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GOVT SIMPLIFIES PROCESS TO RE-ISSUE OCI CARDS

GOVT SIMPLIFIES PROCESS TO RE-ISSUE OCI CARDS

Context

The Union Government has decided to simplify the process to re-issue Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards.

Details

  • The (OCI) cardholders will be required to get their document re-issued only once at the age of 20 instead of multiple times needed currently needed to be done currently.
  • A person who has got registration as OCI cardholder prior to attaining the age of 20 years will have to get the OCI card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age.
  • If a person has obtained registration as OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of re-issue of OCI card.

What are OCI cards?

The Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards, which is highly popular among overseas Indians, provides long term visa-free travel and stay in India and gives the cardholders a host of privileges normally not given to a foreign national.

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