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Reissue / Transfer of OCI card

NOTE: The following instructions should be read carefully and followed while applying for reissue of OCI card. Incomplete application with any column left blank or without one or more required documents is liable to be returned to the applicant, resulting in avoidable delays.

In case of OCI cards issued after October, 2015, no ‘U’ visa sticker is affixed on passports. Instead there is an endorsement saying “Visa type – LIFE LONG” on the first page of OCI card itself. An OCI card holder needs to carry valid foreign passport and valid OCI card in order to enter and stay in India.

High Commission of India, Wellington accepts applications only from applicants present in New Zealand, Samoa and Niue at the time of applying. OCI application can also be made while in India with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office.

Non-New Zealand foreign nationals residing in New Zealand on long term visa / residence visa may also apply for reissue of OCI card with High Commission of India, Wellington.

If, after applying for OCI Card, there is a change in the address of the applicant, it is the responsibility of the applicant to immediately inform the High Commission of India about the change in address and to send a fresh self-addressed registered courier bag with tracking facility for the OCI card to be despatched to her / him. If this is not done, High Commission of India assumes no responsibility for the delay in delivery / loss of OCI card.

  1. i) When to apply for reissue of OCI card

  2. ii) How to apply for reissue of OCI

  3. iii) Mode of payment of fees

  4. iv) Reissue against a lost / damaged OCI card or because of lost / damaged passport carrying ‘U’ Visa sticker

  5. v) Where to send the application

  6. vi) Acknowledgement

  7. vii) Processing timeframe

  8. viii) Application status enquiry

  9. ix) Despatch of OCI card

I. When to apply for reissue of OCI card:

Reissue / transfer of OCI is MANDATORY in the following cases:

  1. i) Each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age

  2. ii) Once after completion of 50 years of age

  3. iii) In case of change of personal particulars, e.g. change of nationality, change of name in the passport, etc.

  4. iv) Change in name after marriage

  5. v) In case of loss / damage of OCI Card

Reissue of OCI Card is NOT mandatory but only optional in the following cases:

  1. i) Each time a new passport is issued between 20-50 years of age.

  2. ii) If OCI card is issued once after 50 years of age, there is no need to have it reissued every time the passport changes.

II. How to apply for reissue of OCI card:

  1. i) Register online at the link http://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome under OCI Miscellaneous Services.

  1. ii) Complete the application form and upload photograph, signatures and the following documents after getting them attested by Justice of Peace (JP):

  1.         a) Copies of current OCI booklet and U-visa sticker for cancellation

  2.         b) First and last pages and visa page of old and new passports.

  3.         c) Marriage Certificate, if required for adding spouse name.

  4.         d) In case of change of name on the new passport, documents supporting the same.

  5.      e) In case of lost / stolen OCI card, copy of police report indicating the OCI card number and a letter explaining the circumstances of loss.

  1. iii) Specification guidelines for uploading of documents: The maximum size allowed for a document file is 500 kb. The document file must be in PDF format. (For sake of comparison, an A-4 size page document colour scanned at 100 dots per inch resolution will generate a file of about 200-250 kb). Each category of document must be uploaded in a single file.

  1. iv) Guidelines for uploading of photo: The image must be in JPEG or JPG format with maximum size of 200 KB. The minimum resolution of the photo must be 360 pixels (width) X 360 pixels (height) and the maximum resolution must be 900 pixels (width) X 900 pixels (height).

  1. v) Guidelines for uploading the signatures: The signatures must be in jpeg or jpg format with maximum size of 200 KB. The height and width of the signature photo must have aspect ration of 3:1. The minimum resolution of the signature photo must be 360 pixels (width) X 120 pixels (height) and the maximum resolution must be 900 pixels (width) X 300 pixels (height).

Please watch the following video for uploading photo and signatures:

vi) Documents required to be sent to the High Commission of India after uploading them:

  1.       a) One copy of the duly signed application form for each applicant.

  2.       b) Original existing OCI booklet and U-visa sticker for cancellation

  3.       c) JP attested copies of old passport and new passport

  4.       d) JP attested copy of Marriage certificate, if required for adding spouse name.

  5.       e) Name change documents in case of change of name on new passport.

  6.      f) Copy of Police Report along with an explanatory letter in case of lost / stolen / misplaced OCI card. The police report must mention the OCI card number.

  7.      g) Prescribed fees of NZ $ 45 in case of reissue of OCI card and NZ $ 150 in case of loss / damage of OCI card. (The fee shall not be refunded if the application is rejected for whatever reasons.)

  8.    h) Two photographs of size 2 inches X 2 inches with light background, showing full frontal face and shoulders covering 80% of the picture. Photograph should NOT be stapled or signed.

  9.     i) Self-addressed registered courier envelope with tracking facility for returning the new OCI card once it is ready.

  10.     j) OCI Miscellaneous Services checklist given at the link
    http://www.hciwellington.gov.in/docs/MOCI%20Booklet%20Feb%202018.pdf

III. Mode of payment of fees: Fees can be paid either through ‘Banker’s cheque’ drawn in favour of “High Commission of India, Wellington” or through cash at the High Commission counter. Credit / Debit cards / EFTPOS are NOT acceptable.

IV. Reissue against a lost / damaged OCI card or because of lost / damaged passport carrying ‘U’ Visa sticker:

  1. i) New OCI card will be granted only after personal interview. Date and time of interview will be intimated by email only after receipt of hard copy of the application. Please attend the interview along with required documents.

  2. ii) In case of issuance of duplicate OCI documents for damaged documents, please surrender the damaged documents. In case only one OCI card has been lost, the other documents shall be surrendered.

V. Where to send the application: Completed application along with JP Attested documents, existing OCI card and prescribed fees may be sent to

OCI Services

High Commission of India

Ranchhod Tower, Level-2, 102-112, Lambton Quay,

Wellington-6011,

New Zealand.

VI. Acknowledgement: OCI applications complete in all respects will be acknowledged within 10-12 working days. For acknowledgement, please use your Registration number NZLWK_ _ _ _ _18 and your new passport number at https://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnquiry.

VII. Processing timeframe: OCI reissue application is processed in approximately 40 days from the date of receipt of completed hard copy of the application along with required documents and fees. Applicants are advised to make their firm bookings / travel plans only after issue of OCI card.

If the requisite service(s) have been granted, please contact the High Commission of India, Wellington after 10 days of dispatch of documents from Delhi on any day after receipt of documents at the High Commission, whichever is earlier.

VIII. Application status enquiry:

  1. i) For online status enquiry, please visit: https://passport.gov.in/ociEnqury (does not work) and quote the Registration Number of File (Acknowledgement) number.

  1. ii) Once the status enquiry shows “Documents received at Wellington”, applicants must send a prepaid registered courier bag with tracking facility, if not sent earlier.

  1. iii) If there are any objections / deficiencies in the application, the same will be displayed on the Online Status Enquiry. Please follow the instructions and send the requisite documents to the High Commission of India, Wellington quoting the Acknowledgement / File number.

IX. Despatch of OCI card: Once the OCI card is ready, the same will be desppatched to the applicant in the self-addressed registered courier bag with tracking facility and High Commission assumes no responsibility for delay / damage / loss of OCI card in transit.

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