OCI – Renewal Guidelines

India government has updated rules regarding OCI card renewal process for minors. According to the recent relaxation in requirements for OCI Card Reissue:

(i) OCI cardholder is required to upload ONLINE a copy of the new passport and a recent photo (not more than 30 days old) each time a new passport is issued.  The uploading of these documents may be done within three months of receipt of the new passport. This does not involve any submission of documents through the Outsourcing Service Provider/Consulate and will be free of cost. New OCI card will NOT be issued.

(ii) However, the only exception to the above is mandatory re-issue of the OCI card when an applicant gets  a new passport issued after completing 20 years of age. In this process, applicant will need to fill application form online under OCI Miscellaneous Services and get a new OCI card reissued from their nearby Indian consulate.

(iii)    Foreign spouse of an Indian Citizen or spouse of an OCI cardholder is required to upload a copy of the new passport and a recent photo ONLINE each time a new passport is issued, along with other supporting documents.

The above is the current guidelines as of Jan 1, 2023, subject to change by the Indian Consulate.