The renewal/re-issuance of new OCI card will be applicable for the following categories:
In case of issuance of new passport (once a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age.)
In case of change of personal particulars viz. name, father's name, nationality etc.
In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate.
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 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 OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of re-issue of OCI card.
Documents Required for OCI Renewal
Current valid passport, with validity of minimum 6 months at the time of submission of application. (Upload online- Current passport category)- Provide self attestedphotocopy
OCI card or PIO Card (as the case may be) (First and Last Page) (Upload online).Provide Photocopy also
Proof of employment with job description/Proof of own business/Student ID Card/Proof of last employment with job description. (Upload online- Employment Proof Category)- Provide Photocopy also
Address proof (Utility Bill/ Driving Licence copy or any other proof for current address.) (Upload online in similar or any available category)- Provide Photocopy also
Copy of appointment confirmation letter must be attached with each application.
Affidavit for change of Name/Appearance (if any) Original. (Upload online also). Provide Photocopy also
Other documents required on Case to Case basis
For applications of Minor children: Current passport copies of both parents (Upload online)- Provide Photocopy also.
For married applicants: Registered Marriage Certificate or equivalent proof (Indian passport copy on which spouse name is endorsed) AND current passport copy of spouse to endorse nameof spouse in OCI card if not already endorsed in OCI card. (Upload online)-Provide Photocopy also
Foreign Spouse Category OCI Cardholders: Consent letter from spouse if PIO/OCI was obtained on the basis of Indian Origin Spouse AND his/her current passport copy to verifysignatures. (Upload online)- -Provide Photocopy also
For divorced applicants: Copy of Divorce order issued by relevant court (Upload online)- Provide Photocopy also.
Lost OCI Card: A copy of police report/crime reference number/Home Office letter is required along with the application with a declaration from the applicant stating the circumstance in which the documents were lost. (Upload online)-Provide Photocopy also
Note: In case the old passport bearing U-Visa sticker is lost or not available, it is not mandatory to provide its copy. The application will be charged as normalMiscellaneous application and not under Lost case category.
- If the parents are divorced (Application for Minor) : Court order of dissolution of marriage and Child arrangement order which specifically mentions that the full legal custody of the child is with the parent who is applying for the OCI card and that parent can take the child out of UK for any number of days.. If both the parents share joint custody of the child, duly notarized letter from both the parents giving their consent to apply for OCI for child or a specific court order giving permission for issue of OCI to the child with one of the parent. (Upload online) -Provide Photocopy also.
How to renew OCI card in UK?
There are two TYPES of OCI Miscellaneous (Renewal) Services:-
Gratis Service (Free)
Depending upon reason of using Miscellaneous Service options, system will show option to under Gratis or Chargeable Service.
In case when applicants are applying for Passport Particulars updation after getting new passport after 20 years of age, system automatically reflect that service underChargeable Category.
For Gratis Services:-
No form need to be submitted at VFS Centre.
No Fee to be aid.
Completely Online process
New details will be updated in the OCI database and OCI Cardholders can travel easily with same OCI card and current Passport.
- For Chargeable Service: Application along with requisite documents is required to be submitted at VFS centre with prior appointment and payment of Fees. A renewed OCI card will be issued.
How to renew OCI card in UK using Gratis service?
Follow the below steps to apply for renewal of OCI services in UK.
Visit OCI Services website
Click on "OCI Miscellaneous Service" option and then click "Proceed" on right bottom corner.
Read instructions on next page and click on "Accept" button
On the next screen, read the details (INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT) and enter Captcha and click on "Enter" button.
On the next screen, Click on "Fill new Miscellaneous Application" button.
In the next pop-up screen, provide
Passport number as mentioned in OCI Card.
OCI Card number starting with A. (e.g. A123456)
Enter Date of Birth as in OCI card.and then click on "Proceed" button.
In the next screen , Kindly update your email address by selecting "Edit Email ID" option
There are four options and applicants are required to select one of them
Change of Personal Particulars(Video) Update OCI information for new passport
Loss/damage of OCI Certificate/Visa
Passport Particulars Updation
- Address/ Occupation Updation
Kindly select one of these options. Please note the service selected might be Chargeable (Mentioned clearly above the service) - (In some cases Change of Passport Particulars is alsochargeable as the applicant became above 20 years of age.)
DocumentsRequired forGratis Services
Applicants are required to upload CLEAR photo/signature in JPEG Format only
Signature: Above 5 years old need to sign or write their name & then upload.
Thumb Impression: Child 5 years or below need to upload Left hand thumb impression in blue/black ink
For Passport particulars updation: upload current passport copy (alongwith signature page)
For Address/Occupation Updation: No document is required to be uploaded.
In case OCI is obtained on the basis of Spouse: Current Passport copy of spouse (alongwith signature page) and Consent letter from Spouse/Declaration Form.4
Following are the dimensions required for OCI documents.
The height and width of the Applicant Photo must be equal.
The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height).
The maximum dimensions are 1500 pixels (width) x 1500 pixels (height).
The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3.
The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height).
The maximum dimensions are 1500 pixels (width) x 500 pixels (height).
Supporting documents in PDF format (Max size 1000kb).
