29. OCI 'U' Visa on expired passport

Question: Dear Sir/Madam, My family wishes to travel to India from US during this month. We all have OCI cards. During this past year my daughter had to renew her US passport. She has the 'U' visa which is also the life-long visa for India on her old US passport. I hear that to transfer that visa to her new passport will take more than a month and hence it is too long a time for me to do that. Will she be allowed entry into India if I carry her old passport (with the U visa) and the new passport along with her OCI booklet ? Thank you for all your help in this matter. K.K. Rashmi Shenoy Answer: As long as your daughter carries her old passport wherein the OCI ‘U’ visa sticker was pasted along with new passport there should be no problem. Update: When the OCI scheme was initially announced, the requirement of fresh OCI documents was not mentioned. In the event a persons passport expired they could travel to India if they carried their expired foreign passport having the OCI U Visa stamp along with their new passport. Subsequently, it was clarified by the authorities that even though OCI was a lifelong visa, based on a persons age, fresh documents would be required until the applicants were over 50 years of age. More information see answer to question number 408 by clicking HERE.
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