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Revised guidelines for re-issuance of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
Government of India has revised instructions/guidelines on ‘Re-issuance of OCI cards due to Issuance of new foreign passports to OCI cardholders.’
(i)     Mandatory requirement of re-issuance of an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age is dispensed with. 
(ii)     OCI cardholder is required to get the OCI card re-issued only once when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age so as to capture his/her facial features.  
(iii)    OCI cardholder is required to upload ONLINE a copy of the new passport and a latest photo each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age.  The uploading of these documents may be done within three months of receipt of the new passport.  The service will be provided on Gratis (no cost/free)  basis. 
(iv)    Foreign Spouse of an Indian Citizen or spouse of foreign origin of an OCI cardholder are required to upload a copy of the new passport and also a latest photo ONLINE each time a new passport is issued along with a declaration on subsisting of marriage, copy of the Indian passport of the Indian spouse/passport & OCI card of the OCI cardholder spouse. 
2. Necessary changes to upload documents in the OCI portal to facilitate above services to OCI cardholders will be done soon.
3.    In the meanwhile, the timeline for re-issuance of OCI card in r/o OCI cardholders who may be required to get their OCI card re-issued has been extended till 31 December, 2021. The OCI card holders travelling on the strength of their existing OCI card bearing old passport number are not required to carry their old passport. However, carrying of new passport is mandatory.

Important information: OCI card holders do not entitle to carry out research, missionary work, mountaineering, tabligh and journalistic activities without prior permission.

From 23rd November 2015, all applicants for registration as OCI cardholder or for OCI Miscellaneous services are requested to follow the procedure mentioned below:
  • The applicant shall submit the application forms online ( www.ociservices.gov.in.) and upload the requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application.
  • Originals of the supporting documents have to be shown at the Embassy for prior verification or at the time of collection.
  • If there is any deficiency in the application/uploaded documents/photograph, the Embassy will inform the applicant by email. The applicant may then submit the required documents to the Embassy or will take necessary action to upload the same on the online system.
  • When the application is uploaded after verification of documents and processed by the Embassy, the applicant will get an auto email informing 'Application received and is under process'. 
  • If any applicant has to renounce his/her Indian citizenship, the application for renouncing of Indian citizenship should be submitted separately before applying for OCI card.
  • Applicants who may have difficulty in filling up the applications forms can call embassy within the telephone hours or can send an e-mail to the embassy so that they can be given necessary assistance. 

The telephone numbers and email address are given below: 
            Tel: 08-68432100
            Email: oci[dot]stockholm[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

The form can be downloaded from the website www.ociservices.gov.in.

  • The Overseas Citizens of India card holders, while travelling to India, must carry the OCI booklet and their passport having "U" visa sticker if OCI booklet issued before 5th October 2015. Please note that now there is no more stickers are issued for the passport. It is only the OCI card that is valid.
  • An individual, who has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, is not eligible for OCI Card
  • Under Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship. In view of these provisions, PIOs, intending to apply for OCI/PIO Cards and Visa, should surrender their Indian passports, obtain Renunciation Certificates and then apply for these services. This would also be applicable to the PIOs who seek to renew their OCI/PIO Cards or seek fresh Visa. For further details, it is requested to refer to Visa & Consular Services --> Passport Services.


Mr. Suresh Kumar, First Secretary has been appointed as Welfare Officer for NRIs/PIOs in Sweden/Latvia. He will be accessible to all members of NRI/PIO community in Sweden/Latvia for redressal of their grievances. His email address is culture[dot]stockholm[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

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