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need_a_tier1
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Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by need_a_tier1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:44 pm

I renewed my child's British passport a few months ago, but was not aware of the new rules regarding mandatory renewal of OCI card if new passport is issued (under 18 yrs of age).

I need to travel to India urgently this month following some medical issues my spouse is having.

I have realised that due to the shortage of time, I may not be able to get OCI renewal for my child's new passport in before I travel.

I am planning to carry my child's old and new British passports, existing OCI when I travel to India. I have read the guidelines on these websites and it appears that Indian immigration authorities will allow my child to enter India with the old & new passports and existing OCI:

https://boi.gov.in/content/visa-requirement
Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) :-
Passengers who are carrying old cancelled passports having Life Long Indian "U" Visa Sticker affixed on it along with new passport are allowed entry into India.
Even if the OCI card holder acquires nationality of a different country, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she is also allowed entry into India provided he/she is carrying his/her old passport having Life Long Indian "U" Visa sticker pasted on it along with the new passport of the recently acquired nationality.
http://www.airindia.in/u-sticker-visa-f ... olders.htm
1. Foreign nationals holding OCI Cards are required to carry their foreign passports bearing ‘U’ visa sticker for travel to India. However, due to expiry or re-issue of their foreign passports, these foreigners are issued new passports, as such they are allowed to travel to India with their new passport along with old/cancelled passports bearing ‘U’ visa sticker.

2. If the OCI card holders acquire nationality of a different country after obtaining OCI card, except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh, he/she is also allowed to enter into India provided he/she is carrying his/her old passport having lifelong India ‘U’ visa sticker pasted on it, along with the new passport of the recently acquired nationality.

3. If OCI Card holder is carrying only OCI card without carrying old/cancelled foreign passport bearing ‘U’ visa sticker, he/she may be granted Temporary Landing Permit in India for a period of 30 days extendable up to 180 days by FRRO/FRO concerned without levying any charge after verification from the OCI database. Also, if they are not carrying OCI card, but carrying foreign passport bearing ‘U’ visa sticker, the entry is allowed.

NOTE:- For updated details from time to time ,please refer to Bureau of Immigration India,website www.boi.gov.in
On the other hand, there is an "OCI travel advisory" on VFS's OCI website:
http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/OCI.html
OCI Travel Advisory – Re-issue of OCI Card (On getting a New Passport)
Re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and again after attaining the age of 50 years in view of frequent biological change in facial features in these age group.
Please view the full requirements for OCI Re-issue for more information at the following link.
So, I am confused whether to go or not - the tickets are ultra expensive ~£5000 and it will be difficult for us if Indian authorities decline to give entry to my child based on passport renewal and non-transfer of OCI to new passport.

Any help & guidance will be appreciated.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by jfrusc » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:41 am

I believe you're incorrect in your understanding of the guidelines.

The first two sets of guidelines you've quoted are the general terms upon which you can enter. They do not mention children. The final guidelines specifically mention those under 20 years of age, therefore it is those that apply.

I recently applied for an OCI card for my child who's passport is due to expire in a year. The agent specifically mentioned I would need to have the OCI card re-issued for her new passport. She said if we weren't travelling in the next year I could save a bit of money by holding back her application until she had a new passport.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by jfrusc » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:45 am

If you're desperate to go and can't get the card re-issued in time you can contact the embassy:

https://www.hcilondon.gov.in

I would do it via email so you have everything in writing. But even still you're dealing with the Indian civil service here. You could well turn up in India and find they have a different take on things and turn you back.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by suli750 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:58 am

need_a_tier1 can you please let me know what happened in the end? I am also in a similar position and planning to travel in less than 24hrs.! :cry:

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by Vijayramaswamy » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:43 pm

Hi iam in same situation now...left 6 weeks only
How was the travel and did they allow your child
It will be more helpful if you share your experience


Many thanks

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by teddy2019 » Wed May 08, 2019 2:10 pm

Hi, any update on your recent trip please?
I am also in a similar situation travelling to India on 19/05/19 with a child whose UK passport got renewed and his OCI U-visa stamp is on old passport. High commission of India London office suggested to take e-visa but e-visa support center at Delhi says it is not required as long as we carry both old and new passport. Really confusing..

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by z18runway » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:02 pm

Did you guys travelled with your old OCI and new passports, any trouble at the airport ? any updates please

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by teddy2019 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:08 am

Travelled to Kochi on 19th May and returned on 02 Jun 19 without any issues.
Immigration officer did not even ask for old expired passport where OCI U-sticker was stamped. Just checked the new passport and OCI booklet and gave clearance.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by z18runway » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:07 am

teddy2019 wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:08 am
Travelled to Kochi on 19th May and returned on 02 Jun 19 without any issues.
Immigration officer did not even ask for old expired passport where OCI U-sticker was stamped. Just checked the new passport and OCI booklet and gave clearance.
Thanks for your reply teddy2019, although its risky business to travel with oci and new passport without renewal, i have to take chance this time, your reply really made me happy.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by ashvar123 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:48 pm

teddy2019 wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:08 am
Travelled to Kochi on 19th May and returned on 02 Jun 19 without any issues.
Immigration officer did not even ask for old expired passport where OCI U-sticker was stamped. Just checked the new passport and OCI booklet and gave clearance.
Hi My friend.. you message was a big releif although sounds a bit risky - I heard that some of the airways like Emirates and Qatar airways are not issuing the boarding passes - did any one face this.?

Also @Teddy2019 can you let me know which airways did you fly with..?
- Ashvar

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by teddy2019 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:24 pm

I also heard some news about airlines raising objections so before flying out, I called the airline (Oman Air) and clarified their stand on this matter. They assured me that there won't be any issues from their side.

Anyway now that I am back in the UK, applying for OCI re-issue without further delay.

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Re: Child pasport renewed - no time to renew OCI - urgent travel

Post by ashvar123 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:04 am

thats a big relief.. many thanks@teddy2019 for the response. We may have to travel again with in 3 weeks time, so will initiate the application for Re-issuance soon before travel.
- Ashvar

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