

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