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Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) : Recent Changes

Overseas Citizens of India (OCI):

Union Home Ministry has clarified that the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) will not be required to register for a fresh OCI card every time a new passport is issued in their name.

  • At present, the OCI card is required to be reissued each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 “in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant”.

As per the latest changes:

  • A person who has got registration as an OCI cardholder prior to attaining the age of 20 years will have to get the OCI card reissued only once when a new passport is issued after his/her completing 20 years of age, so as to capture his/her facial features on attaining adulthood.
  • If a person has obtained registration as an OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of the reissue of the OCI card.

OCI cardholders:

  • The government of India launched the ‘Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme’ by making amendments to Citizenship Act, 1955 in 2005.
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