Steps When Your OCI Card Is Lost

Unlock The Secrets: Your Essential Guide To Handling OCI Card Loss In India!

In the hustle and bustle of travel, losing your OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) card can be a daunting experience. But fear not, as we will provide you with precise steps to handle this situation with finesse.

1. File a Police Complaint

In the unfortunate event of losing your OCI card in India, the initial step is to promptly file a police complaint. This official report is crucial for future documentation and procedures, including the application for an Exit Permit.

2. Understanding the Need for an Exit Permit

Why an Exit Permit?

Yes, it’s mandatory to obtain an exit permit. The FIR report from the police complaint serves as proof of your legal entry into the country and the subsequent loss of your OCI card. The exit permit not only validates your legal departure but also resolves two critical issues.

  1. Boarding Approval: Airlines reserve the right to decline boarding; the exit permit ensures you face no hindrance while boarding your flight.
  2. OCI Reapplication in the UK: The exit permit lays the groundwork for reapplying for a new OCI card in the United Kingdom.

3. OCI Checks During Departure

Immigration authorities and airlines diligently check OCI cards during both arrival and departure. This verification process ensures the legality of your entry and exit from the country. While airlines generally conduct these checks, it’s not uncommon for some to overlook them.

4. How to Apply for an Exit Permit

Wondering about the correct website for applying for an exit permit? Head to

Duration of Processing

The processing time varies depending on the specifics of each case. Be prepared for a case-by-case assessment.

5. Required Documents for Exit Permit Application

Ensure you have the following documents in jpg format (no PDF):

  • A letter explaining the circumstances of OCI loss and requesting an exit permit.
  • A letter to the local police station seeking a Missing Certificate.
  • The Missing Certificate issued by the police.
  • Current passport.
  • Current OCI.
  • Departure travel ticket.
  • Proof of residence in India (matching the information on the Indian immigration arrival form).

6. Tracking the Exit Permit Status

Track the status of your exit permit by emailing the relevant FRRO helpdesk. For Mumbai, contact [email protected].

Important Disclaimer:
The information provided is for general guidance only. Rules and timelines regarding OCI card loss and exit permits may change. Verify current guidelines from official sources like the FRRO and Indian High Commission. Processing times are indicative and vary by case. Check with the authorities for the latest information. The author is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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