In response to the demand for dual citizenship, OCI has been a game-changer since it was implemented in 2005. While PIO has always been around, it lacked many features anticipated by a foreigner of Indian origin. An OCI card operates like an Indian visa, providing you with many of an NRI's advantages. We will cover who should renew their OCI card and how to do it in this post.
What is a card with an OCI?
Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a form of immigration status granted to an Indian-origin foreign national. To legally live and work in India permanently, the OCI card can be used. Since India's Constitution forbids anyone from possessing dual citizenship, this is the closest thing to dual citizenship offered by the Indian government.
An OCI card certifies that you are an Indian-origin international citizen and are authorized to live and work in India. You are eligible for an OCI card through the Indian Home Ministry if:
· You became eligible on Jan. 26, 1950, to become an Indian citizen.
· After Aug. 15, 1947, you belonged to a state or territory that became part of India.
· You are such a person's child/grandchild/great-grandchild.
· You are a minor child of this person mentioned above.
· You are a minor child of the Indian citizenry.
· You are the spouse of an Indian-origin international citizen or an OCI cardholder.
To apply for an OCI Card Renewal passport, you have to meet at least one of the above criteria. When you or your parents are citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh, you are not free.
You must apply to renounce Indian citizenship before applying for an OCI passport because India does not allow dual citizenship. You are expected to surrender it if you have Indian access.
You will enjoy the following privileges once the OCI card is issued to you:
· For visiting India, multiple-entry, multipurpose lifetime visa
· Exemption from specific identification provisions for foreigners
· Benefits, whether financial, economic, or educational, on a par with NRIs
When is it appropriate to renew OCI Cards?
The OCI card is valid for a lifetime and does not need to be re-applied. But the OCI registration certificate and visa must sometimes be re-issued to keep documents up to date. In the following examples, OCI cards need to be renewed:
Fresh Passports issued before 20 years of age
OCI cardholders under the age of 20 are expected to renew their OCI card within a stipulated period each time they obtain a new passport. They have to pay relevant fees as required, along with the renewal of OCI documents.
Fresh passport since turning 50
You must apply for OCI card renewal and have your visa re-issued once you reach 50.
There are no necessary conditions to have your card re-issued for people between the ages of 21 and 50. Similarly, renewing your OCI card every time you get a new passport is unnecessary after the age of 50. With the OCI "U" visa stamp along with your original access, you can display your old ticket, and it will be approved. As of 2015, when your old one expires, it is no longer necessary to have your OCI "U" visa transferred to your new passport. And you're able to relax.
You will fly to India with your expired passport, OCI card, and a new, valid passport if your old passport expires.
In New Records cases
You need to re-apply for OCI registration when you get new documents that affect your old passport and get the new OCI visa with a "U" stamp on it. Charges apply. You are not allowed to take your old ticket with you after you get your new pass.