How To Check OCI With New Passport?

If you have a new passport you can check your OCI by going through the official website of the government of India. OCI service, which stands for the Overseas Citizen of India service, is a unique service which grants foreign nationals citizenship of India without losing citizenship of their original countries.

Of course, one has to ensure that he meets the criteria for this service because it is not open to everyone. It is like a win-win situation in which India benefits from you, and you also benefit from India.

You do not even have to be in the country to apply for OCI, you can apply, and check your status from wherever in the world you may be.

How To Check OCI With New Passport

To check your OCI status with your new passport, you need to go to the designated website created by the government of India for this purpose. The website is https://ociservices.gov.in/statusEnqury ; when you enter that into your browser, you give it a few seconds, and then you are met with a simple webpage.

The dialogue is simple; you will find two boxes lined on top of each other. The top one says “Enter Passport Number,” and that is where you will put in the passport number found on your new passport.

The bottom box says “File Reference Number”; there you will put the reference number you were given when you made your application.

There is also a captcha box below; where you will type in a random combination of letters and figures.

Please note that the service to check status of OCI is only available to those who have made their applications at Indian Missions and FRROs.

Additional Things To Note

OCI reissuance after getting a new passport differs according to circumstances. You have to check what matches your exact circumstances so as to know what applies to you.

If you are 19 years of age or younger, a copy of the current passport and current passport-sized photo must be re-uploaded onto the OCI online portal. You have to do this every time you get a new passport. As long as you have uploaded the documents your OCI will remain valid, and so there is no need to re-issue it.

For applicants who are aged between 20 to 49 years, they have to re-apply for the OCI in the same manner. They have to upload the old passport, as well as the new one, and also a recent passport photo. They only need to have the OCI re-issued the first time a new passport is issued after the age of 20.

For applicants who are 50 years of age or older, when they get a new passport; they need to upload a copy of their current passport, as well as a copy of their current passport-sized photo to the OCI online. This is only for the first time they get a new passport after crossing the age of 50. However, their OCI card will remain valid.

Are You Interested In Getting OCI?

The first thing to note is that the OCI card is not exactly a citizenship; Indian law does not permit dual citizenship. As a result, you cannot vote, or seek political office. However, with the OCI, one can get multiple visa free entry into India, without having to register with the FRRO.

This document is a kind of permanent residency that grants one most of the privileges of citizens in the country.

OCI holders will therefore pay the same fares and fees as Indian Nationals for most things such as national parks, air transport, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments, museums, and historical sites.

This document does not grant you the right to invest in farmland or other forms of agriculture, but you can still inherit farmland.

For your OCI to be valid, you must always have a valid international passport. If your international passport expires while you are living in India through OCI, you may pay up to 20,000 Rupees at the FRRO office.

Are You Eligible For OCI?

The OCI program is not thrown open to everyone; there are a few requirements which one must meet so as to be eligible for this.

You can get OCI if you are a citizen of another country, but were a citizen of India on 26 January 1950, or after that time.

You can get OCI if you are a citizen of another country, but come from a territory that later became part of India after 15 August 1947.

You can get OCI even if you were not a citizen but were eligible for citizenship as at 26 January 1950.

You can get OCI if you are a child or a grandchild or a great-grandchild of an Indian citizen.

You can get OCI if you are a minor child of any of the categories of persons mentioned above.

You can get OCI as a minor child if one or both parents are citizens of India.

You can get OCI if your spouse is an Indian Citizen, or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holder; as long as you have been married for at least two continuous years as at the time of application.

If you have served in the military of your country; unless by statutory obligation, you are not eligible for OCI.

If you are a citizen of Bangladesh or Pakistan, or if your parents or grandparents, or great grand parents are from those countries, you are not eligible for OCI.

If you are from The Netherlands, or Suriname, and you trace your origins to India, even up to the sixth generation, then you are eligible for OCI.

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Summary

You can check your OCI status by going to the website provided in the body of the article. Then you would need to provide your old passport number, as well as the new passport number. However, it is not always necessary for the OCI to be re-issued.

This is usually determined by age- please go over the article again to know whether you need to have your OCI re-issued after getting a new passport.

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