Saturday, April 17, 2021

OCI Renewal requirements relaxed India April 2021

 Modi Government Simplifies the process for re-issue of OCI Cards 

Decision Expected to Facilitate OCI Card Holders


In a decision that is expected to significantly ease the process for re-issue of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards, the Modi Government has decided to simplify the process. This decision has been taken on the directions of the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah.


The OCI Card has proved to be very popular amongst foreigners of Indian Origin and spouses of foreign origin of Indian citizens or OCI cardholders, as it helps them in hassle-free entry and unlimited stay in India. So far about 37.72 lakh OCI Cards have been issued by the Government of India.


As per the extant law, a foreigner of Indian origin or a foreign spouse of an Indian citizen or foreign spouse of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder, can be registered as an OCI cardholder.  OCI card is a life-long visa for entry into and stays in India with a number of other major benefits attached to it that are not available to other foreigners. 


Presently, the OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age, in view of biological changes in the face of the applicant.   With a view to facilitating the OCI cardholders, it has now been decided by the Government of India to dispense with this requirement.   A person who has got registration as an 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 an OCI cardholder after attaining the age of 20 years, there will be no requirement of re-issue of an OCI card.


With a view to updating the data regarding new passports obtained by the OCI cardholder, it has been decided that he/she shall upload a copy of the new passport containing his/her photo and also the latest photo on the online OCI portal, each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age.  These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder within 3 months of receipt of the new passport. 


However, in the case of those who have been registered as OCI cardholder as the spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or an OCI cardholder, the person concerned will be required to upload on the system, a copy of the new passport containing the photo of the passport holder and also the latest photo along with a declaration that their marriage is still subsisting each time a new passport is issued.   These documents may be uploaded by the OCI cardholder spouse within three months of receipt of his/ her new passport. 


The details will be updated on the system and an auto acknowledgment through e-mail will be sent to the OCI cardholder informing that the updated details have been taken on record.   There will be no restriction on the OCI cardholder to travel to/ from India during the period from the date of issue of new passport till the date of final acknowledgment of his/ her documents in the web-based system. 


All the above services of uploading documents will be provided on the gratis basis to the OCI cardholders.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Festivals of India- Kumbh Mela, Holi, Diwali, Nav ratri, Durga Puja, Ganesh Visarjan

India's philosophy is: The World is one family- Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं. Indian Greeting is Namaste. You join two hands and bow to the other person. Namaste means I bow to the good/god in you. I respect you. I accept you. No other greeting in the world is probably as meaningful as Namaste. You start with visioning the world as one family. Then you respect and accept everyone you meet or come across. Festivals do the rest. Most festivals in the world are internal or limited to family- Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. India opens up its festival. They are celebrated beyond an individual or a family. The community becomes a family and celebrated the festivals. Kumbh Mela- Millions come to one place and create the largest makeover city on the planet to celebrate Kumbh Mela. Holi,. Navaratri, Ganesh Visarjan. Enjoy some clips and see how India, even though it is probably the most diverse nation on the planet, how it becomes one and celebrates festivals with fun, food, and friends, alongside the religious significance.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Indian Embassy in US to accept online applications for visa, passport, OCI services from today Nov 04, 2020.

Indian Embassy in US to accept online applications for visa, passport, OCI services from today The Indian Embassy at Washington DC, US will accept online applications for visa, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), renunciation, passport and Global Entry Programme (GEP) services through a new service provider, VFS Global, with effect from today (November 4). The Embassy release stated, "With effect from 4 November 2020 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), Embassy of India, Washington DC will accept online applications for OCI, Renunciation, Passport and GEP services through new service provider, VFS Global." https://www.timesnownews.com/business-economy/industry/article/indian-embassy-in-us-to-accept-online-applications-for-visa-passport-oci-services-from-today/677083