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  • Minor OCI renewal upon passport renewal and travel query

    Hello,

    My daugthers, who have OCI, have gotten passport renewed 2 times since living in India for the past 9 years. But, we have not renewed the OCI with the updated passport information. We travelled to US about 4 years ago, without any issues as we showed the old passport that was in the OCI.

    I had applied last week for the OCI Misc Services for OCI renewal at FRRO Ahmedabad but my appointment is in a month.
    My issue is that I need to travel end of March.

    My question is that can I travel abroad with the old passports in hand? Will it pose a risk to travel without the updated OCI?

    I am confused whether I should appear for the OCI renewal appointment in mid March as I have been told that once I appear for the appointment, we have to stay in India for a minimum of 3 months until we have OCI card in hand.

    Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you!

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    OCI is needed for entry into India. You may or may not have any issues without the renewal while leaving India but getting back into India can be a problem. As per rules, OCI needs to be renewed for minors if their passport is renewed.

    Originally posted by YogiGirl View Post
    Hello,

    My daugthers, who have OCI, have gotten passport renewed 2 times since living in India for the past 9 years. But, we have not renewed the OCI with the updated passport information. We travelled to US about 4 years ago, without any issues as we showed the old passport that was in the OCI.

    I had applied last week for the OCI Misc Services for OCI renewal at FRRO Ahmedabad but my appointment is in a month.
    My issue is that I need to travel end of March.

    My question is that can I travel abroad with the old passports in hand? Will it pose a risk to travel without the updated OCI?

    I am confused whether I should appear for the OCI renewal appointment in mid March as I have been told that once I appear for the appointment, we have to stay in India for a minimum of 3 months until we have OCI card in hand.

    Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you!

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      YogiGirl See this from CGI San Francisco website: https://www.cgisf.gov.in/docs/160349...t%202020-1.pdf

      They have temporarily waived renewal of OCI cards till June 30th. I would recommend keeping this print-out handy as this is from the Consulate and show it if you face a problem.

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