How to renew OCI card in UK using the Chargeable Services?
When to use this service for renewal of OCI:
Change of name/date of birth/nationality/marital status or any other change in personal particulars with or without change of passport.
Lost/damage of oci booklet with/without change of personal particulars.
Note: Select change of personal particulars option in case oci is lost as well as there are changes in personal particulars as well or change of passport as well
Follow the below stepsto renew OCI cardusingtheChargeable Services.
The applicant shall submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents, photograph and signature (in the case of minorswho cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application.
Applicants are required to upload all the documents with the online application. An application without all the supporting documents uploaded online will not be accepted.
One copy of supporting documents needs to be submitted with the application.
An application submitted online for more than 180 days cannot be accepted at VFS.In such case, applicants are required to refill the online application again.
OCI Renewal Appointment
The applicant can then submit duly signed application form (ensuring uploading of all supporting documents), 1 photograph, 2 pre-paid self addressed envelopes at nearestVFS centre with prior appointment.
- Appointment can only be done through the linkhttps://www.hcilondon.gov.in/appointment/
All the Original documents except current passport need to be submitted alongwith the application. Fees will be charged by VFS (by Cash/Card) at the time of submission ofapplication.
- After acknowledgement of application at High Commission, all the original documents submitted with application will be returned in one of the self-addressed envelope provided.
Photo should be square shape of size not less than 51 X 51 mm (with 70-80% coverage of face). It should have plain light colour background (not white) without the border with frontview of person's head and shoulders showing full face in middle of the photograph. it should not be stapled and not have any signatures.
Signature - Height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3. If child below 5 years is unable to sign, then thumb impressions (left hand) with
Blue/Black Ink only will have to be uploaded. Minor children who are able to sign/write their names should do so and it should be uploaded. Parents need to sign in the relevant space inthe application form.
(Note: Photo submitted must be same as uploaded online with the application. Please also check if the signature printed on the OCI application are clear and of adequate size as per SamplePhoto/Signatures below.)
OCI Renewal Fees in UK
Fees details for OCI Applications:-
OCI Renewal Fee is £21.00
OCI Renewal (Lost Case) is £75.00
VFS Charges are £7.44
SMS Charges are £2.00
- Courier Fees per envelope (Charged by VFS if special delivery envelopes not provided by applicant) are £ 15.00 (Express one day delivery) or£ 8.00 (3 days delivery)
OCI card will be couriered back to the applicant in self address envelope.
Track Status of OCI Renewal Application in UK
Follow the below steps to checkthe status of OCI Renewal application.
VisitOCI Services website.
Click on Status Enquiry.
Click on Proceed.
Enter Passport Number and File Reference Number
Enter the captcha
Click on Get Status to get OCI renewal status.
You can track the status ofapplicationonly if your application gets acknowledged at Indian Mission/FRRO.Once acknowledged, applicant’saction is completed. Application will be approved by Ministry after 40-50 days of acknowledgement.
For gratis services, a file number ending with U21 will be issued. Applicants will also receive email notification for the same.
No print of this application is required.
No new OCI will be issued. Same OCI card can be used with new Passport
- No form submission at Indian High Commission/Indian Consulate or VFS Centre.
This is a completely online process. Records will be updated in 40-50 days and applicants will receive a System Generated Email about successful updation of their OCIRecords. OCI cardholder are then use their current Passport and same OCI card for their future travel to/from India.
If application is REJECTED, applicants are required to apply again using the procedure detailed above and removing the reason of rejection of their earlierapplication. A new File number ending with U21 will be issued.
NOTE: Please do not fill multiple applications, as system will automatically delete multiple applications.
OCI Renewal Processing Time in UK
For OCI Renewal (chargeable services), the processing time is 6 weeks.
How do I renew my OCI card after 50?
Renewal is required only once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age
Old rules to renew the OCI card each time a new passport is issued and after completing 50 years of age is cancelled.
Can OCI be renewed online?
OCI can be renewed online throughOCI Services websiteas mentioned in thebeginning of the article.
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What should be done for issuance of duplicate OCI documents in case of loss of OCI registration certificate and/or U-visa?
In case of loss of OCI documents, file a complaint with the Police authorities and enclose a copy of the complaint with the hard copy of the application.
In case of loss/damage of OCI documents, what is the procedure for grant of duplicate OCI documents?
The duplicate OCI documents shall be granted only after personal interview. The date and time of personal interview shall be intimated by the concerned Indian Mission/Post/Office.
Can an OCI Card holder renounce his OCI status?
Yes, he/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgment in Form XXII A.
I have a valid OCI Card and a valid foreign passport. Is there any minimum validity specified for my foreign passport?
You will be allowed entry into India if you have a valid OCI Card and a valid foreign passport. You do not need to carry the old passport on which your U (OCI) Visa was stamped, if that happens to be different from your current passport.
My child is 5 years old, he has OCI. Now he got a new passport. Can he travel with old passport and OCI? Or he has to renew OCI
No. There is no need to renew OCI card upto age of 20 years. He has to upload his Photo and Passport (upto the age of 20 years) online under OCI Miscellaneous services each time a new Passport is issued.