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Reissue of OCI Application: Simplified Process for iBlog Users

Are you an Indian living in Canada and in need of reissuing your OCI card? The process can seem confusing, but fear not! iBlog is here to guide you through it. In this article, we will break down the steps to reissue your OCI card, helping you navigate the application process smoothly. So, let’s get started!

Reissuance of OCI Cards: When is it necessary?

In the following cases:

  • Issuance of a new passport (once you turn 20 years old)
  • Reaching the age of 50 and needing to update your photo and personal information
  • Change of personal particulars such as name, father’s name, nationality, or date of birth
  • Loss or damage of your OCI card

For all other cases, such as getting a new passport or updating personal details, you no longer need to apply for a renewed OCI card. Instead, you can easily update your information on the OCI portal. Visit iBlog for more details.

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How to Apply for Reissuance of OCI

Step 1: Online Application Form

  • Complete the OCI application form online at OCI Services
  • Register and create a login and password to access the form
  • Follow the step-by-step process for filling up the online application, which can be found here
  • Ensure that all personal particulars match those in your current passport, including the names of parents and spouse

Step 2: Selecting the Correct Indian High Commission / Consulate

  • Choose the appropriate Indian High Commission / Consulate based on your place of residence in Canada and the consular jurisdiction. You can view the consular jurisdiction here

Step 3: Required Documents

  • Surrender/Renunciation Certificate copy (if applicable)
  • Indian Passport (original and copy)
  • Citizenship Certificate (original and copy)
  • Canadian/Foreign Passport (original and copy)
  • Professional details
  • Proof of address in Canada
  • Fees

Step 4: Submitting the Application

  • After completing the online application form, no manual changes can be made. In case of errors or changes, fill out a fresh online application form and submit it to BLS.
  • Please note that BLS International Employees cannot edit or make any changes to your online application form.
  • The Consulate General of India reserves the right to request additional documents if necessary.

Step 5: Photograph

  • Upload a color photo meeting the following specifications:
    • Size: 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm)
    • Background: Plain white without borders
    • Clothes: Dark color
    • Eyes: Open

Step 6: Existing OCI Card

  • Submit your existing OCI card along with a copy of the first and last page showing your photograph and details.

FAQs

Q1: How much are the fees for reissuing an OCI?

  • The fees for different types of OCI applications are as follows:
    • Fresh OCI: CAD $345/-
    • Miscellaneous OCI (re-issue): CAD $35/-
    • OCI in-lieu of Lost/Damaged OCI/PIO to OCI: CAD $128/-
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Q2: How should I pay the fees?

  • The fees should be paid in the form of a money order or demand draft made in favor of “Consulate General of India, Toronto.”

Q3: Can I make changes to my online application form after submission?

  • No, once you have submitted the online application form, no manual changes can be made. If any errors or changes need to be made, fill out a fresh online form and submit it to BLS.

Q4: How long does the reissue process take?

  • The processing time for reissuing an OCI card can vary. For the most up-to-date information, please check with the Consulate General of India.

Conclusion

Reissuing your OCI card may seem daunting at first, but with the right guidance, it can be a smooth process. Follow the step-by-step instructions provided in this article and make sure to submit all the required documents. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to the Consulate General of India. Good luck with your OCI reissue application!

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