MHA vide their circular No. 26011/06 dated January 29, 2015 OCI (Vol.III) dated September 22, 2017 mentioned that from October, 2018, ICAO will accept only machine readable travel documents, hence, existing PIO Cards, which are handwritten will therefore, become invalid. Thus, it will be necessary upon PIO Cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO Cards. Competent Authority has granted extension of time for re-issuance of OCI cards till 30.6.2021.

(1) i)  Mandatory requirement of re-issuance of an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age is dispensed with. 

(ii) OCI cardholder is required to get the OCI card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age.  

(iii) OCI cardholder is required to upload ONLINE a copy of the new passport and a latest photo each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. The uploading of these documents may be done within three months of receipt of the new passport.  The service will be provided on Gratis basis. 

(iv) Foreign Spouse of an Indian Citizen or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder are required to upload a copy of  the new passport and also a latest photo ONLINE each time a new passport is issued along with a declaration on subsisting of marriage, copy of the Indian passport of the Indian spouse/passport & OCI card of the OCI cardholder spouse. 

(2) 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.

Fees for OCI Services

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New OCI registration

Fresh Application


OCI registration

In Lieu of valid PIO card


OCI registration

In lieu of lost PIO card



Re-issuance of OCI card

In case of issuance of new passport



Re-issuance of OCI card

In case of change of personal particulars



Issuance of duplicate OCI Booklet

In case of mutilated/damaged  OCI card



Issuance of duplicate OCI booklet

In case of loss of OCI Card


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